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MY2021 BS6 Kawasaki Ninja 650 launched in India at INR 6.24 lakh

Nizam Shaikh
Written by Nizam Shaikh

Kawasaki has launched the Model Year 2021 BS6 emissions-compliant Kawasaki Ninja 650 in India at the price of 6,24,000 ex-showroom, India. The BS6 Kawasaki Ninja 650 is available in two colour options – Lime Green Ebony and Pearl Flat Stardust White. 

As compared to its predecessor the MY 2021 gets a redesigned front which now comes in-line with the latest generation Ninja family and appears to draw inspiration from the ZX-6R, new split type twin LED headlamp units that sit between the longer nose, a new nose applique that integrates the windscreen that appears taller than the predecessor, refreshed side fairings, the two-up seats appear similar in design but the pillion seat is wider & thicker than before and the new model features new body graphics and an all-new 4.3-inch digital TFT colour instrumentation with Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, GPS data logging and ‘Rideology The App’ integration. 

In the engine department, the MY 2021 Ninja 650 features a BS6 emissions-compliant motor with the same displacement as before but achieves BS6 conformity through changes in the catalytic converter system and a new air inlet. The changes have retained the power output on the Ninja 650 and the BS6 compliant 649cc parallel-twin cylinder, liquid-cooled 4-stroke, 8-valve DOHC dual throttle valve fuel-injected engine still produces 68 PS of power but the torque output of the 65.7 Nm has been reduced slightly to 64 Nm on the new engine. The parallel-twin engine comes matched to a 6-speed return-type transmission.

In terms of mechanical parts, the 2021 Ninja 650 features high-tensile steel trellis frame that rides on 41mm conventional hydraulic telescopic front fork suspension with 125mm of travel, horizontal back-link suspension with adjustable preload that allows 130mm of the wheel travel, dual semi-floating 300mm petal discs on the front and a single petal disc on the rear with dual 2-piston hydraulic callipers on the front and a single-piston hydraulic calliper on the rear. The bike also features black-finished 17-inch alloy wheels shod in 120/70 front & 160/60 rear, new Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tyres for sporty handling characteristics.

Deliveries for the new Ninja 650 is likely to begin as soon as health conditions normalise in the country and the lockdown due to the COVID-19 / CoronaVirus outbreak is lifted.

In related news, launch dates of the heavily localised entry-level Kawasaki Ninja 300 in its BS6 avatar could be delayed by a couple of months due to manufacturing restriction amidst COVID-19 outbreak. The Ninja 300 was earlier reported to be launched in September-October 2020 but could be delayed further to November-December 2020. More details on the Ninja 300’s timeline is expected to be revealed soon.