Kawasaki Ninja 650
India-bound 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 unveiled at INTERMOT showKawasaki

Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Kawasaki unveiled the 2017 Ninja 650 at the ongoing INTERMOT show in Germany. The India-bound middle weight sports motorcycle has received styling in line with the elder sibling, the ZX-10R, and the new motorcycle has reduced weight by up to 19kg.

The new Ninja 650 has received a sharper and aggressive stance compared to the outgoing model. The new version comes with twin-split headlamps. The rear section of the motorcycle has been tweaked to add freshness. The motorcycle retains raised handle bars and underbelly exhaust.

Kawasaki claims the new Trellis frame weighs just 15 kg and this returns improved handling dynamics for the sports tourer. The new version is powered by the same 649cc parallel twin engine that has been re-tuned to improve low- and mid-range torque delivery. The new version loses out 3hp of power resulting in 6.8 percent better fuel economy than its predecessor. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox and gets a slipper clutch as standard.

The new version features a new suspension that comes with 41mm telescopic forks at the front and four-piston Nissin calipers. The rear suspension uses a horizontal linkless system. The new 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 will be available in four colour options -- Metallic Spark Black, Pearl Blizzard White, Candy Burnt Orange and Lime Green KRT edition.

The new version is expected to arrive Indian shores in April-May timeframe in 2017.