2017 Z650L

2017 Z650L

The newest addition to Kawasaki’s Z Supernaked Series features a 650cc Parallel Twin engine with strong low-mid range torque and an all-new lightweight chassis in a slim, compact middleweight package that offers sugomi performance and styling.

The Z650L’s nimble handling, superb feedback and strong acceleration are complemented by easy-to-manage power delivery and rider-friendly manoeuvrability, offering an ideal blend of sporty performance and everyday versatility sure to satisfy everyone from new to more experienced riders. Eyecatching Z styling reflects the sporty nature of this exciting new machine. This LAMS model is an ideal machine due to the smooth high torque power delivery, lightweight and easy handling with a low narrow seat height. Sugomi performance ensures that riding the Z650L is a treat for the senses. A responsive, torqueful engine character and nimble, lightweight chassis offer sporty riding excitement that new and more experienced riders alike will enjoy. 

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Sugomi performance ensures that riding the Z650L is a treat for the senses. A responsive, torqueful engine character and nimble, lightweight chassis offer sporty riding excitement that new and more experienced riders alike will enjoy.

Tuning of the 649 cm³ Parallel Twin engine focused on achieving a throttle response that balanced a powerful feeling and a quick-revving character.  To optimise performance for everyday riding, care was taken to maximise low-mid range torque. When opening the throttle, riders will notice an extremely smooth and powerful engine character that offers both a high level of control when making minute throttle adjustments and a gratifying rush of acceleration in the lower rpm ranges. This tuning also benefits fuel economy.
17ER650H 44SWH1rearLF C280

Parallel-Twin Engine Tuned for Low-Mid Range Power & Torque

Performance and feel were optimised for the mid-range (3,000-6,000 min-1). However, in the low-rpm range (below 3,000 min-1) power delivery is very smooth, and even above 6,000 min-1 power and torque curves continue on without dropping off suddenly.
17ER650H 44SWH1Engine RHS C280

Digital Fuel Injection

Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve 649 cm³ Parallel Twin with fuel injection delivers smooth, responsive performance, especially in the low and medium rpm ranges. The strong low-end focus lends itself to sporty riding, but also translates to rider-friendly power characteristics that facilitate control and inspire confidence in new riders.
17ER650H 44SBK2WH1Muffler C280

Under-engine muffler

Simple, sleek silencer design adds to the bikes's overall slim design. Under-engine muffler improves mass centralisation and lowers the bike’s centre of gravity. Muffler internal construction and catalyser layout ensure clean emissions that will pass stringent Euro 4 regulations. The muffler’s 33 mm diameter tail pipe also contributes to strong low-mid range performance and response.

17ER650H 44SWH1 Radiator shroud C280

Radiator Shroud

Patented radiator fan cover located behind the radiator directs hot air down and away from the rider, significantly increasing comfort when stuck in heavy traffic. Redirecting the air also helps keep the tank, frame and other parts that contact the rider cooler, further increasing rider comfort.

17ER650H 44SWH1Clutch A&S C280

Assist & Slipper Clutch

Assist & Slipper Clutch was developed based on feedback from racing activities. The clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a slipper cam), offering two new functions not available on a standard clutch.

17ER650H 44SWH1Rear link C280

Horizontal Back-Link Rear Suspension

Horizontal Back-link rear suspension offers a progressive character. Compared to link-less type suspension, it delivers a better balance of sporty performance and ride comfort. Rear suspension positions the shock unit and linkage above the swingarm. This arrangement contributes to mass centralisation, while ensuring that the suspension is located far enough from the exhaust that operation is not affected by heat.

17ER650H 44SWH1RSstripped C280

All-New Trellis Frame

One of the key components realising Z650L’s light weight (noticeable as soon as the bike is lifted off its side-stand), the all-new frame weighs only 15 kg and contributes significantly to the bike’s light, nimble handling. Components of the high-tensile steel trellis frame follow the ideal pipe line. The lines of the frame were made as straight as possible, and when bends were necessary their angles were made as small as possible, resulting in a design that disperses stress extremely well.


17ER650H 44SWH1Swingarm C280

Light, Strong Swingarm

Kawasaki’s new in-house analysis technology was also used in the swingarm. Similar to the frame, the line from the pivot to rear axle was made as straight as possible. The lightweight design of swingarm (4.8 kg) contributes to the bike’s light, natural handling. 

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Easy Manoeuvrability

The Z650L’s low weight and low seat height both contribute to manoeuvrability, whether walking beside the bike, or foot peddling in a parking lot. The easy-to-manage engine response and strong low-end torque further facilitate low-
speed manoeuvring.

17ER650H 44SWH1POV C280

Relaxed, Sporty Ergonomics

Wide, flat handlebar and a relaxed, sporty riding position allows riders to fully capitalise on the Z650L’s sporty street riding potential. Thanks to the low seat height and the bike’s slim overall design, it’s easy to keep both feet firmly on the ground when stopped, an important consideration for many riders.  The low 790 mm seat height accommodates riders spanning a wide range of heights, enabling them to ride with confidence.
17ER650H 44SWH1Seat C280

Sport Riders Seat

The sport riders seat is slim at the front facilitating the rider's reach to the ground. Seat bracket is rubber-mounted at the front to reduced vibration transferred through the seat. Handlebar is rubber-mounted to reduce vibration transmitted through the handle grips and to the mirrors.

17ER650H 44SWH1clutch lever C280

Adjustable Levers

Both the clutch and front brake lever are 5-way adjustable, able to accommodate a variety of hand sizes for increased comfort. Rider and passenger footrest feature rubber pads. Harder rubber combined with hollow centres were designed to reduce vibration felt through the footpegs.

Eye Catching Z Styling

From its front cowl adorned with meter cover to its compact tail cowl, the Z650L’s head-turning design exudes a functional beauty. Complementing sugomi design elements (crouching stance, low-positioned head and upswept tail) that give it an instantly recognisable silhouette, its condensed appearance is emphasised by slim, close-fitting bodywork designed to give the bike a light, nimble image that reflects its sporty performance.
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17ER650H 44SBK2Front brakes C280

Petal disc brakes with ABS

Dual 300 mm front petal disc brakes and 220 mm rear petal disc look great and deliver plenty of braking power while contributing to the bikes sporty image. Dual-piston front calipers, master cylinder and brake pads offer superb brake touch and control. In addition to the very effective petal disc brakes, customers looking for an added degree of reassuring braking performance are advised that the Z650L has standard front and rear ABS braking systems.

17ER650H 44SBK2Meter C280

Compact Multi-Function Instrumentation

Stacked instrument cluster features an easy-to-read layout. Analogue-style tachometer features a gear position indicator at its centre and sits atop a multi-function LCD screen. Gear position indicator increases shifting precision and confidence, while also lending to the Z650L’s sporty image. Tachometer offers three selectable display modes, allowing riders to tune their instrumentation to suit their preference. The tachometer also doubles as a shift up indicator, flashing at the set rpm. Riders can set the shift-up timing between 5,000 and 11,000 rpm in 500 rpm increments. The shift indicator function may also be turned OFF. LCD screen features a negative display (white letters on a black background), adding to the instrument cluster’s sporty, modern appearance. In addition to the digital speedometer and gear position indicator, display functions include: odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, remaining fuel range, current and average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, clock and the Economical Riding Indicator.
17ER650H 44SWH1Taillight C280

"Z" LED Taillights

Ensuring the Z650L is not mistaken for anything other than Kawasaki Supernaked when viewed from behind, its sharp LED taillight lights up in “Z” pattern, contributing to the sporty image and the strong Z  identity.


17ER650H 44SWH1 LF C280

Pearl Flat Stardust White / Metallic Spark Black

  17ER650H 44SBK2 RF C280

Metallic Flat Spark Black / Metallic Spark Black





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Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
Displacement 649 cm³
Bore and Stroke 83.0 x 60.0 mm
Compression ratio 10.8:1
Valve system DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: ø36 mm x 2 (Keihin)
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump
Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Sealed Chain
Primary reduction ratio 2.095 (88/42)
1st 2.438 (39/16)
2nd 1.714 (36/21)
3rd 1.333 (32/24)
4th 1.111 (30/27)
5th 0.966 (28/29)
6th 0.852 (23/27)
Final reduction ratio 3.067 (46/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Type Perimeter, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel:
Front 125 mm
Rear 130 mm
Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear 160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
Caster (rake) 24.0°
Trail 100 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 35° / 35°
Front 41 mm telescopic fork
Rear Offset laydown single-shock with adjustable preload
Front: Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Caliper Dual piston with ABS
Rear: Single 220 mm petal disc
Caliper Single-piston with ABS
Overall length 2,055 mm
Overall width 775 mm
Overall height 1,080 mm
Wheelbase 1,410 mm
Ground clearance 130 mm
Seat height 790 mm
Curb mass 186 kg (includes full tank of fuel)
Fuel capacity 15 L
Maximum power 37.8 kW (51 PS) / 8,000 rpm
Maximum torque 59 N·m @6,500 rpm
17ER650H 44SWH1 LF C280 17ER650H 44SBK2 RF C280  
Pearl Flat Stardust White / Metallic Spark Black Metallic Flat Spark Black / Metallic Spark Black  


The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets.




Accessories for ER650HHFW 2017 Z650L (LAMS)


K61021507 More info Find a Dealer

* Advanced race proven formula designed for both on and off-road applications * Ultimate protection for your drive system from rust, corrosion, and premature wear * Super tacky formula resists "fling off" * Safe for O-ring and non O-ring chain types * 14 OZ (395g)


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* High gloss formula specifically developed for the Powersports industry * Wipe down cleaner coats plastic, fiberglass and painted surfaces * Restores showroom shine in a few quick wipes * Makes cleaning process fast, simple and effortless * Leaves a clear coat film for extended protection against the elements * 12 US FLOZ (355mL)


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* Full strength engine coolant (not pre-diluted) * T-Triazole for maximum corrosion protection in aluminium cooling systems * Contains foam and rust inhibitors


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* The All-In-One Detailer that cleanes shines and protects all painted surfaces, chrome parts, windshields and plastics * Carnauba wax formulation provides a deep show-like shine making your vehicles painted surfaces come to life * Easy spray applicator * 12 US FLOZ (355mL)


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* Performs consistently over a broad range of temperatures * Meets all DOT 3/4 specs for universal application

Frame sliders

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Stylish pads with aluminium insert and Kawasaki logo. Give extra protection for bodywork. Will fit quickly and easily without modifications to the bike.


999940803 More info Find a Dealer

Tank bag with window (4L) for the bag to fit bracket 99994-0885 also needs to be purchased.

Knee pads (Black)

999940805 More info Find a Dealer

Black foil pad to protect the lower sides of the fuel tank

Meter cover (Smoke windshield)

999940810 More info Find a Dealer

Smoke meter cover for improved protection and a sporty look.

Pannier system (2x14L)

999940801 More info Find a Dealer

Semi soft pannier system Semi soft Nylon saddlebag set with reflective piping and Kawasaki logo. Inner net keeps luggage in place when the bag is opened. side pocket for small goods. Easy fitment on metal bracket with clip. Waterproof inner bags are included. L312mm, W213mm,H341mm (one side), Load weight max 3kg (one side) Load capacity approximate 14L (one side) (Width of system is 815mm) A matching bracket set is required for fitment. (Pannier set can not be combined with topcase) There are 2 partnumbers required: 1- Bracket 999940802 2- Pannier/saddlebag set 999940801


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* Unique formula breaksdown dirt, grime and oils while gently protecting paint and other delicate finishes * Safe on plastics, carbon fiber, paint, anodizing, aluminum, titanium, rubber * Biodegradable cleaning formula * Contains no harmful acids, CFC's or solvents * Will not harm seals or brake pads * Spray on, wash off, go ride * 32 US FLOZ (946mL)

Radiator trim

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Stainless steel radiator trim with Kawasaki logo

Seatcover 40X Pearl Flat Stardust White

99994079640X More info Find a Dealer

Seat cover to enhance the bike's racy lines. With 2 rubber support pads. Replaces the passenger seat. Available in original bike color.


999940885 More info Find a Dealer

For tank bag 99994-0803 bracket 999994-0885 must also be purchased

Tank Pad Kawasaki

999940804 More info Find a Dealer

Gel resin tank pad in black and chrome with Kawasaki logo.

Topcase system 30L (Z650 Black)

990A093817 More info Find a Dealer

Top case (30 litres,3.0 kg max) offers enhanced carrying capacity, while maintaining the bike?s slim figure to facilitate navigating city traffic. Rigid, steel bracket with black powder-coating. Topcase cover to match motorcycle colour. (Top case can not be used in combination with panniers/saddlebags) All parts required are included: 1- Bracket for topcase 2- Topcase 30 Litre 3- Topcase cover in bike colour

Topcase system 30L (Z650 White)

990A093717 More info Find a Dealer

Top case (30 litres,3.0 kg max) offers enhanced carrying capacity, while maintaining the bike?s slim figure to facilitate navigating city traffic. Rigid, steel bracket with black powder-coating. Topcase cover to match motorcycle colour. (Top case can not be used in combination with panniers/saddlebags) All parts required are included: 1- Bracket for topcase 2- Topcase 30 Litre 3- Topcase cover in bike color