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cabanza

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The 50th anniversary edition looks nice...

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Started riding bikes in the 70's and the KZ650 was cool looking. The new z650 looks great; but, the twin cylinder engine just looks small for me. Has anyone heard this bike running yet? Is it what you expect from a Z?
 

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Started riding bikes in the 70's and the KZ650 was cool looking. The new z650 looks great; but, the twin cylinder engine just looks small for me. Has anyone heard this bike running yet? Is it what you expect from a Z?
I saw one of these in person a couple of weeks ago and had a chance to sit on one. I really liked this bike based on pictures but it is just less impressive in person and it didn't feel that great sitting on it. It felt a little cramped. Maybe I would feel different if I had a chance to ride one.

As for the engine, it's basically the same engine as the one in my Versys. It's a great engine, very torquey and smooth. The Z is a bit lighter than the Versys so performance should be pretty good.
 

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I saw one of these in person a couple of weeks ago and had a chance to sit on one. I really liked this bike based on pictures but it is just less impressive in person and it didn't feel that great sitting on it. It felt a little cramped. Maybe I would feel different if I had a chance to ride one.

As for the engine, it's basically the same engine as the one in my Versys. It's a great engine, very torquey and smooth. The Z is a bit lighter than the Versys so performance should be pretty good.

Right Win, you're on point. I like the engine, just maybe not a preference in this application. A few months ago I was at a Cool Springs dealer when a customer was picking-up his new Z650. I thought what a feeling for him. Then, I heard the engine running and felt an instant disconnect. A disconnect from my experience. His experience no doubt will be awesome.

Btw, I really like the Versys 650; but with my AT, there's not much chance of a swap.
 

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