Gallery and Video: 2017 Kawasaki Z650 First Look

New middleweight naked model based on Ninja 650 "for discerning riders"

Kawasaki has introduced a new middleweight addition to its revamped naked line of Z models, the Z650. Based on the Ninja 650 platform, the Z650 features the 650cc parallel twin engine in a new trellis frame with minimal bodywork. Scroll through the gallery below to learn more about the Z650, and to see a video from Kawasaki featuring the new bike in action.

2017 Kawasaki Z650
The Z650 is available in ABS ($7,399) and non-ABS ($7,399) versions, in this Metallic Flat Spark Black scheme or Pearl Flat Stardust White. Kawasaki says the Z650 is "the performance bike made for everyday riding," and that the bike suits a range of motorcyclists looking for a motorcycle that's comfortable with lightweight handling that's fun and easy to ride.Courtesy of Kawasaki
2017 Kawasaki Z650
The Z650 features a trellis frame with a twin-spar rear subframe. The engine is a structural member of the frame, and a new horizontal back-linked rear suspension is used.Courtesy of Kawasaki
2017 Kawasaki Z650
The LCD panel has an adjustable shift light and a digital sweeping tachometer needle; riders can pick their favorite rpm display from a selection.Courtesy of Kawasaki

Video: Kawasaki introduces the 2017 Z650

2017 Kawasaki Z650
The streetfighter ergonomics incorporate a forward-placed handlebar for an aggressive riding position, but a low seat height and foot placement that is low and forward.Courtesy of Kawasaki
2017 Kawasaki Z650
The Z650's five-spoke wheels are wrapped in Dunlop Sportmax D214 tires; the ABS version of the bike utilizes the Bosch 9.1M unit.Courtesy of Kawasaki
2017 Kawasaki Z650
The grips are placed in a natural position for the rider's wrists, and Kawasaki says the narrow handlebar increases confidence and ease of use in slow-speed corners.Courtesy of Kawasaki
2017 Kawasaki Z650
The Pearl Flat Stardust White color scheme. The bike carries on the sugomi styling of the other bikes in the company's Z series, which "describes the intense aura or energy given off by a person or object of greatness and felt by the viewer."Courtesy of Kawasaki
2017 Kawasaki Z650
The seat is narrow at the front for comfort and an easy reach to the ground.Courtesy of Kawasaki

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2017 Kawasaki Z650
The 650cc parallel-twin engine is based on similar to the powerplant used in the Versys and Ninja 650 models, but has been purposely tuned for a "more even and steady torque curve," with slim intake and throttle body ports, and camshafts with reduced overlap and less duration.Courtesy of Kawasaki
2017 Kawasaki Z650
Minimized bends in the frame cut down on stress points and help to make a lighter chassis. The rear section of the frame is a twin-tube design for added rigidity and improved carrying capacity.Courtesy of Kawasaki
2017 Kawasaki Z650
Kawasaki claims the changes to the engine for use in the Z650 result in a smooth off-throttle power delivery and a steady climb to maximum output.Courtesy of Kawasaki
2017 Kawasaki Z650
The Z650 features a slip/assist clutch for reduced lever effort.Courtesy of Kawasaki
2017 Kawasaki Z650
The new gull-wing swingarm has a pivot width similar to the rear axle width, creating a straight line from pivot to axle and increasing leverage and strength of the rear suspension. The new horizontal back-linked shock with linkage improves comfort and gives a progressive character.Courtesy of Kawasaki
2017 Kawasaki Z650
The gull-wing swingarm and new suspension linkage help make clearance to keep the muffler tucked in, contributing to the bike's light, natural handling.Courtesy of Kawasaki
2017 Kawasaki Z650
Wall thicknesses in the frame have been optimized to reduce weight as much as possible. The engine and footpeg stays use three-point rigid mounts so they also act as stressed members and contribute to weight reduction.Courtesy of Kawasaki
2017 Kawasaki Z650
The handlebar is rubber mounted to reduce vibration, and the brake and clutch levers have five-way adjustment to accommodate a variety of hand sizes.Courtesy of Kawasaki
2017 Kawasaki Z650
The distinctive Z shape of the LED taillight.Courtesy of Kawasaki
2017 Kawasaki Z650
The 2017 Kawasaki Z650.Courtesy of Kawasaki