With the Kawasaki Z650RS spied in India, the launch of the bike should not be far off
The Kawasaki Z650RS has been spied in India merely 3 weeks after its international debut. Yet, the Japanese firm has camouflaged the test mule.
The modern middleweight retro motorcycle based on the Z650 roadster is expected to be introduced here by the end of this year.
Visually, the Z650RS is pleasing to the eyes with its minimalist and retro styling. It has a circular headlight, a teardrop style fuel tank, short seat and a simple rear end.
It comes with chrome and metal-finish parts that add contrast and admittedly a premium touch and has full-LED lighting. The spied bike also had a pillion grab handle.
Although it has cast wheels, Kawasaki has tried to make them somewhat look like wire-spoked rims. What’s more, in keeping with the retro styling, the Z650RS also has twin analogue dials (a small LCD display sits in between).
When it debuted, the motorcycle was shown in 3 colours, namely Candy Emerald Green, Metallic Moondust Gray/Ebony and Metallic Spark Black.
Judging from the wheels, radiator end panels and the knee panel, it is clear that the recently spied Kawasaki Z650RS has the Metallic Spark Black paint scheme.
A 649cc, liquid-cooled, parallel twin engine good for 68 PS and 64 Nm of torque powers the motorcycle. The motor is teamed to a 6-speed transmission and also has an assist and slipper clutch.
With its 12-litre fuel tank filled to the brim, the modern retro machine weighs 187. Since it is 4 kg lighter than the Z650, Kawasaki has decided it best to transfer the suspension and brakes of the naked bike to the retro-style motorbike.
When it gets launched in India, the Z650RS should cost more than the Z650 which is currently priced at Rs. 6.24 lakhs (ex-showroom, India).