Time for a bit of nostalgia. This Kawasaki was the first bike our publisher ever did 100 mph on. And that was with a passenger!
The 650s were made between 1976 and 1983, and its 652 cc engine featured a double overhead camshaft with two valves per cylinder, and a five speed gear box. With a dry weight of only 465 lbs, this mid-sized bike could kick out 64 bhp (48 kW) and a top speed of nearly 120 mph (190 km/h). Often referred to as the ‘Son of Z1’, the 650 had the agility of a 500 and the performance of a 750. Many considered it to be the best Kawasaki up to that point.
They don’t show up for sale very often. We found a 1979 on eBay for $2100, but it had been modified with a big bore kit and non-OEM exhaust. But given the workmanship on these bikes when new, a bike in decent shape could still be a daily ride with little effort.