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Kawasaki announces Z900 and Z650

Published: 05 October 2016

As well as revealing four new or updated models in the flesh at Intermot, Kawasaki also revealed images of two new models which will be revealed at the EICMA show in Milan next month - the Z900 and Z650.

The Z900 is powered by a new 948cc inline-four cylinder engine based on the Z1000 engine, making 126bhp. Kawasaki has developed an assist and slipper clutch to make action at the lever lighter and assist with excessive engine braking.


The engine is housed in an all-new lightweight steel trellis frame which helps keep weight down to 210kg. The low weight is paired with a low seat height of just 794mm, making the new Zed a good proposition for shorter riders.

The Z900 is suspended on 41mm upside down forks adjustable for rebound and preload at the front,and a horizontally-mounted shock with rebound and preload adjustability at the rear.

The 300mm front discs are gripped by dual opposed four-piston calipers, with the ABS system supplied by Nissin.

The Z900 will be available in Pearl Mystic Gray / Metallic Flat Spark Black, Candy Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black, Metallic Flat Spark Black / Metallic Spark Black and Candy Plasma Blue / Metallic Graphite Gray (Special Edition)

New Kawasaki Z650

Joining the Z900 at EICMA next month will be the replacement for the ER-6n - the new Z650.

The 649cc parallel-twin engine has been reworked to offer a smoother throttle response, better low-mid range torque and improved fuel economy, with Kawasaki claiming 66mpg. The Z650 weighs in at 187kg with a seat height of 790mm. The Z650 also gets the same assist and slipper clutch as the Z900.

The Er-6n replacement uses the Bosch 9.1M ABS unit as opposed to the Nissin unit on the 900. New styling brings the Z650 more in to line with the Sugomi styling of the naked Z class.

The new Z650 will be available in Pearl Flat Stardust White / Metallic Spark Black, Candy Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black, Metallic Flat Spark Black / Metallic Spark Black and Metallic Raw Titanium / Metallic Spark Black.


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