Candy Lime Green is not Lime Green. Ok?
The Candy Lime Green color has been reproduced differently in images posted on various websites that we suggest you check out the videos at kawasaki.com which have the closest resemblance to the ‘actual’ Candy Lime Green. The color was last seen on last year’s ZZR1400 (or ZX-14 depending on which side of the Atlantic you’re from), which in its new avatar dons something called Golden Blazed Green.
This is the new 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ( in the USA) or the ER-6f (Europe). The ‘R’ that stood for ‘Race’ has been dropped, and we can speculate that’s because the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 from Kawasaki is lighter, easier to handle, has two-piece seats, and so much more usable mid-range torque.
The biggest change has to be the Twin (or Double, depending on well, which side of the Atlantic you’re from) Pipe Perimeter Frame. Kawasaki claims this frame has better ‘rigidity balance’ and is narrow, light and much more aesthetically pleasing, especially if you’re considering leaving the expensive bodywork at home before setting out!
The wind protection is better, thanks to the new adjustable wind screen. The fuel tank is taller by 20mm. Deep grooves at the top of the side fairings are inspired by Kawasaki’s new flagship, the ZZR1400 (or, you know right?). Large openings in the side fairings help with heat dissipation. Built-in turn signals are more compact, contributing to the sporty image. Slimmer lower cowl contributes to the sharp styling. The 650 borrows heavily from its bigger siblings, redesigned sharp dual headlamps feature twin position lamps. The sculpted shape of the multi-reflector headlamp’s bulb hoods Kawasaki says, is an example of the attention given to detail on this model. The swingarm is also double pipe, taking design cues from the frame. The swingarm’s gull-arm style design on the right side enables the more aggressive angle of the muffler.
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The 2012 engine offers more low-mid range torque for more fun and greater usability in everyday riding situations, while maintaining the smooth, high-revving character of its predecessor. Under-engine muffler with larger volume and revised internal construction delivers increased torque in the everyday range below 7,000 rpm.
Analogue-style tachometer and multi-function dual-window LCD screen use white LED backlights for excellent visibility at night. The tachometer’s white needle is also highly visible. In addition to the fuel gauge, digital speedometer, clock, odometer and dual trip meters, new features include: remaining range, average/instant fuel consumption and the Economical Riding Indicator.
Yes, we wonder what’s an ‘Economical Riding Indicator’ doing on a bike that wears the Ninja badge. We suggest you read our Editor’s story on the Ninja which explains why this 650 is not really a Ninja, or try to simply convince yourself that a ‘Green’ bike needs such a gadget.
More updates to come later.