2007 Kawasaki Ninja 500R
Few motorcycle designs manage to balance a rider's need for performance, comfort and sportbike style as well as the Ninja 500R.
Expert and beginning riders will appreciate the Ninja 500R's liquid-cooled, inline twin-cylinder four-stroke engine. With dual overhead cams actuating four valves per cylinder, the snappy motor is user-friendly and inspirational. 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 rear suspension system, with a progressive linkage similar to the larger-displacement Ninja models.
The Ninja 500R also has the same sporty styling, 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.