Kawasaki has officially launched the Z650RS, and it's ready to start the Retrovolution. If you've been following the hype train, you may know that Team Green has been teasing its newest retro-style middleweight naked bike as far back as last year.
Following in the footsteps of the Z900RS, the Z650RS takes a modern engine and pairs it with classy vintage bodywork. The new model uses a similar power plant as Kawasaki's other middleweight stalwarts, like the Z650 and Ninja 650. There are some significant changes, however.
The engine on the Z650RS is tuned for better low-end and mid-range response while delivering a thrilling top-end performance. Apart from that, it's the same liquid-cooled, 4-stroke parallel twin power plant fans have come to know and love. Mated to a 6-speed transmission, it makes 67 hp and 64 Nm of torque.
For the suspension system on the Z650RS, Kawasaki similarly borrowed from its other middleweight models. The front is served by 41 mm telescopic forks, while the rear gets a horizontal back-link setup with available preload adjustment.
As for braking, Kawasaki equipped the Z650RS with a dual-piston caliper, dual semi-floating 300 mm disc setup upfront, with the rear getting a single-piston caliper, 220 mm single disc brake.
The Z650RS gets a variety of modern features to complement its retro looks. There's a multi-function LCD screen nestled between dual-dial instrument panels. The bike also gets ABS all around, plus an assist and slipper clutch. There's also an economical riding indicator for monitoring fuel consumption on the go.
The Kawasaki Z650RS will be available this November 2021. Availability is limited to the UK for now. Color options include Candy Emerald Green, Metallic Moondust Grey, and Metallic Spark Black. There's no word on a local release, unfortunately, but Philippine Kawasaki fans can take a look at the Z650, which is available now.