Hi from New Zealand - 2017+ Kawasaki Z650 Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-08-2017, 04:34 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: NZ
Posts: 27
Hi from New Zealand

Hi all,

I picked up my new Z650 a couple of weeks ago. Loving it so far - last bike was a Ninja 300. It's nice to have some torque!

I purchased the restricted ("LAMS") version (available in NZ/AUS/EU markets I think) as I'm still a year away from my full motorcycle license. Hopefully I'll be able to derestrict the bike when the time comes - but I haven't been able to find much info on this model. I'll be keeping an eye out here to see if anyone does it.

It has 52hp/59nm as opposed to 68hp on the unrestricted version, and it's tuned to deliver peak torque lower in the rev range.

Anyway, here she is. First mods will be a Puig windscreen, a tail tidy, nicer levers, and some frame sliders.

Cheers.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20170713_162206.jpg
Views:	104
Size:	113.4 KB
ID:	1609  

Last edited by snapdragon; 08-08-2017 at 04:37 AM.
snapdragon is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-10-2017, 01:40 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 172
Very nice step up from the Ninja 300 although I would have expected someone coming from that to get another sport bike. Do you ever plan to go back to sport bikes in the future? heard a lot of good things about the Ninja 650.
roadhawk is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-10-2017, 05:07 PM
Member
 
sodipop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Augusta, GA
Posts: 79
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by roadhawk View Post
Very nice step up from the Ninja 300 although I would have expected someone coming from that to get another sport bike. Do you ever plan to go back to sport bikes in the future? heard a lot of good things about the Ninja 650.
Ive seen the z650 referred to a sports bike and I think it is. Its the ninja 650 naked version is all. That's why a lot of parts for either bike fit both bikes. Unless sport bikes are only considered that because of fairings? If that's the case, I didn't know.
sodipop is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-12-2017, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: NZ
Posts: 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by roadhawk View Post
Very nice step up from the Ninja 300 although I would have expected someone coming from that to get another sport bike. Do you ever plan to go back to sport bikes in the future? heard a lot of good things about the Ninja 650.
I still see it as a sport bike. As far as I know, it's basically a Ninja 650 without fairings. The motor is the same (if not, similar, I think). It's fast and agile, easy to flick around the twisties. Definitely not a cruiser.

I did initially prefer the look of the Ninja 650 but it was a couple of thousand dollars more than the Z650 and a bit out of my budget. Very happy with the Z650 now that I have it though
snapdragon is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-12-2017, 10:39 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 172
Actually I have to agree with you guys this is still very much a sport bike and with bike makers creating so many inbetween models this is one topic we should see brought up a number of times. In the end its just a slight different take on the 650 as we know it.
roadhawk is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-13-2017, 05:42 AM
Member
 
sodipop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Augusta, GA
Posts: 79
Garage
I always got confused too. People say the lean forward position means its a sport but even some of the ninjas have a more upright seating position.
sodipop is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-13-2017, 06:14 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by snapdragon View Post
Hi all,

I picked up my new Z650 a couple of weeks ago. Loving it so far - last bike was a Ninja 300. It's nice to have some torque!

I purchased the restricted ("LAMS") version (available in NZ/AUS/EU markets I think) as I'm still a year away from my full motorcycle license. Hopefully I'll be able to derestrict the bike when the time comes - but I haven't been able to find much info on this model. I'll be keeping an eye out here to see if anyone does it.

It has 52hp/59nm as opposed to 68hp on the unrestricted version, and it's tuned to deliver peak torque lower in the rev range.

Anyway, here she is. First mods will be a Puig windscreen, a tail tidy, nicer levers, and some frame sliders.

Cheers.
Hey mate, got the same colour, purchased it two months ago and very happy with it. I'm very interested to see how the Puig wind screen look like. have you had it installed & can you post some pictures? I live in Auckland and just wondering if there someone her in New Zealand that sell it? I usually get my parts from ebay if not available here.

I'm planning to install a tail tidy, wind screen, short levers, wheel tape, replace the head light with LED, passenger seat cowl as i wont carry anyone till i get my full license, bar end mirrors, USB and add a bit of colour! got a lot to save before i start spending

Cheers
Dawood is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-13-2017, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: NZ
Posts: 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dawood View Post
Hey mate, got the same colour, purchased it two months ago and very happy with it. I'm very interested to see how the Puig wind screen look like. have you had it installed & can you post some pictures? I live in Auckland and just wondering if there someone her in New Zealand that sell it? I usually get my parts from ebay if not available here.

I'm planning to install a tail tidy, wind screen, short levers, wheel tape, replace the head light with LED, passenger seat cowl as i wont carry anyone till i get my full license, bar end mirrors, USB and add a bit of colour! got a lot to save before i start spending

Cheers
Haven't got the windscreen yet but I'm going to go and see the guys at Motozone tomorrow, I'm about a 20 minute ride from the shop. I'm gonna see what parts they can get in, they've looked after me in the past.

Usually I buy off Ebay too but I like to support local (if the price is right). I'll let you know!

Last edited by snapdragon; 08-13-2017 at 08:22 AM.
snapdragon is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-16-2017, 11:52 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 172
Quote:
Originally Posted by sodipop View Post
I always got confused too. People say the lean forward position means its a sport but even some of the ninjas have a more upright seating position.
From what I seen it comes down to riding it and finding out what you like, or just go with what you see reported from reviews. Not all owners are up to par enough to go off their experience alone.
roadhawk is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome