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Less im­pos­ing than Kawasaki’s big­ger Z fours and lack­ing the fe­roc­ity of the com­pany’s two-stroke triples, the Z650 scores on ev­ery­day prac­ti­cal­ity. Re­li­able and af­ford­able, with styling that is more pretty than ag­gres­sive, it of­fers 50mpg and strong per­for­mance within le­gal lim­its. Ja­son Shearer of Kawasaki Heaven spe­cialises in sell­ing used Z650 parts and com­plete ma­chines. “These en­gines are pretty much bul­let­proof,” he says. “Cam chain ten­sion is im­por­tant and if any­thing does go wrong it is likely to be the starter clutch and gear which costs £400-plus to fix. Clutch rat­tle is stan­dard and not a sign of trou­ble. The most pop­u­lar mod­i­fi­ca­tion is re­plac­ing the points with elec­tronic ig­ni­tion.”

A daily rider can be had for around £3000; a Z650 in ex­cep­tional con­di­tion will fetch over £6000.

A good Z650 makes a safe bet as an ev­ery­day rideable clas­sic

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