Live from the Official Launch: Am posting this direct from the official launch, which is happening today at the Akurdi Plant of Bajaj Auto in Pune.
At Rs. 4.57 Lakhs (Ex-Showroom), the Ninja 650R is priced slightly lower than the Hyosung GT650R in India..!!
Exotic motorcycles which used to be stuff of childhood dreams are no longer dreams in India. Provided you have the moolah of course. The latest to join the bandwagon of Imported “drool maal” on motorized 2 wheels to land in India is the Kawasaki Ninja 650R.
Like the Ninja 250R, even the Ninja 650R has been brought to India in the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) form and assembled by Bajaj Auto at its plant in Chakan, Pune.
Mr. Rajiv Bajaj (MD Bajaj Auto) at the Ninja 650R launch
Note: I also got the opportunity to TEST RIDE the Ninja 650R, the review of which will be coming up in the next post.
First things first..
Price of the Ninja 650R in India: Rs. 4.57 Lakhs (Ex-Showroom Delhi). Which means it should be less than Rs. 5 lakhs for most parts of India.
Color: You can have any color as long as it’s Lime Green..!!
Max. Power/Torque of the Ninja 650R in India:
- Maximum Power: 72 Ps @ 8500 rpm
- Maximum Torque: 66 Nm @ 7000 rpm
Needless to say that the pleasant shocker is the price here. With the only direct competition to the Ninja 650R, the Hyosung GT650R priced at 4.75 - 4.90 Lakhs (Ex-Showroom) in India, the price of the Kawasaki Ninja 650R is ultra competitive to say the least.
With the Kawasaki branding and a strong after sales support from Bajaj Auto, the Ninja 650R could have been even priced at 25-50K premium and still nobody would have complained.
According to the official press release, the engine of the Ninja 650R has been tuned to run on 91 Octane petrol and hence customized for Indian conditions/fuel.
The Ninja 650R bridges the chasm between the 1000(+) cc big boys from Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Ducati and the Harley Davidson models on one side and the Ninja 250R on the other side not only in terms of engine cc/power/torque but also in terms of the all important price tag.
For more information, visit the Official Indian Site for the Ninja 650R
Kawasaki Ninja 650R Technical Specifications
Engine type: Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin Cylinder
Displacement: 649 cm3
Maximum Power: 72 Ps @ 8500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 66 Nm @ 7000 rpm
Bore x stroke: 83 x 60 mm
Compression ratio: 11.3:1
Valve/Induction system: DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system: Digital Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 2 (Keihin)
Ignition: TCBI with Electronic Advance
Transmission 6-speed, return
Final Drive Sealed Chain
Frame Type: Diamond High-Tensile steel
Tyre front: 120/70ZR17M/C (Tubeless)
Tyre rear: 160/60ZR17M/C (Tubeless)
Suspension, front: 41 mm telescopic fork / 120 mm travel
Suspension, rear: Offset laydown single-shock with adjustable preload / 125 mm travel
Brakes, front: Dual 300 mm petal discs
Brakes, rear: Single 220 mm petal disc
Length x Width x Height: 2,100 mm x 760 mm x 1,200 mm
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm
Ground Clearance: 145 mm
Seat height: 790 mm
Kerb Weight: 204 kg
Fuel capacity: 15.5 litres
Kawasaki Ninja 650R [Hi-Res Photos]
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