Kawasaki is proving once again that retro styling doesn’t mean sacrificing modern tech by adding traction control to the 2024 Z650RS, which sits alongside the larger-displacement Z900RS in Kawasaki’s two-bike retro sport family.
The Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC) system has two modes, plus off. Mode 1 is the least intrusive and designed for more aggressive riding, while Mode 2 plays a heavier role in traction management by intervening earlier. Think of Mode 2 as a welcomed assistant on wet, slick roads.
The rest of the Z650RS is unchanged for 2024. Based on the more aggressively styled Z650, the bike uses Kawasaki’s 649cc parallel-twin engine that’s known for its smooth fueling and punchy midrange. More carryover hardware comes in the form of a steel trellis frame, 41mm nonadjustable fork, and pair of two-piston Nissin calipers, all things that make the Z650RS a lightweight, practical performer in around-town riding.
Designed as an homage to the Z models of the 1970s, the Z650RS’ look is finished off with retro classic styling treatments in the form of a teardrop-shaped fuel tank, round headlight, dual analog speedometer/tachometer, and spoke-style cast wheels.
Fortunately, added technology hasn’t bumped the price significantly; the traction-control-equipped 2024 Z650RS is priced at $9,599, or just $500 more than the outgoing Z650RS. Compare that to Yamaha’s similarly styled XSR700, which sells for $8,899 but doesn’t have traction control.
For 2024, the Z650RS is available in just one color: Ebony/Metallic Matte Carbon Gray.
2024 Kawasaki Z650RS ABS Specs
|Engine:||DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin; 4 valves cyl.|
|Bore x Stroke:||83.0 x 60.0mm|
|Claimed Torque:||48.5 lb.-ft. @ 6,500 rpm|
|Fuel System:||DFI w/ Keihin 36mm throttle bodies|
|Clutch:||Wet, multiplate assist w/ slipper function|
|Engine Management/Ignition:||TCBI w/ digital advance|
|Front Suspension:||41mm telescopic fork; 4.9 in. travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Horizontal back-link, spring preload adjustable; 5.1 in. travel|
|Front Brake:||2-piston calipers, dual 300mm discs w/ ABS|
|Rear Brake:||1-piston caliper, 220mm disc w/ ABS|
|Wheels, Front/Rear:||Spoke-style cast aluminum; 17 x 3.50 in. / 17 x 3.50 in.|
|Tires, Front/Rear:||120/70-17 / 160/60-17|
|Ground Clearance:||5.1 in.|
|Seat Height:||31.1 in.|
|Fuel Capacity:||4.0 gal.|
|Claimed Wet Weight:||423 lb.|