The small Ninja gets revealed at Intermot
The twin-cylinder model takes a huge turn in shape and size. From the old friendly medium-sized bike, it becomes a cool, sharp looking Ninja. It is now lighter and more promising than ever. And while the parallel twin engine lost some power to comply with the Euro 4 standard, it still offers a good power-to-weight ratio.
The design takes inspiration from its bigger siblings, but the engine stays the same. It's still the 649-cc parallel twin unit that proved itself in Twin competitions and everyday commuting. The digital fuel injection is claimed to deliver a smooth power delivery as well as an exceptional mid-range response.
Although it retains a steel tubing trellis, the frame is redesigned and more rigid, with a lower seat height. The aluminum-made swingarm is completely new as well, contributing to the weight loss and increased performance.
The suspension is a conventional one, known from all Kawasaki 650 bikes. The front suspension is a classic one without adjustments while the rear shock features only spring preload adjustment and now occupies a central position at the top of the swingarm.
The braking system uses Nissin calipers combined with wave discs and a Bosch ABS system for increased safety.
The new Ninja seems smaller, shorter and with a lower seat than the ER-6F. The tail unit retains an upright position like the ZX6 and a wide handlebar, while a large adjustable screen has been added.