Kawasaki’s neo-classic Z650RS baby arrives in New Zealand

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Kawasaki took the neo-classic styling of the Z900RS and gave it a 650cc LAMS-approved parallel twin engine. Discover the Z650RS.

The modern, retro naked motorcycle uses Kawasaki’s familiar 650cc twin-cylinder engine to generate 50kW / 66Nm, with tuning optimized for low / mid-range power. This should make it more usable for new runners. According to Kawasaki, torque peaks in the 3000-6000rpm range.

As mentioned, the classic styling follows the 2017 Z900RS, with a single round headlight complementing an oval taillight. A trellis frame surrounds the engine, which acts as a stressed element, while the green paintwork pairs well with the golden wheels.

The awesome Z900RS has been scaled down for the learner market.

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The awesome Z900RS has been scaled down for the learner market.

A black version will also be available.

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Compared to the mechanically linked Z650, the RS version has handles that are 50mm higher, placed 30mm further back.

A short wheelbase, low curb weight and a meaty midrange should make the Z650RS a good corner carver.

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A short wheelbase, low curb weight and a meaty midrange should make the Z650RS a good corner carver.

The thin, striped tank holds 12 liters of fuel. Fuel consumption is rated at 4.3 L / 100 km.

Weight is kept at a full 186kg weight thanks in part to lightweight wheels shod with Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires.

A low-slung exhaust keeps that mass in the center, and a short wheelbase paired with straight forks should result in a nimble machine.

Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but a black version will arrive alongside the green version.  Black paint will probably cost a little less.

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Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but a black version will arrive alongside the green version. Black paint will probably cost a little less.

A pair of 300mm discs up front are bitten by dual piston calipers, along with a 220mm rear. ABS is also standard to further improve braking.

The standard kit includes an assisted and anti-dribble clutch, analog rev and speedometers with a small digital display tucked between the two and LED lights on the front and rear.

Kawasaki New Zealand has confirmed that the Z650RS will arrive in the country in November, with pricing to be announced closer to the time. Expect it to rival the $ 13,599 Yamaha XSR700LA.


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