Kawasaki Motors India has launched the 2022 Z650RS priced at Rs. 6.65 lakh (ex-showroom). The 2022 Kawasaki Z650RS arrives in the country just weeks after its worldwide debut. The retro-styled motorcycle is being offered in 2 color options – Candy Emerald Green and Metallic Moondust Gray.
The brand-new 650 CC Kawasaki is based on the Kawasaki Z650 naked motorbike but gets a retro-style language on the very same lines as the Kawasaki Z900 Rs. The bike arrives at a delectable price that makes it more affordable than the Triumph Trident 660.
Kawasaki Z650RS Feature Highlights:
Dual-dial instrument cluster with multi-function LCD,
Spoke-style cast wheels,
The relaxed riding position,
Lightweight trellis frame.
The brand-new Z650RS takes its ideas from the iconic Kawasaki Z1. The neo-retro style theme brings a round LED headlamp, new multi-spoke alloy wheels, and a twin-pod analog instrument console with a digital readout. The slim pinstripe fuel container additionally bolsters the retro styling, while the single long seat ought to maintain things comfortable for the rider and pillion.
The engine is pretty much the same as the 649cc parallel-twin, as you’ll find in the Z650, Ninja 650 sports bike, and Versus 650 adventure tourer. Now it is a solid, reliable performer with a peak power is 67 horsepower, which is a little less than the competition. And it also uses a 180-degree crank which gives it an exhaust note that, for me, isn’t as pleasing to the ear as a 270 crank as you’ll find in many other retros.
Power on the new Kawasaki Z650RS comes from the familiar 649 cc twin-cylinder motor seen on the Z650. Power figures are identical with 67 bhp at 8,000 rpm and 64 Nm at 6,700 RPM. The trellis frame remains the same, as well as so does the suspension set up with 41 mm telescopic front forks and a pre-load adjustable mono-shock at the rear. Braking performance comes from 300 mm discs at the front and a single 220 mm disc at the rear. Dual-channel ABS comes as standard.
Kerb Weight 192 kg, the Z650RS has a wheelbase of 1,405 mm. The motorcycle is 2,065 mm long, 800 mm large, and 1,115 mm tall. It has a gas tank capacity of 12 litres.
At Rs 6.65 lakh Ex-Showroom, the Z650RS costs Rs 41,000 more than the Z650 and Rs 4,000 more than the Ninja 650. The more powerful Triumph Trident 660, meanwhile, is priced at Rs 6.95 lakh. Deliveries of the Kawasaki Z650RS will commence from either the end of November or starting of December 2021.
The New Kawasaki Ninja 650 2021. The buzzword these days in the Indian Two-wheelers market is BS6 over the last few months. We’ve seen manufacturers launch a slew of BS6 compliant motorcycles. And while at it, they have also used this opportunity to give their motorcycles a makeover.
It looks like a new motorcycle, but it shares a lot in common with the BS4 motorcycle. So let’s find out what the BS6 upgrade brings to the Kawasaki Ninja 650.
This motorcycle comes from the old 2017 Ninja 650. And although I was not a big fan of the previous Ninja 650s design. The 2021 Kawasaki Ninja 650 has my attention. It looked attractive from the moment I saw it on the Kawasaki India website.
To me, it has to do with a new ninja family face, one that we’ve also seen on the Ninja 400 and the Ninja ZX6R. My favorite bits are the sharp twin-LED headlamps. And a new raked windscreen that finally forms an aggressive face.
Befitting the Ninja name, the side fairing is also new and has the right amount of cuts and creases that flow with the rest of the design. On to the rear, this is the only visual similarity to the previous motorcycle. Except for the new pillion seat that has
And more cushioning for increased comfort.
Complementing the new design is the lime green shade. And Kawasaki racing team stickers that will make you visible from a mile. But if being subtle is your thing, you could choose the white and black dual-tone color option.
While the design is all-new, Kawasaki has thankfully refrained from changing the ergonomics. At 790 mm, the seat height is low, which allows you to keep your foot flat on the ground.
Trellis, high-tensile steel
Metallic Spark Black, Candy Steel Furnace Orange/Metallic Spark Black
At the same time, the clip-ons are high, and these pegs are not too rear set. It results in a nice comfortable sports tourer kind of riding position that is great for a long distance. Not changing the ergonomics is a wise decision.
A welcome change is in the introduction of a new display. This 4.3 inch TFT cluster has the same style of graphics you would find on a new range of Kawasaki motorcycles.
It is crisp and easy to read, while the Bluetooth connectivity brings it up to date with today’s times. The all-new Kawasaki Ninja 650 looks much more modern than before. And it is better equipped as well.
Kawasaki Ninja 650 Engine
4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled
Bore x Stroke
83.0 x 60.0mm
48.5 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm
DFI® with dual 36mm Keihin throttle bodies
TCBI with digital advance
Electronic Rider Aids
But at the heart of the matter is the Kawasaki Ninja’s engine. And that has always been one of the defining aspects of this motorcycle. What I like about it is its traceability in the city. But at the same time, it doesn’t compromise on-highway performance.
The cherry on top of the cake is the strong mid-range. That ensures that you don’t need to rev out this engine to extract all that power. And Kawasaki has done a great job of developing the BS6 engine.
BS6 engine managing to extract the same peak power as the BS4 engine. Peak torque, on the other hand, has dropped marginally. So, It Produces 68 horsepower and 64-newton meters of torque. And also read about its naked Sibling, the Kawasaki Z650.
It did not affect the performance since the curb weight at 196 kg is the same as before. Performance despite its strong mid-range. This engine has sufficient power at the top to propel the Kawasaki Ninja 650 to good three-digit speeds.
This flexible nature of the engine is what primarily makes the Ninja 650 is such an adaptable motorcycle. However, like before, the engine isn’t very characterful and does not produce exciting sound. Also, there are some vibrations to be felt when it revved out.
The suspension setup of the Ninja 650s 41mm fork. And preload-adjustable mono-shock setup. It is the same as on the bs4 model. And it has been tuned with everyday usability in mind.
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel
41mm hydraulic telescopic fork/4.9 in
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel
Horizontal back-link with adjustable spring preload/5.1 in
Now the suspension is tuned on the softer side. And that results in a comfortable ride over bad roads and undulations. But the one thing you need to keep in mind while going over high-speed breakers and deep potholes is a low 130 mm of ground clearance. That is not great.
Ride & Handling
Understandably the soft suspension setup means the Ninja 650 is good but not great around corners. It remains planted and predictable for the most part. But don’t expect a sportbike like sharp handling. Although, there is potential in the chassis.
Dual 300mm petal-style discs and 2-piston calipers, ABS
Single 220mm petal-style disc and single-piston caliper, ABS
Also, as we found out, adjusting the preload setting is essential. To prevent unsettling the rear over undulating roads at high speeds. But the big irritant is that getting to the preload adjuster. Requires removing the side panels. That makes it a cumbersome process.
Even so, our experience of the Kawasaki Ninja 650 tells us that the motorcycle is stable at high speeds and around bends when you dial in the correct preload setting.
Kawasaki Ninja 650 Tires
The Kawasaki Ninja 650 also gets a set of new Dunlop sport max road sport two tires. That offers a good grip once warmed up. However, they could do with a better feel on a wet road.
12 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)
12, 24, 36, or 48 months
Conclusion & Price
The Kawasaki Ninja 650 has a rock-solid reputation of reliability and value for money. It is also an easy first big bike for newbies to adapt. While remaining quick enough to stay experienced riders entertained. None of this changes for 2021, and while the price tag has gone up by rupees 65000.
The Kawasaki Ninja 650’s price is Rs 6.54 lakh Ex-showroom, India. The Ninja makes up for it with a sharper style and a new display. And, like before, there’s no other motorcycle like it at the price point.
The naked Kawasaki Z650, if you are buying a big bike, can be intimidating, coming from something small. It can be a sizeable jump in terms of performance, ease of use, and price. But there are a few motorcycles that make that leap a lot less daunting. And one such example is Kawasaki’s middleweight.
In this new iteration, Kawasaki has made some changes. That not only differentiate but set it apart from its predecessor.
The engine is now BS6 and Euro 5 compliant,
The second and more notable is the design,
Kawasaki has stripped away the few curves of the older model,
Sharpened up the lines around the tank,
And the headlight and given it, a new paint scheme.
What this has done is give the bike a much more dynamic and provocative design. Something the Japanese manufacturer refers to as Tsugumi.
There is some functionality amongst this new form too. The new LED headlight not only looks great but also does a pretty good job of illuminating what is in front of you.
Kawasaki Z650 2021 Features
649 cc parallel bicylindrical engine and liquid cooling;
Daisy-shaped disc brakes;
Compact multifunctional panel.
The addition of a TFT instrument cluster is a compact unit but one of the crispest ones we have seen at this price point. Already from the rider’s point of view because it can look quite pixelated up close. This unit can also be connected to Kawasaki’s Rideology App.
The Kawasaki Z650 misses out on:-
Kawasaki Z650 Engine Specs
Engine type: 2 cylinders, 4 stroke;
Cylinder capacity: 649 cc;
Transmission: 6 speeds;
Valve system: 8 valves;
Fuel system: Electronic injection;
Compression ratio: 10.8: 1;
Diameter x Stroke: 83.0 x 60.0 mm;
Lubrication: Forced lubrication (semi-dry sump);
You will find that the Kawasaki Z650 is much the same as before. At its center is a 649 cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine. In this BS6 model—the peak power of 68 horsepower and peak torque of 64 Newton-meters. Torque is down by 1.7-newton meters. But that is not something you will notice.
Kawasaki Z650 Performance
Maximum torque: 65.7 N • m (6.7 kgf • m) / 6,500 rpm;
Maximum power: 50.2 kW (68 hp) / 8,000 rpm.
0-100 Kph in 4.8 seconds
And not that you will complain either because the Z650 is quick. And if you are eager with the throttle, the front end will lift easily in first gear. Push through the 6-speed gearbox. And you would blast past 100 kilometers per hour in a sports car, timing 4.8 seconds.
See below the milage of Kawasaki Z650, according to tests made by the ARAI:
Average consumption new Kawasaki Z650 2021: 23 km/liter;
Complementing that performance is a more guttural exhaust note. Kawasaki has tweaked the intake and exhaust to comply with the latest dementia norms. And these changes seem to have affected the way the Z650 sounds.
The lower revs are loud and bassy. But this is an engine that likes to rev. And with this BS6 update, we found that the bike emits a slightly more raspy throaty note. And that added some much-needed aggression to experience this.
Now, this is undoubtedly an engine that is happiest higher up in the rev band. But it is also quite tractable at slow speeds. You can carry a gear high and a light clutch. It means you can avoid an unwarranted forearm workout while you are stuck in traffic.
And, it could have been even with better tires. The new Dunlop Sportmax road sport dews proved ok in the dry. But, they do get squirmy in the wet.
There are a couple more aspects where we would like to see some improvement.
Rear: Type – Single 220 mm daisy-shaped disc;
Rear: Caliper – Single piston;
Front: Type – 300 mm double daisy-shaped disc;
Front: Caliper – Double piston;
The first is with the brakes stopping power is decent. But we found that the abs sometimes intervene prematurely and quite aggressively.
The ground clearance at 130 MM the Z650 bottoms out. Over most sharply angled speed breakers even without the weight of a pillion.
Kawasaki Z650 Ergonomics
The seat is low, and the handlebar is flat and wide. Now I am five feet ten inches tall, and this bike fits me just right. When I am sitting up, it is rather good to ride. One thing for sure, your back is not going to hurt, even on a long tour.
But tuck In higher speeds, and it gets a bit cramped. It is because the handlebar is quite close to you. And this tends to bring your elbows in contact with your knees.
Tank capacity: 15 liters;
Seat height: 790 mm;
Minimum height from the ground: 130 mm;
Total height: 1,080 mm;
Total length: 2,055 mm;
Weight (With fuel and oil): 187 Kg;
Total width: 775 mm;
Between axles: 1,410 mm;
Alright, so this is a bike that you can live within the city. But whether Z650 thrives, though, is in the twisties. An impressive mid-range makes it super fun for darting from corner to corner.
Kawasaki Z650 Price In India
Starting At Rs.6,18,000 (Ex-Showroom)
Kawasaki Z650 Price In USA
Check out the Kawasaki Z650 price projection:
New average price Kawasaki Z650 2021: $ 5700;
The new Kawasaki Z650.
It looks good,
It is easy to ride in the city,
And it is fun out in the twisties at just under rupees 6 lakhs.
It is also the only Japanese middleweight street naked in our country.
Given our riding conditions, I think this is one of the easy first big bikes to step up. There is enough performance on offer, it is easy to live with, and it is affordable. But we have a competitor motorcycle this year, and that is the all-new Triumph Trident 660.