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Kawasaki EX500D
Manufacturer Kawasaki
Also called Ninja 500
Production 94-97
Engine 500cc
Sparkplug D9EA '94-97
Battery YB14L-A2 '94-97
Front Tire 110/70-17 '94-97
Rear Tire 130/70-17 '94-97
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The Kawasaki Ninja 500R (which was originally named, and is still referred to as the EX500) is a 498cc motorcycle manufactured by Kawasaki from 1994 to present.

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Kawasaki Ninja 500R

An image of the European version of Ninja 500, the Kawasaki GPZ 500 S, which has a double front disk brake. This bike is from 1994 (thus an after-update model), and the windshield is non-original
Another image of the post-update version.

The Kawasaki Ninja 500R The 2006 model has a MSRP of $5,049 USD. It has a liquid cooled parallel-twin engine with a six-speed manual transmission and has a chain driven drive train setup. This motorcycle is considered an "entry level" sport bike, but has considerable performance. The EX500's parallel-twin configuration provides a combination of power and light weight that has made it popular as an entry level race bike.

For touring the EX500 has an 18 litre tank, reserve included. Without tapping into the reserve the range is over 240 km.

The design was updated in 1994; it has remained essentially unchanged since then. Its marketing name was also changed in 1994 from EX500 to Ninja 500; the R suffix was added in 1998.

Features (1994+)

  • Twin-cylinder 498 cc engine
  • Compact parallel-twin design
  • Liquid cooling
  • Four valves per cylinder
  • 34 mm CVK semi-flat slide carburetors
  • Digital ignition - microprocessor-controlled timing
  • Six-speed transmission
  • Positive neutral finder
  • Standard half fairing
  • Dual trip meters
  • Double-cradle steel box-section frame
  • Centerstand
  • 37 mm front fork
  • Large-diameter fork tubes with thin walls for light weight and exceptional rigidity
  • Front disc brake with dual-piston caliper drilled for better cooling and reduced unsprung weight
  • Rear disc brake - single-piston caliper
  • Bottom-link UNI-TRAK® Rear Suspension
  • Lightweight aluminum components provide quick suspension response
  • 17-inch wheels

Specifications

Engine:

  • type: liquid-cooled four, counter-balanced, 8-valve, dual chin-driven overhead camshaft 180° parallel twin
  • displacement: 498 cc (19.6 in³)
  • bore x stroke: 74.0 x 58.0 mm (2.913 x 2.283 in.)
  • compression ratio: 10.8:1
  • redline: 11,000 rpm
  • power: 52 bhp @ 9500 rpm (103 hp/L)
  • torque: 30.86 lb. ft. @ 8000 rpm
  • starting: electric
  • carburetion: Keihin CVK34 x 2
  • exhaust: 2-into-2
  • ignition: transistorized, battery-powered, inductive, magnetically triggered (1987-1993), TCBI with digital advance (1994+)
  • oil capacity: 3.6 qts. (3.4 L)
  • fuel: unleaded or low-lead minimum octane 91 RON (~87 R+M/2)

Transmission:

  • six-speed
  • constant mesh
  • wet-clutch
  • primary drive: 23/61, 2.662
  • final drive: 42/16 sprockets (2.625 ratio), #520 chain
  • gear ratios (transmission) (1) 36/14, 2.571 (2) 32/18, 1.78 (3) 29/21, 1.38 (4) 27/24, 1.12 (5) 25/26, 0.96 (6) 23/27, 0.85
  • gear ratios (overall) (1) 17.87 (2) 12.37 (3) 9.60 (4) 7.83 (5) 6.88 (6) 5.92
  • maximum speed in gears @ engine redline (1) 44 (2) 63 (3) 82 (4) 101 (5) 118 (6) 133

Chassis

  • frame: high-tensile steel double-downtube, full cradle, steel, perimeter box section; steel swingarm
  • overall length: 83.66 in. (2125 mm) (1987), 83.07 in. (2110 mm) (1988-1993), 82.5 in.(1994+)
  • overall width: 26.97 in. (1987-1993), 27.6 in. (1994+)
  • overall height: 45.86 in. (1987-1993), 45.7 in. (1994+)
  • wheelbase: 56.5 in. (1435 mm)
  • ground clearance: 4.9 in. (1987-1993), 4.7 in. (1994+)
  • seat height: 30.81 in. (770 mm) (1987-1993), 30.5 in. (1994+)
  • dry weight: 373 lb. except California (169 kg) 374 lb. (170 kg) (1987-1993), 388 lb. (1994+)
  • wet weight: 409 lb. (185 kg) (1987-1993), 437 lb. (198 kg) (1994+)
  • fuel capacity (main/reserve): 4.2/0.6 gal. (15.9/2.21 L)
  • load capacity (GVWR less curb weight): 418.5 lb. (189.8 kg)

Suspension:

  • rake / trail: 27.5°/3.5 in. (89 mm) (1987-1993), 27° / 3.6 in. (91 mm) (1994+)
  • type, front: center-axle hydraulic telescopic 36 mm (1987-1993) or 37 mm (1994+) fork
  • type, rear: UNI-TRAK® system with single shock, adjustable pre-load
  • wheel travel, front: 5.5 in. (140 mm) (1987-1993), 5.1 in. (1994+)
  • wheel travel, rear: 3.9 in. (100 mm)
  • wheel, front: cast, 2.15 in. x 16 in. tubeless (1987-1994), 17 in. (1994+)
  • wheel rear: cast, 2.5 in. x 16 in. tubeless (1987-1994), 17 in. (1994+)
  • tire, front: 100/90-16 54H Bridgestone Excedra G533 (1987-1993), 110/70-17 tubeless (1994+)
  • tire, rear: 120/90-16 in. 83H Bridgestone Excedra (1987-1993), 130/70-17 tubeless (1994+)

Brakes

  • front: dual-piston hydraulic single (280 mm 1994+) disc
  • rear: rod-actuated, single leading-drum (1987-1993), single-piston hydraulic single disc (1994+)

Electrical

  • battery: 12 V, 14 Ah
  • power source: AC Alternator, charge control solid-state voltage regulator
  • headlight beams (high/low): 60/55 w
  • tail/stoplights: 8/27 x 2 w
  • instrumentation: speedometer, odometer, single (1987-1993) or double (1994+) tripmeter, tachometer with 11,000 rpm redline, water temperature gauge, indicators: oil pressure, high-beam, headlight off, turn signals, neutral

Colors

  • Kawasaki Lime Green / Ebony
  • New Candy Red / Ebony
  • Metallic Violet Royal/Gray

Performance

from Cycle Magazine January, 1987 for 1987-1993

  • Standing start ¼ mile: 12.73 s @ 102 mph
  • Acceleration, 0-60 mph: 3.76 s
  • Acceleration, 45-70 mph, top gears: (4) 4.08 s, 343 ft. (5) 5.92 s, 492 ft.(6) 6.62 sec., 589 ft.
  • Braking, 60-0 mph: 115 ft.
  • Power @ 60 mph: 9.58 hp
  • Engine speed @ 60 mph, top gear: 4935 rpm
  • Average fuel consumption rate 48 mpg (20.4 km/L)
  • Cruising range (main/reserve) 202/29 mi. (237/46 km)
  • Speedometer error: 30 mph indicated, actual 29.50; 60 mph indicated, actual 57.53

from Motorcyclist Magazine for 1994+

  • Standing start ¼ mile: 12.98 s @ 99.0 mph
  • Top speed: 118 mph

In Media

  • The motorcycle also appears in the 1994 action film True Lies.
  • Jessica Alba rides a black Ninja 500R throughout the TV action series Dark Angel.


Gallery of various 500 Ninjas

EX500 D1-D12/D6F NINJA 500

1995

1995 Kawasaki EX500-D2



  • 498 mL
  • 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, Liquid-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color - Candy Persimmon Red (A5), Metallic Nocturne Blue (C6)
  • VIN No. - JKAEXVD1vSA009001
  • F No. - EX500D-009001
  • Engine No. - EX500AE018001
  • Parts Catalog No. - (CA) (US) 99961-0377, (EUR) 99917-1602-06
  • Owner's Manual No. - (CA) (US) 99920-1721-01, (EUR) 99922-1740-01
  • Service Manual No. - 99924-1056-04 & 99924-1172-53


1996

1996 Kawasaki EX500-D3
1996 Kawasaki Ninja 500R (EX500-D3) in Metallic Blue Violet
1996 Kawasaki Ninja 500R (EX500-D3) in Metallic Blue Violet



  • 498 mL
  • 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, Liquid-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color - Candy Wine Red (H3), Metallic Blue Violet (SD), Ebony (H8)
  • VIN No. - JKAEXVD1vTA025001
  • F No. - EX500D-025001
  • Engine No. - EX500AE018001
  • Parts Catalog No. - (CA) (US) 99961-0377, (EUR) 99917-1602-06
  • Owner's Manual No. - (CA) (US) 99920-1769-01, (EUR) 99922-1784-01
  • Service Manual No. - 99924-1056-04 & 99924-1172-53

1997

1997 Kawasaki EX500-D4



  • 498 mL
  • 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, Liquid-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color - Luminous Peacock Blue (35), Firecracker Red (B1)
  • VIN No. - JKAEXVD1vVA035001
  • Engine No. - EX500AE018001
  • Parts Catalog No. - (CA) (US) 99961-0377
  • Owner's Manual No. - 99920-1823-01
  • Service Manual No. - 99924-1056-04 & 99924-1172-53

1998

1998 Kawasaki EX500-D5
1998 Kawasaki Ninja 500R (EX500-D5) in Red
1998 Kawasaki Ninja 500R (EX500-D5) in Red
1998 Kawasaki Ninja 500R (EX500-D5) in Red
1998 Kawasaki Ninja 500R (EX500-D5) in Red
1998 Kawasaki Ninja 500R (EX500-D5) in Red



  • 498 mL
  • 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, Liquid-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color - Candy Persimmon Red (A5), Black Pearl (B5)
  • VIN No. - JKAEXVD1vWA040001
  • F No. - EX500D-040001
  • Engine No. - EX500AE018001
  • Parts Catalog No. - (CA) (US) 99961-0377, (EUR) 99917-1602-06
  • Owner's Manual No. - (CA) (US) 99920-1837-01, (EUR) 99922-1884-01
  • Service Manual No. - 99924-1056-04 & 99924-1172-53

1999

1999 Kawasaki EX500-D6



  • 498 mL
  • 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, Liquid-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color - Firecracker Red (B1), Candy Persimmon Red (A5), Black Pearl (B5)
  • VIN No. - (CA) (US) JKAEXVD1vXA048001,
    • (EUR) JKAEX500DDA048001
  • Engine No. - EX500AE018001
  • Parts Catalog No. - (CA) (US) 99961-0471, (EUR) 99917-1841-02
  • Owner's Manual No. - (CA) (US) 99920-1913-01, (EUR) 99922-1943-01
  • Service Manual No. - 99924-1056-04 & 99924-1172-53

2000

2000 Kawasaki EX500-D7
2000 Kawasaki Ninja 500R (EX500-D7) in Candy Lightning Blue
2000 Kawasaki Ninja 500R (EX500-D7) in Candy Lightning Blue
2000 Kawasaki Ninja 500R (EX500-D7) in Candy Lightning Blue
2000 Kawasaki Ninja 500R (EX500-D7) in Candy Lightning Blue
2000 Kawasaki Ninja 500R (EX500-D7) in Candy Lightning Blue
2000 Kawasaki Ninja 500R (EX500-D7) in Candy Lightning Blue
2000 Kawasaki Ninja 500R (EX500-D7) in Candy Lightning Blue



  • 498 mL
  • 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, Liquid-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color - Candy Lightning Blue (E1), Ebony (H8)
  • VIN No. - (CA) (US) JKAEXVD1vYA056001,
    • (EUR) JKAEX500DDA056001
  • Engine No. - EX500AE018001
  • Parts Catalog No. - (CA) (US) 99961-0471, (EUR) 99917-1841-02
  • Owner's Manual No. - (US) 99920-1951-01, (CA) 99929-1329-01,
    • (EUR) 99922-1990-01
  • Service Manual No. - 99924-1056-04 & 99924-1172-53

2001

2001 Kawasaki EX500-D8



  • 498 mL
  • 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, Liquid-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color - Candy Lightning Blue (E1), Metallic Violet Royal (JW)
  • VIN No. - JKAEXVD1v1A064001
  • Engine No. - EX500AE018001
  • Parts Catalog No. - (CA) (US) 99961-0471
  • Owner's Manual No. - (US) 99987-1008-01, (CA) 99929-1398-01
  • Service Manual No. - 99924-1056-04 & 99924-1172-53


2003

2003 Kawasaki NINJA 500r (EX500-D10) in Blue
2003 Kawasaki NINJA 500r (EX500-D10) in Blue
2003 Kawasaki Ninja 500R (EX500-D10) in Red
2003 Kawasaki Ninja 500R (EX500-D10) in Red
2003 Kawasaki Ninja 500R (EX500-D10) in Red
2003 Kawasaki Ninja 500 (EX500) in Purple
2003 Kawasaki Ninja 500 (EX500) in Purple
2003 Kawasaki Ninja 500 (EX500) in Purple
2003 Kawasaki Ninja 500 (EX500) in Purple


2005

2006

2006 Kawasaki Ninja 500R in Lime Green
2006 Kawasaki Ninja 500R in Lime Green
2006 Kawasaki Ninja 500R in Lime Green
2006 Kawasaki Ninja 500R in Lime Green
2006 Kawasaki Ninja 500R in Lime Green


2007

2007 Kawasaki EX500 in silver
2007 Kawasaki EX500 in silver
2007 Kawasaki EX500 in yellow
2007 Kawasaki EX500 in yellow
2007 Kawasaki EX500 in yellow


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