Kawasaki is proving once again that retro styling doesn’t mean sacrificing modern tech by adding traction control to the 2024 Z650RS, which sits alongside the larger-displacement Z900RS in Kawasaki’s two-bike retro sport family.
The Kawasaki TRaction Control system (KTRC), has two modes plus off. Mode 1 is less intrusive for aggressive riding. Mode 2, on the other hand, plays a larger role in traction management. You can think of Mode 2 like a welcome assistant when you are driving on slick or wet roads.
The Z650RS’s traction-control system has two modes. The rider can turn off the system by using the switch located on the left-hand side of the handlebar. (Kawasaki/)
For 2024, the rest of Z650RS remains unchanged. Based on the more aggressively styled Z650, the bike uses Kawasaki’s 649cc parallel-twin engine that’s known for its smooth fueling and punchy midrange. The Z650RS also features a steel frame with trellis, a 41mm non-adjustable front fork and a pair of Nissin two-piston calipers.
Designed as an homage to the Z models of the 1970s, the Z650RS’ look is finished off with retro classic styling treatments in the form of a teardrop-shaped fuel tank, round headlight, dual analog speedometer/tachometer, and spoke-style cast wheels.
Fortunately, added technology hasn’t bumped the price significantly; the traction-control-equipped 2024 Z650RS is priced at $9,599, or just $500 more than the outgoing Z650RS. Compare that to Yamaha’s similarly styled XSR700, which sells for $8,899 but doesn’t have traction control.
In 2024, there is only one color available for the Z650RS: Ebony/Metallic Matte Grey.
Compared to its larger Z900RS counterpart, the 650RS features a smaller fuel tank, a shorter and more compact tail, as well as a thinner, slimmer design. (Kawasaki/)
2024 Kawasaki Z650RS Specs
|Engine:||DOHC, liquid cooled parallel twin; four valves per cyl.|
|Bore x stroke:||83.0mm by 60.0mm|
|Claimed Torque:||48.5 lb. – ft. at 6,500 rpm|
|Fuel System||DFI w/ Keihin 38mm throttle bodies|
|Clutch:||Multiplate wet assist with slipper function|
|Engine Management/Ignition :||TCBI w/ digital advance|
|Front Suspension||Telescopic fork 41mm (4.9 in. Travel|
|Rear Suspension||Adjustable spring preload horizontal back-link; 5.1 in. Travel: 5.1 inches|
|Front Brake||Dual 300mm discs with ABS and 2-piston calipers|
|Rear Brake||1-piston caliper 220mm disc with ABS|
|Wheels, Front/Rear:||Cast aluminum with spoke-like design; 17 x 3,50 in. / 17 x 3,50 in.|
|Tires, Front/Rear:||120/70-17 / 160/60-17|
|Ground Clearance:||5.1 in.|
|Seat Height||31.5 in.|
|Fuel Capacity||3.2 gal.|
|Claimed Wet Weight:||412 lb.|