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Review of 2018 Kawasaki Z650 ABS Sports Motorcycle

The Kawasaki brand is always trying to deliver the best and high performing bikes to its customers. Its 2018 Kawasaki Z650 ABS Sports Motorcycle is another fantastic example of sports motorcycling. It features an aggressive and super naked Z-styling that comes with the best sporty performing with everyday versatility. The bike features the lightweight chassis that not only contributes to achieving the thin but makes the bike durable as well. It is one of the middleweight bikes featuring the superb and high performing engine.

This mid-weight naked bike comes with light, nimble, and eye-catching appearance, thanks to its unique Kawasaki Sugomi design. The 650cc parallel-twin and the liquid-cooled engine deliver the best riding pleasure of all times. The overall impression is enhanced by the Z-styling that comes to life with an ideal blend of sporty performance and everyday versatility. The bike features the lightweight chassis and the strong, torquey engine at its core. The engine is well-known for its smooth power and nimble riding that makes the travel full of fun and easy. The Z650 ABS is available in two color options;

  1. Metallic Matte Covert Green with Metallic Flat Spark Black.
  2. Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Flat Spark Black.

Moreover, the detailed review of 2018 Kawasaki Z650 ABS Sports Bike with its price and specifications are given below.

2018 Kawasaki Z650 ABS Sports Motorcycle – Features and Price

Engine Features

The Kawasaki 2018 Z650 ABS features the compact 649cc Twin-Cylinder DOHC engine that offers ultimate riding pleasure of all times. This engine is tuned with the purpose to deliver the robust, smooth and highly responsive power output, especially in the low-to-mid-range for more rider-friendly power characteristics that facilitate control and inspire confidence over a wide range of riding conditions. An optimized intake port shape that helps in boosting low and mid-range response and performance.

2018 Kawasaki Z650 ABS Sports Motorcycle

The slim airbox contributes to the low and mid-range power feeling, plus it provides in the overall compact design of the bike. The exhaust system features the short header and sleek muffler’s internal construction that further enhances the low-to-mid-range power delivery. The muffler is attached below the engine that helps in lowering the center of gravity, and its aids in weight centralization. One of the plus points of the compact engine is that it reduces the dimension of the entire bike to maintain its smaller appearance.

The Keihin throttle bodies of 36mm contribute to the reliable low-to-mid range power delivery that contains dual throttle valves (KP) for outstanding performance and rideability. The sub throttles are positioned behind the main throttle valves, which are controlled by ECU so that the DFI system achieves the precise throttle response. Accurate fuel delivery is ensured by using the fine atomizing injectors with exhaust catalyzer that significantly reduces emissions. There is an automatic fast idle system that makes starting and warm-up easy. The use of 6-speed transmission with linkage-type gear shifting mechanism offers the direct feeling for better shifting experience like in 2018 Kawasaki Z650 Sports Bike. The cassette-style transmission puts the transmission shafts and shifts drum into the compact layout. Its positive, neutral finder with Kawasaki exclusive user-friendly features that allow the rider to change from first gear into dull quickly.

Chassis Features

The sports bike features the high-tensile steel trellis frame that optimizes dimensions and wall thicknesses to reduce frame weight, plus it contributes to extremely light handling. The frame parts follow an ideal pipeline so that the edges of the frame are as straight as possible. When bends were necessary, their angles were kept as small as possible, resulting in a design that disperses stress extremely well. The three-point rigidly attached engine and footpegs stays are used as a stressed member in the contribution of weight reduction.

2018 Kawasaki Z650 ABS Sports Motorcycle

The new linkage is placed atop the swingarm that helps in making room for the under-engine muffler for better mass centralization. The rear shock is further away from the exhaust so that its operation will not be affected by exhaust heat. The gull-wing swingarm allows the clearance for the muffler while contributing to the light and agile handling. The triple petal design braking discs are used in the braking system that comprises up of available ABS that helps in assisting braking under certain conditions, and it also features the small Bosch 9.1M control unit to save some space and weight.

The Nissin brake calipers have a sporty image, and they contain front and rear brake specific pads. The front pad offers a healthy initial bite while the rear provides optimum control and a high overall braking force. The front brake caliper features the large 27 mm pistons for outstanding braking feel. The petal design features improved cooling and warp resistance. The sporty five-spoke wheel design helps in offering the light and nimble appearance and contains Dunlop Sportmax D214 tires for ultimate performance and fuel mileage.


The 2018 Kawasaki Z650 ABS features an amazing Z styling that has sugomi styling of the recent Kawasaki Z series. The word “Sugomi” means a person with intense aura or energy given off by a person or object of greatness. The headlight cowl and meter visor help in giving a slim and flowing line from the top of the fuel tank for a more significant appearance.

The engine shroud has a sharp shape with a minimal overhang that adds in the flowing design while contributing to the brief and lightweight look. The intelligent front fender design with the compact upswept tail cowl provides in the dynamic and sporty appearance. The LED taillight lights up in the perfect Z shape better than 2017 Kawasaki Z650 ABS.

2018 Kawasaki Z650 ABS Sports Motorcycle

The streetfighter cockpit of the bike features the slightly-forward handlebar position that offers sport riding potential. It has a low and forward footpeg placement that helps in keeping the rider’s knees open for more comfort and secure handling. The fuel tank is positioned comparatively quiet on the chassis, and its slim design helps the passenger to reach the ground with ease. The narrow seat at the front further facilitates the rider to reach the ground with full confidence. The rubber-mounted handlebars reduce the overall vibration. The five-way adjustable brake and clutch levers accommodate the variety of hand sizes for more comfort.

2018 Kawasaki Z650 ABS Sports Motorcycle – Price

The bike is available at $7,399.

2018 Kawasaki Z650 ABS Sports Motorcycle – Technical Specifications

2018 Kawasaki Z650 ABS Sports Motorcycle Specs


Engine 4-stroke, twin-cylinder, DOHC, water-cooled
Displacement 649 cc
Bore x Stroke 83 mm x 60 mm
Compression ratio 10.8:1
Fuel System DFI® including Keihin 36 mm Keihin throttle bodies
Ignition TCBI having electronic advance
Transmission six-speed, return shift
Final Drive Sealed chain

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2018 Kawasaki Z650 ABS Sports Motorcycle Specs


Front Suspension / Wheel Travel Telescopic fork/4.9 inches
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel Horizontal back-link with adjustable preload, swingarm/5.1 inches
Front Tire 120/70 ZR17 Dunlop Sportmax D214F Sportmax
Rear Tire 160/60 ZR17 Dunlop Sportmax D214
Front Brakes Dual 300 mm petal-type rotors including two-piston calipers, ABS
Rear Brakes Single 220 mm petal-style disc, ABS

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2018 Kawasaki Z650 ABS Sports Motorcycle Specs


Frame Type Trellis, high tensile steel
Rake/Trail 24.0°/3.9 inches
Overall Length 81.3 inches
Overall Width 30.5 inches
Overall Height 42.5 inches
Ground Clearance 5.1 inches
Seat Height 30.9 inches
Curb Weight 410.1 lb
Fuel Capacity 4.0 gallons
Wheelbase 55.5 inches
Color Choices Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Flat Spark Black, Metallic Matte Covert Green/Metallic Flat Spark Black
Warranty 12 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional) 12, 24, 26 or 48 months

Experts recommend the use of motorcycle safety gears.

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2018 Kawasaki Z650 ABS Sports Motorcycle


In the end, the Bikes Catalog would love to say that it is one of the best Kawasaki sports bikes that contains superb features. The bike has a high performing engine that ensures the best power delivery and acceleration. The chassis is stylish and attractive that always demands another view. It is one of the best sports naked bikes to ride on city traffic and race tracks.

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