2017 Kawasaki Z650: Fun On Track And Road - 2017+ Kawasaki Z650 Forum
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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-28-2017, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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2017 Kawasaki Z650: Fun On Track And Road

Replacing the hole that the ER-6N left when its production ended in 2010, the 2017 Kawasaki Z650 is a middleweight naked thatís fun to ride both on and off the track. In their latest video review, PowerDrift puts the Z650 through its paces on track and pushed it hard enough to drag those knee pads around each corner.

Tucked inside its frame is a liquid-cooled, 649cc parallel-twin engine with 67bhp and 65Nm torque on tap. Delivering that power to its wheels is a 6-speed transmission, combined with an easy on/off throttle transition and you have a gearbox with a user-friendly feel.

On city streets, the suspension give it a very plush ride and the gear ratios have been matched to the torque curve, meaning all you really need for the city is third gear and sixth on highways. Thatís all you really need as thereís plenty of torque to be had at low RPMs. The Z650 has plenty of great features going for it including comfortable seats and a radiator duct that diverts hot air away from the rider.

But how does it perform on track?

The Z650 comes with a light trellis frame, adjustable levers, light 5 spoke alloys, slipper clutch, standard ABS and more. These weight saving parts combined with the lack of fairing makes it lighter than the Ninja 650. A reduction in weight positively affects a bikeís performance, braking and handling, making it even better than the 650.

Kawasaki seems to have hit a home run in their books.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-28-2017, 03:02 PM
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Great review. It is interesting to note that, in comparing published stats, that our Z650 compares almost even with the BMW M3 in acceleration and quarter mile times. It also, oddly enough, equals the times of the old Kawasaki H-1 500 2-stroke rocket of 1969, which I had back in the day. Of course, it didn't handle like the new Z does.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-02-2017, 04:36 PM
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Is it just me, or does everyone else love watching the knee dragging around the turns with the sparks and all that....?
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