Kawasaki Z650RS 2022 exudes 70s charm, mixes retro style with modern functionality

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When Kawasaki revived the classic styling of the original Z1 900 with the Z900RS, a fairingless motorcycle that screamed a pure retro look, we knew the mid-weight Z650 would be part of the “Retrovolution” as well. And that’s how the 2022 Z650RS neo-retro was born.

While the Z900RS packs a punch, with 109 hp and 72 lb-ft of torque, the retro bike doesn’t quite appeal to novice riders. That’s why the Japanese tamed the new Z650RS, pairing it with the Z650’s 649cc parallel-twin with 67 hp and 47 lb-ft of torque.

The exciting Parallel Twin engine is designed for everyday driving and offers fast response, powerful low-mid performance and fuel economy. Riders will feel a smooth and powerful motor character when opening the throttle, providing a high degree of control during fine throttle adjustments.

Similar to the Z650, the Z650RS is a lightweight machine, with its trellis frame tipping the scales at just 13.5 kg (30 lbs). It also plays a role in the handling of the bike. Maneuverability is also given by its wide and flat handlebars, which places the rider in a natural and comfortable position.

Her friendly character is reflected in her light and relaxed look as a middleweight model. The Z650RS has a timeless design that combines the charm of a classic motorcycle with simple, modern design elements. The flat spokes on the stock cast wheels, like those on the Z900RS, are meant to make the wheels look like regular metal spoked wheels.

Dual front disc and readout brakes provide plenty of stopping power, but the round discs also play their part in maintaining this machine’s retro-sporting image. A multifunctional LCD display complements the analog-style speedometer and tachometer dials.

Offered in various color palettes including Candy Emerald Green, Metallic Moondust Gray and Ebony, and Metallic Spark Black, the Z650RS will arrive in dealerships across Europe in November. Pricing for the new bike starts at £ 7,549, or around $ 10,347. Unfortunately, Kawasaki has not released any information regarding the motorcycle’s American debut.

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