Standard Features


All-new Chassis, Bodywork, and Improved Power Delivery Make the Best Mid-sized Sportbike Even Better

They're known as "sweet spot" motorcycles: streetbikes so balanced, user-friendly and all-around capable that they stand well above their two-wheeled counterparts, forging lasting reputations as exciting, practical and stylish machines.

There aren't many such overachievers in today's narrowly focused two-wheeled world. Since its debut back in 2006, the multi-talented Ninja® 650R has been a bona fide member of this elite group, winning accolades from owners and media alike. But for 2012, the massively reworked Ninja 650 is better than ever.


Model Year
Ninja® 650
Starting at MSRP


83.1 in.
46.5 in.
30.3 in.
Curb: 460.8 lbs.
55.5 in.
Seat Height
31.7 in.


4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, parallel twin
649 cc
Bore x Stroke
83 x 60 mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
Digital fuel injection with (2) 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies
Fuel Tank Capacity
4.2 gal.
TCBI with electronic advance


Final Drive
O-ring chain


Front: (2) 300 mm petal discs with 2-piston calipers
Rear: (1) 220 mm petal disc with 1-piston caliper
Front: 120/70-17
Rear: 160/60-17


Twin-pipe perimeter design, high-tensile steel
Front: 41 mm hydraulic telescopic fork; 4.9 in. travel
Rear: 1 offset laydown shock with adjustable spring preload; 5.1 in. travel
4.3 in.


Passion Red, Candy Lime Green, Metallic Spark Black

Standard Features

New For 2012
 Redesigned twin-pipe perimeter frame offers proper rigidity, stable handling, a low seat height and improved aesthetics  
 Twin-pipe swingarm assembly offers improved rigidity and maximum style  
 Redesigned exhaust system features a new connector pipe, a higher-volume 3-chamber muffler assembly for improved mid-range while maintaining peak top-end power, and a higher quality finish  
 Redesigned bodywork features better aerodynamics, improved engine-heat dissipation and sharper looks that identify with the flagship ZX™-14R  
 Easier-pull clutch cable design for reduced fatigue and enhanced control  
 Revised suspension settings and increased wheel travel front and rear offer improved ride comfort while offering excellent compliance in varying situations  
 Improved brake pads offer better braking performance and control  
 New instrument cluster assembly features an analog tachometer and a digital readout module for at-a-glance information transfer to the rider  
 20 mm wider handlebar offers improved rider comfort and control  
 Redesigned 2-piece seat assembly features thicker and wider foam for improved comfort for rider and passenger  
 Dunlop’s grippy yet durable Roadsmart II tires are standard  
 Increased fuel capacity and more compact battery  
Smooth, Torquey, Quick-revving, 649 cc Parallel-twin Engine
 Liquid-cooled, DOHC, eight-valve fuel-injected twin cylinder engine delivers smooth, responsive performance, especially in the low to medium-rpm range  
 Additional mid-range power for 2012, produces exceptional roll-on response and impressive passing performance, to help make even commuter traffic enjoyable  
 Minimal vibration via a 180-degree crankshaft-driven balancer shaft, which in turn drives the water pump  
 Oil jets on the connecting rod big ends spray oil on the underside of the pistons to aid cooling  
 Lightweight plug-mounted ignition coils deliver a hot spark and save space  
 High-capacity radiator for increased cooling efficiency  
 Engine coolant travels directly to the engine cases, then follows internal passages to the cylinder and head for minimum external plumbing and a simplified cooling system  
Digital Fuel Injection
 Fuel injection settings boost the engine’s bottom-end power while letting it rev more quickly  
 Sub-throttle valve equipped 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies offer optimum performance and rideability  
 Located behind the main throttle valves, the sub-throttles are controlled by the DFI® system’s ECU for a precise throttle response, similar to a constant velocity carburetor  
 Auto fast-idle system simplifies starting and helps ensure that the catalyzer reaches optimum temperature quickly  
 Lightweight fuel pump is mounted inside the fuel tank  
Compact Engine Design
 Powerful twin-cylinder engine is the most compact in its category, which helps reduce the dimensions of the entire motorcycle and allows use of a slim (and all-new) twin-pipe perimeter frame  
 Triangular setup of the crankshaft and transmission shafts makes the engine dimensionally short front-to-back  
 Transmission input shaft, output shaft and gear-change drum are contained in a cassette-style package that allows a compact layout and eases transmission maintenance  
 Semi-dry sump design reduces engine height  
 Plated, linerless aluminum cylinders with a narrow cylinder pitch keep the engine light and slim  
Low Emissions
 Efficient fuel injection and a three-way catalyzer inside the exhaust produce very low emissions, able to pass stringent Euro III emissions regulations  
 300-cell catalyzer is compact and light  
 Under-engine muffler placement aids mass centralization and yields a low center of gravity  
Vibration Control
 Rubber-mounted seat, handlebar and footpegs (rider’s and passenger’s) keep vibration low and comfort as high as possible  
Rigid Twin-pipe Perimeter Frame
 Slim, low, lightweight, rigid and compact frame design is narrow at the knees and footpegs (50 mm narrower for 2012) for optimum rider comfort and control  
 The strong steel perimeter frame wraps around the engine for optimum rigidity, rivaling that of all-aluminum designs  
 Optimal frame rigidity is achieved through extensive computer analysis, which translates to superb handling and wheel control  
 The new frame and swingarm designs flow together well aesthetically, and work with the revised suspension settings to offer maximum wheel control  
 Short front-to-back dimensions of the engine allow for a longer swingarm and a shorter wheelbase, which contributes to the new Ninja’s light and nimble handling  
 Clean frame joint weld finishes highlight the bike’s overall quality and attention to detail  
Stylish Twin-pipe Swingarm
 New swingarm is tuned to complement the new frame’s flex and rigidity characteristics  
 Swingarm’s upper right tube has a D-shaped cross section for strength and light weight  
 Swingarm shape and design contributes to the Ninja 650’s high-quality appearance  
 Revised settings on the 41 mm conventional fork and preload-adjustable laydown shock offer more travel for improved ride comfort and exceptional wheel control  
 Fork lower ends around the axle shaft add to the bike’s performance and enhance its high-quality image  
Comfortable, Confidence-inspiring Ergonomics
 A 20 mm-wider handlebar, new 2-piece seat (wider and thicker foam for 2012) and optimal footpeg placement result in a comfortable and natural riding position suiting a wide range of riders  
 New backbone-type subframe offers a low seat height and a narrower footpeg placement for improved control and comfort, making the reach to the ground even easier  
 The offset single-shock rear suspension layout along with a smaller battery for 2012 allows a lower seat height as well  
 This low seat height and slim overall design make it easy to plant both feet firmly on the ground when stopped – a bonus for newer riders  
Triple Disc Brakes
 Dual 300 mm front petal-shaped disc brakes with twin-piston calipers and a single 220 mm rear petal-shaped disc deliver plenty of braking power, especially with the addition of grippier brake pads for 2012  
 Front brake master cylinder features a 14 mm piston for smooth actuation  
Sleek, Supersport-inspired Bodywork
 A dual headlight design within the new fairing’s angular snout features multi-reflector bulb hoods and twin position lights – like its Ninja supersport brethren  
 A 3-way adjustable windscreen deflects air away from the rider, creating a still-air envelope and reducing wind buffeting at higher speeds  
 Redesigned – and larger-capacity – fuel tank meshes perfectly with the radically shaped new fairing  
 Distinctive Ninja supersport design elements enhance the new Ninja 650’s sporty image and compact appearance  
 Integrated front turn signals feature clear lenses and amber bulbs  
 A sleek tail cowl featuring a thin LED taillight accentuates the new bodywork’s radical appearance  
 Inner rear fender helps keep the underside of the tail cowl clean  
 Turn signals also function as flashing hazard lights  
 A redesigned front fender minimizes water splash, while its shape matches the Ninja 650’s new bodywork package  
 Supersport-type mirrors – like those on Kawasaki’s ZX-10R and 6R – accentuate the new bike’s aggressive positioning and aesthetics  
6-spoke Aluminum Wheels
 Attractive six-spoke supersport-style wheels augment the bike’s lightweight look and reduce unsprung weight for superb suspension action  
Instruments / Controls
 All-new multi-function instrumentation includes a fuel gauge, digital speedometer, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, economical riding (ECO) indicator, and an analog tachometer above the LCD info-pod  
 Clock and trip meter can be viewed simultaneously  
 Easy-to-read LCD screen offers riders quick, at-a-glance information on a variety of systems  
 Ignition switch is now located at the top of the tank assembly, which gives a clearer view to the Ninja 650’s newly designed instruments  


Passion Red

Candy Lime Green

Metallic Spark Black
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