2020 Kawasaki Z650 ABS First Look Preview

Kawasaki’s entry-level friendly Z650 ABS naked bike returns for 2020.

The latest generation of the Kawasaki Z650 just arrived with a brand new bodywork, brighter LED lights, more comfortable seat, Dunlop tires, and a new TFT instrument that now includes smartphone connectivity and data tracking through the Rideology App. If you liked the Z650 before you’ll like it even more now. The most notable change is the “Sugomi” styling that Kawasaki has infused into almost all of its latest motorcycles with. Sharp, angular lines and aggressive stance give the Z650 ABS a new, more distinguishable look. Kawasaki has utilized the term “Middleweight Supernaked” to describe the Z and while that may evoke some NSFW imagery, it does convey the point that this is supposed to be a fun motorcycle to ride.

The 2020 Kawasaki Z650 bodywork looks and feels more compact, with a new chin spoiler, new instrument cover, and forward-slanting lines of the cowling contributing to the Sugomi styling.
The 2020 Kawasaki Z650 bodywork looks and feels more compact, with a new chin spoiler, new instrument cover, and forward-slanting lines of the cowling contributing to the Sugomi styling.Kawasaki

Underneath the edgy bodywork is the same tubular steel trellis type frame and liquid-cooled 649cc parallel twin engine that are the foundation of this sweet machine. With a fully-adjustable 41mm inverted fork, preload adjustable Horizontal Back-Link rear shock, gull-wing type swingarm, Nissin two-piston brakes and dual petal-type 300mm rotors, the Z650 has all the necessary hardware to make it a great streetbike. Along with its assist-slipper clutch, four selectable Ride Modes and ABS, this bike is not only easy to ride for newbies but also exciting enough for experienced riders as well.

Each individual frame component in this layout was arranged so that the lines of the steel pieces were as straight as possible. When it was necessary to incorporate a bend, the engineers made sure that the angles were as small as possible, the result is a frame that disperses stress very well.
Each individual frame component in this layout was arranged so that the lines of the steel pieces were as straight as possible. When it was necessary to incorporate a bend, the engineers made sure that the angles were as small as possible, the result is a frame that disperses stress very well.Kawasaki

Another important new feature is the 4.3-inch color instrument and its ability to connect via Bluetooth to your smartphone. Using Kawasaki’s Rideology App you are able to monitor your bikes data including a ride log that tracks the route, distance, time, and riding conditions so you can share it with friends. A redesigned, more comfortable seat should make the ride even more enjoyable for the rider and passenger while the addition of Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires will help the bike perform even better on the road. Kawasaki continues to add incremental refinements to this popular entry-level motorcycle.

2020 Kawasaki Z650 Price And Color Options

The 2020 Kawasaki Z650 will be offered in Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Flat Spark Black with an MSRP of $7,249 (non-ABS)/$7,649 (ABS) and a Metallic Spark Black version with an MSRP of $7,349 (non-ABS)/$7,749 (ABS). These motorcycles are available now at a Kawasaki dealer near you.

2020 Kawasaki Z650 Specifications

PRICE $7,249–$7,749
ENGINE 649cc 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, 4 Valve Cylinder Head, Parallel Twin
BORE x STROKE 83.0mm x 60.0mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 10.8:1
TORQUE 48.5 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm
FUEL DELIVERY DFI with Keihin 36mm Throttle Bodies
CLUTCH Wet multi-plate slipper clutch; cable actuation
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed with Positive Neutral Finder /chain
FRAME Tubular steel trellis
FRONT SUSPENSION 41mm inverted fork, fully adjustable; 5.4-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Horizontal Monocross Single shock, adjustable for spring preload and rebound; 5.1-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE Dual 298mm discs w/ Nissin four-piston calipers
REAR BRAKE 245mm disc w/ single-piston caliper
WHEELS Cast Alloy
TIRES Dunlop Roadsmart 2; 120/70-17 front, 160/60-17 rear
RAKE/TRAIL 24.0°/3.9 in.
WHEELBASE 55.5 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 30.9 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 4.0 gal.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT 410 lb.
WARRANTY 1-Year Limited Warranty
AVAILABLE November 2019