Teaser videos suggest new retro Kawasaki model is on the way

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Kawasaki have been teasing us for a few weeks with a new model using the stomach-turning phrase the ‘Retrovolution is coming’ on their social media channels.

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It’s expected the bike will be a Z650RS, with Kawasaki adding a retro twist to the budget twin, and the latest video clip gives us the biggest hint yet with a classic Z650 making an appearance in the background of a chess match.

If the new model looks half as good as the larger capacity Z900RS first released in 2017, it would offer a chic retro option for those looking for a little less power or riding on an A2 licence.

Kawasaki Z650 in background of video

The inline four engine used in the Z900RS gives it a point of difference over the predominantly twin and triple cylinder competition such as the BMW R nine T, Triumph Thruxton RS or Yamaha XSR900.

But assuming a new Z650RS uses the 67bhp parallel-twin used in the standard Z650 it’ll sit right in the crosshairs of the excellent Triumph Street Twin and the admittedly less powerful Royal Enfield Interceptor 650.

MCN will bring you all the latest news from Kawasaki as soon as we get it.

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Ben Clarke

By Ben Clarke

Assistant Editor (Motorcycling), hick for life, two cylinders max