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The naked motorcycle market in India is naïve and is still in a growing phase. More and more brands have identified the changing needs of motorcycle enthusiasts in the country and have started expanding their offerings to cater to this segment. However, more focus is on the expensive 800cc and above space which offers an aggressive performance. Even though the middleweight, sub-800cc nakeds offer a great combination of performance and practicality, there aren’t many options available in the co....Read complete review
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The naked motorcycle market in India is naïve and is still in a growing phase. More and more brands have identified the changing needs of motorcycle enthusiasts in the country and have started expanding their offerings to cater to this segment. However, more focus is on the expensive 800cc and above space which offers an aggressive performance. Even though the middleweight, sub-800cc nakeds offer a great combination of performance and practicality, there aren’t many options available in the country. To fill this gap, Kawasaki launched the naked version of its Ninja 650, the Z650, into the Indian market in 2017. The Z650 uses Kawasaki’s Sugomi design language which has featured on its more powerful siblings, the Z800 and the Z1000. The sharp design and aggressive lines highlight the street-fighting elements of the bike. The chassis is also optimised, which along with the short wheelbase and compact dimensions provides nimble handling. Kawasaki recently launched the 2019 model of the Z650 with new body graphics which will now be available in the metallic flat spark black/metallic spark black paint scheme. The 2019 version gets no major design changes, and even the powertrain remains the same. It is currently offered in only one variant, which retails at Rs 5.29 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Z650 is the most value-friendly bike from Kawasaki’s stable and competes against the likes of the Benelli TNT 600i and the Harley Davidson Street 750.
The Z650 has been designed in line with Kawasaki’s Sugomi design language and the overall design looks heavily inspired by the bigger, powerful members of the Z family, the Z800 and the Z1000. In comparison to the ER-6n, the Z650 is shorter, both in length and height, but wider. The sharp design and aggressive lines add to the street-fighter look and feel of the bike, especially along with the short halogen headlamp at the front. A wide handlebar is placed above the headlamp and clear lens indicators sit between the headlamp and the handlebar, at both sides. The front fender gets a vent on both sides. The beefy fuel tank is designed with sharp edges which aids the rider’s seating position. The pillion seat is very small, while the step up from the rider seat is much prominent. The tail is sleek and sharper, featuring sharp indicators, acute LED tail lamp and a black coloured, split grab rail. A lot of design elements have been implemented with functionality in mind, like the bungee hooks integrated into the pillion footrest, or the cut-out to view rear brake reservoir fluid level. The new pillion footrests have been re-designed and offer a cleaner look to the rear.
The all-digital instrument cluster looks amazing. It has a large digital tachometer placed above the centrally placed speedometer. Although the tachometer is digital, it gives a feel of analogue as it leaves behind a trail as you twist the throttle. Besides displaying the basic required information, the instrument console also displays additional information like tank range, average fuel efficiency, gearshift position indicator, warning lights etc.
Similar to the ER-6n, the Z650 gets power from the 649cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, parallel twin-cylinder, DOHC engine which is now BS-IV compliant. Featuring fuel-injection system, it generates a max power of 67PS at 8,000rpm and a peak torque of 66Nm at 6,500 rpm, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. An Assist & Slipper clutch mitigates the effects of engine braking while decelerating. The power-packed engine not only performs incredibly well on long routes, on higher revs, but it does also provide ample low to mid-level grunt for smooth rides on city roads.
The Z650 is built on a steel trellis unit frame, unlike the ER-6n which was built on a bulky diamond-type frame. Weighing only 15kgs, the new frame is very light and stiff, which helps in providing stable handling. The lightweight also allows easy manoeuvring of the bike. The wide, flat handlebar along with an appropriate seat height leads to a comfortable seating posture and ride experience. Suspension setup of 41mm front forks and horizontal backlink monoshock at the rear efficiently deals with the road bumps. Kawasaki has fitted the Z650 with 17-inch alloy wheels at both ends, shod with tubeless tyres, 120/70 at the front and 160/60 at the rear. Braking is performed with 300mm dual-discs at the front and a 220mm single-disc at the rear; ABS is offered as standard.
Kawasaki offers ABS as standard on the Z650 to add to the riders safety. Moreover, the Assist & Slipper clutch expands the safety net by preventing rear wheel lock-up in dangerous situations like an engine seizure or transmission failure.
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