If you can share a few things about your ownership of the Kawasaki Z650, what would it be? The most liked or hated, share them with every one I am sure you won't be the only one. :wink2:
I've found that under 10 mph it will slide from 2nd into neutral more consistently. Any faster it seems to jump into 1st no matter how lightly you shift down.The main likes about the Z650 is the styling, colour combo, digital dash with all the necessary information, easy of ride and operation for a 1st bike and mid range punch.
The dislikes would be the handle bar being a bit narrow (not terrible since I've gotten used to it) . I wish there was a bit more top end power on the Z650. There isn't much power different between 80% throttle and full throttle in my opinion. Getting into neutral from 2nd gear isn't easy - I often go right back in 1st by accident. Also, the fuel economy isn't that great in my opinion. I've been averaging about 5.5L/100km. This is between spirited & city riding. I wish there was an outside temperature gauge but I'm just being picky at this price point. I wish there was an LED headlight bulb from the factory. Halogen is so 90s.
I have no complaints about the vibrations that everyone talks about.
Other than that, it's a good overall bike that met my expectations.
I don't do it often. But if I'm approaching a red light I know it's going to be red for awhile I'll down shift to neutral from second just to sit at the light in neutral rather than coasting in first with the clutch in until I stop then shifting to neutral. Just eliminating a step and holding in the clutch less... I'm a newer rider, not sure if that's even a thing to do. Was replying to the other post.Why you want to go to neutral from 2nd? Normal riding you don't go to neutral from 2nd. Slowing down you go to 1st from 2nd gear. Then you stop in 1st gear with clutch in.
The gear is design so that when motorcycle is standing still, pulling the gear up will not let it pass to 2nd gear, it will only go to neutral. Then you switch off engine or go back to 1st if you are stopping at the traffic light.
To start your journey you go to 1st then when the bike is moving it will go to 2nd if you pull the gear smoothly up.
I had it out this weekend and it seemed to work a little better. What I'm noticing is that unless I move my fingers around and pull the lever tight to the bar it won't fully disengage the clutch, maybe 90% though.It still sounds like you have a clutch adjustment problem. Perhaps too much for the adjustment screw to handle?
I'd suggest your send a PM to Tremont, who is a member here. He knows his stuff and can probably diagnose that for you very quickly.I had it out this weekend and it seemed to work a little better. What I'm noticing is that unless I move my fingers around and pull the lever tight to the bar it won't fully disengage the clutch, maybe 90% though.
I'll have to look into more adjustment once it's consistently warm out and I ride more.
I did adjust from both ends after swapping levers and it got better. Just not where I want. I will have to do some more adjusting next time I have it out.Adjusting the clutch on a Z650 should be a no-brainer. There is adjustability both at the lever end and at the clutch end. To remove freeplay (as you want to do), lengthen the cable sheathe with one or both adjusters. The principle is no different from adjusting the brake cable on a bicycle. Be thankful you don't own a motorcycle with a hydraulic clutch (e.g., Ducati Monster 696), for which no adjustment is possible.