Kawasaki KZ650F

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The Kawasaki KZ650-F1 was a cross between a C and a B model. It featured Alloy wheels; a drum rear brake instead of disc brakes.

1980 KZ650-F1

1980 Kawasaki KZ650-F1

  • 650 cc
  • Four-stroke, 4 Cylinder
  • Dual Over Head Camshaft
  • 5-Speed, Return Shift
  • Max. Horsepower:
  • 65 HP @ 8,500 rpm
  • (U) 62 HP @ 8,000 rpm
  • Spark Plug: NGK B7ES,
  • MD W22ES-U, or
  • Tire Size
  • Front: 3.25H-19 4PR,
  • or ML90-19 B2
  • Rear: 4.00H-18 4PR,
  • or MN90-18 B4
  • Color
  • Fuel Tank: Luminous Dark Blue, Candy Persimmon Red (except (L)), Candy Emerald Green {except (U))
  • Front Fender: Chrome
  • Engine No.: KZ650BE114501 --
  • Frame No.: KZ650F-000001-
  • Parts Catalogue No.: (U) 99910-1074-02, (E) 99910-1099-01, (G) 99910-1100-01
  • Service Manual No.: 99924-1007-03
  • Owner's Manual No.: (U) 99920-1090-01, (E)(G) 99922-1050-02, (S) 99923-1042-01, (F) 99923-1035-01
  • Remarks: Minor modification of KZ650B. Front single disc and rear drum brakes, cast wheels, automatic cam chain tensioner.

The F1 was basically a cross between a C and a B model. It had the alloy wheels but kept the drum brake at the rear instead of a disk. It was offered in three colours, blue, red or green.

1981 KZ650-F2

1981 Kawasaki KZ650-F2

  • Color
  • Fuel Tank: Luminous Ruby Red, Candy Light Green, Luminous Navy Blue
  • Front Fender: Chrome
  • Engine No.: KZ650BE124001 -
  • Frame No.: KZ650F-007201 -
  • Parts Catalague No.:
  • (G) 99910-1174-01 plus 99910-1174-50R,
  • (E) 99910-1181-01
  • Service Manual No.: 99924-1028-01
  • Owner's Manual No.: 99922-1121-02
  • Major Changes: Color & graphic, front dual disc brakes, transistorized ignition system. Kickstarter is discontinued.

This year model featured many major changes, using parts from the new KZ750. Electronic ignition, black motor, new clocks, and no kickstart. This was the last year of the F model in the US.

The F2 was much modified over the F1 model. It incorporated many of the larger Z750E parts. The motor was now finished in black and used CDI ignition instead of points. The front end from the 750E was grafted on meaning a change to the brakes, front wheel and clocks. It was offered in three colours, red, green or blue. The kick-starter pedal and shaft was removed from the engine just like the Z750E. A passenger grab rail was also fitted.

1982 KZ650-F3

Featured new carbs and airbox from the KZ750E/L models. There was one major change for 1982, CV carbs were fitted. The larger 32mm carbs also needed the air box assembly from the Z750E/L models. The F3 was offered in two colours, ebony or passion red. The front fender was now also painted to match the rest of the bodywork.

1983 Kawasaki Z650-F4

Starting Frame Number: KZ650F-014301 This was the last of the 650 models, Kawasaki was now concentrating on the GPZ range and there was no place for this previous best seller. The F4 was offered in two colours, galaxy silver or candy wine red. The outer engine cases were similar to the Z750L model.

There was also a Z650H model, not available in the UK. This was a 'CSR' model with chopper styling.