Kawasaki Z650RS headed to Australia

KAWASAKI has unveiled their latest learner legal 649cc motorcycle, with the Z650RS expected to arrive in Australian dealerships in late 2021. Featuring modern retro styling and a lightweight trellis frame, it draws inspiration from its bigger sibling, the Z900RS.

Taking on the Yamaha XSR700, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Triumph Trident 660, there are now some real bang for buck LAMS approved bikes to suit learner and seasoned riders alike.

Like the Z900RS, the 2022 Z650RS tempts the eye with its unique look, ageless beauty, slim tank, and a short and compact tail. It offers a fun and easy character that can be attributed to an engine and chassis inspired by Kawasaki’s highly acclaimed Z650.

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The responsive 649cc parallel twin features low-end torque to deliver rider friendly power and natural handling which promises to add a dose of fun to city commuting. The Z650RS also focuses on offering potential riders a more natural upright riding position.

Kawasaki Z650RS
2022 Kawasaki Z650RS

The result is a bike that gives new and existing riders a sense of confidence and facilitates an easy to use feel for the bike. With the addition of this bike, Kawasaki also continues to build a formidable mid-capacity model line-up that offers plenty of choice.

Aside from the Z650RS, the range now includes the 650 Vulcan S, the Versys 650, a number of Ninja offerings and some Z naked options. To launch the range, a special first edition will be offered in Candy Emerald Green, with a 70s style graphics package.

Gold wheels will finish off its old school retro styling. The second colour choice creates a more sombre tone, with blacked out components, a metallic Moon Dust tank, with Ebony bodywork featuring Copper highlights.

Pricing and final specifications will be announced closer to its Australian launch. Until then, you should contact your local Kawasaki dealer for more information.

Kawasaki Z650RS
2022 Kawasaki Z650RS
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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