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Kawasaki Z650 [2020-2021]

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Key specs
  • Displacement649 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight191 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 6,03,522

Kawasaki Z650 [2020-2021] is now discontinued in India.

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Kawasaki Z650-2021 Summary

Z650 [2020-2021] key highlights

Engine Capacity 649 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 191 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 15 litres
Seat Height 790 mm
Max Power 67.31 bhp

About Z650-2021

Kawasaki has updated its middleweight roadster to comply with the newest emission norms. During the BS6/Euro-5 transition, Kawasaki also revised the styling of the motorcycle. The changes include an updated headlight setup that now features full-LED lighting and a shaper headlamp cowl.

The Z650 also gets a Bluetooth-enabled instrument cluster that it shares with the Ninja 650. The 10.9cm colour TFT display that, apart from the standard data, also offers information about gear position indicator, shift lamp, and fuel gauge. It does, however, misses controls for the calls and music.

To enhance the passenger comfort, the Japanese Kawasaki has also updated the Z650’s pillion seat. While the styling and feature list has been tweaked, the latest iteration of the motorcycle retains the trellis-type frame, cycle parts, and the underbelly exhaust.

The suspension setup includes telescopic forks at the front and a mono-shock at the rear. The braking tasks are handled by twin discs at the front and a single unit at the rear. The Z650 also benefits from Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tyres as standard.

Mechanical specifications include a BS6-compliant, 649cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine that makes 67.3bhp at 8,000rpm and 64Nm at 6,700rpm. The motor is linked to a six-speed transmission. Kawasaki offers the Z650 in a single colour option in the Indian market, Metallic Spark Black.
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Kawasaki Z650-2021 Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • 650cc engine has plenty of torque
    • Easy to riding in city traffic
    • Full TFT instrument console
  • Could be Better

    • Available in only one colour
    • Expensive parts
    • Limited sales, service reach

BikeWale's Take

The Z650 is a middle-weight streetfighter from Kawasaki. It was developed for riders who want aggressive styling, great performance and good riding comfort. The Z650 is also equipped with some good features like full colour TFT display, ABS and LED lights. But this bike is quite expensive to maintain. Plus, Kawasaki has limited sales and service reach. 

Kawasaki Z650 [2020-2021] Review

Is the Kawasaki Z650 still the same friendly yet exciting package to be someone's first big bike?

Introduction

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The middle-weight naked street bike segment is the least crowded space in India with the Kawasaki Z650 being the only option available for the buyers. I agree, there are bikes like the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 which comes close to this genre. But, when a rider wants a fast, agile, and modern mid-size multi-cylinder offering, the Z proudly stands to fulfil these requirements. 

The transition to more stringent emission norms has brought along many more changes in the Z650 than just a cleaner engine. It sports a different design, more features, and revised hardware. And I am glad to mention that this kwacker has also transformed into a louder and bassier sounding machine.

Fuel Tank

But the main question is - Is the Kawasaki Z650 still the same friendly yet exciting package to be someone's first big bike? To bring you the answer, we rode the new 2021 Z650 BS6 in the city, out on the highway, and around some twisties.

The Visuals

Right Front Three Quarter

Before you hop on the new Z 650, you’ll instinctively take a walk around it only to drool over its styling. Kawasaki has always bestowed its motorcycles with a profoundly aggressive and sharp design, but with the new Z family, it has taken things to a whole new level. 

When looked at from a distance, it appears to be in attack mode all the time, thanks to the hunched-forward and front-heavy stance. The entire body work is dominated by sharp lines and deep creases, starting from the low-slung headlamp to the stubby tail section. 

Tail Light

And it’s not just the design that will impress you, but the fitment of body panels and paint quality don’t leave a room for complaints either. As for the switchgear, it feels tactile to use and the buttons are quite easy to reach too. 

The Package

Front Suspension

Starting with the engine, the new Z650 continues to be powered by a 649cc, parallel twin-cylinder engine which produces 67bhp of power and 64Nm of torque. Transmission duties are handled by a six-speed gearbox with assist and slipper clutch.

It rides on 17-inch alloy wheels at both ends which now come shod with Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tyres. Braking is handled by dual discs at the front and a single rotor at the rear. While suspension setup is still the same with telescopic forks and a monoshock, Kawasaki has tweaked it for better handling and stability.

TFT / Instrument Cluster

As for the features, the Japenese bike maker has finally done away with its dated-looking LCD console and has incorporated a TFT display. Besides packing a lot of information in a legible and clutter-free format, this display gets Bluetooth connectivity to pair with the rider’s smartphone. However, you don’t have access to things like navigation on the display itself. Instead, you can view some amount of information on your smartphone in Kawasaki's Rideology mobile app. Another downer about this display is that you have to use the two buttons on the console to navigate through the menu, which is slightly tricky.

Head Light

On the positive side, the Z650 now gets a full-LED headlamp that not only looks nice and fancy but it also does a good job of illuminating the road ahead.

The Ride

Left Side View

Getting aboard the Z650 is an effortless task, mainly because of its low 790mm seat height. Take it off the stand and its 191kg kerb weight is instantly noticeable. But I assure you that’s the last thing you’ll worry about while riding.

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Once on the saddle, you’ll realise that the Z650 is a compact but accommodating machine. Holding on to its fuel tank is easy as the seat properly tapers at the front. The cushioning and space of the seat is also adequate. Moreover, the handlebar is positioned to give you a leaned-forward and engaging stance, but there's no hint of discomfort.

Talking about the performance, the torque output of the BS6 Z650 is down by 1.7Nm and the weight has gone up by 1kg as compared to its BS4 model. However, none of that seems to have any effect on its real-world performance and it’s still an entertaining motorcycle to ride. 

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The Z650 darts ahead with a sheer urgency from as low as 2,500rpm. Keep the throttle pinned and the brisk acceleration continues until 10,000rpm, where it redlines. The 100kmph mark is crossed in a jiffy and it vigorously keeps on pulling to some crazy triple-digit numbers. The whole experience is further intensified by its raspy exhaust note at higher rpm. 

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Interestingly, the engine is not just highly potent, but it is also tractable. At slow speeds, the Z650 feels relaxed and you can do 40-50kmph of speeds even in the fifth gear. And the punchy low and mid-range means taking off from a signal or escaping out of tight gaps in traffic is a quick affair. Moreover, the fairly light clutch and the precise shifting gearbox make your life easier. Kawasaki’s heat management system is also brilliant and I didn’t feel any heat being dissipated on my thighs even after riding in the traffic for a long time.

As for the vibrations, the Z650 does get buzzy after around 4,500rpm, but these are just minor vibes creeping up on the seat. Also, every time you’ll belt it down an open highway, be prepared for a massive amount of wind buffeting as there’s no real wind protection. 

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Besides performance, handling is one of the strong facets of the Z as it changes directions with minimal efforts. Be it switching lanes or taking on tight corners in mountains, the Z feels utterly obedient to your inputs. Even while going through long sweeping bends, it holds its line accurately. The wide single-piece handlebar provides the needed leverage to inspire confidence while turning it in. 

Something that would have made the Z650 even more confidence-inspiring is a better set of tyres. The grip from the new Dunlops is just about average. Under hard braking, these lock up quite easily and that makes the ABS intrude too early which hampers the overall stopping distance of the bike. Having said that, the bite and progression from the Nissin callipers are decent. 

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Another bummer is its ride quality which feels pretty stiff. Riding over any kind of undulation at moderate speeds sends a jolt to your back, which is quite pronounced on taller bumps and sharp-edged undulations. Minor dips and crests can be dealt with by going slightly faster. But it’s important to mention that the ride is not so bad that it can be a deal-breaker. But thanks to its low 130mm of ground clearance, you have to be careful while going over tall speed bumps to avoid its underbelly from scraping.

Verdict

Front View

Now, back to our question – Is the new Kawasaki Z650 BS6 exciting yet friendly enough to be your first big bike? The answer is a loud and clear yes. It is a motorcycle which blends in almost all kind of scenarios. The tractable engine with linear power delivery makes it a great city bike. And then it’s equally ballistic and engaging on the highway as well as around twisties. And the best part is, you can bring home the new Z650 by paying an ex-showroom price of Rs 6.04 lakh, which sounds like a pretty sweet deal. But I hope Kawasaki is slightly more considerate while updating it the next time and gives it grippier tyres, a more advanced Bluetooth console, and slightly plusher ride quality. 

Photography by Kapil Angane

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 67.31 bhp @ 8,000 rpm

    Max Torque 64 Nm @ 6,700 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-VI

    Displacement 649 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 83 mm

    Stroke 60 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 10.8:1

    Ignition Digital

    Spark Plugs --

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern 1 Down 5 Up

    Clutch Wet Multi-Disc

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 15 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 300 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 160/60ZR17M/C (69W)

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 220 mm

    Calliper Type Front- 2 Piston , Rear-Single Piston Calliper

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) 32 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) 36 psi

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 32 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 36 psi

    Front Suspension ø41 mm telescopic fork/125mm

    Rear Suspension Horizontal Back-link with adjustable preload/130mm

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 191 kg

    Overall Length 2,115 mm

    Overall Width 765 mm

    Wheelbase 1,410 mm

    Ground Clearance 130 mm

    Seat Height 790 mm

    Overall Height 1,065 mm

    Chassis Type Trellis, high-tensile steel

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty (Year) 2 Year

    Standard Warranty (Kilometers) --

Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity Yes

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation Yes

USB charging port No

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) Yes

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

BatteryMaintenance Free

Headlight TypeLED Headlamp

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Taillamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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