Fresh colours for 2021 Kawasaki 650 twins
Following the announcement last week of subtle changes to their 2021 Vulcan S cruiser, Kawasaki have this morning revealed fresh colours for the rest of their 2021 650 parallel-twin range.
Consisting of the fully faired Ninja 650, Z650 naked and Versys 650 adventurer, all three machines use the same basic Euro5-friendly liquid-cooled 649cc parallel-twin engine and get only minimal changes ahead of next year.
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Starting with the long-legged Versys, the bike will now be available in three fresh designs; one lime green and black, another in white and black complete with flashes of blue, plus a third grey and black design with hints of red.
According to Kawasaki’s website, the new machine will be available from November 2020, with pricing still to be confirmed.
Away from adventure bikes, sports fans will be interested to know the Ninja 650 is also available in new liveries for 2021. With the bike getting a complete overhaul ahead of the 2020 season, it’s unsurprising that there are only subtle changes ahead of next year.
Available as of December, with pricing to be confirmed, two designs offer a mix of white, black and green, with a third, more subtle black and grey paint job carried over from the existing line-up.
Much like the Ninja, the Z650 was revised ahead of 2020, meaning only colour changes for next year. The first of these mimics a livery available for the 2021 four-cylinder Z900; finished in white with a striking lime green trellis chassis and wheels. Also available is a black and lime green option, plus a stealthy black alternative.
Expect these bikes to arrive in December, too, with prices to be confirmed closer to the time. As always, MCN will update this story as more information becomes available.
Colour updates announced for 2021 Kawasaki Z900, Vulcan S and Ninja 1000SX
First published on 21 September, 2020 by Dan Sutherland
Kawasaki have pulled the covers off their 2021 Z900, Vulcan S and Ninja 1000SX ranges, with fresh colours, plus the continuation of optional 'Edition' models to cater for both sports and touring rider demands.
Starting with the fully-faired Ninja, the bike will be available in three liveries; with black taking a central theme alongside lashings of either red, grey or green. There is no longer a paint job featuring white, as currently found on the 2020 version.
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As is already the way, Kawasaki will also sell you the gently set Ninja in a range of 'Editions' that cater for both sporty and distance travel.
Starting with the Performance Edition, the bike will feature frame sliders, smoked windscreen, a gel tank pad, a colour matched seat cover and an Akrapovič exhaust. This differs from the Tourer Edition, which gets dual lockable 28-litre colour-matched panniers, a bigger screen and sat nav bracket.
Combining the best of both worlds is the Performance Tourer Edition, which gets all the best bits of both of the aforementioned models, including the panniers and exhaust, plus heated grips. Prices of each of these bikes are yet to be announced.
Away from faired tourers, Kawasaki’s road-focussed roadster Z900 also gets a mild alteration for 2021. Much like the Ninja 1000SX, the existing 900 was a new model for 2020, so it’s unsurprising that it only receives small changes.
Starting with the colours, riders have a choice of green or red trellis frames with a variety of black finishes on the exterior bodywork. Also available is a 'Pearl Blizzard White / Metallic Spark Black' finish, which stands out as a vibrant alternative, complete with glossy lime green wheels.
Once more for 2021, a Performance Edition will also be available with a minimalist smoked screen, a gel tank pad, colour coded seat cover and Akrapovič exhaust, complete with carbon heat shield. Expect bikes to be in dealers from December, with prices to be announced soon.
Elsewhere, Kawasaki's Vulcan S has also been treated to a fresh lick of paint. Gone are the black and gold, plus black and green options, to be replaced by a black and blue ‘ebony’ design, alongside a grey, red and black option. An all-black livery remains as before. Expect new bikes to arrive in December 2020.