Did a retro-style makeover increase the mobility of the Z650s ride overall, or is the new Z650RS just eye-catching? Read on to find out.
Ever since I got the wind of the Kawasaki Z650RS off the Indian coast last year, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. And chances are, if you’ve been in favor of bike design since the simplest time in the past, you’ll be equally excited. Man, looking at this machine takes me back to a time when I found some posters of Yamaha XS650S and Kawasaki B1 in one of my uncle’s house. I can’t take my eyes off them. Both were gorgeous bikes of the previous day. And now, quite a trippy look at a bike paying homage to the bike from that old poster of the old B1. This machine shows too much at the point.
Like the Z900RS that the Green Team has offered in overseas markets, the Z650RS is a state-of-the-art machine that pays homage to the previous B1, and e, Kawasaki seems to have really found a place in this bike to balance its new era. / Old-world attractions. If you’ve just fallen out of a molten glacier, you won’t know that the Z650RS is a retro-style medium-weight motorcycle based on Kawasaki’s 650 platform. It shares many of its features with the Z650, including the engine, chassis, gearbox and suspension. It’s almost the same bike, but it’s different.
First, the Z650RS is full to the brim with retro-style elegance. All sharp bits such as headlights, mirrors, tank shrouds, panels and even regular Z650’s all-digital instruments have been replaced by simple-looking round-off parts and other modern / old-fashion bits such as analog twin-pods. Speedo- and tachometers and those gorgeous spoke-style alloy wheels – that old timers would stand in their own drums.
Unlike the Z650, the Z650RS is a motorcycle that clears from any modern Bluetooth connectivity function, in fact, the only rider support you get with the bike is the ASB, so you connect to the bike’s mechanics almost instantly through your senses. . It is powered by the same parallel-twin motor as the regular Nude Z650 that produces the same amount of power and torque, and when one sees that the sporty nude may seem to lack vitality in the power department, the RS has a maximum power of 68PS. Delivery seems to appreciate the retro character of this bike even better. Just like before, the motor likes to be revived and it runs in a very clean, smooth and pure manner. Of course it is not as powerful as the Triumph Trident 660 but it has its own unique features which are nonetheless obvious.
The Z650RS’s fueling system, like all modern Kawasaki, keeps things nice and smooth and has enough push to put a smile on your face, directly from the bat, without too much intimidation. Although power delivery is not explosive, even small throttle inputs feel pleasing. . The short-shift through the six-spider in the low-rev and gear levers feels a bit clunky when the liquid-cooled 649cc twin itself mutters a bit at first, but it’s short-lived and things get smoother quickly when the motor is turned on. The head needle of its twin analog cluster north of 4,000 revs. Riding the Z650RS is a lot of fun. It is based on the same chassis as the Nude Z650 which keeps it light enough to rotate and flick around, but with a more upright handlebar and single bench seat that is well padded and sits higher than the sporty neck, which changes. So go for a more rider-friendly setup that would welcome some relatively long time in the saddle. The RS’s 12-liter tank is much smaller and narrower than the 15-liter reservoir lying naked on the road, so you’ll go into pump mode, and you won’t be able to hold your bike. Kneel as nicely as you can the Z650 when you pick up speed or even when taking a quick turn. But it is all well and good, considering the fact that it is a bike that is not specifically for gaining skills in the performance department and more so with a comfortable riding experience. In terms of ride quality, the ‘old’ Z650 came as a very comfortable bike to ride and carrying the same suspension on the RS could never be worse. Whether you’re riding at a leisurely pace or at a fast pace the suspension works to avoid a sharp push. Also, if something happens, you will feel your body weight being transferred to the palm of your hand, another quality that appreciates RS’s simple, no-nonsense character. These gorgeous golden spoke-style alloys come after Grippy Dunlop running shoes, and the RS has enough stopping power in the form of ABS-assisted round discs, replacing the Z650’s petal discs. Honestly, there was no disturbing difference between feeling with round discs, and I also appreciate the fact that RS comes with brakes and clutch levers which can be adjuvant.