Bringing its all-new model range to India for 2017, Kawasaki has launched the new Kawasaki Z650 2017 street fighter middle weight motorcycle in the country as a replacement to the ER-6n. The Kawasaki Z650 2017 price starts at ₹ 5.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Which makes it around ₹ 25,000 more expensive than the model it replaces. Clearly, the value quotient on the Z650 remains intact as the bike not only gets a completely new design. But also offers better power delivery, new chassis and lighter weight as well. The new Z650 was unveiled at the 2016 EICMA Motorcycle Show in Italy. Along side the newly launched Kawasaki Z900 with both motorcycles coming to India now.
Kawasaki Z650 2017 Specification
From April 1, 2017, Kawasakis, whether CBU or CKD will sell only through the Kawasaki network and Bajaj’s Pro-Biking network will become the KTM network.
The Z650 2017 is essentially the naked version 2017 Ninja 650. It has the same engine, steel trellis frame and other cycle parts as seen on its faired sibling. The only difference between the two is Z650’s stylish bikini fairing and a new instrument console that’s shared with the Z900. The Z650 is about 20kg lighter than the outgoing Er-6n which should translate to better performance. The Z650 replaces the oddly-styled ER-6n and is now the cheapest of the big Kawasakis.
In terms of power, the Kawasaki Z650 2017 uses the same 649 cc parallel twin, water-cooled engine that is now BS-IV compliant. The motor has been de-tuned to churn out 67 bhp of power at 8000 rpm, around 2 bhp lower than the previous version. While peak torque is now 65.7 Nm available at 6500 rpm. The motor comes paired to a 6-speed gearbox that now comes with a slipper clutch. Kawasaki says the engine has been tweaked to deliver improved low to mid-range performance.
The ZX-10R inspired styling marks the Kawasaki Ninja 650 out as new for 2017. Updates includes a new trellis frame that is almost 20kh lighter with new suspension and a lower seat. ABS is standard and the 648cc parallel twin makes 68PS and gets a slip-and-assist clutch.
Kawasaki Z650 2017 First Ride Review
The nomenclature is one of the biggest changes for Kawasaki Z650 2017. Bringing the naked in-line with the company’s Z series of naked motorcycles. Visually, the bike gets Kawasaki’s Sugomi design influences with sharp lines. A bulbous fuel tank with extensions on either side and exposed frame. Speaking of which, the Z650 now sports a lightweight tubular Trellis frame that comes paired to the new swingarm design. Both the units have helped shave off weight from the street fighter. That is now 19 kg lighter over the ER-6n. The new instrument console now accommodates a gearshift indicator light. Along with a new digital display.
All-new and at the same time all-not (sometimes that’s a good thing), the Z650 shares nearly the same parallel-twin engine. As the Ninja 650 of year’s past, as well as the same trellis-style frame as the 2017 Ninja. It’s nipped, tucked, and from a spec-sheet perspective, fully ready to go head-to-head against Yamaha’s FZ-07 and Suzuki’s SV650.
Suspension duties are getting perform by telescopic forks up front. And a new horizontal back link rear suspension replacing the right off-set unit. Braking power comes from Nissin sourced units at the front and rear. While ABS is now offer as standard. The new Kawasaki Z650 will be competing with the Benelli TNT 600i ABS, Honda CBR650F and the likes in the segment. And it will sell only through Kawasaki dealerships and not Bajaj Auto’s Probiking showrooms. As both companies have broken the alliance.
Kawasaki Z650 2017 Price
The Kawasaki Z650 2017 is lightweight and nimble, with good midrange power. A perfect combination for fun rips through a tight canyon road. Kawasaki Z650 2017 Launched In India, Priced At ₹ 5.19 Lakh.