Kawasaki confirm two new Zeds for 2017

Paul Taylor
By Paul Taylor
platinum_paul Production editor. Worked in bike industry for 15 years, gets fatter and slower every year. Unhealthy obsession with Honda C90s, top boxes and small bikes.
Kawasaki Z650

Kawasaki has confirmed that it will be bringing out a new Z650 and Z900 for 2017, providing photos and a significant amount of information about the new machines without going as far as actually showing the bikes at this week’s Intermot show in Cologne.

Like all the manufacturers, Kawasaki is splitting its new model launches between the German show and next month’s big EICMA affair in Milan, Italy. The Japanese company teased the new Zeds at the end of its 30 minute press conference and later confirmed many of the specs of the new bikes ahead of their official unveiling in November.

The Z650 will likely take the place of the ER-6n in the Kawasaki range. With the Euro4 compliant and sportier Ninja 650 confirmed as the successor to the ER-6f earlier today, Kawasaki have chosen to take a slightly different route for the ER-6n replacement, the Z650, giving it an all-new steel trellis frame that weights just 15kg and creating an all-round more aggressive, Z1000 inspired, package than the meek commuter it replaces.

Meanwhile, the Z900 is based upon the four-cylinder Z1000 engine and is claimed to put out 125bhp. Kawasaki claims that the riding position will be more upright than that of the Z800 and Z1000, with a low seat height and narrow tank expected to make it appeal to a wide range of riders. 

No more concrete details are available in terms of price, availability and the final spec, but Bike Social will be in Milan to bring you all the news of the Zeds as they are launched.

In the meantime, Kawasaki has been kind enough to provide some pictures of the Z650 and Z900 to whet the appetite.

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