The Kawasaki magic didn’t just end with new models at Intermot. They went on to announce two more models for EICMA. While the images leave little to imagination, the sad part is that the rumoured new supercharged naked is not happening anytime soon. The Z900 is set to replace the Z800 and the other model, Z650 is possibly the replacement of the ER-6n.
Now both the Z800 and ER-6n are sold in India, with the former being a major product for the bike maker. Let’s have a look at what these new motorcycles have in store for us:
- The 16 valve 948 cc in-line four cylinder mill has been derived from the Z1000. It churns out around 126 bhp of maximum power.
- They have even developed a new slipper and assist clutch for a lighter lever and for avoiding excessive engine braking.
- The lightweight steel trellis frame helps to keep the weight low to 210 kilos. Add to this the low seat height of 794 mm which allows it to be a very versatile motorcycle for a lot of riders.
- The front gets 41 mm upside down forks are adjustable for preload and rebound.while the rear gets horizontally mounted shock with similar amounts of adjustment.
- Braking system and ABS will be sourced from Nissin.
Kawasaki Z 650:
- Kawasaki’s next at EICMA will be the Z650 with a 649 cc parallel twin.
- Essentially a naked version of the 2017 Ninja 650, it uses the same new steel trellis frame. The slipper clutch and suspension setup are also shared.
- Unlike the bigger Z900, the Z650 gets an ABS setup sourced from Bosch.