2017 Kawasaki Z650 Full Review
Price of 2017 Kawasaki Z650 in India: Rs. 5.19 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
Launch Date of 2017 Kawasaki Z650 in India: March 2017
The new 2017 Kawasaki Z650 is mainly built to fill the shoes of the ER-6n and also to compete with the modern day middleweight motorcycles. Earlier the Kawasaki ER-6n was appreciated by many but its fine styling and the lack of ABS didn’t get many customers.
Design and Styling
Like the ER-6n, the new 2017 Kawasaki Z650 has most of its hardware taken from the Ninja 650. It’s basically a roadster variant of the middleweight tourer, without the fairing, a single-pod headlight and a flat single-piece handlebar. It has got the predator design look which is a trait of Kawasaki’s Z-brand family which makes the new Z650 even more attractive as compared to the subtle looking ER-6n. At the front, there is the sharply designed headlight with integrated DRLs. There is no fancy LEDs here. The illuminator comes with a small windscreen which holds the front numberplate and the headlight is surrounded by body-coloured mask.
Above the headlight of 2017 Kawasaki Z650, there is a compact instrument console which is completely new. The tachometer is at the top of the console and at the centre it has gear position indicator. Below the gear position indicator you will find a digital display which shows the speedometer, odometer, trip meters, fuel gauge, engine oil temperature and time. There is a gear shift indicator light on the left of the digital console along with the engine malfunction notification light and left turn indicator. To the right of the display Kawasaki Z650 has a neutral gear indicator, ABS light and right turn indicator. The Mode and Set button sits on either side of the console and the instrument cluster sits on the flat, naked roadster style single-piece handlebar.
Rest of the bodywork of 2017 Kawasaki Z650 is quite similar to the new 2017 Ninja 650. Like the identical, muscular fuel tank with the primary keyhole mounted on it. The tank extensions add to the aesthetics and makes the tank look even more muscular. The 15.14 litres of fuel tank capacity is also same. The new pillion grab rail and the massive saree guard are taken from the Ninja 650 along with the X-shaped LED tail light. The number plate holder, rear blinkers and the number plate illuminator are at the rear fender while the tubular swingarm taken from the ER-6n has been replaced with a gull-arm unit. The asymmetrically mounted rear suspension has also been replaced by a new horizontal back-link, centrally positioned unit. Kawasaki Z650 continues to use an underbelly exhaust, similar to the 2017 Ninja 650, the outlet position has been slightly sharpen.
Just like the Ninja 650, the new 2017 Kawasaki Z650, shares all the weight saving components which includes the new lightweight twin-spar trellis frame that helps the bike to weight 19 kilograms lesser as compared to the ER-6n. The new 2017 Z650 ticks all the right points to become one of the most appealing middleweights bike in the country today.
Engine and Performance
The new 2017 Kawasaki Z650 comes with a 649cc, parallel twin, liquid-cooled engine which produces a maximum power of 68 PS at 8000 rpm and a peak torque of 65.7 Nm at 6500 rotations and comes mated to a six-speed transmission. Like the 2017 Ninja 650, the power has been decreased as compared to the ER-6n’s 72.1 PS but the torque has increased from older generation’s 64 Nm figure. So, in effect, 2017 Z650 features a better power-to-weight ratio than the ER-6n. The engine also comes with the new assisted and slipper clutch for a lighter clutch and reduced wheel hop during aggressive downshifts.
Kawasaki Z650’s engine is same like the 2017 Ninja 650 and is tuned for better low and mid range power delivery to give a smooth and relaxed ride experience. The engine also features new throttle body ports and slimmer intake that are aimed to allow finer automation of fuel and improved engine air-flow. The engine feels refined and runs smooth anywhere around 4000 rotations. The power delivery is linear and will keep you engaged in city and on highways also. However the wind blasts can become an issue.
Braking duties of 2017 Kawasaki Z650 are performed by Nissin sourced 300 mm petal discs with two-piston callipers at the front and 220 mm petal disc at the rear. Z650 also gets Bosch 9.1 M ABS which was not there in the earlier ER-6n. Tyres are from Dunlop, which provide an exceptional grip.
The ride quality, ergonomics and handling department was almost perfect. The flat handlebar gives the perfect naked roadster riding posture which makes this bike even more friendly on city roads. It feels properly agile but you can feel the lack of wind protection once the speedometer came into triple digit speed.
The new 2017 Kawasaki Z650 comes with everything which are missed in the earlier ER-6n and for this Kawasaki deserve a round of applause. The bike is appealing and also has the benchmark of Kawasaki’s build quality, potent engine and comes with ABS. Kawasaki has priced this middleweight roadster for just INR 5.19 lakh (ex-showroom). Do you really need any more reason to buy one?
Competitors of 2017 Kawasaki Z650
Price: Rs. 5,42,000 – Rs. 5,82,000
Engine: 600c, liquid cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valve, DOHC, Inline 4
Maximum Power: 83.90 Bhp at 11500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 54.6 Nm at 10500 rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15 litres
Price: Rs, 6,57,199 – Rs.7,14,659
Engine: 648.72 cc, liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4
Maximum Power: 85.28 bhp at 11000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 62.9 Nm at 8000 rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.3 litres
Specifications of 2017 Kawasaki Z650
|2017 Kawasaki Z650|
|Engine||Parallel-Twin Engine Tuned for Low-Mid Range Power & Torque|
|Maximum Power||67.2 Bhp @ 8000 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||65.7 NM @ 6500 rpm|
|Fuel System||Fuel injection: Ø 36 mm x 2 with dual throttle valves|
|Lubrication||Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump|
|No. of Cylinders||2|
|Valve System||DOHC, 8 valves|
|Seat Height||790 mm|
|Ground Clearance||130 mm|
|Kerb/Wet Weight||187 kg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||15 litres|
|No. of Gears||6|
|Clutch||Assist & Slipper clutch | Wet multi-disc, manual|
|Front||41 mm telescopic fork|
|Rear||Mono Shock, Horizontal Back-link with preload adjustment|
|Front Wheel Travel||125 mm|
|Rear Wheel Travel||130 mm|
|Wheels and Tyre|
|Front Tyre||120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)|
|Rear Tyre||160/60 ZR17 M/C (69W)|
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