Updated Kawasaki Ninja 650 and its naked iteration the Z650 coming to India with refreshed design and features
Although Kawasaki was one of the first bike makers to enter the middle-weight motorcycle segment in India, they haven’t given its popular Ninja 650 a substantial update since its launch. That however is likely to change in 2017. The Japanese bike maker took the wraps off the new Ninja 650 at INTERMOT a few months back and is likely to bring it to India next year. The new Ninja 650 sports a sharper design much like the ZX-10R. The split headlamps and the edgy fairing give it a much more aggressive stance than its predecessor. The tail section too has been remoulded but the underbelly exhaust seems to have been retained. The saddle height of the upcoming 2017 Ninja 650 has been lowered to 790mm and the weight too has been reduced by 19kg. The biggest change on the new Ninja 650 however is the chassis. A lot of the weight has been shed thanks to a new aluminium frame that Kawasaki says weighs just 15kg. The brakes have been improved, and for the first time the Ninja 650 will come with ABS too.
Kawasaki is also expected to replace the existing ER-6n with the Z650. The Japanese bike maker has been using the ‘Z’ moniker for all its naked offerings except for its middle-weight offering. Living up to the family name, the Z650 looks substantially more aggressive than the ER-6n. The Z650 gets sharper looking headlamp cluster, redesigned tank extensions and the same aluminium frame as the Ninja 650. Expect the Z650 to weigh marginally lesser than its faired sibling. All the changes on the Ninja 650 are also likely to be seen on its naked iteration.
Aside from these two middle weight offerings, Kawasaki is also likely to replace the Z800 with the Z900. Images of the Z900 were leaked a few days prior to its official unveil at 2016 EICMA. In terms of design, the Z900 remains in line with the rest of the Z models. It employs a 948cc inline four-cylinder unit that makes peak power of 125bhp and max torque of 98.6Nm. The current generation Z800 makes 111bhp and 83Nm. Kawasaki has also upgraded the brakes on the Z900. Despite the all the additions in equipment, the Z900 shed 21kg and tips the scale at 210kg. Expect the Kawasaki Z900 to be launched in the second half of 2017.