Fit and finish is admirable, though the Z650’s look never really caught the eye of our testers, who were drawn to the less-aggressive lines of the SV650 or more modern-looking FZ-07. Personal opinion, yes, but as a whole, that kind of sums up the Z650. It attempts to strike a middle ground between the straightforward and classic SV650 and sportier FZ-07. Only, in doing so, it fails to be better than either bike. The engine has more midrange grunt than Kawasaki twins of yesteryear thanks to the new throttle bodies, but past 4,500 rpm, it also generates enough vibration in the seat, handlebar, and footpegs that any amount of commuting seems laborious. Overall gearing feels short, and the bike produces the least power of the trio (59.9 hp at 7,960 rpm).