52017 Kawasaki Z650
Several India-bound motorcycles ranging between 650 cc and 900 cc are expected to hit domestic showrooms in 2017-18
India is one of the fastest growing and largest motorcycle markets in the world. Besides the commuter motorcycles, demands for premium bikes are also increasing rapidly. Therefore, several two-wheeler manufacturers target the domestic market to capture a good share in the middleweight category while some try to create niche of their own.
The companies take the opportunity to showcase their new and upcoming products at international motorcycle shows like EICMA and the 2016 edition of the event was no different. At EICMA 2016, we got glimpse of several motorcycles, which are expected to arrive in the domestic market in near future – some likely by this year and in 2018. Here we take a look at 5 of the most promising motorcycles:
The 2017 Kawasaki Z650 dreplaces the Japanese brand’s ER-6n model and it takes direct inspiration from the bigger sibling like Z900. The middleweight bike is designed following Kawasaki’s Sugomi design language and it looks very aggressive. This bike is ready to launch in India soon.
The Kawasaki Z650 features a sharp looking wide headlamp, a sculpted looking 15-litre fuel tank that gives this bike a very muscular appearance. Apart from that, the stepped up saddle seat, sharp tail section play major role in enhancing the bike’s sporty appeal. This model comes painted in four different colour options, that are – Candy Lime Green with Metallic Spark Black, Pearl Flat Stardust White with Metallic Spark Black, Metallic Raw Titanium with Metallic Spark Black, and Metallic Flat Spark Black with Metallic Spark Black.
Dimensionally, the Kawasaki Z650 measures 2,055 mm in length, 775 mm in width, 1,080 mm in height and it gets a wheelbase of 1,410 mm. The bike has a kerb weight of 187 kg. Kawasaki claims that its lowered seat height at 790 mm offers the rider a comfortable riding experience and better control over the machine.
Powering the aggressive looking bike is the same 649cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine that generates power for the ER-6n as well. The motor has been updated to offer smoother throttle response. Mated to a 6-speed transmission, this engine is capable to churn out 68 PS of peak power at 8,000 rpm and 65.7 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm.
The engine is claimed to be returning an improved and impressive fuel efficiency of 28 kmpl. The Japanese brand says, this bike is 19 kg lighter than the ER-6n. For stopping power, the bike relies on disc brakes at both wheels combined with 9.1M ABS.
Expected Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi) – Rs. 5.20 lakh