Kawasaki Extend Their Retro Offering With 2022 Z650RS

Kawasaki Extend Their Retro Offering With 2022 Z650RS

Kawasaki have recently announced the release of the all new 2022 Z650RS. A smaller capacity version of their hugely popular Z9000RS, the new 650 provides another neo-retro offering for the learner approved market.

An absolutely gorgeous motorcycle to look at, we can’t wait to throw a leg over one when they arrive towards the backend of 2021. We fell in love with the Z900RS when we tested it at the beginning of the year and have high hopes for the retro 650cc twin that joins a venerable lineup of 650’s in Kawasaki’s stable, from the fully-faired Ninja, to the sports touring Versys and Z supernakeds.

What we know

Everything about the new 2022 Kawasaki Z650RS points to it being an approachable, fun and lightweight motorcycle, just perfect for the new or inexperienced rider.

At a competitive 186 kg wet, and with plenty of grunt from the 649cc twin, it’s clear the Z650RS will be up for some spirited riding. Yet, with an aesthetic this good, you’ll be just as happy pottering around town as you will be carving corners.

An assist and slipper clutch provides a light clutch feel and protects against rear wheel lockup during aggressive or accidental downshifts. Dual 300 mm discs with twin-piston calipers up front and a single-piston caliper on a 270 mm disc in the rear provide plenty of stopping power, and Bosch ABS ensures things don’t get out of hand under heavy braking.

With a higher handlebar creating a more upright seating position than the supernaked Z650, and a slightly taller seat height offering more leg room, the Z650RS puts the rider in a natural, comfortable position that inspires confidence and facilitates control for a wide range of riders.

The retro styling has also been applied to the wheels. Cast wheels, similar to those on the Z900RS, feature flat spokes designed to emulate classic wire-spoked wheels giving the Z650RS all the style of a classic motorcycle without the weight.

When can I get my hands on one?

Kawasaki have announced that the new 2022 Z650RS will be available toward the end of 2021. Pricing is yet to be announced, however given the competition and price point of its big brother, we anticipate a ride away price of between $13,000 – $14,000.



TypeFour-stroke, two-cylinder, DOHC, four-valve
Bore & stroke83 mm x 60 mm
Compression ratio10.8:1
Maximum power50.7 hp (37.8 kw) @ 8,000 RPM
Maximum torque59 Nm @ 6,500 RPM
Ignition systemElectronic ignition
ClutchWet, multi-plate slipper with cable actuation
Gearbox6 speed
Fuel supplyElectronic fuel injection
Engine startElectric
Chassis and Suspension
TypeTrellis frame, high-tensile steel
Front suspension41 mm telescopic forks, 125 mm travel
Rear suspensionHorizontal back-link with adjustable preload, 130 mm travel
Brakes and Tyres
Front tyre120/70ZR17 – 17″
Rear tyre160/60ZR17 – 17″
Front brakes300 mm semi-floating rotors, dual piston calipers – ABS
Rear brakes220 mm rotor, single-piston caliper – ABS
Ground clearance125 mm
Length2065 mm
Width765 mm
Seat height800 mm
Height1115 mm
Kerb weight186 kgs (wet)
Fuel capacity12 L
  • Pricing yet to be announced
  • Modern retro styling
  • Lightweight trellis frame
  • Learner approved
  • Available in two colours
  • Analogue speedometer and tachometer
  • LCD panel

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