2007 Kawasaki Ninja 650R

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With a unique look and feel, the 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 650R delivers cutting edge design and astonishing versatility. This is a motorcycle that excels in real world riding.

With a comfortable seating position and sportbike performance levels, the Ninja 650R is well-suited for freeway commutes, around town errands and weekend track days.

Look at Kawasaki Ninja 650R sportbike and the first impression is one of pure design appreciation. Look a little longer and many of the innovative engine and chassis elements begin to come into play. However, the entire package doesn’t truly project its intended engineering outcome until the motorcycle is viewed with a rider seemingly melded into its unique posture. Because the 650R was meant to have broad rider appeal, Kawasaki’s development team began its task with the rider – not the motorcycle.

After studying every kind of rider, and all types of riding, Kawasaki’s engineers focused on the human-machine interface. Different riding positions were examined to discover which instilled the most confidence. Narrowing the distance between the footpegs and striving for a lower seat height and low effort controls all played into the design effort.

Kawasaki Ninja 650R

The compact liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 8-valve 649cc parallel twin engine delivers a smooth responsiveness that is tuned for rider-friendly power characteristics – especially in the low and medium rpm ranges. It is a power delivery that will inspire confidence in new motorcyclists. Its excellent mid-range characteristics will 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 power delivery, but it also has outstanding roll-on response when making a highway pass and more than enough power to make it an entertaining trackday companion. Kawasaki engineers called on their vast experience building Ninja supersport machines to develop a motorcycle possessing performance characteristics that will be a match for anything currently available in the middleweight arena, including those with larger displacement. 

Ultimately, this exceptionally well-proportioned Ninja 650R represents a genre of motorcycle which is at home with both novice and experienced riders – and one that will be seen equally in daily midtown commuting situations as well as back-road-blasting on the weekends.

Kawasaki Ninja 650R


Unique features

  • Aggressive Ninja styling
  • Powerful parallel-twin engine
  • Compact size and weight
  • Low seat height

649cc twin-cylinder, DOHC engine
Parallel twin engine is the most compact in its category. The engine is considerably smaller than that of the Ninja 500 and 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, while narrow pitch of the chrome composite plated aluminum cylinders helps reduce engine width
Muffler with 3-way catalyzer and bullet-tip opening is mounted below the engine to help lower the center of gravity and aid weight centralization 
180-degree 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

Liquid Cooling
Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power during hard use 
Allows closer engine tolerances for more horsepower 
Coolant is routed through the engine cases to reduce external hoses

Digital Fuel Injection
38mm Keihin throttle bodies feature sub-throttle valves for optimum performance and rideability. The sub-throttles, located behind the main throttle valves, are controlled by the ECU so that the DFI system gives a more precise throttle response, similar to a constant-velocity carburetor
Precise fuel injection plus exhaust catalyzer significantly reduce emissions
Automatic fast idle system makes starting and warm-up easy 

Digital Capacitor Discharge Ignition (CDI) System
Microprocessor-controlled timing never needs adjustment and is ultra-responsive to engine needs
Spark plug mounted “stick” ignition coils are compact and help reduce weight

Six-Speed Transmission
Cassette-style transmission puts the transmission shafts and shifts into a compact layout that is easily removed as a single unit from the cases for easier maintenance 

Kawasaki Ninja 650R

Trellis Frame
High tensile steel trellis frame is small and light
Designed using 3-dimensional computer analysis to achieve the optimum stiffness balance for better handling
Narrow at the knees and feet for rider comfort and control 

Single-shock Rear Suspension
Braced swingarm and offset, laydown single rear and shock complement the frame design to create an integrated line flowing from the steering head to the rear hub 
Short, compact frame and engine design allows the swingarm to be longer, which helps improve overall handling

Triple Petal Design Brake Discs
Petal design rotors offer improved cooling and warp resistance
Same rotor design as found on the Ninja ZX™-6R and ZX-10R supersports machines 

Six-spoke wheels
With the same engineering as the Ninja ZX-6R and ZX-10R, the six-spoke design requires much less material between spokes so that the rim thickness is thinner and overall wheel weight is reduced

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 result in 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


Kawasaki Ninja 650R

Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve per cylinder, parallel twin
Displacement: 649cc
Bore x stroke: 83.0 x 60.0mm
Compression ratio: 11.3:1
Maximum torque: 48.5 lb/ft @ 7,000 rpm
Cooling: Liquid
Fuel injection: Digital fuel injection with two 38mm Keihin throttle bodies
Ignition: Digital CDI
Transmission: Six-speed
Final drive: O-ring chain
Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake / trail: 25 degrees / 4.2 in.
Wheelbase: 55.5 in.
Front suspension/wheel travel: 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.7 in.
Rear suspension/wheel travel: Single offset laydown shock with adjustable spring preload / 4.9 in.
Front tire: 120/70x17
Rear tire: 160/60x17
Front brake: Dual 300mm petal discs with two-piston caliper
Rear brake: Single 220mm petal disc with hydraulic caliper
Overall length: 82.9 in.
Overall width: 29.9 in.
Overall height: 50.0 in.
Seat height: 31.1 in.
Dry weight: 393 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 4.1 gal.
Color choices: Candy Plasma Blue, Passion Red
Warranty: 12 months

Kawasaki Ninja 650R


hello. i have had the priveledge to ride the 650, zx-6r, zzr 600 and many more bike. and when people read the forums about the top speed about these bike is 128 mph. well that is inaccurate. my own personal bike that i had was a 06 zzr 600 and a 08 zx-6r and the zzr 600 top speed was unknown since i chickened out at 180 mph before the bike did and it had another 5k rpms left till red line. and the zx-6r easily matched the zzr 600 with speed and take off. the kaw bikes have alot more speed than the reviews tell.

looks like nobody really has any personal experience with the 07 ninja 650r. ok, well here’s my review.

I own a 2007 kawasaki ninja 650r, mine’s the passion red color. great bike in my opinion. 0-60mph in about 4 seconds, and 0-100 in around 10 seconds. this bike will hit over 130mph from personal experience. the riding position is very comfortable, I’ve been on a 4 hour trip on mine, only making a few stops here and there and after the ride, I didn’t feel all beat up. great bike for commuting and fun on the curves. as for a beginner bike, I recommend starting on a 250, the low end torque on this bike can be a bit too powerful for the new riders with no experience. when I went from the 250 to the 650, I was surprised by the power, but got used to it after riding it for a few days. just be careful with the throttle when starting out. clutch is easy to use and you can adjust it to how you like it as well as the brakes, you can lower the handlebars down a little to give you more control as well, and also has adjustable suspension. I also find this bike to be easy to flick around and it’s pretty good on gas too. this bike is just an all around great bike! I really can’t think of anything negative to say about this bike, but if I had to say something bad about it, I guess I’d just say I like the handlebars on the newer ninja 650r (08 and up)

I have been looking at the Kawa 650 for a couple years now (wife is still dragging her heals) then I saw the zook at the dealership and loved it until I looked up the specs the zook is almost 100 Lbs. heaver. Next month (finally) I’m getting the ninja.

I can’t address the Kawasaki but I know a little about the SV. I had a 650 and now have a 1000. The 650 was probably the best all-around scooter I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a bunch!) and I wish that I would have kept it.
The suspension on the SV’s (650 and 1000) leaves a little to be desired; the Ducati owner can tell you how superior the Duc is; even the entry-level 620. What the Suzukis lack in suspension, though, they more than make-up for in performance and reliability. The SV 650 will absolutely smoke the Duc 620 and the new(er) 695 and will continue to run when the temperamental Italian thoroughbreds require their thousand dollar tune-ups. If you’re shopping for mystique, buy a Ducati; if you’re looking for dependability and performance, buy the Suzuki. Like I said, I can’t comment on the Kawasaki.

I’ve done a lot of reading, and both bikes are very close to the same. Several editors have said the Kawa is a little easier to learn on, but I don’t think that should be much of an issus.
Personally, I had no m/c experience at all, and I got a Kawa 650. It has been said it is a good bike for beginers and experienced riders. It of cours has a 650cc motor, but it also has parts straight off the ZX Ninja racers. It has a top speed of 128 (who needs more???) and does 0-60 in 3 seconds. So, its easy to drive and has power. What more do you need.
and like I said earlier, the Suzu is very simular. I would expect the same.
I read a good review in Cycle World magazine.

write me if you want.

I know some about these bikes and have done a lot of research on bikes in this size and purpose. I have closely these bikes at the repective dealerships here in Oklahoma City. I have sat on them . I have talked quite a bit to the sales reps.
Personally after what I have read and seen ,heard and examined I much prefer the Kawasaki 650R.It is quite a bit more comfortable. I would think you could ride all day . The Suzook would not be comfortable for me. You mentioned you were 53, I just turned 55 so comfort is a big deal especially if it has been a while since you have ridden much.
I personally ride an 06 Ducati
Multistrada 620. I really love my bike. I traded a BMW R1200C Eruo 2000 model in on it . They gave me a real good deal. They are both BMW and Ducati dealers. The R1200Cs are BMWs cruiser that they made for 8 years. It hurt my back. It was about 150 lbs heavier than my Ducati. The Ducati 620 is somewhat more expensive than either the Kaw or Zook is. But has better componentry, shocks forks, chassis and stickier tires. It is about a .5 second slower in the 1/4 mile but fast in the 0-60 and of course if you get into some twisties. I am not all that skilled but these are things I have read consistently. I would say the Ninja 650R would be an excellent choice the other probably would be too but its just too cramped for me you might check out 06 model Multistradas or the new Monster 695 which is only $7495.00. I am just a homer.
Best wishes and don’t hesitate to email me if you need any help.


I’m a 53 year old "re-entry" rider and am considering either a Kawasaki 650R or a Suzuki SV 650. Anyone have experience with both they’d like to share? My last bike was a BMW R75/5

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