Kawasaki India launched the India-developed Ninja 650 at a price of Rs 7,12,000 (ex-showroom Delhi). The Japanese middleweight received some substantial updates to its latest iteration. Here are the full details.
The Kawasaki Ninja 650 2023 retains the design and styling from the previous year's model. It has a sharp front that has a separate LED headlight that is topped with a clear windshield and surrounded by lamp indicators. The latter is integrated into the bike's side fairing.
The biggest feature update on the 2023 Ninja 650 is Kawasaki's traction control system. It should make riding a bike convenient for new cyclists by providing an additional safety net with ABS. The new KRTC is a two-tier system and can also be completely deactivated.
Kawasaki used the same 649 cc, parallel-twin engine that produced 67 hp and 64 Nm. It's mated to a six-speed gearbox that hasn't changed either. In addition to LED lighting and traction control, the 2023 Kawasaki Ninja 650 also features a 4.3-inch TFT display with smartphone connectivity via the Kawasaki Rideology application.
On the hardware front, telescopic frame-mounted front forks and a linked rear shock were also ported. The brakes on the Ninja 650 consist of two 300mm front discs and one 220mm rear disc with dual-channel ABS. It rides on 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Dunlop tires 120/70 in the front and 160/60 in the rear.
Kawasaki India offers the 2023 Ninja 650 in only one color - Lime Green. Compared to the previous asking price of Rs 6.95 lakh, the updated model demands a premium of Rs 17,000.