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2023 Kawasaki Ninja 650 launched at Rs 7.12 lakh; will get traction management | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

The Ninja 650 is now Rs 51,000 dearer than the outgoing mannequin.

Kawasaki has launched the 2023 iteration of its middleweight sportbike, the Ninja 650, in India at Rs 7.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). For the primary time since its inception in 2006, the Ninja 650 options traction management. Moreover this addition, the bike in any other case stays the identical mechanically and visually. This replace additionally brings with it a big value hike of Rs 51,000 in comparison with the earlier mannequin.

2023 Kawasaki Ninja 650: particulars

The largest change on this yr’s mannequin is the addition of a traction management system. The Ninja 650 now options the identical traction management system as its extra touring-oriented sibling the Kawasaki Versys 650. The system has two ranges of intervention, Mode 1 and Mode 2, with the previous intervening gently and the latter intervening earlier. As well as, the system will also be switched off if the rider chooses to take action. One other small change is the revision to the graphics of the Lime Inexperienced paint possibility, which has an analogous design to the Kawasaki Ninja 400

Mechanically, the bike stays unchanged. The liquid-cooled, 649cc parallel-twin engine is nice for 68hp at 8,000rpm and 64Nm of torque at 6,700rpm. This 180-degree parallel twin is mated to a 6-speed gearbox, geared up with a slipper clutch. Nestling this engine is a metal trellis body suspended by a telescopic fork and a preload-adjustable monoshock. With the 15-litre gas tank totally brimmed, the Ninja 650 ideas the scales at 196kg.

Braking duties are taken care of by twin 300mm rotors on the entrance, squeezed by a pair of twin-piston axially mounted calipers and a 220mm disc on the rear, mated to a single-piston caliper. The Ninja 650 will get dual-channel ABS as customary and in contrast to its newly geared up traction management system, it can’t be switched off. The Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tyres are the identical because the outgoing mannequin as nicely. 

Lately, Kawasaki has hiked the costs of its 2023 fashions with the likes of the Z900 and the ZX-10R remaining unchanged however changing into a complete lot dearer.

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