2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 KRT Edition features new racing inspired lime green, grey and black livery; offered with same price as the stock version
Kawasaki’s Indian arm has introduced the Ninja 650 KRT Edition for the domestic market at a price of Rs. 5.69 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The 2017 version of KRT basically gives a different colour scheme to the faired sportsbike and helps in distinguishing it from other traditional paint jobs. However, mechanically there will be no change.
KRT abbreviates to Kawasaki Racing Team and if you have followed the Japanese company in motorcycling series around the world, you would clearly predict where the styling inspiration has been taken from. The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja KRT Edition uses the combination of lime green, grey and black colours to give a vibrant stance to the standard version.
Bookings for the KRT Edition have kicked off across all dealerships in the country and when compared to the regular Ninja 650 variant, the price remains unaltered. Kawasaki debuted the 2017 Ninja 650 at the Intermot Show in Cologne, Germany in October 2016 before launching it on the foreign markets. Following the launch in Malaysia, it went on sale this year in India back in March.
As the stock version, the KRT Edition gets twin headlamps resembling the ZX-10R, sharp fairing, revised rear portion, a lightweight swingarm, split seats with 790 mm saddle height and an underbelly exhaust. It is powered by the same 649 cc, parallel-twin which is good enough to generate a maximum power output of 67 bhp at 8,000 rpm and 65.7 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm as in the Z650.
Power is transferred to the rear wheel through a six-speed gearbox. Although losing 3 bhp compared to the outgoing 650, the engine is said to deliver excellent low to mid-range torque with improved riding experience. It is 22 kilos lighter than the previous Ninja 650 and has an analogue instrument cluster with digital speedometer shared with the Z650.
The Kawasaki Ninja 650 sits on a 41 mm telescopic front forks and horizontal linkless system at the rear. With new Nissin calipers and Bosch 9.1 ABS system, the braking characteristics have claimed to be improved as well over the previous version sold in India.