At first, we thought Kawasaki had fallen asleep a bit with the launch of the Z900RS, as both Honda and Yamaha came out much earlier with modern-day transcripts evoking the great legends of the ’70s. However, the numbers show that the Z900RS, which has been available since 2018, has a success story that has surpassed all expectations, for example, more than 1,100 copies were sold in the German market last year despite the coronavirus epidemic. Thus, it is a completely logical step for Kawasaki to come up with a classic machine one class down on the foundations of the Z650.
The Z650RS’s designers were inspired by the ancestral Z650, so much so that in addition to the sporty gray and timeless black paintwork, the novelty will be available in a Candy Emerald green version, reviving one of the distinctive colors of the 1977 machine. It’s true that the novelty doesn’t boast a spectacular 4-cylinder block, but the style can hardly be complained about! Although technically based on the current Z650 (chassis and chassis), the designers have done everything they can to build a true, thoroughly retro machine based on the modern naked bike. – the luminaire is full-LED according to today’s requirements. It’s worth lingering on the details, the striping of the tank takes you back to an era when the brush was still pulled by hand, but we can also mention the instrument unit, which deserves the classic token in every way.
The steering wheel is 50 mm higher and 30 mm lower than the Z650, and the 820 mm seat height makes it easier for smaller ones to rest on. In addition to the seat height, the ready-to-drive weight of just 187 kg and the evenly-dissipated block help ensure that steering the Z650RS will not be a problem without a significant driving routine. The novelty is powered by the well-proven 649 cm3 in-line 2-cylinder, with a 68-horsepower 6-speed transmission to help with the horsepower. Although the consumption of 4.3 l / 100 km according to the WMTC standard is very favorable, the model is also equipped with an Economic Riding Indicator. All it does is a separate lamp on the instrument cluster when the rider is driving economically. It’s okay, as its fuel tank is only 12 liters – unfortunately there are hardly any retro machines with a decent tank size.
Distribution will start in 2022, so there is no information about the prices yet, but the price difference of HUF 600 thousand between the Z900 (HUF 3.79 million) and the Z900RS (HUF 4.39 million) and the Z650 From its base price of 2,799 million, it can be concluded that the Z650RS will be available for around 3.0 million HUF. The big rival, also a serial 2-cylinder Yamaha XSR700, will be available from HUF 3,048,000, so the match will be tight, but the novelty has every chance of slipping a slice of the market cake for itself. Kawasaki leaves nothing to chance, the Z650RS will also be available in a 35 kW version.
Stroke volume: 649 cm3
Cylinders / valves: S2 / 8
Max. Power: 50 kW (68 hp) 8000 / min
Max. Torque: 64 Nm 6700 / min
Wheelbase: 1405 mm
Seat height: 820 mm
Fuel tank: 12 l
Brake front / six: 2 × 300/220 mm disc
Rubber front / front: 120/70 R17 / 160/60 R17
Ready to weigh: 187 kg
Distribution: from 2022
Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.
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