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Kawasaki ER-6n will be replaced (rebranded) by Z650 in 2017

Parichay Malvankar
Written by Parichay Malvankar

With the new Kawasaki Ninja 650 revealed already, it was just a matter of time before its naked sibling got an update. Although not revealed yet, Kawasaki has officially announced that a new Z650 would be revealed at the EICMA show next month. The Z650 is nothing but a rebranded ER-6n.

The bike comes powered by the same bullet-proof reliable 649cc, parallel-twin, DOHC, 8-valve, liquid-cooled petrol motor now coupled with a 6-speed gearbox with slipper assist clutch. The engine is retuned for everyday performance and will get a powerful mid-range performance for city riding. The bike also has a claimed mileage of 23.4 kmpl. The engine of course is Euro-4 compliant now.

The new Z650 is lighter than the current ER-6n and with lighter components guarantees better riding dynamics.

Styling however is unlike the Kawasaki Z series which is sharp, and this is still just a refreshed ER-6n which looks bulbous. Rearward design is obviously shared with the new Ninja 650 and there’s a ‘Z’ LED tail lamp. Other styling chnges include contrast painted chassis, new fly screen, new head lamp, new floating cowl, new tank shape, new alloy wheels & new instrument console. The underbelly exhaust is now reprofiled with better components.

Braking performance will be enhanced with the 9.1M Bosch ABS system.