The Kawasaki KZ650, known as the Z650 in many markets, is one of our favorite custom platforms. Sometimes known as the “Son of the Z1,” the bike had a quick-revving inline four with middleweight punch, offering 62 horsepower and a top speed of 115 mph. Here are some of our favorite KZ650 cafe racer builds.
Turbocharged Kawasaki KZ650 - We spotted this incredible 830cc, turbocharged Kawasaki KZ650 at The Handbuilt Show in Austin, Texas. Come to find out, it was built by Ezio Covelli of Magnum Opus Custom Bikes in our hometown of Wilmington, […]
Kawasaki Z650 Custom by Wrench Kings - Bram and the boys from Bilthoven, The Netherlands, are back with another incredible build. This time the base bike is one of our favorite models: the Kawasaki Z650, better known as the KZ650 in North […]
Kawasaki KZ650 Cafe Racer by Toby Jones - Here at BikeBound, we’re always on the look out for KZ650 customs. These “Sons of the Z1” always surprise with their rev-happy motors and eagerness to lie flat in the corners. Rick Brown, who runs […]
Kawasaki KZ650 Cafe Racer by Jon Arfsten - The Kawasaki KZ650 is one of our favorite vintage bikes. Sometimes known as the “Son of the Z1,” this middleweight UJM offered a 61-hp inline four, solid handling, and loads of potential from a customization […]
Kawasaki KZ650 Brat by Kaspeed - If you follow the blog, you know we are big fans of the Kawasaki KZ650. The Honda CB series of the era may get more love and attention, but this “Son of the Z1” […]