2021 Ninja 650 BS6 changes include upgrades to the engine and exhaust for emission compliance and new features listed in this quick story..
Kawasaki announced the new Ninja 650 for India back in January this year, however, it was officially launched just yesterday. The mid-sizer is not just a minor engine/exhaust update but it has received a mid-life update in the process. Let us quickly list all the major changes the faired sportster has received.
2021 Ninja 650 BS6 Changes
- Engine – The 649cc parallel twin motor has been updated to meet Bharat Stage 6 emission norms. The power figures of 68 PS at 8000 rpm have remained unchanged, however, torque is now slightly down to 64 Nm and it also peaks 200 rpm later in the rev range. For reference, the Ninja 650 BS4 produced 65.7 Nm at 6500 rpm). The company, however, says that it has retuned the engine to offer better torque in the mid-range.
- New Fairing – Kawasaki has slapped a new sharper fairing on the motorcycle based on the company’s latest design theme, which makes it look a lot more aggressive than before.
- LED Headlamps – The new Ninja also comes with a pair of LED headlamps now which promise better road illumination.
- New Tyres – Part of the package are new Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tyres which, Kawasaki claims, offer better grip than before.
- New Cluster – 2021 Ninja 650 has also received a new 4.3 inch full digital TFT color instrument cluster which offers a lot of information. It also gets smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth through the company’s Rideology app.
- Price – In January, Kawasaki announced that the 2020 Ninja will be priced between Rs 6.45 Lakh to Rs 6.75 Lakh. However, in its press announcement yesterday, the updated midsizer eventually made its way into the country at Rs 5.24 Lakh as it is now locally produced. In comparison to the BS4 model, this is a reasonably low hike of Rs 24,000 (about 4 percent) as compared to the older standard model and Rs 34,000 (~ 5.5 percent) against the BS4 KRT variant. All prices mentioned here are ex-showroom.
Apart from this, the motorcycle also gets a slightly bigger windshield for better wind protection.
Internationally, Kawasaki is the news for its four cylinder quarter liter Ninja ZX25R which will go to the Indonesian market first (watch teaser video here). The new 650 shares its design language. In India, the Jap has also been spotted testing the new Ninja 300 BS6 which is expected to be launched sometime later this year (see spy pics).