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Old 10-14-2011, 12:48 AM   #1
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Arrow 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650r

I didnt think it was possible to make this bike any uglier lol

LIKE
thinner tail
weird swingarm
banana seat is partly gone

DONT LIKE
loss of digital gauges
huge tank made bigger by tiny tail
Plastic rearset heel guards

The Ninja 650r still looks like 2 different bikes welded together...tall front end, short rear end.

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Old 10-14-2011, 02:54 AM   #2
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Old 10-14-2011, 03:07 AM   #3
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NEW TWIN-PIPE PERIMETER FRAME

The new twin-pipe perimeter frame provides a balanced stiffness for superb handling, and is nearly as light as aluminum. The frame is 50mm narrower at the footpegs for even better rider feel. And its shape blends well with the fuel tank for additional comfort on long rides. The new twin-pipe swingarm is shaped to complement the frame’s flex and rigidity characteristics, and it looks like a million bucks, too.

ENGINE

The 649cc liquid-cooled parallel twin-cylinder engine has been carried over, albeit with some changes which enhance fuel efficiency and mid range performance.

SUPERSPORT STYLE FOR EVERYDAY RIDING

This Ninja has supersport style in an everyday ride. The sleek bodywork is race-inspired, and the six-spoke wheels perform as good as they look. A larger 19 liter fuel tank plus the new Dunlop Roadsmart II radial tires provide a comfortable ride that can go a long way between fuel stops.

FULL FAIRING

The motorcycle’s full fairing and dual headlights give it the full Ninja supersport image. Front turn signals are integrated into the body work. Supersport-style mirrors also mimic the ZX-10R and ZX-6R image, while a newly shaped front fender will help minimize water spray.

ECONOMICAL RIDING INDICATOR

An Economical Riding Indicator (ECO) is included in the Ninja 650′s digital display. The indicator appears whenever the motorcycle is being operated in an economical fashion. This convenient feature can help the rider to maximize available range.

INSTRUMENT PANEL

An easy-to-read analog tachometer sits above a multi-function digital display that tells the bike’s speed and fuel level, and also includes a clock, odometer, tripmeter and more.

IMPROVED RIDE COMFORT

Revised suspension settings and increased front and rear wheel travel deliver more a comfortable and compliant ride no matter the road surface. Upgraded brake pads are fitted to the front and rear disc brakes to provide superior braking feel and control.

ADJUSTABLE WINDSCREEN

Rider comfort is increased, and is now customizable with the three-position adjustable windscreen. Position the screen high, middle, or low to suit your style.

TWO-PIECE SEAT

The Ninja’s new two-piece seat features a slim, comfortable rider saddle that transitions to a nicely padded pillion mount. Both offer wider and thicker foam for 2012.

UNDER-ENGINE EXHAUST

Placing the muffler under the engine gives the Ninja a great look and allows optimal mass management, keeping the bike’s center of gravity just right. This three-chamber muffler completes an exhaust system that delivers better mid-range power while not losing top end, and it produces ultra-low emissions, meeting all Euro III emissions standards.
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Old 10-14-2011, 03:15 AM   #4
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Here's the 2012 Kawasaki ER6N, the 650r's cousin...

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Old 10-14-2011, 03:39 AM   #5
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There was another thread on this with different / more flattering pics. I liked the new livery.
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Here's the 2012 Kawasaki ER6N, the 650r's cousin...

Kawasaki ER-6n 2012 Official video - YouTube
I like that better.
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Old 10-14-2011, 07:53 AM   #7
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I prefer analog tachs, it can be hard to see digital ones at a glance. Kawasaki got it right with the analog tach and digital speedo.
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