As expected, one of the new Japanese colours is coming here, but it’s bad news if you were a fan of the banana-yellow paintwork that will hit the Japanese market. That colour isn’t headed for these shores.
We do get the black-and-green 2018 machine, as well as two other paint schemes. One is a traditional Kawasaki green, which was actually offered as part of the 2017 colour options in Japan. There’s also a rather military ‘metallic matte covert green’ colour option being added to the range.
The Z650 will also be sold in ‘Performance’ guise, with a gel tank pad, pillion seat cover and Akrapovič silencer.
New colours have also been revealed for the Ninja 650. The 2018 model will come in grey-and-black or blue-and-black (pictured above). More important, perhaps, is the addition of a Ninja 650 ‘tourer’ version, with engine guards, a gel tank pad and kneed pads, a high windshield and soft panniers as standard. There’s also a ‘performance’ model, as on the Z650, which gets a smoked screen, body coloured pillion seat cover and an Akrapovič silencer.