Kawasaki Z650RS retro classic bike launched

Kawasaki released its 650cc retro-styled bike in India based on the Z900RS.

Kawasaki teased its classic retro-styled 650cc bike on social media. The Kawasaki Z650RS finally made a debut and will be launched in India later this year. Z900RS was released earlier this year, which is an elder sibling of the new Z650RS. 

Unlike Z900RS, which is a Completely Built Unit (CBU) in India, Z650RS is expected to reach us as a CKD (Completely Knocked Down unit). Due to this, Kawasaki Z650RS price at Rs 7.00 lakhs ex-showroom, India. Here are other details we know about the bike.

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The design

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In terms of design major cues are taken from its larger sibling Z900RS. With a round headlight, a flat seat, a retro shaped fuel tank, circular rear-view mirrors and an upswept exhaust the Kawasaki Z650RS design looks more of a retro styled. As compared to its twin sibling Z650, the Z650RS gets a shorter wheelbase of 1,405mm, which is 5mm shorter.

However, the Z650RS is longer and lighter than its 650cc sibling. The street naked version is shorter by 10mm. The height of the bike has increased to 1,115mm due to a significantly taller and wider handlebar. The Kerb weight of the bike is 187 kgs which is 1kg lighter than its naked streetfighter counterpart.

Kawasaki Z650RS

The bike gets a new suspension setup, which is handled by 41mm telescopic forks upfront and a horizontal back-link unit at the rear. The rear suspension has an adjustable preload. For safety, Kawasaki has made the bike equipped with disk brakes in front and rear that are paired with dual-channel ABS as standard. Z650RS follows the green colour as the signature of the company with a retro tint on it.

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The Engine

Z650RS also shares the same tubular steel frame underpinning other Kawasaki siblings such as Z650, Ninja 650, Versys 650 and Vulcan S. Kawasaki Z650RS engine is the same 649 cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin motor which delivers a powerful punch of 67.3 bhp at 8,000 rpm and max torque of 64 Nm at 6,700 rpm. The transmission duties are done by a 6-speed gearbox. As per the leaks earlier last month, the motorcycle has a claimed top speed of 191 kmph.

The company realised the growth of retro styling bikes with the hike in sales of Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor and Continental. It was a bold move by Kawasaki to release its second retro bike after the W800. The bike will lock horns with Triumph Bonneville in the Indian market.

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