2021 Kawasaki Z650

Everything you need to know about the 2021 Kawasaki Z400 with specs, pricing, good and bad points, reviews, competition, and more.

2021 Kawasaki Z650

2021 Kawasaki Z650. (Kawasaki/)

Ups

  • Dialed-in suspension rates
  • Good handling, smooth power
  • TFT dash display, Rideology app

Downs

  • Engine power and exhaust note lackluster
  • Ergos a little cramped for tall riders

Verdict

When it made its debut in 2017, the Z650 was an excellent option in the middleweight naked bike class. But sales have exploded in this category, and with more manufacturers now getting into the fray, the basically unchanged Kawasaki is at risk of getting left behind.

2021 Kawasaki Z650.
2021 Kawasaki Z650. (Kawasaki/)

Overview

Based on the Ninja 650R, the Z650 is Kawasaki’s middleweight naked bike designed to bring that same economical performance to a more practical platform. Three years after its debut, the midsize Kawasaki Z received some updates in 2020 that included sharper bodywork styling (based upon the “sugomi” theme that now characterizes all of the Z models), LED headlights, color TFT dash display, Bluetooth connectivity with Kawasaki’s Rideology app (showing vehicle info and call notification), a thicker and wider passenger seat, and Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires.

Updates for 2021

There were no updates to the Kawasaki Z650 for 2021.

Pricing and Variants

The 2021 Kawasaki Z650 will be available in a non-ABS version for $7,249, and an ABS version for $7,749. Available colorways are Pearl Blizzard White/Metallic Spark Black and Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Flat Spark Black.

Competition

With sales in this category skyrocketing over the past decade, the Kawasaki Z650 is now facing some pretty serious competition. Besides the Suzuki SV650, Yamaha MT-07, and Honda CB650R, there are two new European entries into the class: the Aprilia Tuono 660 and the Triumph Trident 660.

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Some minor tweaks were done to the 649cc parallel-twin engine from the Ninja 650 in order to boost low-end and midrange power, resulting in a peak of approximately 58 hp at 7,800 rpm and 42 pound-feet of torque at 6,600 rpm when CW ran a 2018 Z650 on the dyno, which has remained mechanically unchanged since. The power feels nice and punchy in the midrange, with a good hit of power at around 4,000–5,000 rpm. Fuel delivery and throttle response are butter-smooth, allowing you to make use of that midrange when accelerating off of a tighter corner. The six-speed transmission shifts flawlessly, though the clutch can be a little grabby when leaving from a stop.

2021 Kawasaki Z650.
2021 Kawasaki Z650. (Kawasaki/)

Handling

Even though the nonadjustable (except rear spring preload) suspension rates are slightly softer than the Ninja 650, the Z650 remains very planted and stable when pushed hard through corners, with a surprisingly taut and balanced feel to the chassis. The OEM-spec Dunlop D214 tires were a bit of a weak point with the first-gen model, but the upgrade in 2020 to Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires fixed that issue.

Brakes

Nissin two-piston brake calipers and 300mm discs up front provide strong but not overwhelming stopping power. An adjustable front brake lever is a nice touch for a class that is price-conscious.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

There is no Cycle World recorded fuel economy data.

Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility

A low 31.1-inch seat height (that feels even lower than that due to the narrow midsection) helps shorter riders feel more confident at a stop, but taller riders will find their legs getting pretzeled. There is an accessory taller seat available from Kawasaki that can help here. Passenger seat has been made more comfortable with the 2020 upgrades.

Electronics

Other than antilock brakes standard on the ABS model, there are no electronic rider aids with the Z650. The TFT display with Bluetooth connectivity for the Rideology app that appeared with the 2020 models are welcome updates.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

The Z650 comes with Kawasaki’s usual 12-month limited warranty. Extended warranty options available for 12, 24, 36, and 48 months.

Quality

Fit and finish are on par with current machinery. The TFT dash display with Bluetooth connectivity and other components such as the Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires as standard equipment provide a quality feel.

2021 Kawasaki Z650.
2021 Kawasaki Z650. (Kawasaki/)

2021 Kawasaki Z650 Claimed Specifications

MSRP: $7,249 (non-ABS)/$7,749 (ABS model)
Engine: 649cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin; 8 valves
Bore x Stroke: 83.0 x 60.0mm
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Fuel Delivery: Electronic fuel injection w/ 36mm throttle body
Clutch: Wet, multiple disc; cable operation
Engine Management/Ignition: TCBI w/ electronic advance
Frame: Trellis high-tensile steel tube chassis
Front Suspension: 41mm KYB conventional fork, nonadjustable; 4.9 in. travel
Rear Suspension: KYB shock, adjustable spring preload; 5.1 in. travel
Front Brake: Dual Nissin 2-piston calipers, dual 300mm petal-style discs
Rear Brake: Nissin 1-piston slide-pin caliper, 220mm disc
Wheels, Front/Rear: Cast aluminum, 3.50 x 17 in. / 4.50 x 17 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: 120/70ZR-17 / 160/60ZR-17
Rake/Trail: 24.0°/3.9 in.
Wheelbase: 55.5 in.
Ground Clearance: 5.1 in.
Seat Height: 31.1 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.0 gal.
Wet Weight: 412 lb.
Contact: kawasaki.com
Source : Motorcyclist More   

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2021 Kawasaki Z400 ABS

Everything you need to know about the 2021 Kawasaki Z400 with specs, pricing, good and bad points, reviews, competition, and more.

2021 Kawasaki Z400 ABS

2021 Kawasaki Z400 ABS. (Kawasaki/)

Ups

  • Under $5,000
  • Fun to ride for veterans, yet approachable for beginners
  • Same 399cc parallel-twin engine and chassis as Ninja 400

Downs

  • Taller riders may be a little cramped
  • Nonadjustable brake/clutch levers

Verdict

If you’re looking for a no-frills lightweight streetbike with surprising performance at a great price, the Kawasaki Z400 ABS fits the bill.

2021 Kawasaki Z400 ABS.
2021 Kawasaki Z400 ABS. (Kawasaki/)

Overview

Basically unchanged since its debut in 2019, Kawasaki’s Z400 ABS has continued to provide enough performance to satisfy the experienced rider, while remaining friendly enough for beginners. Using the same twin-cylinder engine, frame, and brakes (along with standard ABS) as the Ninja 400 means the Z400 ABS has the same non-apologetic attitude with a slightly cheaper sticker price.

Updates for 2021

The Kawasaki Z400 ABS remains unchanged for 2021.

Pricing and Variants

The 2021 Kawasaki Z400 ABS retails for $4,999. Available colorways are Pearl Nightshade Teal/Metallic Flat Spark Black and Candy Cardinal Red/Metallic Flat Spark Black.

Competition

The Z400 ABS’ competitors include the Yamaha MT-03, Honda CBR300, as well as the more expensive KTM 390 Duke and Husqvarna Vitpilen 401. Here’s a naked bike comparison test of several competitors.

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Z400 ABS uses the same 399cc parallel-twin engine from the Ninja 400; for reference, the last stone-stock Z400 strapped to the dyno produced 44.1 hp at 9,800 rpm and 25.1 pound-feet of torque at 8,300 rpm. This means you’ve got more power than any bike in this category, with enough acceleration to easily handle traffic in the city or on the highway. And yet the smaller Z is smooth and amiable enough for new riders to easily learn and gain confidence in their riding skills. The clutch is almost effortless and has gentle engagement, and the transmission shifts crisply and lightly.

2021 Kawasaki Z400 ABS.
2021 Kawasaki Z400 ABS. (Kawasaki/)

Handling

Combine a short 53.9-inch wheelbase with a curb weight of 364 pounds, and the result is the Z400 ABS’ quick and easy steering that makes short work of both urban and canyon pavement. Aiding in this capable handling are well-chosen suspension rates; despite using slightly softer springs than its sport-oriented Ninja 400 brother, the Z400 ABS deals with both bumpy and twisty surfaces equally well. Only when the pace is really ramped up can the difference be noticed, but a prospective Z400 ABS buyer likely won’t be concerned with that relatively minor concern.

Brakes

Like the engine and chassis, the Z400 ABS shares braking components with the Ninja 400. A nicely oversize single 310mm disc up front is grabbed by a sliding-mount twin-piston Nissin caliper handles the majority of braking power with ease and control, while a smaller 220mm disc and single-piston caliper out back completes the external stopping hardware. ABS comes standard with the Z400 ABS.

2021 Kawasaki Z400 ABS.
2021 Kawasaki Z400 ABS. (Kawasaki/)

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

During CW testing, the Z400 ABS recorded an average of 45.4 mpg. This equates to an approximate 166-mile range, based on the 3.7-gallon capacity of the Z’s fuel tank.

Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility

The Z400 ABS’ conventional one-piece handlebar provides a natural upright standard-style riding position, versus the Ninja 400′s more forward-biased sport ergonomics. This translates to better comfort over extended riding, even with the lack of the Ninja’s full fairing. The 30.9-inch seat height feels a lot shorter than the numbers suggest, due to the narrow midsection. Taller riders might feel slightly cramped overall, though, and we also noticed that the Z’s side shrouds tended to dig into taller riders’ knees during testing.

2021 Kawasaki Z400 ABS.
2021 Kawasaki Z400 ABS. (Kawasaki/)

Electronics

As the model name suggests, ABS comes standard with the Z400 ABS.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

The Z400 ABS comes with Kawasaki’s usual 12-month limited warranty. Extended warranty options available for 12, 24, 36, and 48 months.

Quality

Kawasaki has definitely upped its game quality-wise with the newer models in the past decade. Gone are the sloppy-looking welds and slight detail issues; fit and finish are excellent.

2021 Kawasaki Z400 ABS.
2021 Kawasaki Z400 ABS. (Kawasaki/)

2021 Kawasaki Z400 ABS Claimed Specifications

MSRP: $4,999.00
Engine: 399cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin, 8 valves
Bore x Stroke: 70.0 x 51.8mm
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Fuel Delivery: Electronic fuel injection w/ 32mm throttle body
Clutch: Wet, multiple disc; cable operation
Engine Management/Ignition: TCBI with digital advance
Frame: Trellis high-tensile steel tube chassis
Front Suspension: 41mm Showa conventional fork, nonadjustable; 4.7 in. travel
Rear Suspension: KYB shock, spring preload adjustable; 5.1 in. travel
Front Brake: Nissin 2-piston caliper, single 310mm disc w/ ABS
Rear Brake: Nissin 2-piston caliper, single 220mm disc w/ ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear: Cast aluminum; 3.00 x 17 in. / 4.00 x 17 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: 110/70-17 / 150/60-17
Rake/Trail: 24.5°/3.6 in.
Wheelbase: 53.9 in.
Ground Clearance: 5.7 in.
Seat Height: 30.9 in.
Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gal.
Wet Weight: 364 lb.
Contact: kawasaki.com

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height: 30.9 in.
Wet Weight: 364 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower: 44.1 hp @ 9,800 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque: 25.1 lb.-ft. @ 8,500 rpm
0–60 mph: N/A
1/4-mile: N/A
Braking 30–0 mph: N/A
Braking 60–0 mph: N/A
Source : Motorcyclist More   

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