With Kawasaki’s ER-6f sportsbike and ER-6n naked sports being the solid sales success that they are, it appears as if their replacements have now made an appearance. For 2017, Kawasaki have announced the 2017 Ninja 650 and the Z650 naked sports.

Carrying the 649 cc DOHC eight-valve parallel-twin from the ER-6 bikes, this power plant puts out a claimed 67 hp at 8,000 rpm and 65.7 Nm of torque. Fuelling is taken care of by by EFI with twin-36 mm throttle bodies containing dual-valves.

Braking is with dual-piston calipers grabbing 300 mm petal discs in front and a single 220 mm disc at the back, with Bosch 9.1M ABS. The Ninja 650 weighs 193 kg, while the Z650 comes in at 187 kg, with both machines having a very rider-friendly 790 mm seat height.

There is currently only one colour option available for the Ninja 650, Kawasaki Racing Team, or KRT, colours of black and green, while the Z650 gets four paint schemes. These are Pearl Flat Stardust White/Metallic Spark Black, Candy Lime Green/Metallic Spark Black, Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Spark Black and Metallic Raw Titanium/Metallic Spark Black.