- October 6, 2016
At Intermot earlier this week, Kawasaki announced two new naked bikes that will debut in the flesh next month at EICMA. For now, we only have a single photo of each model.
The first is the Z650, which is the naked version of the new Ninja 650 we reported on earlier this week. Like the Ninja 650, the Z650 also features a massive weight loss versus its predecessor, the european ER-6n.
That weight loss comes largely from the new frame and swingarm it will share with the new Ninja 650. Claimed curb weight is 411 pounds.
With Euro 4 compliance, peak power is down slightly to 68 horsepower. The bike will be available with ABS and a slipper clutch.
The other naked bike anounced by Kawasaki is the Z900, which will replace the european Z800 for 2017. Power comes from a sleeved-down version of the Z1000’s motor displacing 948 cc and making a claimed 125 horsepower. Claimed curb weight is 463 pounds.
The Z900 has suspension adjustable for both rebound and spring preload. A slipper clutch is featured, along with available ABS brakes.
Neither of these models appear to offer traction control or other sophisticated electronic aids found on more expensive models. As we said, formal introduction of each bike will be at EICMA next month, when we expect to have additional details and information regarding possible U.S. availability and pricing.
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