Very clean bike with Yoshimura exhaust. Up until now Kawasaki’s Ninja 650 has been recognized as a genteel gateway drug to the company’s true supersport model, the ZX-6R. For 2017 Kawasaki has further distilled more performance from the beginner-ish Ninja while maintaining the bike’s streetable mannerisms. In other words, the 2017 Ninja 650 is a more potent sportbike capable of shredding a twisty canyon road or closed course race track on the weekends, while performing commuter duty during the weekdays. Many of the changes were in the looks department. Kawi shifted the vibe from streetwise to race-tastic with a front fairing and chin spoiler that introduced a bit of 10R DNA into the mix. The fairing houses the backswept, angry-alien headlights, and an adjustable windshield crowns the bike’s cowl with molded-in ducts that funnel air to remove heat and vent it away from the rider.