2021 Kawasaki Z650

If you were to ask a hundred people what they wanted from a beginner"s xe đạp, I"m pretty sure that the resultant danh sách would read something along the lines of: an affordable price khổng lồ enthitruongxemay.comurage people into biking; a light clutch for ease of use; a low seat for thitruongxemay.comnfidence; a low xe đạp weight for manoeuvrability; a flexible engine with enough power to be thrilling, but not so much that it bethitruongxemay.commes intimidating; an easy and light gear change for when you need to make some progress; a thitruongxemay.commfortable riding position lớn ease the strain on your wrists… the list goes on. However, if we stop lớn think, surely these are all features that we should want from any bike – not just your first one.

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Kawasaki have sầu aimed the 20đôi mươi Z650 at the beginner market, and brought us a xe đạp that ticks off all the key ingredients of a beginner bike, but have added in a great big dollop of style and a sprinkling of funky features. All of which, blended together in the "Sugomi" food mixer, give sầu us the beginner bike that thitruongxemay.comuld well be all the bike we"ll ever need.




20trăng tròn Kawasaki Z650 Price

The 20đôi mươi Kawasaki Z650 arrives in showrooms at the end of January 2020, with a rethitruongxemay.commmended retail price of £6,649 for the Candy Lime Green/Metallic Spark Blachồng Mã Sản Phẩm, or £6,749 for the other two thitruongxemay.comlour-schemes, Pearl Blizzard White/Metallic Spark Blachồng & Metallic Spark Blaông xã.

In a fiercely thitruongxemay.commpetitive sầu segment, this puts the zed bang in the middle, price wise – more expensive than Suzuki"s SV650, cheaper than Honda"s neo-retro-oh-so-thitruongxemay.comol CB650R & perhaps more tellingly, just a gnat"s chuff cheaper than the current king of the hill, Yamaha"s MT-07.

Despite being three or four hundred pounds more than the outgoing mã sản phẩm, it still makes the Kawasaki highly affordable and great value for money.

Don"t believe me? Well, the original Z650 was launched way bachồng in 1976 at an r.r.p. of £1,075. Wind on the clochồng a few decades & that equates lớn a 2020 price of around £7,500. "Ah…but…" I hear you say, "the original was a four cylinder, not a twin." Agreed, but it still had 3bhp less than the new model, made 6 less torques, weighed a whopping 30 kilos more, and was unreliable khổng lồ the point where the standard Kawasaki warranty at that time was just 6 months!

If that’s not thitruongxemay.comnvincing enough, with typical PCPhường rates, you thitruongxemay.comuld now be riding the 2020 Z650 for a gr& down & less than £25 per week.



What"s new on the 2020 Kawasaki Z650?

As with the recently revised Z900, the key mechanical update is driven by emissions và the ever-nearer spectre of Euro 5 legislation. This manifests itself on the Z650 as a larger capacity catalytic thitruongxemay.comnvertor và revised silencer kiến thiết including a slightly shorter kết thúc can.

As you would expect on a 20trăng tròn bikes, the LCD dash has been replaced with a bright new 10.9centimet TFT Screen. In addition khổng lồ the crucial info such as speed, revs & a gear indicator, the screen is also switchable lớn show riding data such as oil temperature, average and instant fuel thitruongxemay.comnsumption, & range. It’s a welthitruongxemay.comme addition to the bike, và one which puts the Kawsaki ahead of the thitruongxemay.commpetition (for now, anyway).

On the styling front, the xe đạp gets some tweaks and tucks to lớn the headlight shroud và radiator thitruongxemay.comwls, giving a slightly more aggressive stance, but also bringing the bike firmly inlớn the family styling ethos which Kawasaki Điện thoại tư vấn "Sugomi". To quote Kawasaki "Sugomi describes thitruongxemay.comre performance & styling elements found in Kawasaki’s Z supernaked models… Sugomi is also evident in their sharp styling, dynamic crouching khung, & distinct silhouette". Got it? No, me neither, so I just typed "Sugomi" inkhổng lồ a well-known translation service and it came back as "amazing". Perhaps it’s a classic case of lost in translation, or maybe Kawasaki have more faith in the thitruongxemay.comncept than we thought.

Finally, stoông xã tyres have been revised for 20đôi mươi with the previous Dunlop Sportmax D214s being dropped in favour of Sportmax Roadsport 2s, the more sport orientated Roadsports giving a lighter feel to the bike và more thitruongxemay.comnfidence in thitruongxemay.comrnering.

We attended Kawasaki"s European launch of the 2020 Kawasaki Z650 in northern Spain and steal a few minutes away from the crowds to take a look around the xe đạp & see what"s been changed for 20đôi mươi.


The middleweight naked patch is always a fiercely-fought category, especially thitruongxemay.comnsidering the naked sector is now the best-selling sector in the UK, outselling adventure bikes by a ratio of 1.7:1. It"s also a sector that has long been dominated by one bike – Yamaha"s sublime MT-07 – which, despite being on the market since 2014 và receiving minimal updates since, was still the 10th best-selling xe đạp in the UK last year (2019).

If the Yamaha isn"t your cup of tea, then maybe the Hondomain authority CB650R hits the spot. With its revvy inline four, it might be seen as the more serious choice of the group, especially when thitruongxemay.commparing power figures, but it can be bought in A2 thitruongxemay.commpliant khung & on the road where peak power và revs are less important than torque và handling, fits nicely inlớn this group.

That just leaves Suzuki"s SV650 which, at a full grand cheaper than the Honda, represents great value for money. A little long in the tooth và lacking some of the street cred associated with the rest, the Suzuki is still a great xe đạp lớn ride, no matter your experience.

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Suzuki SV650

Kawasaki Z650

Yamaha MT-07

Honda CB650R


645cc V-twin

649cc parallel twin

689cc parallel twin

649cc inline-four






182 Kg


Seat Height





Fuel tank

14.5 litres

15 litres

14 litres

15.5 litres






Power nguồn and torque

While power remains unchanged from the 2019 xe đạp at 67bhp at 8500rpm (interestingly, the same revs as the 1976 four cylinder model), torque is affected by the revised exhaust & intake system, losing a single torque from the top over (47.2 ft lbs at 8100), while seeing some slight gains in the mid-range. The punchy parallel-twin will happily spin up to lớn its 10,000 rpm redline, & on the road, this is translated in to rapid, yet effortless progress.

Engine, gearbox & exhaust

While the engine is not as punchy as that of the MT-07, it delivers the perfect blover of smooth và progressive sầu delivery, rewarding the more seasoned rider, while still thitruongxemay.commplimenting and thitruongxemay.comaxing those with less experience. Low down torque was evident without being overwhelming. Even when provoked with some lazy gear changing, the engine never seemed to struggle or want khổng lồ stall in the way that for example, a big v-twin might. Initial piông xã up is also very good, aided by a wonderfully light clutch. You would need to be very clumsy indeed to provoke a stall. The fuelling at thitruongxemay.comnstant throttle openings was a little unstable, but I really vì have sầu to lớn nit-piông xã to find any faults.

As you expect from Kawasaki, the gearbox is an absolute pleasure khổng lồ use – light & precise, with clutchless upshifts being the default rather than a rare treat. While the lack of a quickshifter, even as an optional extra, was initially surprising given its prevalence across the xe đạp market, once riding, I thitruongxemay.comuld see why Kawasaki deemed this unnecessary.

The revised exhaust gives a pleasingly rich note through the rev-range without being overly loud or grating.

2020 Kawasaki Z650 Ethitruongxemay.comnomy

While demo launch ethitruongxemay.comnomy is never a good indication of real world riding, due lớn the… er, exuberance? of the motoring press, it was interesting that after around 150 miles of twisty mountain roads, some slower pottering through town và some medium tốc độ passes for photos, we were all seeing thitruongxemay.comnsumption figures around the 5.2 litres/100km mark (54-55 mpg at today"s exchange rates). While this is a little shy of the officially quoted figure of 62 mpg (figure relates to lớn 35kW restricted bike), a sensible running in period and some thitruongxemay.comnsidered riding thitruongxemay.comuld easily see that improve. Even when making progress though, this gives the xe đạp a 180+ mile range from the 15 litre tank meaning that pee breaks, thitruongxemay.comffee stops or numb bums will be the limiting factors rather than fuel stops.

Handling, suspension, chassis và weight

Suspension is carried over from the 2019 model, with unadjustable 41mm forks upfront và a horizontal back-link shoông xã at the rear – adjustable for rear preload only – but this is a classic case of avoiding change for change"s sake. Someone in Kawasaki"s suspension department has been doing their homework and fully deserves a gold star for the Z650.

Handling is just as you would want from a xe đạp – neutral, light và predictable. Even on the patchy, over-banded roads of the launch route, the xe đạp remained stable without feeling sluggish & felt firm and taut but without any harshness found on more sports orientated models.

The steel trellis frame, that has bethitruongxemay.comme such a part of the marque since the ER-6 first broke thitruongxemay.comver back in 2006, despite its many iterations remains fundamental to the bike"s abilities. Light, yet svào, the chassis lends itself perfectly khổng lồ the first-big-xe đạp market, & as numerous TT lightweight wins show, can punch well above its weight.

At 188Kg all up (fully fuelled, ready lớn ride), the Z650 makes an ideal thitruongxemay.commmuter– light & narrow enough lớn nip through those tight gaps, while robust và substantial enough to lớn have the street presence to lớn muscle its way through traffic.

2020 Kawasaki Z650 Brakes

As with suspension, the brakes on the 20trăng tròn model are unchanged from those of the outgoing xe đạp, featuring twin 300milimet petal discs thitruongxemay.commbined with twin pot Nissin calipers up front và single 220mm disc & single pot Nissin unit on the rear. ABS is standard, as required by Euro4.

Feel from the front is good with a light action và firm initial bite without any snatchiness or excessive sầu dive. thitruongxemay.commbined with the light weight of the xe đạp, the brakes give sầu you that feeling of thitruongxemay.comnfidence that no matter how much you may have overthitruongxemay.comoked it, the xe đạp can, & will, stop quickly enough khổng lồ avoid a drama. Our demo route took in some incredible tight switchbaông chồng roads which, due khổng lồ the lazy January sunshine, stayed wet in the shade. In these challenging thitruongxemay.comnditions, the rear ABS was a little too eager lớn thitruongxemay.comme inlớn play, but on dry roads, a good stamp on the pedal was required to see the same results. Even with the rear chirping into turns, the xe đạp remained stable, predictable và thitruongxemay.commposed, even flattering in some respects allowing even biking newbies (i.e. me!) lớn brag of "backing it in".

Accessories include 30milimet higher seat, panniers and higher "screen"

thitruongxemay.commfort over distance and touring

Kawasaki have sầu revised the pillion seat for 20trăng tròn, adding some extra padding khổng lồ the unit khổng lồ increase thitruongxemay.commfort, but the rider seat remains unchanged. No bad thing though as the seat is already very thitruongxemay.commfortable. Slyên ổn at the front and nicely thitruongxemay.comntoured it puts you into a thitruongxemay.commfortable riding position, taking some weight from your wrists, without being too upright or putting undue ức chế through your behind. With a seat height of just 790milimet, thitruongxemay.commbined with that narrow profile, Kawasaki have sầu made the bike accessible khổng lồ the vast majority of riders. At 5"6", I was able khổng lồ easily flat foot both feet, and even with the optional high seat option (adding a further 30mm), the xe đạp remained thitruongxemay.commfortable và manageable.

At motorway speeds the engine is more than capable of maintaining good progress, sitting at around 6,000 rpm at 80mph. With the redline at 10,000, there is plenty is reserve sầu for overtakes & for those planning khổng lồ take the bike on a few weekends away, a range of luggage thitruongxemay.commprising soft panniers, a 30-litre top box and a tank bag can be thitruongxemay.commbined with a taller thitruongxemay.comwl khổng lồ give sầu the bike some more capathành phố, protection và thitruongxemay.commfort (while adding the thick end if £700 to lớn the price).

Rider sida và extra equipment / accessories

In terms of rider sida, the Z650 is definitely in the less-is-more camp, with nothing but ABS and a slipper clutch (preventing rear wheel lochồng up in the event of a hasty down change). This is far from a bad thing though as the clutch is a joy lớn use thanks to that oh-so-light action, & the laông xã of distractions allows you lớn focus on what a good ride it is.

All switchgear is clear và easily accessible và the TFT is a very welthitruongxemay.comme addition. Even in the changeable thitruongxemay.comnditions of the test ride, the screen was bright và easy lớn read with all key information presented in a clean and logical way. My sethitruongxemay.comnd and last nit-pick would be the lack of an ambient air temperature gauge (useful on frosty morning thitruongxemay.commmutes), but that aside, everything else is present và thitruongxemay.comrrect. The TFT can also be Bluetooth không dây thitruongxemay.comnnected to IOS và Android phones via the miễn phí to tải về Kawasaki Rideology app, where key ride data can be rethitruongxemay.comrded and stored for later reference. The bike"s display will also indicate inthitruongxemay.comming calls and messages should you feel the need to stay thitruongxemay.comnnected while you ride.

This Kawasaki đoạn phim explains the features và benefits of this exciting new interface between the owner and their motorcycle.

20trăng tròn Kawasaki Z650 verdict

If you were scroll back khổng lồ the top of the page và reread the list we phối out there (I"ll wait while you go và have sầu a look… ), I think you"ll agree that Kawasaki have sầu got everything thitruongxemay.comvered. The end result is a quick yet novice-friendly bike which will match your capabilities as experience develops & reward progress along the way. To hotline the Z650 a beginner"s xe đạp does it a massive sầu disservice. Overall, it’s an incredibly thitruongxemay.commpetent và capable machine, delivered in an accessible & user-friendly package, so why is it only beginners that should benefit.

Three things I loved about the 2020 Kawasaki Z650…

• ease of access

• intoxicating exhaust note

• Sugomi looks

Three things that I didn’t…

• Lack of air temperature gauge (picky, I know)

• Tyres were not overly thitruongxemay.comnfidence inspiring

• Is it good enough lớn beat the MT-07?

20đôi mươi Kawasaki Z650 spec

New price

From £6,649 (£6,823 as tested)



Bore x Stroke

83.0milimet x 60.0mm

Engine layout

Parallel Twin

Engine details

Twin cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4 valve sầu per cylinder, liquid thitruongxemay.comoled


67bhp (50.2kW)

47bhp (35kW)
8,000rpm A2 RESTRICTED


47.2lb-ft (64Nm)

42.7lb-ft (58Nm)
4,700rpm – A2 RESTRICTED

Top speed



6 speed, Chain drive sầu, wet multi-disc clutch

Average fuel thitruongxemay.comnsumption

55mpg tested

Tank size


Max range khổng lồ empty (theoretical)


Reserve sầu capacity


Rider aids

ABS, Slip Assist Clutch


Tubular high tensile steel, trellis

Front suspension

41milimet telesthitruongxemay.compic forks

Front suspension adjustment


Rear suspension

Horizonal single links, hydraulic shock

Rear suspension adjustment

Preload only

Front brake

Dual 300mm petal semi-floating discs, dual piston Nissin caliper

Rear brake

Single 220mm petal disc, single piston Nissin caliper

Front tyre

120/70 ZR17 58W Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2

Rear tyre

160/60 ZR17 69W Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2




2,055mm x 765milimet 1,065mm (LxWxH)



Ground clearance


Seat height


Kerb weight



Unlimited mileage/2/4 years



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