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So does the new Kawasaki Z650 off er the perfect combination of easy-to-ride intensity, as the company claims?-We went along to the bike’s launch in Spain to find out more…
Light on its feet, and not shy in the engine department, the Z650 offers a big leap forward

Many of us crave the raw brutality, fight-inducing aggression and incredible feeling from top shelf components that a hulking super naked gives. Yet a huge number of riders, both new and old, are defecting to (or not graduating from) smaller capacity naked machinery – with Kawasaki swelling the middleweight ranks with capable, unintimidating, but certainly stylish options. And the new Z650 falls exactly into this description.

For us, this bike has a lot to live up to. Replacing the ER-6n was always going to be a tough job as it was such a cheap and easy all round package. Then the ‘Z’ heritage is filled with four decades of incredible and iconic machinery that still carries a lot of clout. So a combination of the two for this new bike could surely be an absolute winner, right?

The Kawasaki Z650 lives life on the right side of the tracks…
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