Kawasaki tipped its cap at Intermot last month about its upcoming Z650 and Z900 nakeds. It was an odd strategy, releasing a couple of images and what looks to be an early draft of its EICMA press release. Well, now the Milan show is finally here and Kawasaki has officially confirmed the two models.

Of the two, the final Z650 announcement offered no changes from what was announced in Cologne. Some of that is no doubt due to the long-established success of the Ninja 650 (also updated for 2017) which shares its parallel-Twin engine. Used here on the new Z650, the 649cc engine claims peak outputs of  67.3 hp at 8,000 rpm and 48.5 lb-ft at 6,500 rpm. The Z650 comes with an assist and slipper clutch to ease its way through its six-speed gearbox.

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The Z650 also shares the new Ninja 650’s trellis frame. Claiming a weight of just 33 pounds, the high tensile steel trellis helps contribute to the Z650’s overall claimed curb weight of 412 pounds, or 13 pounds less than the new Ninja.

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The suspension system consists of a 41mm telescopic fork and a horizontal back-link shock with adjustable preload. Dual 300mm front brake discs are paired to dual piston calipers while a single-piston caliper stops the 220mm rear disc. A Bosch 9.1M ABS is offered as standard.

There was one notable change from the Intermot announcement to the final EICMA presentation. The earlier press kit casually mentioned helmet lock would be offered for the Z650 as an accessory in the U.S. market, the only indication of whether the bike would be offered here. The new press kit makes no mention of the U.S. (or the optional helmet lock for that matter). Does this change suggest a change of heart for Kawasaki Motor Corp. U.S.A.? We’ll have to wait to find out.

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2017 Kawasaki Z650 Specifications
Engine Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
Displacement 649cc
Bore and Stroke 83.0 x 60.0 mm
Compression ratio 10.8:1
Valve system DOHC
Fuel system DFI with 36mm Keihin throttle bodies
Ignition
TCBI with electronic advance
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump
Maximum power 67.3 hp at 8,000 rpm (claimed)
Maximum torque 48.5 lb-ft at 6,500 rpm (claimed)
Transmission 6-speed, return shift
Final drive Chain
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Frame Trellis, high-tensile steel
Front suspension φ41 mm telescopic fork
Front wheel travel 4.9 in.
Rear suspension Horizontal Back-link with adjustable preload
Rear wheel travel 5.1 in.
Front tire 120/70 ZR17 Dunlop
Rear tire 160/60 AR17 Dunlop Sportmax D214
Front brakes Dual semi-floating φ300mm petal discs with dual-piston caliper
Rear brakes Single φ220 mm petal disc with single-piston caliper
Caster (rake) 24.0º
Trail 3.9 in.
Steering angle (left/right) 35º / 35º
Overall length 81.3 inches
Overall width 30.5 inches
Overall height 42.5 inches
Wheelbase 55.5 inches
Ground clearance 5.1 inches
Seat height 30.9 inches
Curb mass 412 pounds (claimed)
Fuel capacity 4.0 gallon

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  • Taijean Moodie

    I wish I had the money to afford this beauty! It was a great bike before but now it’s just straight up perfect, the only downfall I could say about it is that fact that abs can’t be turned off like the ktm rc390.

  • Chris Noblett

    Personally I am failing to see a reason to buy this over the Yamaha FZ-07 unless its out of some type of brand loyalty.

    The FZ-07 is lighter, has more HP and torque, and is cheaper.

    • denchung

      Actually, the Z is slightly cheaper. The US price on the 2017 FZ-07 is $7,199 (or $7,499 if you want ABS). US pricing for the Kawasaki (http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/kawasaki/kawasaki-announces-2017-us-models.html) is $6,999/$7,399 with ABS.

      The Yamaha does have the bigger engine though and is lighter. On the other hand, the Z650 has a bigger fuel tank. We are fans of the FZ-07 here on MO but we’re certainly looking forward to comparing it against the new Z (and perhaps the updated CB650F if Honda decides to bring it over.)

      • Chris Noblett

        The new Honda looks really nice as well.

        Will be looking forward to a round up between all of these great bikes.