After the recent unveil in pictures at INTERMOT a month ago, Kawasaki has formally revealed the new Z650 and Z900 street fighter motorcycles at EICMA motor show in Italy. Both the Z650 and Z900 will replace the current ER-6n and the Z800 in the motorcycle producer's line-up. The new motorcycles come with a host of upgrades including more power, better styling and updated frame.
The 2017 Kawasaki Z650 makes a rebound to the Japanese company’s product list after first showing up in 70s with a four-cylinder engine. In its most recent form the Z650 starts from where the ER-6n left. It is much more sharper in design, taking styling cues from the Z1000.
The Kawasaki Z650 borrows heavily from the new Ninja 650, which was unveiled at INTERMOT this year. In this, you get a new and lighter frame and swingarm, 41mm adjustable front forks, a regular monoshock suspension setup at the back and Nissin sourced brakes, which are brilliant.
Power originates from the same 649cc twin-cylinder motor on the Kawasaki Z650, though the motor has been changed with longer 36mm throttle bodies, a new exhaust and throttle body. The BS4 complaint engine now makes out maximum power of 69bhp, which is 2bhp more the ER-6n, which is further helped by the 185 kgs of weight.
Going to the new Kawasaki Z900, the new street fighter comes from the Z800 with sharper body style and packs in an all-new Trellis frame, while the motor has been obtained from the Z1000. The new 948cc in-line four-cylinder motor on the ZZ900 makes 123.6bhp of power. The motorcycle still weighs 210.5 kg, which makes it quite heavy, but you can not feel the weight, while on the move. The 2017 Kawasaki Z900 likewise sports an Assist and Slipper clutch and 525 chain to lessen power losses, while different mechanicals incorporate 41mm upside down front forks and a monoshock at the rear, ABS is standard across the range.
Both the Kawasaki Z650 and Z900 are probably going to hit Indian shores within an year. The bikes will replace their outgoing models. Kawasaki will manufacture the Z650 in India, while the Z900 will be launched in India as CBU.