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.
2007 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.
Engine 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
2007 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
Bodywork Stylish full fairing with aerodynamic windscreen cuts through the wind and helps protect the rider Integrated front turn signals with clear lenses enhance appearance