Kawasaki Ninja 650

Kawasaki Ninja 650

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Kawasaki Ninja 650
4.6

17 reviews

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94% · 161 · 6%

Mileage 500 km
Build Quality
4.7
Value for Money
4.3
Cleaning & Maintenance
3.3
Noise Level
4.0
Braking
4.5
Acceleration / Power
5.0
Gear Shifting
5.0
Suspension
4.0
Fuel Efficiency
4.0
Comfort
5.0
Handling
4.5

Reviews

17 reviews
Peter D
Peter DSouth East Queensland, QLD10 posts
  650L ABS

At last found my perfect bike at 79

Didn't get my licence until I was 72 and started on a Yamaha VStar 950, too big! Then sized down to a Kawasaki 650 Vulcan S. Good for touring but wanted something a bit more flexible for tackling the twisties with my mates. From there to a Yamaha MT03. Loved it ! great little bike with plenty of get up and go with excellent handling but not so comfortable on long distance touring. At a mates suggestion test drove the Ninja 650 and traded in the MT03 the same day for the 2021 model. Just done 500 klms but already over the moon with the handling in the twisties and cruising at highway speeds. Already convinced that this is the one for me. Show details
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Warwick Del
Warwick Del4 posts
  650L ABS

Perfect bike for the city

Bought this from Bikebiz in the Auburn area second hand.
Works like a charm, been on bikes for many years across various makes.
For a old man like myself, was not expecting to have this much fun and less pressure on my back cruising around Northern Beaches.
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Sam I.
Sam I.5 posts
  Ninja

Not as good as you read about!

I purchased my Kwak (650 Ninja) in 2015 and was my tool to get me from and to work. The handling is OK but I really did expect more for the money. It doesn't compare to the likes of Triumph in terms of the luxury feel but the servicing costs far outweigh any good experience I had with this bike. They wanted me to service and pay over the odds. I felt like I paid a decent price for my Ninja but they wanted more money each time I took it back for a service. At higher speeds I din't feel that comfortable on the 650 as I have on previous bikes, the handling is so so through twisties. Wouldn't recommend due to price of servicing and parts. Just looks nice. Show details
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MrSkinner
MrSkinnerSouth East Queensland, QLD15 posts
  650L ABS

Quick, Fast & Affordable

First sports bike!! Kawasaki 650L is a great learning sports bike. This bike has great handling, stand up right when maneuvering corners and track work. Bike has many options for customisation and altering for different weight and height categories. Excellent for learning the road and moving your way up to a larger model

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Bhasi
BhasiGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC11 posts
  650 ABS
Flo11ubr
Flo11ubr
  650L ABS

Good commute bike fun to ride on weekends

Perfect bike for commute, really comfy for short or long distances (>150km) even for the passenger. 2 cylindre gives you good power, little fuel consumption 4L/100km. Change the exhaust and you have the best city bike. Also it is learner legal so really fun as a first bike, after 2years you will need an upgrade for something more powerfull

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Jay
JayNorth-West & West coast, TAS6 posts
  650L ABS

Awesome on every level

I purchased this bike kust recently and my son who is a honda rider was less than impressed with my choice. I let him ride my bike the other day and he is now looking at a ninja for his next bike. I have always loved ninjas but this bike is just awesome. The attention to detail and rider comfort are well above what I expected. Thinking of buying one? I say just do it you will not regret it.

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Expose thugs
Expose thugsGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC47 posts
  650 ABS

Love it

My bike is 2012 model but I love it. Enough power, goes like a rocket. has done 7000Km but no issues apart from needing a battery change. Bought from eBay for $60 and took 20 minutes to change. Comfortable seat, hard to do many Kms though. Definitely recommend. Looks great and sexy.

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Jeff
JeffSouth East Queensland, QLD2 posts
  650 ABS
Lance
LanceSydney, NSW10 posts
  650L ABS

Brilliant ride

I absolutely love this bike, everything about it. The power, the weight and the size are perfect. This one bike has made me a Kawasaki loyalist for life. Once I'm on my fulls i will be on a h2 or zx10rr guaranteed. great customization options as well. Do buy people.

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MoFresh
MoFreshMelbourne15 posts
  650 ABS

Great commuter bike!

I purchased a 2013 version of this bike (current generation) and am very pleased with it. Comfortable riding position, exception fuel consumption (< 4.0 L/100km average even when commuting in traffic) and a good note when you put an exhaust on (I added an IXIL system). The two cylinder has plenty of low-end grunt (although it obviously misses the top-end power of the 4-cylinder bikes) and it always pulls away well in traffic.

Starts perfectly, ABS is a life-saver (literally!), parts are cheap and easy to replace and pillion is super-comfy (according to my wife). I'm coming from 4-cylinder super-sports bikes, and this bike is comfy, practical and reliable.

I have ridden this bike for approximately 2500 km.

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Chockolate
ChockolateSouth East Queensland, QLD17 posts
  650 ABS

Ninja 650 non-LAMS, ABS

Had it for a year and done 10,000 kms of hard city commuting. It holds up very well and has given precisely zero trouble. The ABS is really good for the type of riding I do, especially when someone brakes hard in front in the wet. Riding position is comfortable, power is great, looks are great, suspension is great, weight dist is great. The gearbox can be a bit clunky shifting from neutral into first, but you quickly get used to that. I find the seating marginally low for me given I'm around 182cm, but not uncomfortable by any means. Not sure what magic they've done with the steering, but you can flick this thing so easily. Very satisfied with the purchase!

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Blond
BlondBrisbane24 posts
  Ninja

Loving my bike

I bought one early this year at team homo, mine is Lams approved and is restricted as a result. I look forward to getting my unrestricted licence so that I can remove the restrictions... Having said that I do love it!... It's reliable, cheap to run, feels fantastic to ride, and I do love having something powerful between my legs...

Chalkyone
ChalkyoneSydney10 posts
  650R ABS
mitch
mitch7 posts
  650 ABS

Questions & Answers

Banjo P.
Banjo P. · Ninja 650L ABS

How to disable ABS on a ninja 650 L

Peter D
Peter D  

Can't help. Suggest you contact your local dealer. Cheers

Banjo P.
Banjo P.  

Thanks Peter the 650 ninja is in a buggy I'm building and I'm wondering if I don't have the sensors hooked up will it up set the computer
2017 model

Geoff S.
Geoff S. · Ninja 650

How many cylinders

Peter D
Peter D  

Parallel twin

Rick D.
Rick D. · Ninja 650

What oil and oil filter do I need for my 2016 65 ninja

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