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A middleweight that’s capable, practical, strong and fun to ride.

With its cutting edge design and astonishing versatility, it is no surprise the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja® 650R excels in real world riding. Mating sportbike performance levels and a comfortable seating position –something rare in the same sentence as sportbike –the Ninja 650R is well-suited for slicing through commuter traffic, running errands and hitting the back roads or a track on weekend days.


Model Year
Ninja® 650R
Lime Green


82.9 in.
50 in.
29.9 in.
393 lbs.
55.5 in.
Seat Height
31.1 in.


4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, parallel twin
649 cc
Bore x Stroke
83 x 60 mm
48.5 ft. lbs. @ 7,000 rpm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
Digital fuel injection with 2 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies
Fuel Tank Capacity
4.1 gal.
Digital CDI


Final Drive
O-ring chain


Front: Dual 300 mm petal disc with 2-piston caliper
Rear: Single 220 mm petal disc with hydraulic caliper
Front: 120/70-17
Rear: 160/60-17


Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Front: 41 mm hydraulic telescopic fork; 4.7 in. travel
Rear: Single offset laydown shock with adjustable spring preload; 4.9 in. travel
4.2 in.

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 This versatility is good, because the more time a rider spends with the Ninja 650R, the stronger their desire to just ride – for any reason – will become. Part of the charm of this sportbike is its design clarity. It blends an innovative engine and chassis into a package that doesn’t truly project its intended engineering outcome until the motorcycle a rider is melded into it. Kawasaki’s development team began with a unique posture – focusing on the rider, not the motorcycle – and thus developed the 650R to have broad rider appeal. Narrowing the distance between the footpegs and striving for a low seat height and minimal effort controls all played into the design effort.  
 A major component in the achieving the size-efficient nature of the Ninja 650R is its compact liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, eight-valve 649-cubic-centimeter parallel twin engine. Featuring a confidence inspiring power delivery for new motorcyclists, the engine possesses a smooth responsiveness that is tuned for rider-friendly low and medium rpm ranges. The excellent mid-range characteristics make the 650R a natural in commuting environments, and slipping in and out of traffic will be a cinch thanks to its lightweight trellis frame and responsive steering.  
 The 650R’s engine may be tuned for manageable delivery, but it also has excellent roll-on response for highway passing and more than enough power to be an entertaining trackday companion.  
 Kawasaki engineers applied their vast experience building Ninja supersport machines to develop a motorcycle with the performance abilities that will be a match for anything currently available in the middleweight arena, including those with larger displacement. Exceptionally well-proportioned, the Ninja 650R is a motorcycle both novice and experienced riders can be at home with and one that is equally comfortable in daily commuting situations as well as back-road-blasting on the weekends.  
Unique Features:
 Aggressive Ninja styling  
 Powerful parallel-twin engine  
 Compact size and weight  
 Low seat height  
 649 cc parallel twin-cylinder, DOHC engine  
 Most compact engine is the in its category, even smaller than the Ninja 500’s, which helps reduce the dimension of the entire motorcycle  
 Tuned to deliver smooth, responsive power in the low- to mid-rpm range with exceptional roll-on response for negotiating city traffic  
 Triangular crank and transmission shaft layout makes the engine very short from front to back, a semi-dry sump oil system reduces overall engine height, and the narrow pitch of the chrome composite plated aluminum cylinders reduce engine width  
 Muffler with 3-way catalyzer and bullet-tip opening is mounted below the engine for a lower center of gravity and better weight centralization  
 180° crankshaft plus balancer shaft for extremely smooth engine operation  
 Oil jets on the connecting rod big ends spray oil on the undersides of the pistons to aid cooling  
 Coolant is routed through the engine cases to reduce external hoses  
 Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power during hard use  
 Allows closer engine tolerances for more horsepower  
Digital Fuel Injection
 Sub-throttle valves in 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies provide optimum performance and rideability  
 Located behind the main throttle valves, the sub-throttles are controlled by the DFI® system ECU to give a precise throttle response, similar to a constant-velocity carburetor  
 Automatic fast idle system makes starting and warm-up easy  
 Precise fuel injection plus exhaust catalyzer significantly reduce emissions  
Digital Capacitor Discharge Ignition (CDI) System
 Microprocessor-controlled timing never needs adjusting and is ultra-responsive to engine requirements  
 Spark plug mounted "stick" ignition coils are compact and help reduce weight  
Six-Speed Transmission
 Cassette-style transmission with the transmission shafts and shifts in a single, compact layout that’s easily removed from the cases for maintenance  
Trellis Frame
 High tensile steel trellis frame is small and light  
 Optimum stiffness balance for better handling worked out in 3-dimensional computer design analysis  
 Narrow at the knees and feet for rider comfort and control  
Single-Shock Rear Suspension
 Short, compact frame and engine design allows a longer swingarm and better overall handling  
 Braced swingarm and offset, laydown single rear shock supplement the integrated visual flow from the steering head to the rear hub in the frame design  
Triple Petal Design Brake Discs
 Petal rotor design – like its Ninja ZX™-6R and ZX-10R supersports brethren - offer improved cooling and warp resistance  
Six-Spoke Wheels
 6-spoke design uses the same engineering as the Ninja ZX-6R and ZX-10R and requires much less material between spokes for a thinner rim and a lighter wheel  
Confidence-Inspiring Cockpit
 Low, narrow seat combined with the slim overall design allows riders to firmly plant both feet on the ground when stopped  
 Carefully designed ergonomics present a natural, comfortable riding position  
 Textured seat cover helps keep the rider planted  
 Stylish full fairing with aerodynamic windscreen cuts through the wind and helps protect the rider  
 Integrated front turn signals with clear lenses enhance appearance  

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