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.
|Type||Four-stroke, two-cylinder, DOHC, four-valve|
|Bore & stroke||83 mm x 60 mm|
|Maximum power||50.7 hp (37.8 kw) @ 8,000 RPM|
|Maximum torque||59 Nm @ 6,500 RPM|
|Ignition system||Electronic ignition|
|Clutch||Wet, multi-plate slipper with cable actuation|
|Fuel supply||Electronic fuel injection|
Chassis and Suspension
|Type||Trellis frame, high-tensile steel|
|Front suspension||41 mm telescopic forks, 125 mm travel|
|Rear suspension||Horizontal back-link with adjustable preload, 130 mm travel|
Brakes and Tyres
|Front tyre||120/70ZR17 – 17″|
|Rear tyre||160/60ZR17 – 17″|
|Front brakes||300 mm semi-floating rotors, dual piston calipers – ABS|
|Rear brakes||220 mm rotor, single-piston caliper – ABS|
|Ground clearance||125 mm|
|Seat height||800 mm|
|Kerb weight||186 kgs (wet)|
|Fuel capacity||12 L|
- Pricing yet to be announced
- Modern retro styling
- Lightweight trellis frame
- Learner approved
- Available in two colours
- Analogue speedometer and tachometer
- LCD panel