Intermot show: Kawasaki announces TWO more new models! The Z900 and Z650!

Here we go then, another two models coming in from Kawasaki – the Z900 (the black bike, below)and Z650 (the white bike). Below are the details from Kawasaki directly – we’ll let you know the price when it appears from Kawasaki UK:

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Z900 / Z900 ABS

CONCEPT: RIDER-FOCUSED SUPERNAKED OFFERS SUBLIME BALANCE OF POWER & HANDLING

Kawasaki has long believed that Supernaked models should be more than supersport machines stripped of their full-fairing bodywork. Designed for maximum riding pleasure, the new Z900 mounts a 948 cm3 In-Line Four engine in an all-new ultra-lightweight frame. The choice of a 900cc-class In-Line Four was no accident; every twist of the throttle is rewarded by crisp, smooth response and exhilarating acceleration. But although the engine becomes more exciting the higher th e revs climb, its smooth power delivery makes its extremely manageable. The lightweight chassis offers the same duality; nimble handling lends itself to spirited sports riding, while the Z900’s light weight and low seat height make it easy to control.

Like many legendary Kawasaki 900cc-class In-Line Four machines (Z1, Ninja/GPz900R, Ninja ZX-9R), the Z900’s package delivers a sublime balance of power and handling – ideal for a Supernaked model.

Sublime Balance of Power & Handling

The crisp response of the Z900’s In-Line Four engine is perfectly balanced by its light, agile handling. Exhilarating without being overly intimidating, the combination is simply sublime.

Z Styling (Sugomi-inspired)

The Z900’s aggressive Z Supernaked styling, inspired by the sugomi design of the Z1000, combines elegant, flowing bodywork with a condensed, compact engine. One look, and you’ll fall in love.

ADVANTAGES

SUBLIME BALANCE OF POWER & HANDLING

Exciting In-Line Four engine

Powerful 948 cm3 liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-line Four engine has a quick-revving character and a strong mid-range hit that pulls strongly to the redline. Adding to rider exhilaration, a distinct intake note encourages you to twist the throttle. Silky smooth power delivery facilitates control while contributing to rider comfort and confidence.

Crafted intake note

Designed specifically so that acceleration could be enjoyed aurally as well as physically, the carefully crafted auditory note of the intake is a key component of the street riding exhilaration offered by the Z900.

Light weight, agile handling Benefitting from a chassis comprised of lightweight components, the Z900 weighs in at 210.5 kg (208.5 kg for non-ABS models) – even after clearing Euro 4. Its lightweight trellis frame and swingarm were the key to the Z900’s nimble handling.

Easy manoeuvrability The Z900’s low weight and low seat height (794 mm) both contribute to manoeuvrability, whether walking beside the bike, or foot peddling in a parking lot. The easy-to-manage engine response and wide steering angle further facilitate low-speed manoeuvring.

Horizontal Back-link rear suspension Linked suspension delivers a balance of sporty performance and ride comfort.

Assist & Slipper clutch

Ergonomics for control

With the wide, flat handlebar and relaxed, sporty riding position, the rider is easily able to capitalise on the Z900’s sporty street riding potential. Slightly more upright than the Z1000 and Z800, the riding position offers a blend of control and comfort that allows the rider to enjoy a variety of riding situations.

Z STYLING (SUGOMI-INSPIRED)

Aggressive Z styling Designed to make viewers fall in love at first sight, the Z900’s aggressive Z styling is inspired by the sugomi design of the Z1000. Elegant bodywork flowing from head to tail is combined with minimalist cover in the engine area devised to draw attention to its functional beauty. A condensed appearance emphasised by slim, close-fitting bodywork gives the bike a light, agile image that reflects its sporty performance.

Visually appealing multi-functional instrumentation Stacked instrument cluster features an easy-to-read layout. Analogue-style tachometer features a gear position indicator at its centre and sits atop a large multi-function LCD screen. The tachometer’s three rider-selectable display modes add a visual element to riding enjoyment. Hairline finish on the tachometer dial, and carbon-fibre-style panelling contribute high-quality touches.

“Z” LED taillight Complementing the aggressive Supernaked styling, the Z900’s sharp LED taillight lights up in “Z” pattern, contributing to the sporty image and the strong Z identity.

Special Edition model (MYS/THA) In addition to the standard Z900, a Special Edition model with special colour and graphics and a number of accessories fit standard will also be available.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

ENGINE

Exciting In-Line Four Engine

  • New engine, based on the Z1000 powerplant, balances exhilarating acceleration with smooth power delivery that facilitates control. Excitement grows as the revs increase.
  • Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 948 cm3 In-line Four offers impressive power (92.2 kW (125.4 PS)) and strong torque.
  • Bore and stroke of 73.4 x 56.0 mm were chosen to achieve the desired engine character.
  • Power delivery is quite linear, but the engine spins up noticeably faster from about 6,000 min-1 onwards. Silky smooth response from mid-high rpm ensures excellent driveability.
  • Downdraft throttle bodies allow intake air to travel to the engine in the shortest possible distance, contributing to performance.
  • Good over-rev characteristics mean that power does not drop off suddenly at high rpm.
  • Throttle bore is φ36 mm, chosen for the ideal mid-range response. Sub-throttles ensure smooth, sensitive throttle response.
  • Complementing the port designs, intake and exhaust valves measure φ29 mm and φ24 mm, respectively, chosen for their contribution to the exciting mid-high rpm power feeling.
  • Lightweight and rigid, the pistons are formed using a unique casting process (similar to forging process) that sees unnecessary material removed and hollows created to achieve the ideal thickness (the same process used to form the Ninja H2/H2R pistons). This enables a light weight on par with forged pistons.
  • AV-groove on the piston’s 2nd land helps control pressure between the piston rings by idealising the gas volume between them. This helps prevent fluttering of the top ring, so a better gas seal is maintained, reducing blow-by gas and oil consumption.
  • Die-cast cylinder offers an ideal balance of weight and rigidity. Its open-deck design contributes to weight savings.
  • Connecting passageways between the cylinders help reduce pumping loss, which contributes to high-rpm performance.
  • Lightweight crankshaft design contributes to the Z900’s quick-revving character.
  • A secondary balancer, driven off a gear on the 6th web of the crankshaft, eliminates excess vibration. Of course, a certain amount of engine vibration was desired as part of the bike’s character (vibration contributes to the feeling of acceleration, increasing linearly with rpm), so vibration was not totally eliminated.
  • Design of the engine, head covers and engine covers gives the engine a light, mechanical look, and contributes to the engine’s condensed appearance.

Enhanced Intake Note

  • After the 2014-2016 Z1000, the Z900 is the second model to benefit from “sound research” in crafting its intake note.
  • Shape of the airbox was designed based on acoustic tests carried out in a sound room. Distinct from the edgy, powerful howl of the Z1000, the intake note of the Z900 is clear and mild.
  • The frequency of the note varies with engine speed, adding to riding impact – especially at high rpm.
  • Airbox inlet faces upwards, making the intake note easier to hear for the rider.
  • Dividing wall in the centre of the upper case contributes to the high, clear intake note.
  • Intake funnels of varying length (50 mm for the outer pair; 150 mm for the inner pair) offer a balance between performance and the intake sound. The longer inner pair contribute to low-mid rpm performance, while the shorter outer pair contribute to the stimulating intake sound.

Exhaust System

  • The exhaust system features a 4-into-1-pre-chamber-into-silencer layout. The header pipes and pre-chamber are unitised.
  • φ35 mm exhaust headers contribute to high-rpm performance, as well as a low exhaust noise levels at idle.
  • Joint pipes linking the exhaust headers (headers 1-4, 2-3 are linked) contribute to stronger mid-range torque for improved feeling.
  • 5.5 L pre-chamber contributes to environmental performance, enables a smaller silencer design (contributing to mass centralisation), and contributes to low noise levels at idle.
  • Silencer’s dual-chamber internal construction contributes to performance as well as the exhaust note, while ensuring noise regulations are met.
  • Catalysers in the collector pipe contribute to clean emissions, ensuring Euro 4 regulations are cleared.
  • Compact silencer design contributes to the stylish Z design. Use of stainless steel material on the end-cap and silencer cover adds a high-quality feel, while contributing to a design that looks compact and light.

Transmission & Gearing

  • Short gear ratios for 1st-5th gears contribute to the Z900’s strong acceleration in the rpm range used in everyday riding. 6th gear is an overdrive gear.
  • Lightweight-type (except on BRA models) 525-size chain and lightweight machined rear sprocket match the engine’s output, while contributing to low mechanical loss in the drive train

Assist & Slipper Clutch

  • Assist & Slipper Clutch was developed based on feedback from racing activities. The clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a slipper cam), offering two new functions not available on the standard clutch of the previous model.
  • When the engine is operating at normal rpm the assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the total clutch spring load to be reduced, resulting in a lighter clutch lever pull when operating the clutch.
  • When excessive engine braking occurs – as a result of quick downshifts (or an accidental downshift) – the slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart. This relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and help prevent the rear tyre from hopping and skidding.

CHASSIS

All-new Trellis Frame

  • One of the key components to the new Z900’s light weight (noticeable as soon as the bike is lifted off its side-stand), the all-new frame weighs only 13.5 kg and contributes significantly to the bike’s light, nimble handling.
  • Components of the high-tensile steel trellis frame follow the ideal pipe line. The lines of the frame were made as straight as possible, and when bends were necessary their angles were made as small as possible, resulting in a design that disperses stress extremely well.
  • Frame design trims all unnecessary material, resulting in an extremely lightweight frame: the new frame weighs only 13.5 kg, a key to the new Z900’s light, nimble handling.
  • Rigid-mount at five points (forward and aft of the cylinder head, behind the cylinder, at the top and bottom of the crankcases), the engine is a stressed member, greatly contributing to the light weight of the frame and chassis.
  • Extruded aluminium swingarm weighs only 3.9 kg, contributing to low unsprung weight, which in turn contributes to the bike’s light, nimble handling.
  • Twin-tube type rear frame contributes to the bike’s low seat height and easy reach to the ground. Its simple design uses primarily straight lines, and helps minimise vibration transferred through the seat

Inverted Front Fork & Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension

  • φ41 mm inverted front fork features stepless rebound damping and spring preload adjustability in the left fork tube. Adjusters are conveniently located on the fork top cap.
  • Rear suspension positions the shock unit and linkage above the swingarm. This arrangement contributes to mass centralisation, while ensuring that the suspension is located far enough from the exhaust that operation is not affected by heat.
  • The rear shock features rebound and preload adjustability.
  • Settings offer both sporty performance (contributing to light handling on the street and in the hills) and comfort.

Brakes/Wheels/Tyres

  • Dual φ300 mm front petal disc brakes and φ250 mm rear petal deliver plenty of braking power while contributing to the bike’s sporty image.
  • Dual opposed 4-piston calipers with resin brake pads offer a linear brake touch, facilitating control for both new and experienced riders.
  • φ250 mm rear petal disc brake provides stopping power at the rear.
  • In addition to the very effective petal disc brakes, customers looking for an added degree of reassuring braking performance can also choose models with front and rear ABS.
  • ABS models (ZR900B) feature a compact and lightweight Nissin motorcycle ABS unit.
  • Stylish star-pattern 5-spoke wheels contribute to light weight, while their high rigidity benefits handling. They also contribute to the bike’s light looks.
  • Low unsprung weight (thanks to parts like the swingarm and wheels) greatly contributes to the light, nimble handling.
  • Silica-blend tyres offer both enhanced wet-weather performance and increased tyre life.

Ergonomics for Control

With the wide, flat handlebar and relaxed, sporty riding position, the rider is easily able to capitalise on the Z900’s sporty street riding potential. Slightly more upright than the Z1000 and Z800, the riding position offers a blend of control and comfort that allows the rider to enjoy a variety of riding situations.

  • The relationship between pegs, seat and handlebars was designed to enhance communication between rider and machine, giving the rider a confidence-inspiring feeling of control that complements its agile handling.
  • Wide, flat handlebar contributes to the Supenaked Z styling while offering a wide grip to facilitate control. Wide 33o steering angle facilitates low speed manoeuvring.
  • Fuel tank is narrow at the rear, making it easy for riders to grip the bike with their knees.
  • Thanks to the low seat height and the bike’s slim overall design, it’s easy to keep both feet firmly on the ground when stopped, an important consideration for many riders. 794 mm seat height enables a wide range of riders to enjoy the Z900 with confidence.
  • The narrow frame and engine create a narrow overall package, allowing the rider to keep his or her knees and feet close together.
  • Sporty front seat offers a wide seating area for good ride comfort. The seat is slimmer at the front, facilitating the rider’s reach to the ground. The seat can be removed without tools, offering easy access to the battery, fuse box and tool kit.
  • Handlebar features rubber-mounted bar-ends to dampen vibrations.
  • Both clutch and brake levers are 5-way adjustable, able to accommodate a variety of hand sizes for increased comfort.
  • Rider and passenger footpegs feature rubber pads to reduce vibration transmitted through the feet.
  • Rider footpegs also feature weights on their undersides, further dampening vibrations, as do rubber-mounted heel guards

Aggressive Z Styling

Designed to make viewers fall in love at first sight, the Z900’s aggressive Z styling is inspired by the sugomi design of the Z1000. Elegant bodywork flowing from head to tail is combined with minimalist cover in the engine area devised to draw attention to its functional beauty. A condensed appearance emphasised by slim, close-fitting bodywork gives the bike a light, agile image that reflects its sporty performance.

  • Similar to the Z1000, the aggressive slant of the headlamp cowl, which is positioned as low as possible, is an extension of the line running down from the top of the tank, creating the image of a crouching predator ready to spring into action.
  • Compact front cowl houses a dual-bulb headlamp with single position lamp. The headlamp and cowl are positioned as low and close to the body as possible, contributing to the bike’s condensed appearance.
  • Sharp meter cover contributes to the aggressive Z styling. It too is positioned as tight to the body as possible.
  • Close-fitting bodywork with minimum overhang contributes to a slim appearance and a high quality image.
  • Sharp front and rear turn signals complement the aggressive Z styling.
  • Elegantly sculpted fuel tank contributes to the aggressive Z styling, while emphasising the bike’s slim and light looks.
  • Resin fuel tank cap has no visible bolts. The stylish design also contributes to weight savings.
  • Area around the engine is trimmed of unnecessary material, creating a clear view of the engine.
  • Under cowls have unitised design that makes them look like part of the engine. Emphasising the functional beauty of the engine, they contribute to the condensed, mechanical look.
  • Flowing, upswept tail cowl contributes to the dynamic, sporty image while giving the rear of the bike an elegant, condensed look.
  • Stylish rear seat complements the elegant tail cowl. Under-seat storage has space for small items.
  • LED taillight lights up in an “Z” pattern, contributing to the sporty image and the strong Z identity.
  • Luggage hooks are built into the passenger footpeg stays, providing convenient tie-down points. On JPN models, luggage hooks at the base of the rear fender provide additional tie-down points.
  • Inner fender unitised with the chain guard helps keep the underside of the tail cowl clean and contributes to the aggressive Z styling.

Visually appealing Multi-Function Instrumentation

  • Stacked instrument cluster features an easy-to-read layout. Analogue-style tachometer features a gear position indicator at its centre and sits atop a multi-function LCD screen.
  • Gear position indicator increases shifting precision and confidence, while also lending to the Z900’s sporty image.
  • Tachometer offers three selectable display modes, allowing riders to tune their instrumentation to suit their preference and adding a visual element to riding enjoyment.
  • The tachometer also doubles as a shift up indicator, flashing at the set rpm. Riders can set the shift-up timing between 5,000 and 11,000 min-1 in 500 min-1 increments. The shift indicator function may also be turned OFF.
  • LCD screen features a negative display (white letters on a black background), adding to the instrument cluster’s sporty, modern appearance.
  • In addition to the digital speedometer and gear position indicator, display functions include: odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range, current and average fuel consumption, external temperature, coolant temperature, clock and the Economical Riding Indicator.
  • The Economical Riding Indicator appears on the LCD screen to indicate favourable fuel consumption. Paying attention to conditions that result in the mark appearing can assist riders to maximise their fuel efficiency. This handy feature is active all the time, although to be effective, the rider must ride in a gentle manner: less than 6,000 min-1, less than 25% throttle.
  • JPN models are fit standard with an ETC unit (located under the rear seat). The ETC indicator is built into the instrument panel for clean, finished look.
  • Hairline finish on the tachometer dial, and carbon-fibre-style panelling contribute high-quality touches.
  • A hazard switch is located on the left handlebar.

Numerous Accessories

  • A number of Kawasaki genuine accessories allow riders to further enhance the Z900’s sharp, sporty looks or offer added comfort or convenience for long rides. (Available accessories vary by market.)
  • Single-seat cover complements the compact tail cowl, enhancing the bike’s elegant lines.
  • ERGO-FIT high-seat increases the seat height 20 mm, increasing ride comfort for taller riders. The seat features two-tone leather and a debossed Kawasaki logo.
  • Taller meter cover offers a measure of wind protection, while adding to the sporty looks.
  • Other available accessories include: tank bag, smart bag (JPN only), DC outlet, rear flap (IND only; standard equipment on S.E. Asia (B1)/IDN/MYS/THA/CHN models), radiator screen, sliders, engine cover rings, front axle sliders, tank pad, and knee pads.
  • All of the accessories are bolt-on (i.e. no modification to the bodywork is required)

COLOUR(S)

  • Pearl Mystic Gray / Metallic Flat Spark Black
  • Candy Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black
  • Metallic Flat Spark Black / Metallic Spark Black
  • Candy Plasma Blue / Metallic Graphite Gray (Special Edition)

Z650 / Z650 ABS

CONCEPT: LIGHT, NIMBLE, MIDDLEWEIGHT SUPERNAKED FOR DISCERNING RIDERS

The newest addition to Kawasaki’s Supernaked Z Series features a 650cc Parallel Twin engine with strong low-mid range torque and an all-new lightweight chassis in a slim, compact middleweight package. The Z650’s nimble handling, superb feedback and strong acceleration are complemented by easy-to-manage power delivery and rider-friendly manoeuvrability, offering an ideal blend of sporty performance and everyday versatility sure to satisfy everyone from new to more experienced riders. Eye-catching Z styling reflects the sporty nature of this exciting new machine.

Like the 1976 Z650, whose torquey engine and compact chassis offered a lighter, nimbler alternative to the larger, more powerful Z1, the all-new 2017 Z650 is ideal for discerning customers who prefer agile, sporty riding.

Z Styling (Sugomi-inspired)

The Z650’s aggressive Z Supernaked styling, inspired by the Sugomi design of the Z1000, is tempered by its slim, light-looking package, resulting in a head-turning design that conveys both excitement and approachability.

Sporty Engine Performance & Light, Nimble Handling

A responsive, torqueful engine character and nimble, lightweight chassis offer sporty riding excitement that new and more experienced riders alike will enjoy.

ADVANTAGES

Z STYLING (SUGOMI-INSPIRED)

Eye-catching Z styling From its front cowl adorned with meter cover to its compact tail cowl, the Z650’s head-turning design exudes a functional beauty. Inspired by the Sugomi design of the Z1000, its condensed appearance is emphasised by slim, close-fitting bodywork designed to give the bike a light, nimble image that reflects its sporty performance.

Compact multi-functional instrumentation Stacked instrument cluster features a large analogue-style tachometer with a gear position indicator at its centre, sitting atop a multi-function LCD screen.

Compact tail Compact, upswept tail cowl contributes to the Z650’s dynamic, sporty image. The strong Supernaked design can be further emphasised with an accessory single-seat cover.

“Z” LED taillight Ensuring the Z650 is not mistaken for anything other than Kawasaki Supernaked when viewed from behind, its sharp LED taillight lights up in “Z” pattern, contributing to the sporty image and the strong Z identity.

SPORTY ENGINE PERFORMANCE & LIGHT, NIMBLE HANDLING

Exciting Parallel Twin engine Tuning of the 649 cm3 Parallel Twin engine focused on achieving a throttle response that balanced a powerful feeling and a quick-revving character. To optimise performance for everyday riding, care was taken to maximise low-mid range torque. When opening the throttle, riders will notice an extremely smooth and powerful engine character that offers both a high level of control when making minute throttle adjustments and a gratifying rush of acceleration in the lower rpm ranges. This tuning also benefits fuel economy.

Light weight, nimble handling Benefitting from a chassis comprised of lightweight components, the Z650 weighs in at 187.1 kg (185 kg for non-ABS models). Designed using Kawasaki’s new in-house analysis technology, the lightweight trellis frame and swingarm were the key to the Z650’s ultra-light handling.

Easy manoeuvrability The Z650’s low weight and low seat height both contribute to manoeuvrability, whether walking beside the bike, or foot peddling in a parking lot. The easy-to-manage engine response and strong low-end torque further facilitate low-speed manoeuvring.

Horizontal Back-link rear suspension Linked suspension delivers a balance of sporty performance and ride comfort.

Assist & Slipper clutch

Relaxed, sporty ergonomics

Wide, flat handlebar and a relaxed, sporty riding position allows riders to fully capitalise on the Z650’s sporty street riding potential. Designed to both inspire rider confidence as well as put the rider in the ideal position for control, the comfortable and natural position is suitable for a wide range of riders.

Low seat height

The combination of a low 790 mm seat height and a slim chassis that makes it easy to reach the ground enables a wide range of riders to enjoy the Z650 with confidence.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

ENGINE

Parallel-Twin Engine Tuned for Low-Mid Range Power & Torque

  • Exciting Parallel Twin engine offers quick response, strong low-mid range performance and excellent fuel economy.
  • Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve 649 cm3 Parallel Twin with fuel injection delivers smooth, responsive performance, especially in the low and medium rpm ranges. The strong low-end focus lends itself to sporty riding, but also translates to rider-friendly power characteristics that facilitate control and inspire confidence in new riders.
  • Performance and feel were optimised for the mid-range (3,000-6,000 min-1). However, in the low-rpm range (below 3,000 min-1) power delivery is very smooth, and even above 6,000 min-1 power and torque curves continue on without dropping off suddenly.
  • The above settings result in a performance that favours speeds most used in everyday riding. Corner pick-up is excellent: the powerful mid-range delivers a satisfying surge of acceleration and the flat, step-free torque curve and smooth engine response let riders open the throttle with confidence – at any rpm.
  • The engine settings also contribute to excellent fuel efficiency. WVTA mileage is 23.4 km/L. (*Actual mileage varies depending on riding style, riding conditions and vehicle maintenance.)
  • Slim air cleaner box (which facilitates the Z650’s slim overall design) uses a single air intake hole and intake funnels designed for strong low-mid range performance and response.
  • φ36 mm throttle bodies contribute to strong low-mid range performance and response. Sub-throttles ensure smooth, sensitive throttle response.
  • Fine-atomising injectors delivering 75 μm droplets complement the throttle bodies, ensuring the ideal fuel-air mixture needed for the low-mid range focused engine.
  • Intake and exhaust cams with short operating angles and overlap move the torque curve toward the lower end of the rpm range.
  • Intake ports contribute to strong low-mid range performance and response.
  • Open-deck aluminium die-cast cylinder contributes to light weight. Plated, linerless cylinder bores enable a narrow cylinder pitch to enable a slim engine width.
  • The attractively bent exhaust pipes and under-engine muffler arrangement contribute to the Z650’s attractive styling.
  • Header pipe design (750 mm long) contributes to strong low-mid range performance and response.
  • Under-engine muffler improves mass centralisation and lowers the bike’s centre of gravity.
  • Muffler internal construction and catalyser layout ensure clean emissions that will pass stringent Euro 4 regulations.
  • The muffler’s φ33 mm diameter tail pipe also contributes to strong low-mid range performance and response.
  • Simple, sleek silencer design adds to the bike’s overall slim looks.
  • Compact Parallel Twin engine contributes to the slim chassis design.
  • Triangular layout of the crankshaft and transmission shafts makes the engine very short front-to-back.
  • Transmission input shaft, output shaft and change drum are contained in a “cassette”-style package that both allows a compact layout and facilitates transmission maintenance chores.
  • 180° crankshaft drives a balancer shaft for silky smooth engine operation.
  • Semi-dry sump design reduces engine height. The engine’s compact size allows the engine to positioned lower in the frame, contributing to a low centre of gravity.
  • Auto-fast idle system simplifies starting and ensures the catalyser reaches optimum temperature quickly.
  • Simplified cooling system routes coolant through the engine cases to the cylinder and head to reduce external plumbing.
  • Patented radiator fan cover located behind the radiator directs hot air down and away from the rider, significantly increasing comfort when stuck in heavy traffic. Redirecting the air also helps keep the tank, frame and other parts that contact the rider cooler, further increasing rider comfort.
  • Designed to emphasize the appearance of the engine, engine covers (generator, clutch, chain) have a functional beauty. Complemented by the cylinder head design, they give the engine a compact look, contributing the bike’s light appearance.

Transmission

  • Link-type gear shift lever arrangement delivers a direct feeling.

Assist & Slipper Clutch

  • Assist & Slipper Clutch was developed based on feedback from racing activities. The clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a slipper cam), offering two new functions not available on a standard clutch.
  • When the engine is operating at normal rpm the assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the total clutch spring load to be reduced, resulting in a lighter clutch lever pull when operating the clutch.
  • When excessive engine braking occurs – as a result of quick downshifts (or an accidental downshift) – the slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart. This relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and help prevent the rear tyre from hopping and skidding.

CHASSIS

All-new Trellis Frame

  • One of the key components to the new Z650’s light weight (noticeable as soon as the bike is lifted off its side-stand), the all-new frame weighs only 15 kg and contributes significantly to the bike’s light, nimble handling.
  • Components of the high-tensile steel trellis frame follow the ideal pipe line. The lines of the frame were made as straight as possible, and when bends were necessary their angles were made as small as possible, resulting in a design that disperses stress extremely well.
  • Kawasaki’s new in-house analysis technology was used to precisely determine the necessary pipe diameter, length and wall thickness to deliver the ideal lateral and torsional rigidity. This allowed unnecessary material to be trimmed, resulting in an extremely lightweight frame: the new frame weighs only 15 kg, a key to the new Z650’s light, nimble handling.
  • Rigid-mount engine is a stressed member, contributing to the frame’s idealised rigidity balance.
  • Even the footpeg stays are used as stressed members, further contributing to the frame’s rigidity and light weight.
  • Steep caster angle (24.5o) contributes the sharp handling.
  • Kawasaki’s new in-house analysis technology was also used in the design of the gull-arm style swingarm’s hollow press construction. Similar to the frame, the line from the pivot to rear axle was made as straight as possible. The lightweight design of swingarm (4.8 kg) contributes to the bike’s light, natural handling.
  • A short wheelbase and tight turning radius contribute to the Z650’s high manoeuvrability.
  • Twin-tube type rear frame contributes to the bike’s low seat height and easy reach to the ground.

Telescopic Front Fork & Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension

  • φ41 mm telescopic front fork handles suspension duties up front.
  • Horizontal Back-link rear suspension offers a progressive character. Compared to link-less type suspension, it delivers a better balance of sporty performance and ride comfort.
  • Rear suspension positions the shock unit and linkage above the swingarm. This arrangement contributes to mass centralisation, while ensuring that the suspension is located far enough from the exhaust that operation is not affected by heat.

Brakes/Wheels/Tyres

  • Dual φ300 mm front petal disc brakes and φ220 mm rear petal deliver plenty of braking power while contributing to the bike’s sporty image.
  • Dual-piston front calipers, master cylinder and brake pads offer superb brake touch and control.
  • In addition to the very effective petal disc brakes, customers looking for an added degree of reassuring braking performance can also choose models with front and rear ABS.
  • Compact Bosch 9.1M ABS unit contributes to both weight and space savings.
  • Stylish star-pattern 5-spoke wheels contribute to light weight, while their high rigidity benefits handling. They also contribute to the bike’s light looks.
  • Low unsprung weight (thanks to parts like the swingarm, wheels, and hollow-type front axle) greatly contributes to the light, nimble handling.
  • Silica-blend tyres offer both wet-weather performance and reduced rolling resistance, which contributes to the excellent fuel economy.

Relaxed, Sporty Ergonomics

Wide, flat handlebar and a relaxed, sporty riding position allows riders to fully capitalise on the Z650’s sporty street riding potential.

  • Thanks to the low seat height and the bike’s slim overall design, it’s easy to keep both feet firmly on the ground when stopped, an important consideration for many riders. 790 mm seat height accommodates riders spanning a wide range of heights, enabling them to ride with confidence.
  • Wide, flat handlebar contributes to the Supenaked Z styling while offering a wide grip to facilitate control.
  • Footpeg position offers a relaxed knee bend, contributing to rider comfort.
  • The narrow frame and engine create a narrow overall package, allowing the rider to keep his or her knees and feet close together.
  • Slim fuel tank is positioned low in the chassis. In addition to contributing to the light, dynamic styling, the shape is easy to grip with the knees.
  • Sporty front seat is slim at the front, facilitating the rider’s reach to the ground.
  • Seat bracket is rubber-mounted at the front to reduced vibration transferred through the seat.
  • Handlebar is rubber-mounted to reduce vibration transmitted through the handle grips and to the mirrors.
  • Both clutch and brake levers are 5-way adjustable, able to accommodate a variety of hand sizes for increased comfort.
  • Rider and passenger footpegs feature rubber pads. Harder rubber combined with hollow centres were designed to reduce vibration felt through the footpegs.

Eye-catching Z Styling

From its front cowl adorned with meter cover to its compact tail cowl, the Z650’s head-turning design exudes a functional beauty. Inspired by the Sugomi design of the Z1000, its condensed appearance is emphasised by slim, close-fitting bodywork designed to give the bike a light, nimble image that reflects its sporty performance.

  • Compact front cowl houses a single-bulb headlamp with twin position lamps. The headlamp and cowl are positioned as low and close to the body as possible, contributing to the bike’s condensed appearance.
  • Sharp meter cover contributes to the aggressive Z styling. It too is positioned as tight to the body as possible.
  • Close-fitting bodywork with minimum overhang contributes to a slim appearance and a high quality image.
  • Sharp front and rear turn signals complement the aggressive Z styling.
  • Mounted to the wide, flat handlebar, elegant mirror stays position the mirrors for excellent rearward visibility.
  • Sharp front fender design features holes cut into the sides, contributing to the aggressive image.
  • Stylish upper triple clamp features strength-reinforcing ribs on its upper surface. Its optimised rigidity contributes to the bike’s light, natural handling, while adding an elegant touch to the cockpit area.
  • Resin fuel tank cap has no visible bolts. The stylish design also contributes to weight reduction.
  • Compact, upswept tail cowl contributes to the dynamic, sporty image.
  • Slim rear seat complements the compact tail cowl. Under-seat storage has space for a U-lock and other small items.
  • LED taillight lights up in an “Z” pattern, contributing to the sporty image and the strong Z identity.
  • Rider footpeg stays combine aluminium die-cast and resin pieces to create a stylish, mechanical appearance.
  • Luggage hooks are built into the passenger footpeg stays, providing convenient tie-down points.
  • Inner fender that incorporates part of the chain guard helps keep the underside of the tail cowl clean and contributes to the aggressive Z styling.
  • Attention given to detailed parts and care taken to ensure clean welding lines and that the electrical harness is hidden from view result in a high-quality finish.

Compact Multi-Function Instrumentation

  • Stacked instrument cluster features an easy-to-read layout. Analogue-style tachometer features a gear position indicator at its centre and sits atop a multi-function LCD screen.
  • Gear position indicator increases shifting precision and confidence, while also lending to the Z650’s sporty image.
  • Tachometer offers three selectable display modes, allowing riders to tune their instrumentation to suit their preference.
  • The tachometer also doubles as a shift up indicator, flashing at the set rpm. Riders can set the shift-up timing between 5,000 and 11,000 min-1 in 500 min-1 increments. The shift indicator function may also be turned OFF.
  • LCD screen features a negative display (white letters on a black background), adding to the instrument cluster’s sporty, modern appearance.
  • In addition to the digital speedometer and gear position indicator, display functions include: odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range, current and average fuel consumption, external temperature, coolant temperature, clock and the Economical Riding Indicator.
  • The Economical Riding Indicator appears on the LCD screen to indicate favourable fuel consumption. Paying attention to conditions that result in the mark appearing can assist riders to maximise their fuel efficiency. This handy feature is active all the time, although to be effective, the rider must ride in a gentle manner: less than 6,000 min-1, less than 30% throttle, under 140 km/h.
  • JPN models are fit standard with an ETC unit (located under the rear seat). The ETC indicator is built into the instrument panel for clean, finished look.
  • A hazard switch is located on the left handlebar.

Numerous Accessories

A number of Kawasaki genuine accessories allow riders to further enhance the Z650’s sharp, sporty looks or offer added comfort or convenience for increased touring potential.

  • Single-seat cover complements the compact tail cowl, enhancing the bike’s sleek lines.
  • Semi-soft panniers (14 litres, 3.0 kg each) facilitate overnight or short trips.
  • Top case (30 litres, 3.0 kg max) offers enhanced carrying capacity, while maintaining the bike’s slim figure to facilitate navigating city traffic.
  • Tank bag (4 litres, 2.0 kg) offers convenient access to small items. Shoulder strap and carry-handle facilitate portability when the tank bag is removed from the bike.
  • Taller meter cover offers a measure of wind protection, while adding to the sporty looks.
  • Other available accessories include: smart bag (JPN only), wheel rim tape, U-lock (not on JPN models), helmet lock (available as an accessory in USA only; standard equipment on JPN models), radiator screen, frame sliders, tank pad, and knee pads.
  • All of the accessories are bolt-on (i.e. no modification to the bodywork is required).

COLOUR(S)

  • Pearl Flat Stardust White / Metallic Spark Black
  • Candy Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black
  • Metallic Flat Spark Black / Metallic Spark Black
  • Metallic Raw Titanium / Metallic Spark Black

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