Kawasaki Z650

How many times do you hear people say that they can’t touch the ground properly on a bike which then makes them nervous coming to a stop or even getting on or off?

And why is that folks think that if a bike isn’t at least a litre – then it’s not a ‘proper bike’?

The Kawasaki Z650 has a huge amount going for it, the 650 produces 67bhp from its parallel twin, enough to power it to 130mph. But that’s not the point here.

This bike is 20kgs lighter than its predecessor and it’s also lower. This means that it’s more suited to more people, in many situations this bike will inspire confidence in traffic, embarrass many big bikes when the going gets either tight, hilly, busy, filtering, gravel car parks or many other situations.

Handling is extremely predictable, the suspension is plush, sometimes maybe a touch soft, the suspension is not fully adjustable, but this isn’t intended to be a sports bike.


The power delivery is easily accessible, spirited but non-threatening. The Z650 has a smooth, precise 6 speed gearbox with a lovely light clutch action from its slipper clutch. The bike comes with ABS as standard but no other electronic modes or toys. The display however is clear and funky.

The bikes finish is great, the colour schemes do seem to suit the bike – especially the white / green tested here. The 650 is a comfortable package – even 70mph down the A92 was fine (on a windy day) thanks to the small headlight fairing which works quite well. The claimed mpg is 55mpg which should give a range of about 200 miles from its 15-litre tank.

It’s a bike that can be really enjoyed by experienced and new riders alike, it’s a joy in traffic, zips through roundabouts and can surprise or maybe even embarrass many other road users.

Give one a try, then say you don’t like it!

Thanks to Ian at Kirkcaldy Kawasaki  – 01592 656910

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