Kawasaki’s sporty middleweight parallel-twin Ninja 650 has always been a popular model, and Kawasaki are adding a few changes to the bike for 2020. And when I say a few, I mean a few.
Those updates are a new TFT display, bluetooth connectivity, LED lighting and some ‘fresh’ new paint schemes. Aaaand that’s it.
The new TFT dash is pretty large at 10.9cm, which means you can be bombarded with mostly trivial information while you ride, such as gear position, shift light, fuel gauge and economical riding indicator. The display can be switched from ‘positive’ to ‘negative’ colour schemes, while it will automatically adjust brightness depending on conditions.
Obviously this ‘new generation of riders’ never want to leave home without their phone, so you can also connect your phone to the bike via Bluetooth and Kawasaki’s Rideology app. This will provide navigation info as well as servicing information. I dunno about you – and at 29 I could probably be put in the ‘new generation of riders’ camp – but I could not care less about connecting my phone to a motorcycle while riding. Part of the joy of riding a motorcycle is getting away from notifications and the real world. My phone will go in my bag, and I’ll check it when I get home. Rant over.
The new colour schemes for 2020 are a WSB-inspired design, alongside metallic spark black and flat stardust white/metallic flat spark black. Kawasaki’s are green, though. So forget the last two, everybody else will.
No announcement on price or availability has been made.