A few weeks after unveiling it globally, Kawasaki has brought the 50th Anniversary Edition version of the Z650RS to the Indian shores. The new Kawasaki Z650RS 50th Anniversary Edition brings a few cosmetic changes over the standard version of the motorcycle and has been launched in India with a slight premium in pricing over the former.
Kawasaki Z650RS 50th Anniversary Edition – Price
The new Kawasaki Z650RS 50th Anniversary Edition has been launched at Rs 6.79 lakh (ex-showroom, India). This price point makes it Rs 5,000 more expensive than the standard version of the motorcycle.
Kawasaki Z650RS 50th Anniversary Edition – What’s new?
The only change in the 50th Anniversary Edition version of the Kawasaki Z650RS is the unique paint scheme and a few cosmetic add-ons. This version comes in a unique paint shade of ‘Firecracker Red’, which happened to be the most popular colour option from Kawasaki in those days. The fuel tank is finished in the shade of red, however, its middle portion is painted in a shade of candy diamond brown. This shade of brown is carried forward for the side body panels as well, which come with a unique logo of ‘650-double overhead camshaft’ on the. The fuel tank also comes with a ‘Z 50th‘ logo on the top of it. In addition, the motorcycle also gets golden-coloured multi-spoke alloy wheels, which resemble like spoke wheels, and chrome-finished tubular pillion grab rail.
Kawasaki Z650RS 50th Anniversary Edition – What’s remained unchanged?
While the visual appeal of the Kawasaki Z650RS 50th Anniversary Edition is slightly different and more elusive than the standard version, it is essentially the same machine under the skin. It gets a decent set of safety features, such as assist and slipper clutch and dual-channel ABS. It also gets a few modern features like an LED headlamp and tail lamp, LED turn indicators and tubeless tyres. Other features of the Kawasaki Z650RS 50th Anniversary Edition include a dual-pod analogue instrument console and aluminium handlebar levers.
The motorcycle gets a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin, 649cc engine, which here produces a maximum power output of 67 bhp and a maximum torque output of 65 Nm. The motorcycle has a suspension duo of conventional hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and a horizontal back-link gas-charged mono-shock at the back. For stopping duties, the Kawasaki Z650RS 50th Anniversary Edition is armed with dual 300mm discs at the front and a single 220mm disc at the rear.
Kawasaki Z650RS 50th Anniversary Edition – Competition
The Kawasaki Z650RS 50th Anniversary Edition enters in a niche category of middleweight retro roadsters and competes with motorcycles like Triumph Street Twin and Ducati Scrambler Icon. It also rivals with Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, which is priced much lower than it but gets a twin-cylinder 650cc engine.