Kawasaki’s Smallest Z Naked Bike Grows to the Z500

Kawasaki Motors USA says the Z500 naked bike is coming to America.

Alongside news of its new Ninja 500 sportbike and the EICMA announcement of the Z500, Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA, has announced that it will offer the Z500 ABS and Z500 ABS SE naked bikes in 2024. The ABS edition will price at $5,599 while the SE version will start at $6,299. Both models are now available at your local Kawasaki dealer.

The 2024 Kawasaki Z500 ABS will start at $5,599.Kawasaki

The highlight of the Z500 is the new 451cc parallel-twin engine, an evolution of the brand’s existing Z400 (and Ninja 400) mill, adding 52cc thanks to a 6.8mm-longer stroke. Engineers revised the mill with a new crankshaft, pistons, and connecting rods resulting in a powerplant that promises more responsive and powerful acceleration. The balancer shaft is a new design as well, and the six-speed transmission is equipped with an assist and slipper clutch for optimum clutch feel and smooth downshifts, a feature that is especially nice for newer and less experienced riders.

A new 451cc parallel-twin engine is the marquee update to the platform.Kawasaki

It utilizes a trellis frame design and is suspended by a 41mm telescopic fork and a Uni-Trak shock out back with five-way preload adjustment. ABS is standard on both models.

As is the case on the Ninja 500, the new Z500 ABS also gets an updated LCD instrument panel and updated seat shape for improved comfort. The bike will be Bluetooth compatible and when paired to a smartphone equipped with the Rideology app riders will be able to access vehicle info, riding logs, call notices, communication details, and maintenance history.

The SE is a bit more sophisticated with a full-color TFT display, USB-C outlet, and upgraded color schemes and graphics.

The Z500 ABS SE will feature a full-color TFT instrument panel.Kawasaki
The lightweight Z500 ABS will be a great commuter machine for riders who want a bit more pep than offered by the Z400.Kawasaki
The 2024 Kawasaki Z500 ABS SE will start at $6,299.Kawasaki
Kawasaki offers upgraded color schemes and graphics on the SE version.Kawasaki
Accessory upgrades, like this smoke shield, are now available.Kawasaki

2024 Kawasaki Z500 ABS Technical Specifications and Price

Price: $5,599/$6,299
Engine: 451cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin
Bore x Stroke: 70.0 x 58.6mm
Compression Ratio: 11.3:1
Fuel Delivery: DFI w/ dual 32mm throttle bodies
Clutch: Wet, multiplate
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Frame: High-tensile steel trellis
Front Suspension: 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork; 4.7 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Uni-Trak shock, 5-way spring preload adjustable; 5.1 in. travel
Front Brake: 2-piston calipers, 310mm semi-floating disc w/ ABS
Rear Brake: 1-piston caliper, 220mm disc, ABS available
Wheels, Front/Rear: 5-spoke; 17 in./17 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: 110/70-17 / 150/60-17
Rake/Trail: 24.5°/3.6 in.
Wheelbase: 54.1 in.
Seat Height: 30.9 in.
Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gal.
Claimed Curb Weight: 366–368 lb./370–373 lb.
Available: Now
Contact: kawasaki.com