Hot on the heels of the price announcement for the 2017 Kawasaki Z650 ABS is the Malaysia price for the full-fairing Ninja 650 ABS, at RM37,189 including GST. Also released is the price for the Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS Special Edition, which retails for RM38,189, including GST.

Carrying the same 649 cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin that puts out 67.3 hp at 8,000 rpm and 65.7 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm as the Z650, the Ninja 650 carries Kawasaki’s middleweight supersports mantle, along with an illustrious model name that first appeared back in 1983, with the GPz900R.

Like its sibling, Bosch 9.1M ABS is now standard for this pair of Kawasaki middle-weights, a welcome inclusion to the spec-sheet, as is an assist and slipper clutch. Both machines also have a low seat height of 790 mm, making them easy to ride and accessible for all rider types.

Fuel for the Ninja 650 is carried in a 15-litre tank, and wet weight is claimed to be 193 kg. A new trellis frame ties everything together, and wheelbase is stated as 1,410 mm, which should make handling sporty.

The Special Edition version of the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS- which goes for RM1,000 more – comes with a single-seat cover, smoked windshield, radiator cover and rim pin striping. Colour options for the Ninja 650 are Candy Burnt Orange for the base model, while the Special Edition comes in Kawasaki Green.

Both the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 and the Z650 – both of which are only available with ABS – will be in GT World Ninja, Ninja Shops and Kawasaki authorised premium dealers by March 8. The 2017 Kawasaki Z650 naked sportsbike retails for RM35,609.