Kawasaki has launched four new models – Versys-X 250, Ninja 650, Z900 and Z650 – which will be delivered to the market in the coming months.
The Z650 and Ninja 650 will be delivered in March, while the Z900 will be delivered in April and the Versys-X will be delivered later although an exact timeframe has yet to be confirmed.
Prices of all four models have not been finalised as yet, but Kawasaki said the bikes will be priced less than RM25,000 for the Versys-X 250, less than RM38,000 for the Ninja 650, less than RM37,000 for the Z650 and less than RM58,000 for the Z900, all inclusive of GST.
The company believes the Versys-X 250, which is a new category, will attract the Malaysian public, especially youth.
All models except the Versys-X 250 come with ABS as standard.
2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 250
The Versys-X 250 is powered by a liquid-cooled 249cc four-stroke parallel twin DOHC, eight-valve engine which generates 34hp and 22Nm peak torque, paired with a six-speed transmission.
It’s equipped with a single 290mm petal disc brake with single balanced actuation dual-piston caliper on the front, and single 220mm petal disc brake with dual-piston caliper on the back.
The Assist and Slipper Clutch uses two types of cams, an assist cam and a slipper cam, to drive the clutch hub and operating plate together or apart.
Design wise, the Versys-X 250 has the combination of a tall upper cowl design and a large-sized windshield providing wind protection, and a multi-functional instrumentation featuring a large analogue tachometer flanked by warning lamps on one side and a gear position indicator and multi-function LCD screen on the other.
It features a highly rigid backbone frame designed to handle external shocks, which paired along with long-travel suspension designed to easily soak up road imperfections as well as 19″ front and 17″ rear spoke wheels, give it greater capability on unpaved roads, although Kawasaki said it is not designed for offroad use.
It comes in only one colour, Lime Green.
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650
The Ninja 650 is powered by a liquid-cooled, DOHC, eight-valve 649cc parallel twin engine with fuel injection which generates 67hp and 66Nm of torque, paired with a six-speed transmission.
It boasts a lighter weight, with an all-new frame that weighs only 15kg with a frame design that features lines made as straight as possible that disperses stress, minimising weight.
This model also uses the Assist and Slipper Clutch which has two types of cams.
It’s equipped with a compact Bosch 9.1M ABS unit that compliments dual 300mm front petal disc brakes, and 220mm rear petal disc brake, combined with dual-piston front calipers, master cylinder and brake pads.
A 41mm telescopic fork is fixed into the bike to react to road imperfections while isolating the rest of the bike from that motion, while its horizontal back-link rear suspension is positioned close and above the swingarm to lower down the gravity of the bike.
The Ninja 650 is also designed with a multi-functional instrumentation which features a large analogue tachometer flanked by warning lamps on one side, and a gear position indicator and multi-functional LCD screen on the other.
It features an adjustable sporty windshield that has three positions covering a total range of 60mm.
It comes in two colours – Lime Green and Orange.
2017 Kawasaki Z650
The Z650 is powered by a liquid-cooled, DOHC, eight-valve, four-stroke 649cc parallel twin engine which generates 67hp and 66Nm peak torque, paired with a six-speed transmission.
It boasts a high-tensile steel trellis frame which weighs only 15kg, contributing to the bike’s light and nimble handling.
The bike is equipped with dual 300mm front petal disc brakes together with a single 220mm rear petal disc brake, as well as a compact 9.1M ABS unit.
It’s mounted with a 41mm telescopic front fork that handles suspension duties up front and a rear horizontal back-link rear suspension, while the shock unit and linkage is built above the swingarm which contributes to mass centralisation.
An assist and slipper clutch is fixed in position, consisting an assist cam and a slipper cam which both work in unison to control the opening and closing of the clutch hub and operating plate.
The Z650 comes with a compact multi-functional instrumentation with an analogue-style tachometer that features a gear position indicator at its centre and sits atop a multi-function LCD screen.
It’s available in two colours – Lime Green and Titanium.
2017 Kawasaki Z900
The Z900 is powered by a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, four-stroke in-line four 948cc engine which generates 123hp and 99Nm peak torque, paired with a six-speed transmission.
One of the key components to the Z900’s light weight is the all-new trellis frame that weighs only 13.5kg, contributing significantly to the bike’s light and nimble handling.
Its front stopping power consists of dual 300mm disc brakes together with four piston calipers with resin brake pads while a 250mm petal disc brake provides stopping power at the rear, and it’s equipped with a compact and lightweight Nissin motorcycle ABS unit.
This model is equipped with a 41mm inverted front fork that features a stepless rebound damping and spring preload adjustability in the left fork tube, with adjusters conveniently located on the fork top cap.
A horizontal back-link rear suspension positions the shock unit and linkage above the swingarm, contributing to mass centralisation while ensuring the suspension is located far enough from the exhaust that operation is not affected by the heat.
The clutch also uses an assist cam and slipper cam that offers two different functions.
The new look multi-function display features an analogue-style tachometer which displays gear position on the LCD screen and offers three selectable display modes for riders to tune their instrumentation to suit their preference.
The tachometer also doubles up as a shift indicator, flashing at the set rpm.
The Z900 is available in Gray while the Special Edition comes in Blue.
The Special Edition is equipped with accessories such as special graphics, single seat cover, meter cover, DC outlet, radiator screen, sliders, engine cover rings, front axle sliders, tank pad and knee pads.