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Kawasaki Z650 and Versys 1000


The changes in the 2021 Z650 are limited to the paint theme. The middleweig­ht roadster continues to use Metallic Spark Black but the new model-year motorcycle sports fluorescen­t green colour highlights on the wheel rims. Priced at Rs 6.04 lakh (ex-showroom), it remains true to the Z “sugomi” design and retains the full LED headlamp, LED tail-light, and underbelly exhaust, along with a Bluetoothe­nabled 4.3-inch colour TFT display that syncs with the official RIDEOLOGY app. Mechanical­ly, the 2021 model continues to employ the BS6/ Euro5-compliant, 649-cc parallel twin, liquidcool­ed engine. Mated to a six-speed gearbox, the motor produces 68 hp at 8,000 rpm and 64 Nm at 6,700 rpm.

Along with the “Z”, the Japanese brand also introduced the MY21 Versys 1000, priced at Rs 11.19 lakh (ex-showroom). This makes it about Rs 20,000 more expensive than the old model it replaces. There’s just one colour option available right now — Candy Lime Green with Metallic Spark Black.

The adventure bike continues to come powered by a 1,043-cc, in-line-four that produces 120 hp of power and 102 Nm of peak torque and comes with a six-speed ’box and a slipper clutch. Kawasaki have also equipped the Versys 1000 with features such as a fiveaxis Bosch IMU system, cruise control, two power modes, cornering ABS, traction control, and three riding modes. Moreover, the tall windscreen gets automatic adjustabil­ity.

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