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First Look at the 2024 Kawasaki Z650RS


Kawasaki TRaction Control is now available on the 2024 Z650RS. The price of $9,599 has been increased. (Kawasaki/)

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. A switch on the left side of the handlebar enables the rider to turn the system off.

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.

The Z650RS has a more upright riding position compared to the sportier Z650 that it’s based on. Grips are 50mm (2 inches) higher and 30mm (1.2 inches) closer to the rider.

The Z650RS has a more upright riding position compared to the sportier Z650 that it’s based on. The grips are 50mm higher (2 inches) and 30mm closer (1.2 inches). (Kawasaki/)

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 the larger Z900RS, the 650RS has a slimmer fuel tank and a shorter, more compact tail.

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

MSRP: $9,599
Engine: DOHC, liquid cooled parallel twin; four valves per cyl.
Displacement: 649cc
Bore x stroke: 83.0mm by 60.0mm
Compression Ratio 10.8:1
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Claimed Horsepower: N/A
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
Frame: Steel trellis
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
Rake/Trail: 24.0°/3.9 in.
Wheelbase: 55.3 in.
Ground Clearance: 5.1 in.
Seat Height 31.5 in.
Fuel Capacity 3.2 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight: 412 lb.
Contact: kawasaki.com

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