2017 Kawasaki Z650 Review

2017 Kawasaki Z650
2017 Kawasaki Z650


2017 Kawasaki Z650
2017 Kawasaki Z650


2017 Kawasaki Z650
2017 Kawasaki Z650



2017 Kawasaki Z650 Review


2017 Kawasaki Z650 on www.Totalmotorcycle.com




The Z650 is a light, nimble middleweight supernaked motorcycle for discerning riders.


Rolling out from behind a cloud, the moon shines onto the concrete sidewalk and black asphalt road. A row of motorcycles masked by the darkness sit still, waiting, parked against the curb. All appear identical, except the bike at the end of the row, lit by the street lamp. The amber light reflects off the brightly colored trellis frame. The slim chassis and minimal bodywork showcase off of the powerful engine and performance-driven suspension. It’s a purpose-built machine, with little left to the imagination. Turn on the key switch, a reverse-lit instrumentation panel comes to life. A digital tachometer reflects on the rider’s helmet. The sound of the parallel-twin roars to life, echoing down the adjacent alleyway. A pull of the clutch, a snap of the gear shifter, the rider is off into the night. With generations of tradition and years of Z engineering comes a new streetfighter designed to amplify fun and performance: introducing the raw and refined 2017 Kawasaki Z650.


The Kawasaki Z650 motorcycle is designed to engage your senses: your sights with its raw and refined look; your touch with the chassis’ feedback to the rider; and your hearing with the specially engineered tune of the exhaust and intake. The open cockpit design allows you to experience your surroundings, hear the sounds of the city or country road and feel the wind.


Aggressive, supernaked Z styling comes to life in an ideal blend of sporty performance and everyday versatility. Featuring a lightweight chassis that contributes to its overall light weight* and a strong, torquey engine at its core, the new Z650 naked sportbike is a compact middleweight unlike any other. With each ride, smooth power and nimble handling make the Z650 incredibly fun and easy.





Z650 returns to set mid-weight naked class alight. Light, nimble and eye-catching, the new Z650 enjoys stunning looks thanks to its unique Kawasaki Sugomi design influences while lusty performance and impressive torque is willingly delivered by the compact 650cc parallel twin, water-cooled engine. Kawasaki Z650, Refined Raw.




The 2017 Kawasaki Z650 Highlights:
” Trellis frame
” Linkage-rear suspension
” Minimal, slim bodywork
” Entry-level pricing


The stripped down body work, slim lines and exposed engine and suspension components resonate the bike’s raw theme, where only the necessary parts remain. It’s a purpose-built motorcycle with tight body work and a light curb weight. There’s beauty in its simplicity.


The 2017 Kawasaki Z650 is the performance bike made for everyday riding. While influences from the generations of KZ and Z models have made this Z650 what it is today, it’s still very much its own model, a new-school performance motorcycle for the all-around rider. This motorcycle suits a range of motorcyclists, whether they’re looking for a real performance motorcycle that’s comfortable and capable of lightweight handling, or a smooth, lightweight streetfighter, that’s fun and easy to ride.






2017 Kawasaki Z650 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features












2017 Kawasaki Z650 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits


Compact 649cc Twin-Cylinder, DOHC Engine
Tuned to deliver strong, smooth and responsive power, especially in the low-to-mid-range, for rider-friendly power characteristics that facilitate control and inspire confidence over a wide range of riding conditions.
Camshafts have short operating angle and valve overlap for optimum performance in the low-to-mid-range.
Optimized intake port shape also helps boost low and mid-range response and performance.
Slim airbox contributes to low and mid-range power feeling and contributes to the overall slim design of the bike.
Exhaust system has a short header and the sleek muffler’s internal construction further enhances low-to-mid-range power delivery.
Muffler is mounted below the engine to help lower the center of gravity and aid weight centralization.
Kawasaki Air Management System(KP) (KAMS) radiator fan cover helps direct hot engine air down to the ground and away from the rider.
Compact parallel twin engine helps reduce the dimensions of the entire motorcycle to keep it small and nimble.
Triangular crank and transmission shaft layout makes the engine very short from front to back, a semi-dry sump(KP) oil system reduces overall engine height, while the narrow pitch of the chrome composite(KP) plated aluminum cylinders helps reduce engine width.
180-degree crankshaft plus balancer shaft for extremely smooth engine operation.
Oil jets in the connecting rod big ends spray oil on the undersides of the pistons to aid cooling.


Digital Fuel Injection(KP)
36mm Keihin throttle bodies contribute to the strong low-to-mid-range power and feature dual throttle valves(KP) for optimum performance and rideability. The sub throttles, located behind the main throttle valves, are controlled by the ECU so that the DFI® system has precise throttle response.
Precise fuel delivery through the fine atomizing injectors plus exhaust catalyzer significantly reduce emissions.
Automatic fast idle system makes starting and warm-up easy.


Assist & Slipper Clutch
Using the rotational forces of the clutch hub and pressure plate, the clutch is forced together during acceleration (Assist function) so that fewer and lighter clutch springs can be used for a lighter feel at the lever. During high back-torque, such as when too low of gear is selected, the Slipper function allows some clutch slippage to help prevent engine lock-up and stalling, and rear-wheel hop.


6-Speed Transmission
Linkage-type gear shift mechanism provides a direct feeling for more positive shifts.
Cassette-style transmission puts the transmission shafts and shift drum into a compact layout.
Positive Neutral Finder, a Kawasaki exclusive user-friendly feature that allows the rider to easily shift from first gear into neutral when the bike is at stop.


All-new high-tensile steel trellis frame has optimized dimensions and wall thicknesses to reduce frame weight and contribute to extremely light handling.
Frame components follow the ideal pipe line so that the lines of the frame are as straight as possible. When bends were necessary their angles were as small as possible, resulting in a design that disperses stress extremely well.
Three-point rigidly mounted engine and footpeg stays are used as stressed members to contribute to weight reduction.


Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension
The linkage is placed atop the swingarm and helps make room for the under-engine muffler for better mass centralization.
Rear shock is further away from the exhaust so that its operation will not be affected by exhaust heat.
Gull-wing swingarm also allows clearance for the muffler while contributing to light, natural handling.


Triple Petal Design Brake Discs
Available Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) helps assist braking under certain conditions and features a small Bosch 9.1M control unit to save space and weight.
Nissin brake calipers have a sporty image and contain brake specific pads; the front providing strong initial bite and the rear offering optimum control and high overall brake force.
Front brake calipers have large 27mm pistons for excellent brake feel.
Petal design offers improved cooling and warp resistance.


Wheels and Tires
Sporty five-spoke wheel design helps provide a light, nimble appearance.
Equipped with Dunlop Sportmax D214 tires for excellent performance and better fuel mileage.


Streetfighter Cockpit
Slightly-forward handlebar position provides sport riding potential.
Low, forward footpeg placement helps keep the rider’s knees open for increased comfort and ease of operation.
The fuel tank is positioned relatively low on the chassis and its slim design helps riders to reach the ground and inspire confidence. A resin design fuel cap eliminates the presence of mounting bolts for a more stylish design.
The seat is slim at the front to further facilitate the rider’s reach to the ground.
Rubber-mounted handlebar reduces vibration.
Five-way adjustable brake and clutch levers accommodate a variety of hand sizes for increased comfort.


High-Tech Instrumentation
Stacked instrument cluster features an easy-to-read-layout.
Analog tachometer numbers on a brushed-aluminum panel are indicated with sweeping LCD needles to provide a modern, high-tech look.
Equipped with a shift-up indicator that flashes the tachometer when the user-selected shift point is reached.
Gear position indicator helps riders asses transmission gear selected at a glance.
LCD display with white letters on a black background for speedometer, odometer/tripmeters, clock, fuel level, fuel consumption, external and coolant temperature, and Economical Riding Indicator(KP).


Distinctive Z Styling
The Z650 carries on the sugomi styling of the recent Kawasaki Z series. Sugomi describes the intense aura or energy given off by a person or object of greatness and felt by the viewer. Someone, or something, possessing sugomi inspires awe, leaves an indelible impression, is daunting in stature or ability, and commands respect.
Headlight cowl and meter visor help form a slim, flowing line from the top of the fuel tank for an aggressive appearance.
Engine shrouds have a sharp shape with minimal overhang add to the flowing design while contributing to a condensed, lightweight look.
Sharp front fender design and compact, upswept tail cowl contribute to the dynamic, sporty image.
LED taillight lights up in a Z shape.








2017 Kawasaki Z650 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: ABS $7,399 / MSRP NON-ABS: $6,999 USD


4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled
Bore x Stroke
83.0 x 60.0mm
Compression ratio
Fuel System
DFI® with Keihin 36mm Keihin throttle bodies
TCBI with electronic advance
6-speed, return shift
Final Drive
Sealed chain
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel
Telescopic fork/4.9 in
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel
Horizontal back-link with adjustable preload, swingarm/5.1 in
Front Tire
120/70 ZR17 Dunlop
Rear Tire
160/60 ZR17 Dunlop Sportmax D214
Front Brakes
Dual 300mm petal-type rotors with four-piston calipers, ABS
Rear Brakes
Single 220mm petal-style disc w/ABS
Frame Type
Trellis, high tensile steel
24.0°/3.9 in
Overall Length
81.3 in
Overall Width
30.5 in
Overall Height
42.5 in
Ground Clearance
5.1 in
Seat Height
30.9 in
Curb Weight
ABS: 410.1 lb** / NON-ABS: 405.7 lb**
Fuel Capacity
4.0 gal
55.5 in
Color Choices
Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Spark Black, Pearl Flat Stardust White/Metallic Spark Black
12 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)
12, 24, 26 or 48 months






2017 Kawasaki Z650 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $7499 CAD


Displacement 649cc
Type 4-stroke, Parallel Twin
Bore and stroke 83.0 x 60.0 mm
Cooling Liquid
Compression ratio 10.8:1
Valve system DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system 36 mm x 2 with dual throttle valves
Ignition Digital
Lubrication Forced lubrication (semi-dry sump)
Front: type Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Front: calipers Dual piston
Rear: type Single 220 mm petal disc
Rear: calipers Single-piston
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** TBA
Fuel capacity 15 litres (3.5 gal.)
Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Chain
Primary reduction ratio 2.095 (88/42)
Gear ratio: 1st 2.438 (39/16)
Gear ratio: 2nd 1.714 (36/21)
Gear ratio: 3rd 1.333 (32/24)
Gear ratio: 4th 1.111 (30/27)
Gear ratio: 5th 0.966 (28/29)
Gear ratio: 6th 0.852 (23/27)
Final reduction ratio 3.067 (46/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Type Trellis, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel: front 125 mm (4.9 in.)
Tire: front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Wheel travel: rear 130 mm (5.1 in.)
Tire: rear 160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
Caster (rake) 24.0º
Trail 110 mm (4.3 in.)
Steering angle (left/right) 35º / 35º
Maximum Power‡ 50.2 kW {68 PS} / 8,000 rpm
Maximum Torque‡ 66 N.m {6.7 kgf.m} / 6,500 rpm
Suspension, front 41 mm telescopic fork
Suspension, rear Horizontal Back-link with adjustable preload
Warranty 12 months warranty














2017 Kawasaki Z650 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £TBA GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)


Engine type
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
649 cm³
Bore x stroke
83 x 60 mm
Compression ratio
Valve system
DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system
Fuel injection: Ø 36 mm x 2 with dual throttle valves
Starting System
Forced lubrication, semi dry sump
Brakes & Suspension
Brakes, front
Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs. Caliper: Dual piston
Brakes, rear
Single 220 mm petal disc. Caliper: Single-piston
Suspension, front
41 mm telescopic fork
Suspension, rear
Horizontal Back-link with preload adjustment
Performance & Transmission
Maximum power
50.2 kW {68 PS} / 8,000 rpm
Fuel consumption
4.3l/100 km
CO2 emission
Maximum torque
65.7 Nom {6.7 kgfom} / 6,500 rpm
Final drive
Sealed chain
Primary Reduction Ratio
2.095 (88/42)
Gear Ratios 1st
2.438 (39/16)
Gear Ratios 2nd
1.714 (36/21)
Gear Ratios 3rd
1.333 (32/24)
Gear Ratios 4th
1.111 (30/27)
Gear Ratios 5th
0.966 (28/29)
Gear Ratios 6th
0.852 (23/27)
Wet multi-disc, manual
Frame & Dimensions
Frame type
Trellis, high-tensile steel
100 mm
Wheel travel front
125 mm
Wheel travel rear
130 mm
Tyre, front
120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear
160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
L x W x H
2,055 x 775 x 1,080 mm
1,410 mm
Ground clearance
130 mm
Fuel capacity
15 litres
Seat height
790 mm
Curb mass
187 kg







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