2022 Kawasaki Z650 50th Anniversary Edition First Look [Two Models]

Kawasaki is in full Z celebration mode. First, I showed you the 50th anniversary models of the 2022 Kawasaki Z900 and Z900RS. Since the original Z1 was a 903cc in-line 4-cylinder, these were natural selections for recognizing the Z’s 50 years. Kawasaki is currently expanding the 50th Anniversary series to the parallel 2-cylinder Z650 and Z650RS. The 2022 Kawasaki Z650 and Z650RS 50th Anniversary Editions have a premium of only $ 250, so let’s see what you can get with the silver platter.

2022 Kawasaki Z650RS is a new model of this year, And explained all the differences between the RS and the standard Z650. Therefore, we will focus on the various takes of the 50th anniversary model.

The standard Z650 is definitely not a retro look, but a completely modern design. The 50th Anniversary Edition is a cosmetic makeover. Firecracker’s red paint and plastic lead in contrast to the shiny black frame and special seat covers. It has silver and dark blue highlights along the top of the bike, and red wheels with silver pinstripes. In addition, on the 50th anniversary of the Z650, the front fender has a gold touch of the Z emblem, Kawasaki logo, and Z50 anniversary logo.

I tested the Kawasaki Z650

The 2022 Kawasaki Z650RS 50th Anniversary shows off layered candy diamond brown paint with a unique 1972 style fireball paint scheme set in a shiny black frame. The side cover has a unique 650 logo underlined with a double overhead camshaft. It was reviewed in 1972. Other nice touches include a unique seat cover with matching stitches, as well as a chrome grab bar for passengers. Finally, the tank gets the Z50th Anniversary Tank logo.

2022 Kawasaki Z650 (and Z650RS) 50th Anniversary Specs


  • Type: Parallel 2-cylinder
  • Displacement: 649cc
  • Bore x Stroke: 83 x 60mm
  • Maximum torque: 49 ft-lbs @ 6500 rpm
  • Compression ratio: 10.8: 1
  • Valvetrain: DOHC; 4vpc
  • Refueling: 36mm EFI with Keihin throttle body
  • Transmission: 6-speed (with positive neutral viewfinder)
  • Final drive: Sealed chain


  • Frame: Steel Trellis
  • Front suspension; Travel: Non-adjustable 41mm fork. 4.9 inches
  • Rear suspension; Travel: Spring preload Adjustable horizontal shock. 5.1 inch
  • Wheels: cast spoke style
  • Tires: Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2
  • Front tires: 120/70 x 17
  • Rear tire: 160/60 x 17
  • Front brake: 300mm petal type rotor with 2-piston caliper
  • Rear brake: 220mm petal style disc with single piston caliper
  • ABS: Bosch 9.1M

Dimensions and capacity

  • Wheelbase: 55.5 inches (Z650RS: 55.3 inches)
  • Rake: 24.0 degrees
  • Trail: 3.9 inches
  • Seat height: 30.9 inches (Z650RS: 31.5 inches)
  • Fuel capacity: 4.0 gallons
  • Curb weight: 412 lbs (Z650RS: 410 lbs)


  • 2022 Kawasaki Z650 50th Anniversary: ​​Fire Cracker Red
  • 2022 Kawasaki Z650RS 50th Anniversary: ​​Candy Diamond Brown


2022 Kawasaki Z650 50th Anniversary: ​​Suggested retail price of $ 8299
2022 Kawasaki Z650RS 50th Anniversary Price: $ 9249 Suggested Retail Price

2022 Kawasaki Z650 and Z650RS 50th Anniversary Edition Photo Gallery 2022 Kawasaki Z650 50th Anniversary Edition First Look [Two Models]

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