To celebrate its 50th anniversary of the Z series motorcycles, Kawasaki has released special 50th anniversary edition motorcycles. In a special paint scheme intended to commemorate the introduction of the Kawasaki Z1 in 1972, Kawasaki draped the Z650, Z900, Z650 RS and Z900 RS as part of the Kawasaki Z1 homage.
On the 50th Anniversary Edition motorcycles, the paint job that adorns the Z650 and Z900 is called Firecracker red. On these bikes, the bodywork and wheels are predominantly red, while black and white stripes run their length. Among the things that can be seen on the bike is a gold Kawasaki and Z logo on the tank and a 50th anniversary badge attached to the tank.
In addition to the two-tone Candy Diamond brown paint, gold wheels and a passenger grab bar, the Kawasaki Z650 RS and Z900 RS include a passenger grab bar as standard. The tanks of these bikes also carry the 50th anniversary logo.
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Apart from these aesthetic differences, the Z650, Z900, Z650RS and Z900RS can be considered mechanically identical to the standard models.
The Z650 and Z650RS are both powered by a parallel 649 cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke engine, which generates 64 Nm of torque at 6,700 rpm and 68 PS of power at 8,000 rpm.
The Z900 and Z900rs also use the same liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 948cc inline-four engine, but have different performance. The Z900 develops 123 Bhp of power and 98 Nm of torque while the retro-looking Z900RS develops 109 Bhp of power and 98 Nm of torque.
Kawasaki is expected to launch a few of these 50th anniversary motorcycles in India, although no official word has yet been given.