Here’s a whole bunch of pictures of the newly launched Ninja 650R along with a small commentary on the details and features.
Grab rail is functional and ergonomic. Works as well as it looks!
The extruded Mono-shock is very accessible and easy to set up for stiffness
The windscreen is very effective and does a good job of deflecting wind at high speeds. Notice the small air scoop just below the clear polycarbonate screen – it helps provide additional wind buffeting.
LED tail-lamps, and a wide rear tyre give the Ninja650R’s behind a decent look
Check out the exceptional height of the fuel tank – it helps visaully negate the commuterish position of the handlebars. In profile, the Ninja appears to be an exercise in restraint and subtelty. Good proportions, but not over the top. Extruded mono-shock gives the bike a unique character. So does the small exhaust.
Front fairing meets black plastic elements around the engine. Some people complain about the treatment, but we love it!
Seat is wide and plush – very comfortable. The notice the unique design element at the top end of the monoshock – another Ninja650 special for you!
The test bike had an interesting number plate. What it reads is exactly what you’ll say to most of the people on the road, as you pass them without any real efforts
120 / 70 / R17 Bridgestone front rubber
160/ 60 / R 17 tubeless Bridgestones at the rear
Swing arm is not box-type, but strong enough! Discs are Tokicos
Petal type twin front discs offer excellent stopping power
Exhaust is small, both in terms of sound and size. Replacement exhaust will raise the decibels for you if you dont like the stock version
Except for the welding in a few places the fit and finish is absolutely top notch
Foorpegs have rubber cladding, and aren’t all-aluiminium or steel like superbikes.
Notice the unique texture on the plastic in the top portion. Gives you the illusion of carbonfiber from a distance.
Instrument cluster is very functional and readable. No-nonsense stuff!
Hi quality switchgear – ergonomically positioned.
Hazard Lamps are probably the first on an Indian bike. There you have the button for it.
That should give you an idea about the friendly riding position of this bike
Well-sorted, and supported by those excellent tyres, the 650 Ninja is bliss around ghats
And it’s absolutely planted and reassuring on straights as well! Crosswinds aren’t much of a bother.