Kawasaki announces twin-pot 650 retro

Kawasaki has stopped teasing and announced the new z650RS, a classically-styled twin cylinder machine with retro styling and an approachable nature.


From the ‘spoke-like’ wheels to relaxed riding position, big round headlight, slim tank and compact tail section, the Z650RS is aimed at new riders, returning riders and those who love classic styling.
There will be two colour schemes, the Candy Emerald Green with gold wheels and Metallic Moondust Gray with Ebony (gray with black and orange highlights).
Using an exisiting engine, the 649cc powerplant we’ve seen in the Ninja, Versys and ER-6, the bike will be available LAMS-approved – overseas there will be a full power version, but Australia is unlikely to see that version available.
The engine is wrapped in a lightweight steel trellis frame which helps keep overall curb weight down to 186kg.
Front suspension is conventional forks, the rear a single back-link equipped shock. Brakes are twin 300mm discs with sliding-head callipers. There’s a box-section swingarm which we suspect is steel (although Kawasaki do claim it to be very light at 4.8kg).
We’re a bit disappointed to find out the fuel tank is only 12 litres, but it’ll be frugal. The handlebars are rubber mounted to absorb vibration. Lighting is LED. There’s a radiator fan cover designed to direct hot air down and away from the rider.
Tech includes ABS, a slip and assist clutch and dual-dial instruments with an LCD panel.
Accessories include power outlets, a taller seat, helmet lock, radiator guard, pillion grab rail and more.
Pricing hasn’t been announced yet. The bike should be here late 2021.