• Will We Finally Get To See The Kawasaki Z650RS Retro Roadster?

    1976 Kawasaki Z650 Jewel like four-cylinder. New version will be parallel twin
  • Jewel like four-cylinder. New version will be parallel twin
  • 2021 Kawasaki Z900RS Big success story for Kawasaki. Expect Z650RS to follow similar styling lines

Could it be in showrooms in 2022?

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With the Z900RS doing great business for Kawasaki, it would make sense to take the parallel twin engine from the Z650 and put it into a retro-styled model to cash in on the booming modern classic segment.

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Will We Finally Get To See The Kawasaki Z650RS Retro Roadster?
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Jewel like four-cylinder. New version will be parallel twin

Kawasaki has scored a home run with the Z1-inspired Z900RS so it would make perfect sense to continue the theme and expand their modern classic range to attract new customers.

The modern Z650 uses a punchy 69bhp parallel twin engine and competent chassis that is more than a match for the class-leading Yamaha MT-07. What could be easier than to slap retro-inspired styling onto it to make a beginner-friendly modern classic?

Will We Finally Get To See The Kawasaki Z650RS Retro Roadster?
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2021 Kawasaki Z900RS
Big success story for Kawasaki. Expect Z650RS to follow similar styling lines

It is likely that the styling would mirror that of the Z900RS, meaning a teardrop fuel tank, round headlights and clocks and a flat two-seater seat. Like the Z900RS, it would be an attractive mixture of old and new - classic looks and modern technology - which has worked so well for every manufacturer who has entered this segment.

Mind you, these rumours have been circulating for a year or so already but they seem to have gained extra traction recently, possibly with a view to launching this Autumn for a 2022 release date.

Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
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Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.  Read full bio
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