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    Default Re: Z650 one of the bucket list !

    Belated congrats!
    Ride safe!

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    Default Re: Z650 one of the bucket list !

    Quote Originally Posted by Ak1765 View Post
    A few updates :

    Pillion comfort : I knew this bike is not made with pillion comfort in mind..but I still thought that i should give it a shot. Two things were immediately apparent as soon as my wife sat behind me.. first is that GC is compromised and then even regular speedbreakers are an issue.

    Secondly the seat and the angle of it is quite uncomfortable and my wife complained of soreness and discomfort within 30 mins of riding .. so this bike is seriously not recommended for people who intend to ride two up..

    First short trip out of the city !

    I went for a short impromptu ride to Lonavala last weekend and it was absolutely amazing ! It sucked that I had to control my wrist to keep it under 4000 rpm .. the bike is extremely torquey and loves to pounce .. I had to keep my trigger happy wrist in check all the time ! Also none of the speedbreakers posed a problem for me so yay !

    The one thing that definitely caught me by surprise was how comfortable the journey was. I have always been used to the thunderbird and genuinely believed that it was one of the more comfortable bikes you could ride. In fact even on my trips to lonavala which is around 100 Kms from Mumbai I usually took one break but on my Z there was no need no stop at all ... It felt more comfortable than my Thunderbird ������..

    I was also quite impressed with the mileage. The bike returned a mileage of 25kmpl. I am yet to get my bike serviced so I see this number going up post my first service.

    My first service is due end of this month so will update once that is done

    Congratulations on your new bike and on the topic of pillion comfort, have to say this is where the Er6n trumps on the Z650 as the pillion seat is as comfortable as the rider's and my pillion has felt comfortable on all the rides we have done, but when it comes to uneven road humps, the exhaust scraping is a huge issue, so this time I have actually upped the rear suspension to 1 level harder than the stock setting as it won't be too bouncy on single rides and won't scrape all road humps when riding with a pillion.....
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    Default Re: Z650 one of the bucket list !

    Hi Friends,

    Can we change this thread name to Kawasaki Z650 ownership thread so we could get more owners joining and sharing their experiences.

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    This picture was taken during a 400 kms ride accompanied by my son. The ride through ECR was fantastic.

    Sam

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzysaravana View Post
    Congratulations and wishing you thousands of happy miles.

    Z650 indeed is a pocket rocket like the Duke 390 and offers a similar supreme VFM and price to horsepower advantage. It's really hard not to recommend this to someone looking for a naked street machine.

    The Kawasaki 650cc motorcycles are also the most safe, usable and efficient platform for our Indian roads.

    Also, I love the stealthy appeal of the Z650 when I saw one in the parking lot of a mall, no one stared at while it slips under the radar like a FZ or Gixxer. This is a rare feature in a 650cc machine which is useful at times on our roads.

    I'm not sure why the recent fascination with many manufacturers to come up with the India unfriendly "130mm" ground clearance. The new Street Twin-Triple, Ninja 650-1000, z650-900, etc have this clearance issue. It's a bit annoying to slow down almost to a halt before going over speed humps. One my friend's own the Street Twin and this issue is manageable with a rider, but with pillion its an absolute no. It not only scrapes but hits bumps with a strong thud.

    So if pillion comfort is important and clearance issues are to be avoided, the Versys 650 is still the King in this aspect.

    But for solo riders, the Z650 being almost Rs.2 lakhs less than Versys, makes you forget all worries when you open the throttle!

    PS- If you don't mind, I'd like to know your height and weight, and how you feel the stock seat suits you.

    Cheers!
    Have you looked at properly setting the preload when two up on the rear suspension? Or is it still a problem even after adjusting the preload?

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    Hi, I am not sure if this is the right place to post my query but here goes

    I have booked a z650 few days back in Bengaluru and i came to know that the motorcycle is still the 17' model with 18' manufacturing date and not the 18' model as shown in IKM website. I would like to know if there are any owners of z650 here who can clarify on this or maybe even shed some light as to whether it is advisable to go ahead with the booking ? Please help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preson View Post
    Hi, I am not sure if this is the right place to post my query but here goes

    I have booked a z650 few days back in Bengaluru and i came to know that the motorcycle is still the 17' model lp.
    I took delivery on 11th May, my bike was 2018 January manufactured. So nothing is changed for Z650, although N650 has new 2018 KRT edition and blue colour.

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    Default Re: Z650 one of the bucket list !

    Quote Originally Posted by Chandan92 View Post
    I took delivery on 11th May, my bike was 2018 January manufactured. So nothing is changed for Z650, although N650 has new 2018 KRT edition and blue colour.
    Thanks Chandan92.

    Is there anything specific i should look for during the PDI ? Any details about your delivery experience will be useful. Thanks again.

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