2017 Kawasaki Z650 ABS

A New Light, Nimble Middleweight Supernaked for Discerning Riders

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA – November 14, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Rolling out from behind a cloud, the moon shines onto the concrete sidewalk and black asphalt road. A row of motorcycles masked by the darkness sit still, waiting, parked against the curb. All appear identical, except the bike at the end of the row, lit by the street lamp. The amber light reflects off the brightly colored trellis frame. The slim chassis and minimal bodywork showcase off of the powerful engine and performance-driven suspension. It’s a purpose-built machine, with little left to the imagination. Turn on the key switch, a reverse-lit instrumentation panel comes to life. A digital tachometer reflects on the rider’s helmet. The sound of the parallel-twin roars to life, echoing down the adjacent alleyway. A pull of the clutch, a snap of the gear shifter, the rider is off into the night. With generations of tradition and years of Z engineering comes a new streetfighter designed to amplify fun and performance: introducing the raw and refined 2017 Kawasaki Z650.

The Kawasaki Z650 motorcycle is designed to engage your senses: your sights with its raw and refined look; your touch with the chassis’ feedback to the rider; and your hearing with the specially engineered tune of the exhaust and intake. The open cockpit design allows you to experience your surroundings, hear the sounds of the city or country road and feel the wind.

The 2017 Kawasaki Z650 Highlights:

  • Trellis frame
  • Linkage-rear suspension
  • Minimal, slim bodywork
  • Entry-level pricing

The stripped down body work, slim lines and exposed engine and suspension components resonate the bike’s raw theme, where only the necessary parts remain. It’s a purpose-built motorcycle with tight body work and a light curb weight. There’s beauty in its simplicity.

The 2017 Kawasaki Z650 is the performance bike made for everyday riding. While influences from the generations of KZ and Z models have made this Z650 what it is today, it’s still very much its own model, a new-school performance motorcycle for the all-around rider. This motorcycle suits a range of motorcyclists, whether they’re looking for a real performance motorcycle that’s comfortable and capable of lightweight handling, or a smooth, lightweight streetfighter, that’s fun and easy to ride.


  • Proven performance of the 650cc platform
  • Slim exhaust design
  • A punch of low-to-mid range power that matches the Z fun factor
  • A progressive torque curve

Kawasaki’s 650cc parallel-twin engine design has been a proven performer on the track. The new 650cc found in the Z650 however, is purposely tuned for street motorcycles to give the motorcycle a more even and steady torque curve.

The engine features a slim intake and throttle body ports, which allow for finer atomization of fuel and improved engine airflow. Camshafts have reduced overlap and less duration, allowing for better mid-range power. The engine ultimately has a smooth off-throttle power delivery, with a steady climb to max output.


  • Trellis Frame
  • Twin-spar rear subframe
  • Engine is structural member of frame
  • Horizontal back-linked rear suspension

The high-tensile steel trellis frame uses the engine as a stress member, bringing engineering development from performance bikes to a lightweight, entry-level platform. Minimized bends in the frame cut down on stress-points and result in a lighter chassis. The rear section of the frame is a twin-tube, carried from the backbone of the frame, for added rigidity and improved carrying capacity.

Kawasaki engineers developed a new gull-arm swingarm with a pivot width similar to the wheel axle, creating a straight line from pivot point to axle, increasing leverage and strength of the rear suspension. Utilizing a horizontal back-linked rear shock with linkage makes for easy tuning, improved comfort and a progressive character.


  • Streetfighter ergonomics
  • Low-seat height and seat shape that narrows in the front for comfort and ease of reach to the ground
  • Handlebars placed forward for an aggressive riding position

The naked bike ergonomics feature the best of both worlds, in terms of a comfortable and an aggressive stance. The seating position and foot placement is low and forward, but with upright handlebars which allow for comfortable riding. The handlebars also increase leverage for adept, precise handling.

Much thought was placed into the positioning and angle of the handlebars and grips. The Z650 grips are placed for a natural position for the rider’s wrist, aiding in comfort and control. The narrow handlebars increase confidence and ease of use when making slow-speed corners.

The Z650 motorcycle features a comfortable passenger seat and comes standard with passenger pegs, for easy two-up riding.


  • LCD display
  • Adjustable shift light
  • Digital tachometer

The instrumentation features an LCD display, a major plus for performance-conscious riders is the tachometer/shift light that flashes when reaching a user-selected rpm.

The instrumentation also includes a digital sweeping LCD tachometer, and gear position indicator. Riders can pick their favorite rpm display from a selection. A carbon-fiber appearance panel wraps the complete look of the instrumentation, for a clean and tight package.


The 5-spoke wheel design adds to the lightweight handling characteristics. The wheels are wrapped in Dunlop Sportmax D214 tires that are constructed with improved wet weather performance. ABS-equipped Z650 units are available, which utilize the Bosch 9.1M unit that has been calibrated to work on the lightweight chassis to assist braking.


Z650 ABS – Pearl Flat Stardust White / Metallic Spark Black

Z650 ABS – Metallic Flat Spark Black / Metallic Spark Black


2017 Kawasaki Z650 ABS $7,399


For a full spec sheet on the 2017 Z650 motorcycle, visit www.kawasaki.com.

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A full range of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories are available at authorized Kawasaki dealers. For the different models, these can include different seats, seat cowl, frame sliders, tank bag and tail bag. Please visit your local Kawasaki dealership for more information.


Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) started full-scale production of motorcycles over a half century ago. The first Kawasaki motorcycle engine was designed based on technical know-how garnered from the development and production of aircraft engines, and Kawasaki’s entry into the motorcycle industry was driven by the company’s constant effort to develop new technologies. Numerous new Kawasaki models introduced over the years have helped shape the market, and in the process have created enduring legends based on their unique engineering, power, design and riding pleasure. In the future, Kawasaki’s commitment to maintaining and furthering these strengths will surely give birth to new legends.

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, side x sides, and Jet Ski® watercraft through a network of approximately 1,100 independent retailers, with close to an additional 7,700 retailers specializing in general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 3,100 people in the United States, with approximately 260 of them located at KMC’s Foothill Ranch, California headquarters.

Kawasaki’s tagline, “Let the good times roll.®”, is recognized worldwide. The Kawasaki brand is synonymous with powerful, stylish and category-leading vehicles. Information about Kawasaki’s complete line of powersports products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at www.kawasaki.com.

Source: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.