2018 Kawasaki Z650



Aggressive, supernaked Z styling comes to life in an ideal blend of sporty performance and everyday versatility. Featuring a lightweight chassis that contributes to its overall light weight* and a strong, torquey engine at its core, the new Z650 naked sportbike is a compact middleweight unlike any other. With each ride, smooth power and nimble handling make the Z650 incredibly fun and easy.

Handling & Ergonomics

  • RIDER AND MACHINE BECOME ONE: Everything built in and around the lightweight chassis of the new Z650 naked sportbike is designed to become an extension of the rider.
  • HANDLING: Both clutch and brake levers are 5-way adjustable to accommodate a variety of hand sized for added comfort.
  • HANDLING: Unique gull-arm style swingarm provides space for under-engine exhaust for low center of gravity and improved handling.
  • Both clutch and brake levers are 5-way adjustable to accommodate a variety of hand sizes for added comfort.
  • HANDLING: Horizontal back-liner rear suspension offers progressive damping for an ideal balance of sport riding performance and casual riding comfort.
  • HANDLING: The overall light weight* of the Z650 comes thanks to a lightweight trellis chassis with a low center of gravity for light handling and confident low speed maneuverability. *The Z650 is s significant 44.1 lb. lighter than its European counterpart. This results in lighter and more responsive handling for the Z650.
  • HANDLING: Telescopic front fork is a part of a balanced suspension package that's tuned to provide progressive damping with a high level of feedback to the rider and responsive performance.
  • ERGONOMICS: Wide handlebar contributes to easy low-speed maneuvering and leverage for higher-speed cornering.
  • ERGONOMICS: Upright seating provides a commanding ride position, giving the rider heads-up visibility and a confident, connected riding experience.
  • ERGONOMICS: Low seat height and tapered seat shape for easy foot placement at stops. Seat shape is wider at the rear for added comfort and cornering leverage.
  • ERGONOMICS: Footpeg position offers a relaxed knee bend for rider comfort.

Power & Performance

  • SPORTY ENGINE PERFORMANCE: Raw power comes from a modern parallel-twin 649 cc engine that packs strong torque and strong mid-range acceleration well suited for sporty riding.
  • ASSIST & SLIPPER CLUTCH: A light pull at the lever (assist) and smooth shifting enables confident downshifts with minimal rear wheel chatter (slipper).

Z Styling

  • AGGRESSIVE Z STYLING: A bold front face. Minimalist bodywork. Technical styling. Make no mistake - this is the new Z650 naked sportbike.

General Information

Manufacturer Kawasaki
Model Year 2018
Model Z650
Model Code ER650GJFL
Color Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black



Front - Dual 300 mm petal-type rotors with four-piston calipers

Rear - Single 220 mm petal-style disc


Front - 120/70 ZR17 Dunlop

Rear - 160/60 ZR17 Dunlop Sportmax D214


Length Overall - 81.3 in.
Height Overall - 42.5 in.
Width Overall - 30.5 in.

Curb - 405.7 lb.

Curb weight includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90 percent capacity) and tool kit (if supplied).

Ground Clearance 5.1 in.
Wheelbase 55.5 in.
Seat Height 30.9 in.


Transmission 6-speed, return shift
Final Drive Sealed chain


Engine 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC
Displacement 649 cc
Bore x Stroke 83.0 x 60.0 mm
Compression Ratio 10.8:1
Fuel System DFI® with Keihin 36mm Keihin throttle bodies
Fuel Capacity 4.0 gal.
Ignition TCBI with electronic advance
Cooling Liquid


Frame Turbular, diamond

Front - Telescopic fork

Wheel Travel - 4.9 in.

Rear - Horizontal back-link with adjustable preload, swingarm

Wheel Travel - 5.1 in.

Rake 24.0°
Trail 3.9 in.


Additional Colors

Metallic Flat Spark Black / Metallic Spark Black

Metallic Matte Covert Green / Metallic Flat Spark Black

Warranty 12 Month Limited Warranty