2020 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Review – First Ride

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By Ryan Adams

2020 Kawasaki Ninja 650

Editor Score: 85.0%

Engine 17.0/20
Suspension/Handling 12.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.0/10
Brakes 8.0/10
Instruments/Controls 5.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 8.0/10
Appearance/Quality 9.0/10
Desirability 8.0/10
Value 9.0/10
Overall Score 85/100

In the wake of declining sportbike sales, we’ve seen manufacturers drop supersport models or leave them untouched for years on end. For the more versatile, upright sporty bikes, the industry as a whole has not given up. For Honda and Kawasaki, models like the Ninja 650 and CBR650R offer sportbike looks with practical ergonomics and performance that riders can grow with. With both models receiving updates within the last year – including seriously stepping up their game in the looks department – these everyday sportbikes are even more enticing than ever.

For 2020, the Kawasaki Ninja 650 receives mostly aesthetic upgrades along with LED lighting, Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires, and a TFT display featuring integrated Bluetooth connectivity through the Rideology app.

The new Ninja 650’s styling falls in line with its sporty siblings with a face nearly identical to the ZX-6R and Ninja 400. A redesigned windscreen integrates seamlessly into the new wider upper cowl and is said to be angled more upright to offer the rider more wind protection. During my ride on the freeway, the difference between sitting upright in a normal riding position versus fully tucked with my chinbar on the gas tank made zero difference in the amount of windblast I received to my helmet. Kawasaki offers a large accessory windscreen for those looking for more protection.

LEDs now light the way for the 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 650.

LED lighting throughout lends a premium touch, as do the smooth fairing surfaces which have been achieved by replacing fairing bolts with plastic hooks and tabs. Although the smooth continuous surfaces look nice, my thought was that they may …read more

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