Monday, 17 October 2011

No "R" again? it's 2012 Ninja 650 and not 650R

A few weeks ago, I have written about this bike and you can read here (2012 Kawasaki ninja 650) but I did not realized that now Kawasaki has remove the R label from the Kawasaki ninja 650 product. Today, when I visited the Kawasaki motorcycles official website at, I finally realized that for the 2012 motorcycles line-up, the Kawasaki Ninja 650R has changed its name to the Ninja 650, and again without the R code / label. If you've read my previous articles on this motor-bikes blog, you would know that Kawasaki motorcycles also has removed the R code / label of the all new 2012 Kawasaki ninja 250r, just like the 2012 ninja 650R, for the 2012 edition, the all new Kawasaki ninja 250r now presented without the "R", and just named Kawasaki ninja 250 only. hmm is there any wrong with R label?
2012 Kawasaki ninja 650
Here is from Kawasaki official website, see the name of new Ninja 650
2012 Kawasaki ninja 650 with no R
See it?

I still haven't found the answer for this, why Kawasaki removed the "R" label for their product, both of product, 2012 Kawasaki ninja 650 and 2012 Kawasaki ninja 250. If we try to thinking more about this product, This 2 Kawasaki products looks like not included into the line racing bike from Kawasaki, as you know that Kawasaki has ZX-6R for the racing full style series, and for the street motor-bikes line-up, Kawasaki has ER6n or also ER-6f, see it? there also no R label. So.. I thing Kawasaki has make 2 family for their product for 2012 edition, the racing family are 2012 Kawasaki ninja zx-6r, Kawasaki ninja zx-10R and other, and the street friendly motorcycles are 2012 Kawasaki 250, 2012 Kawasaki ninja 650, ER series and others. So what about you??.. Thanks


Niko said...

Hello, Ganjar!

My name is Niko, and I'm from the US. I've been following your blog for a few months now and appreciate all the updates you post on new and upcoming bikes.

I just want to comment on why Kawasaki has removed the 'R' from the 650 bikes. The 'R' has always stood for "race". Based on the new changes they've made to this bike (lighter, easier to handle, more low-mid range torque) they're no longer classifying the 2012s as race bikes. So in essence, your statement in the last paragraph is correct!

Admin said...

Greats Niko..
I agree with you.. for 2012 Kawasaki motorcycles line-up, the R label just for the racing looks only, Ninja 650 is not in this are also Kawasaki ninja 250, the Kawasaki motor-bike with no "R" code looks like for street-bike fans, beginner riders also for peoples who want to ride comfortable and lightweight motor-bike, But, the most important is, today all Kawi bikes with no R still have a sharp even better design than previous edition, and the engine and also performance still great.

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