Kawasaki has just launched the Z650 in India, priced at Rs. 5.19 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The motorcycle replaces the ER-6n which has been discontinued globally to make way for the Z650. The new middle-weight street-fighter stands out on the looks front itself, taking design inspiration from the flagship Z bikes like the Z1000 and Z900 aka the Sugomi design. It looks beefy and features a new headlamp and tank for a macho appeal.
Featuring a new tubular frame and light swingarm, the Kawasaki Z650 sees a drop in weight thanks to the lightweight chassis but is also down on power by 4 PS. It features ABS as standard and also gets a slipper clutch and adjustable shift light. The motorcycle is BS4 compliant.
The Kawasaki Z650 uses telescopic forks up front and adjustable monoshock at the rear with 120 and 160 section tyres at the front and rear respectively. The front disc is a dual 300 mm petal rotor while the rear uses a single 220 mm petal disc. The motorbike tips the scales at 186 kgs and has a seat height of 790 mm. The tank capacity is 15-litres.
The Kawasaki Z650 is powered by the same 649cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine as the ER-6n. This motor belts out 67.2 BHP of power and 65.7 Nm of torque, matched to a 6-speed gearbox. We all are aware of how butter smooth and refined this powertrain is, and is also a screamer in the top-end of the rev band. The Kawasaki Z650 will compete against the Benelli TNT 600i and Hyosung GT650N in the Indian market.
2017 Kawasaki Z900 street fighter in the country as a replacement to the Z800. The new Z900 pushes the middleweight naked motorcycle in a larger displacement category and is priced at ₹ 9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), around ₹ 1.20 lakh more than the Z800. Among the host of upgrades on the all-new offering, the motorcycle boasts of better styling, increased power output and new underpinnings. The Kawasaki Z900 made its debut at the 2016 EICMA Motorcycle Show last year and is being brought in the country as a CBU offering.
The new Kawasaki Z900 street fighter evolves from the Z800 with sharper lines and a more prominent looking design. The split headlamp setup has been retained and looks more menacing this time, while the rear features the very well styled Z-shaped LED tail light that gives the Z900 a unique stance. Underneath the bodywork, there is the all-new Trellis frame serving purpose that will help aid the handling capabilities of the bike, while an all-new engine is also in place borrowed from the Kawasaki Z1000.The 2017 Kawasaki Z900 replaces the Z800
The 2017 Kawasaki Z900 uses the 948 cc inline four-cylinder motor that makes 124 bhp of power at 6000 rpm, around a 12 bhp bump over the Z800. The new naked is also lighter than its predecessor with a kerb weight of 210.5 kg, losing a good 20.5 kg. The new naked also comes stacked with features including the Kawasaki developed slipper clutch for more effective downshifts, while ABS is offered as standard.
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 has been launched in India, priced at Rs. 5.69 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Featuring a sharper styling which seems to be inspired from the Japanese automaker’s ZX series of bikes, the 2017 Ninja 650 gets a three-way adjustable windscreen visor with a 60 mm range between the lowest and highest settings.
The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 gets a H2 inspired new analogue-digital instrument cluster with a gearshift indicator and programmable shift light. While the suspension remains more or less the same, the rear monoshock isn’t offset and the brakes see an improvement with Nissin callipers and ABS being standard. The motorcycle also gets a slipper clutch and runs on 120 mm and 160 mm tyres at the front and rear respectively.
Powering the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 is the same 649cc, parallel-twin cylinder engine that is liquid-cooled and gets revisions including dual throttle bodies. It loses 3 PS to belt out 69 PS but the new trellis frame and aluminium swingarm has resulted in a weight reduction of 19 kgs, the new bike weighs in at 193 kgs. The lower weight has also improved mileage by 8%. The middle-weight tourer complies with BS4 emission norms.