2018 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Candy Plasma Blue colour launched at INR 5.33 lakhs
Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.
India Kawasaki Motors has launched the Candy Plasma Blue colour variant of the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 650. The motorcycle costs INR 5,33,000, ex-showroom.
The bookings for the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Candy Plasma Blue colour variant are open and it will be sold in limited numbers. Kawasaki will discontinue the existing Black colour variant and replace the bike with the new colour. Apart from the Blue colour variant, there is the KRT Edition as well, which Kawasaki launched in November, last year. It gets livery inspired from the Kawasaki Racing Team.
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Apart from the new colour scheme, there are no mechanical changes to the bike. It continues to use the 649cc parallel twin DOHC engine with liquid cooling. The powerplant is capable of generating 68 PS of power at 8,000 rpm, and 65.7 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. Working in unison with the engine is a 6-speed gearbox. Speaking on the launch, Yutaka Yamashita, Managing Director of India Kawasaki Motors said:
We take a lot of pride in different colour combinations, though the green and black is our signature style. The Ninja 650 in black received a very good response in the Indian market. Now we are expecting the same for blue Ninja 650 ABS.
A 41 mm telescopic front fork and a rear horizontal back-link with adjustable preload hold the high tensile steel trellis frame. 300 mm petal discs at the front and a single 220 mm rear disc handle the braking responsibility. The brakes come with ABS as standard. The motorcycle weighs 196 kg, kerb, and the fuel tank can hold 15 litres of juice.