Jul 10

Kawasaki brings ABS to the Ninja 650 in 2013

Kawasaki brings ABS to the Ninja 650 in 2013

Kawasaki USA announced some 2013 models on their website.  Kudos to them getting the Ninja 650 upgraded to having available Anti Lock Brake System or ABS for an additional $500.  Honda has been besting Kawasaki at bringing in the best entry level options for bikers lately.  In 2008 the Ninja 250r was the entry level motorcycle.  However, when Honda brought out its recently released CBR 250, it had both fuel injection and available ABS.  My old 2007 Kawasaki Versys is still one of my favourite motorcycles.  In Europe it has always had optional ABS, but not so far in North America.  I notice though that they only have the 2012 Versys listed on its site.  We’ll see what other 2013 model announcements bring later.

If I had my wish, the Ninja 250r would debut in 2013 with fuel injection and ABS, while all their other models would have ABS as an available option. What do you think?  Would you pay extra for ABS on a middle weight motorcycle, or is this too much money to part with?  Your comments are always welcome.  (Unless you are one of the hundreds of weekly spammers who are trying to backlink from our website to promote sales of your latest erection enhancement medications.  Comments are moderated, keep it about bikes, and spam free.)

In the meantime here is a photo of the new 2013 Ninja 650 ABS.  More can be found at the manufacturer’s website.



    • Tom on July 21, 2012 at 11:45
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    If you look at the accident statistics you will see a dramatically lower rate of fatal accidents for middleweight motorcycles equipped with ABS. Motorcycles in the range of 500-1000 cc are safer than smaller motorcycles because they have enough power to accelerate out of trouble, if necessary. They are also WAY safer than motorcycles over 1000 cc because they are lighter and stop more quickly. Middleweight motorcycles equipped with ABS are they safest things on two wheels.
    I considered buying a Honda CBR250R with ABS because it has decent power, but found it extremely uncomfortable. The “standard” riding position is not only more comfortable, but also safer (and more fun) than either cruiser or sport bike. The CBR250R and Ninja 250r probably both have enough power to get out of the way with one on board. The Ninja has an “almost” standard riding position, and I am considering buying a Ninja 650 when ABS becomes available, but would prefer an ER-6n or Versys.
    My ideal motorcycle is not sold in the USA, it would be a 350-499 cc fuel injected, single cylinder, standard style with ABS. I hate cleaning and oiling drive chains, so how about building something called the GB500ABS Ascot (with shaft drive) Honda?

    1. I agree with everything you say Tom. However, I have come around to preferring chain driven bikes. Chains are simple, efficient, reliable, lightweight, and inexpensive to replace. One can fit a Scot Oiler if they really hate the chore, (I had one on my Versys since it could not fit a center stand), or with a center stand fitted you can easily lube the chain in under 5 minutes. I tend to lube every 500-600 km or every three tanks of gas. I have an blog article on chain maintenance that I have been working on which should be out next month. The Scot Oiler though was brilliant, I filled the little resevoir up every 1500-2000km in the summer, slight more often if riding in the wet. The chain looked better than new when I sold the bike and it saw 5 minutes of personal attention beyond seasonal checks of alignment over five years. Thanks for your comments…Mark DT (moderator)

        • Tom on July 21, 2012 at 12:33
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        Well, I’m still sorry I let go of my Honda VT500 Ascot (oh, so many years ago), and I’ve never been sorry I couldn’t be fooling with the chain on my current motorcycle…

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