When you think of Kawasaki’s Ninja 650, you don’t usually think of racing.
After all, you’re a lot more likely to see Kawasaki’s ZX-6 or ZX-10 models at the racetrack. There’s probably even more Ninja 250s and EX-500s on the track, than Ninja 650s. The middleweight parallel twin is a competent bike, but it’s usually purchased with everyday use in mind.
That might change in the future, though. Roadracing World says Kawasaki recently had a Ninja 650 racer concept put together, just in time for the 650’s North American press release in California. The machine features an Ohlins shock, steel-braided brake lines, Woodcraft-CFM clip-on handlebars, and Dunlop racing slicks.
Could this machine simply be a one-off, or could it be that Kawasaki’s got bigger plans ahead for their revamped 650? If we find out, we’ll let you know.