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KAWASAKI NINJA® 500R
Quick, nimble and comfortable
The 2005 Kawasaki NINJA® 500R sportbike has all the elements of a great mid-sized
sportbike: torquey parallel twin engine, nimble chassis, comfortable ergonomics and wind
protection, and sleek NINJA styling. It’s also inexpensive to own and operate.
Riders of all skill levels will appreciate the NINJA 500R’s liquid-cooled, inline twincylinder
four-stroke engine. With dual overhead cams actuating four valves per cylinder, the
snappy motor is user-friendly and inspirational. Indeed, exploring the top end of this engine’s rev
range is entertaining for even the most seasoned riders.
The high-performance engine isn't the only selling point for the NINJA 500R. On twisty
back roads, the bike’s lightweight, compact design makes for a great-handling machine. This is
complemented by Kawasaki’s UNI-TRAK® progressive rear suspension system, standard fare
on the larger-displacement NINJA models.
The NINJA 500R also has the sporty styling of its larger siblings, which contribute to
both form and function—the aerodynamic half-fairing provides wind protection for the rider, and
is stylishly complemented by a lower fairing.
Authentic Kawasaki Accessories are available through Kawasaki dealers or they can be
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Features and Benefits
Twin-cylinder 498cc Engine
Compact parallel-twin design
Superior engineering produces sportbike power with broad usable torque
Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power during hard use
Includes temperature gauge
Auxiliary Cooling Fan
Maintains optimum temperature for best performance, fuel economy and reliability
Four Valves per Cylinder
Better breathing for more power at high rpm
Compact combustion chamber for increased compression ratio without detonation on today’s gasolines
Boosts low-end torque
Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow
34mm CVK Semi-flat Slide Carburetors
Precise fuel metering provides uniform power delivery at all engine speeds
Quick throttle response
Microprocessor-controlled timing never needs adjustment
Ultra-responsive to engine needs
Provides excellent acceleration and relaxed highway cruising
Positive Neutral Finder
Just lift the shift pedal from first at a stop to find neutral easily, every time
A Kawasaki exclusive
Standard Half Fairing
Offers rider wind protection for more comfort
Incorporates large, easy-to-read instruments with dual trip meters
Double-cradle Steel Box-section Frame
Lightweight, with superior rigidity for more precise handling and better control
Centerstand included for convenience
37mm Front Fork
Large-diameter fork tubes with thin walls for light weight and exceptional rigidity
Front Disc Brake with Dual-piston Caliper
Disc is drilled for better cooling and reduced unsprung weight
Dual-piston caliper increases braking effectiveness
Rear Disc Brake
Powerful and controllable
Bottom-link UNI-TRAK® Rear Suspension
Lowers the center of gravity for better handling
Progressive rate provides a smoother, more controlled ride
Lightweight aluminum components provide quick suspension response
Wide, modern 17-inch rims fit low-profile, high-performance tires
2005 KAWASAKI NINJA® 500R SPECIFICATIONS*
Engine Four-stroke, DOHC, parallel twin
Bore x stroke 74.0 x 58.0mm
Compression ratio 10.8:1
Carburetion Keihin CVK34 x 2
Ignition TCBI with digital advance
Frame High-tensile steel, perimeter design
Rake / trail 27° / 3.6 in.
Suspension type, front 37mm hydraulic telescopic fork
Suspension type, rear UNI-TRAK® system with single shock
Wheel travel, front 5.1 in.
Wheel travel, rear 3.9 in.
Tire, front 11/70 x 17 tubeless
Tire, rear 130/70 x 17 tubeless
Brakes, front / rear Hydraulic disc / Disc
Overall length 82.5 in.
Overall width 27.6 in.
Overall height 45.7 in.
Ground clearance 4.7 in.
Seat height 30.5 in.
Dry weight 388 lbs.
Fuel capacity 4.8 gal.
Wheelbase 56.5 in.
Color Ebony/Metallic Graystone, Candy Thunder