Standard Features


Two-Wheeled Thrill for Veterans and Novices Alike

The nimble Ninja® 650R deftly combines user-friendly power and excellent handling. The 650R offers serious low-end grunt boosted by digital fuel injection, light weight, and a beautiful chassis that will keep riders smiling from ear to ear whether they’re riding in the canyons or commuting on city streets. Its carefully tuned suspension complete with distinctive side-mounted shock, triple petal disc brakes and light weight make this bike a serious presence in the middle of the Ninja line.


Model Year
Ninja® 650R
Starting at MSRP


82.7 in.
47.2 in.
29.9 in.
Curb: 449.8 lbs.
55.5 in.
Seat Height
31.1 in.


4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, 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
4.1 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


Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Front: 41 mm hydraulic telescopic fork; 4.7 in. travel
Rear: 1 offset laydown shock with adjustable spring preload; 4.9 in. travel
4.2 in.


Two-tone Candy Burnt Orange / Flat Super Black, Two-tone Metallic Spark Black / Flat Super Black

Standard Features

Key Features
 649 cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine with Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®) has excellent low- and mid-range power  
 Low 31.1 in. seat height offers an easy reach to the ground  
 3 petal-shaped disc brakes deliver plentiful braking power  
 Strong, high-tensile steel frame is so lightweight it rivals similar aluminum frames  
 Digital instruments offer an array of easy-to-read data  
 A rubber engine mount and rubber-insulated handlebars reduce vibration felt by the rider, improving comfort and reducing fatigue on longer rides  
 Aggressive Ninja styling matches its supersport siblings  
Quick-revving, 649 cc Parallel-twin Engine
 Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve fuel injected 2-cylinder delivers smooth, responsive performance, especially in the low- to medium-rpm range  
 Excellent mid-range power, exceptional roll-on response and impressive passing performance make even commuter traffic enjoyable  
 Minimal vibration via a 180° crankshaft-driven balancer shaft, which in turn drives the water pump  
 Oil jets on the connecting rod big ends spray oil on the undersides 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  
 Coolant routing 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 torque while letting it rev quicker  
 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 mounted inside the fuel tank  
Compact Engine Design
 Powerful 2-cylinder engine is the most compact in its category, which helps reduce the dimensions of the entire motorcycle and allows use of a slim, minimalist frame  
 Triangular setup of the crankshaft and transmission shafts makes the engine short front-to-back  
 Transmission input shaft, output shaft and change drum are contained in a “cassette”-style package that allows a compact layout and eases transmission maintenance chores  
 Semi-dry sump design reduces engine height  
 Plated, linerless aluminum cylinders with a narrow cylinder pitch keep the engine light and slim  
Cleaner Emissions
 Efficient fuel injection and a 3-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 upper rear engine mounts keep vibration low  
 Handlebar is rubber mounted to lessen vibration transmitted through the handle grips  
 Rider and passenger footpegs are rubber coated to reduce vibration  
Light-handling Trellis Frame
 Slim, low, lightweight and compact design is narrow at the knees and footpegs for rider comfort and control  
 The strong, high-tensile steel trellis frame not only looks lightweight – it is, rivaling that of aluminum frames  
 Ideal frame stiffness balance achieved through extensive 3D analysis translates directly into superb handling  
 The frame, rear suspension and swingarm designs flow together with an integrated line running from the steering head to the rear hub  
 Short front-to-back dimensions of the engine allow for a long swingarm and a short wheelbase combination that contributes to the light and nimble handling  
 Clean frame joint finishes show off overall quality of the bike  
Rigid Swingarm
 Swingarm is tuned to complement frame rigidity  
 Swingarm has a D-shaped cross section for strength and light weight  
 Swingarm design further contributes to the Ninja 650R’s high-quality appearance  
 Elegant 1-piece rider / passenger footpeg stays complement the swingarm and stabilizer  
 41 mm fork and preload-adjustable laydown shock are tuned for light, rider-friendly handling  
 Fork lower ends around the axle shaft add to the bike’s performance and enhance its high-quality image  
Confidence-inspiring Ergonomics
 An ideal handlebar, seat and footpeg relationship results in a comfortable and natural riding position suiting a wide range of riders  
 Frame narrowed just aft of the fuel tank enables a slim seat, making the reach to the ground even easier  
 The offset 1-shock rear suspension layout with the battery located beside the shock instead of beneath it allows a lower seat height as well  
 Low seat height and slim overall design make it easy to plant both feet firmly on the ground when stopped  
 Dual 300 mm front petal-shaped disc brakes with twin 27 mm piston front brake calipers and a single 220 mm rear petal-shaped disc deliver plenty of braking power  
 Front brake master cylinder features a 14 mm piston for smooth actuation  
Sleek Supersport Bodywork
 2 headlight design features multi-reflector bulb hoods and 2-position lights – like its Ninja supersport brethren  
 A lip at the top of the windscreen deflects air away from the rider, along with a duct in the center of the cowling that creates an “air curtain” to reduce wind buffeting at higher speeds  
 Tall fuel tank – especially noticeable when viewed from the side – adds to the bike’s crouching appearance  
 A flush-surface fuel cap and a sharp-edged motif give the tank a distinctive look  
 Sharp, edged lines give the Ninja 650R an aggressive supersport look, yet the bodywork still accentuates the frame  
 Distinctive Ninja supersport design elements of the front cowling and the fairings, such as the judicious combination of colored and black panels, enhance its sporty image and compact appearance  
 Integrated front turn signals with clear lenses and amber bulbs  
 Completing the bike’s aggressive sport appearance is a sharp tail cowling featuring a thin LED taillight  
 Inner rear fender helps keep the underside of the sleek tail cowl clean  
 The turn signals also function as flashing hazard lights  
 A long front fender keeps water splashing to a minimum and its 2-tone design matches the Ninja 650R’s light, compact theme  
 Storage options include four tie-down hooks for baggage or a spare helmet to be secured to the seat and a storage space under the seat with room for a U-lock or similar device  
 Mirror design is a similar supersport style to that on the new Ninja ZX™-6R  
 Attractive 6-spoke supersport-style wheels augment the bike’s light look and reduce unsprung weight  
Instruments / Controls
 MotoGP-inspired multi-function instrumentation includes a fuel gauge, digital speedometer, clock, odometer, dual trip meters and a bar-style digital tachometer  
 Clock and trip meter can be viewed simultaneously  
 Red backlighting for the LCD screen adds to the sporty image while the area around the instrument panel presents a clean, finished front cowl interior  
 Stylized handlebar clamps and curved shapes on the brake master cylinder reservoir and clutch lever contribute to the Ninja 650R’s high-quality appearance  


Two-tone Candy Burnt Orange / Flat Super Black

Two-tone Metallic Spark Black / Flat Super Black
*Price, if shown, is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) and does not include government fees, taxes, dealer vehicle freight/preparation, dealer document preparation charges or any finance charges (if applicable). MSRP and/or final actual sales price will vary depending on options or accessories selected.