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Retro-styled Kawasaki Z650RS Is Coming

A close-up of the gas tank and handlebars on a 2022 Kawasaki Z650RS

Not too long ago, Kawasaki took the incredibly smooth inline-four motor that powered the Z900 and put it in a retro-themed iteration called the Z900RS. This proved to be a rather fruitful decision, considering that the RS was well received and is still a popular model. 

A side view of the 2022 Kawasaki Z900RS
2022 Kawasaki Z900RS

It’s not surprising that now, the Japanese manufacturer has decided to do the same thing with its 650cc platform. A type-approval document that has found its way online confirms that there will be a Z650RS coming in 2022.

A side view of the 2022 Kawasaki Z650RS model as seen in the teaser trailer
Source: Kawasaki Teaser video on the Z650RS

The upcoming Z650RS will be powered by the 649cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine that’s currently at the heart of the Z650, Ninja 650, Vulcan S, and the Versys 650. Peak output figures appear to be the same at 67hp at 8,000rpm and 47lb-ft of torque at 6,700rpm. The document also reveals that the model will have a top speed of 191kmph (118.6mph).

A view of the 2022 Kawasaki Z650RS models

Components like the tubular steel frame and 17-inch wheels will be shared with the standard Z650; however, the former does have a 5mm shorter wheelbase. We think this could be thanks to a different steering rake angle or tweaked suspension set-up, but it’s only speculation at the moment. 

Another obvious difference is the aesthetics – the RS will get body panels and color schemes that stay true to its retro intentions. And, if the differences between the elder siblings are anything to go by, the Z650RS will also feature a slightly more relaxed rider triangle, owing to a taller and wider handlebar.

A close-up of a model connected to the new teaser about the 2022 Kawasaki Z650RS
Source: Kawasaki Teaser video on the Z650RS

The Z650RS is bound to be one good-looking motorcycle, and while any more concrete details are scarce, we won’t have to wait too long for an official update. Kawasaki has been teasing the arrival of a new retro motorcycle on the 27th of September, and it could very likely be this one.

Stay tuned for more info, and make sure to check out the Europe-bound Z900RS SE as well as Kawasaki’s 2021 Lineup for spec comparison!

– Submitted by Vishal Venugopal