2017 Kawasaki Z650 Light, Nimble Raw Refined Look

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.

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2017 Kawasaki Z650 Streetfighter – Lightweight, Nimble, Powerful

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.

Kawasaki Z650 on MOTORESS
Kawasaki Z650

Kawasaki Z650 Engine

  • 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.

Kawasaki Z650 Chassis

  • 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 swing-arm 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.

Kawasaki Z650 Ergonomics

  • 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.

Kawasaki Z650 on MOTORESS

Kawasaki Z650


  • LCD display
  • Adjustable shift light
  • Digital tachometer

The Kawasaki Z650 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.

Kawasaki Z650 on MOTORESS
Kawasaki Z650

Wheels, Tires and Brakes

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.

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