Kawasaki tie-in gets serious with new 650 road­ster

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Ben Purvis

Kymco and Kawasaki have al­ready been in ca­hoots to cre­ate Kawasaki’s first attack on the scooter mar­ket with the J300 and J125 – and now Kawasaki are re­pay­ing the favour by help­ing Kymco take a shot at build­ing full-size bikes.

Kawasaki’s J300 and J125 scoot­ers are based heav­ily on Kymco’s Down­town 300i and 125i mod­els, and it looks like Kymco’s first big bike will be just as re­liant on an ex­ist­ing model – the Kawasaki ER-6N.

The Tai­wanese firm’s mo­tor­cy­cle range cur­rently tops out at 250cc with the Venox 250i cruiser. In com­par­i­son its scoot­ers are far more ad­vanced, stretch­ing all the way to the 700cc My­road. The patent draw­ings you see here show how the com­pany will ex­pand its bike line-up to 650cc.

It’s clear that the engine and even the ex­haust sys­tem are straight from Kawasaki’s ER-6N, assuring that the bike passes emis­sion laws. The swingarm also ap­pears iden­ti­cal to the Er-6n’s.

The frame is a trel­lis-style de­sign in­stead of the ER-6’S par­al­lel-tube. It ap­pears to have sim­i­lar ge­om­e­try to the Kawasaki’s but the Kymco’s sus­pen­sion is more so­phis­ti­cated with an in­verted fork, while the brakes are ra­dial-mounted four-pots.

An­gu­lar styling and a nose with dis­tinc­tive wing-shaped head­lights set it aside from the ER-6N, too, and the Kymco’s wheels are more heav­ily styled than the Kawasaki’s.

In terms of per­for­mance, the engine is pre­sum­ably mak­ing the same 72bhp at 8500rpm as Kawasaki’s ver­sion, with 47ftlb of torque at 7000rpm. Im­por­tantly, it will also be easy to re­strict it to an A2-li­cence­friendly 47bhp.

There’s no of­fi­cial word on the bike yet, so it’s not clear how widely it will be sold, but these patents have been filed in Europe, sug­gest­ing it’s likely to come here.

‘The Kymco’s sus­pen­sion is more so­phis­ti­cated with an in­verted fork’

Patent sketch shows an­gu­lar styling and four-pot brakes

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