Few motorcycle designs manage to balance a rider's need for performance, comfort and sport bike style as well as the Ninja® 500R. Expert and beginning riders will appreciate the Ninja 500R's liquid-cooled, inline 2-cylinder 4-stroke engine. With dual overhead cams actuating 4-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, the 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 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.