Kawasaki

Z650

2017

Z650

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Price: R

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INTRODUCTION

The newest addition to Kawasaki’s Z Supernaked 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 that offers sugomi* performance and styling.

TECHNICAL SPECS

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.

*Sugomi describes core performance and styling elements found in Kawasaki’s Z supernaked models. Imbued with sugomi, their performance excites; a ride on a Z supernaked is a visceral experience that stimulates the senses; engine and chassis tuning deliver a high level of control. Sugomi is also evident in their sharp styling, dynamic crouching form, and distinct silhouette.

SUGOMI PERFORMANCE: SPORTY ENGINE PERFORMANCE & LIGHT, NIMBLE HANDLING

Sugomi performance ensures that riding the Z650 is a treat for the senses. A responsive, torqueful engine character and nimble, lightweight chassis offer sporty riding excitement that new and more experienced riders alike will enjoy.

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 kg. 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.

SUGOMI STYLING

The Z650’s aggressive Z Supernaked styling blends sugomi design elements with a slim, light-looking package, resulting in a head-turning design that conveys both excitement and approachability.

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. Complementing sugomi design elements (crouching stance, low-positioned head and upswept tail) that give it an instantly recognisable silhouette, 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.

SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE

Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin

Displacement 649 cm3

Bore and Stroke 83.0 x 60.0 mm

Compression ratio 10.8:1

Valve system DOHC, 8 valves

Fuel system Fuel injection: φ36 mm x 2 with dual throttle valves

Ignition Digital

Starting Electric

Lubrication Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump

DRIVETRAIN

Transmission 6-speed, return

Final drive Chain

Primary reduction ratio 2.095 (88/42)

Gear ratios: 

1st 2.438 (39/16)

2nd 1.714 (36/21)

3rd 1.333 (32/24)

4th 1.111 (30/27)

5th 0.966 (28/29)

6th 0.852 (23/27)

Final reduction ratio 3.067 (46/15)

Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual

FRAME

Type Trellis, high-tensile steel

Wheel travel: front 125 mm

rear 130 mm

Tyre: front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)

rear 160/60ZR17M/C (69W)

Caster (rake) 24.0º

Trail 100 mm

Steering angle (left/right) 35º / 35º

SUSPENSION

Front φ41 mm telescopic fork

Rear Horizontal Back-link with adjustable preload

BRAKES

Front: Type Dual semi-floating φ300 mm petal discs

Caliper Dual piston

Rear: Type Single φ220 mm petal disc

Caliper Single-piston

DIMENSIONS

Overall length 2,055 mm

Overall width 775 mm

Overall height 1,080 mm

Wheelbase 1,410 mm

Ground clearance 130 mm

Seat height 790 mm

Curb mass 187 kg

Fuel capacity 15 litres

PERFORMANCE

Maximum power 50.2 kW {68 PS} / 8,000 min-1

Maximum torque m} / 6,500 min-1žm {6.7 kgƒž65.7 N