A new 650cc Kawasaki motorcycle is in the works, and reports suggest that it is a scaled-down version of the Z900RS and will be based on the outgoing Z650.
In the middle-weight class of motorcycles, Kawasaki has a very strong portfolio, which includes a sports tourer, a cruiser, a street naked, and an adventure tourer, namely the Kawasaki Ninja 650, Vulcan S, Z650, and Versys 650, respectively.
Now, reports on the internet suggest that Kawasaki is working on a modern-retro motorcycle, which is the new Z650RS – the teaser for which was dropped last month. The new Kawasaki Z650RS will be based on the same idea as the Kawasaki Z900RS. The overall styling of the bike will be influenced by modern-classic motorcycles of the past; however, the mechanical bits and features will be on a par with a modern-day motorcycle.
Images of the Kawasaki Z900RS used in the news story for reference.
The Kawasaki Z650RS will be based on the outgoing Z650. The engine will be the same 649cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled motor, mated to a six-speed gearbox. The power output will be 67bhp and 64Nm. The kerb weight of the motorcycle will be 187kg, which is 4kg lighter than the outgoing Z650. Compared to the Kawasaki Z650, the new Z650RS will have a 5mm shorter wheelbase. The Z650RS will feature Kawasaki’s connected tech, which we have experienced on the brand’s 650cc range in India.
The global debut of the Kawasaki Z650RS is expected by the final quarter of 2021. When launched in India, the Kawasaki Z650RS will be slotted between the value-for-money Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and the expensive Honda CB650R. The motorcycle will also rival the Benelli Leoncino 500 in India.