The Kawasaki Z650RS combines Retro style with modern Sports technology. Distinctive styling notes like a classic round LED headlight, needle instrumentation, 70s influenced bodywork and colours, plus a twin-cylinder engine, create a stunning neo-retro segment reference point. The Kawasaki Z650RS is destined to impress riders of all skill and experience levels with its lovingly distilled spirit of RETROVOLUTION.

Flexible & approachable character

Featuring the same exciting 649 cc parallel twin engine and slim, lightweight trellis frame as its quick and nimble Supernaked counterpart, the new Z650RS has all the right ingredients to make everyday riding a fun, enjoyable experience. Befitting a retro sport model, the overall stance is less forward-leaning, with a more upright riding position and light, natural handling.

Exciting parallel twin engine

Optimised for everyday riding, the exciting parallel twin engine offers quick response, strong low-mid range performance and favourable fuel economy. When opening the throttle, riders will notice a smooth and powerful engine character offering both a high level of control when making minute throttle adjustments and a gratifying rush of acceleration in the lower rpm ranges.

Balanced handling

The combination of low weight, thanks in large part to a trellis frame that weighs a mere 13.5 kg, and suspension settings tuned for light, natural response gives the Z650RS the balanced handling you would expect from a retro sport model.

Relaxed & upright

With a higher handlebar creating a more upright seating position than the Supernaked Z650, and a slightly taller seat height offering more leg room, the Z650RS puts the rider in a natural, comfortable position that both inspires confidence and facilitates control for a wide range of riders.

Confidence inspiring

A slim chassis and a low seat height of 800 mm that facilitate reaching the ground enable a wide range of riders to enjoy the Z650RS with confidence.

Easy manoeuvrability

The Z650RS’ slim design, low weight and low seat height all contribute to manoeuvrability, whether walking beside the bike, or foot paddling in a parking lot. The manageable power delivery and strong low-end torque further facilitate low-speed manoeuvring.

Light & casual

Like Kawasaki’s retro sport Z900RS, the Z650RS features timeless good looks. As a middleweight model, a light and casual appearance reflects its rider-friendly character. The appeal of a traditional motorcycle is complemented by simple and modern design touches that allow the Z650RS to blend seamlessly into your everyday life.

Round LED headlight

A blend of retro and modern designs, the LED headlight features two chambers, both with position lamps to ensure the whole lamp appears lit, like a retro-style bulb headlight. The grooved design on the thick headlight ring adds a modern touch.

Dual-dial instrumentation with multi-function LCD

Analogue-style speedometer and tachometer dials are complemented by a multi-functional LCD screen, balancing retro-style looks with modern functionality.

Slim fuel tank

Retro-style fuel tank design uses edges dividing the top and sides of the tank to emphasise its compact size. With a volume of 12 litres, it is narrow between the knees, contributing to a slim ergonomic package.

Compact, horizontal tail

Compared to the upswept tail of the Z650, the tail of the Z650RS traces a horizontal line, contributing to the bike’s flat stance. The tail – shorter than that of the Z900RS, which reinforces the light, casual styling theme – is adorned with an LED taillight. An original-design seat adds to the retro sport image.

Spoke-style cast wheels

Kawasaki-original cast wheels similar to those on the Z900RS feature flat spokes designed to look like classic wire-spoked wheels. The wheels offer a balance of light weight and stylish looks, contributing to both handling and a design suited to the retro category.

Express your personal taste

Each of the Z650RS’ colour variations features distinct styling, catering to a wide range of tastes.

Metallic Spark Black

Finished in basic black (Metallic Spark Black), the standard model follows a “simple is best” principle to show off the Z650RS’ retro sport styling.

Candy Emerald Green

A special edition model, the Candy Emerald Green model features a 70s-style graphics pattern similar to that of the 1976 Z650. Gold-coloured wheels reminiscent of custom wheels available for early Z models further contribute to the old-school retro styling.


  • Maximum Power

    37.8 kW {51 PS} / 8,000 rpm

  • Maximum Torque

    59.0 Nm {6.0 kgfm} / 6,500 rpm

  • Engine

    4-stroke Parallel Twin

  • Displacement

    649 cc

  • Bore x Stroke

    83.0 × 60.0 mm

  • Compression Ratio


  • Valve System

    DOHC, 8 valves

  • Fuel System

    Fuel injection: o36 mm x 2 with dual throttle valves

  • Ignition


  • Starting


  • Cooling


  • Lubrication

    Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump

  • Transmission

    6-speed, return

  • Primary Reduction Ratio

    2.095 (88/42)

  • Gear Ratio: 1st

    2.438 (39/16)

  • Gear Ratio: 2nd

    1.714 (36/21)

  • Gear Ratio: 3rd

    1.333 (32/24)

  • Gear Ratio: 4th

    1.111 (30/27)

  • Gear Ratio: 5th

    0.966 (28/29)

  • Gear Ratio: 6th

    0.852 (23/27)

  • Final Reduction Ratio

    3.067 (46/15)

  • Clutch

    Wet multi-disc, manual

  • Final Drive



  • Frame

    Trellis, high-tensile steel

  • Front Suspension

    o41 mm telescopic fork

  • Rear Suspension

    Horizontal Back-link, single-shock with adjustable spring preload

  • Front Wheel Travel

    125 mm

  • Rear Wheel Travel

    130 mm

  • Rake


  • Trail

    100 mm

  • Steering Angle (L/R)

    35? / 35?

  • Front Tyre

    120/70ZR17M/C (58W)

  • Rear Tyre

    160/60ZR17M/C (69W)

  • Front Brake/s

    Dual semi-floating o300 mm discs

  • Front Caliper/s


  • Rear Brake

    o220 mm disc

  • Rear Caliper



  • Dimensions (LxWxH)

    2,065 × 800 × 1,115 mm

  • Wheelbase

    1,405 mm

  • Road Clearance

    125 mm

  • Seat Height

    800 mm

  • Curb Mass

    186 kg

  • Fuel Capacity

    12 litres

  • Model Code


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