Kawasaki Z650 2020 vs. Yamaha MT-07 2020

Kawasaki Z650 2020

Kawasaki Z650 2020

Yamaha MT-07 2020

Yamaha MT-07 2020


Overview - Kawasaki Z650 2020 vs Yamaha MT-07 2020

When comparing the Kawasaki Z650 2020 and the Yamaha MT-07 2020, it is clear that both bikes belong to the naked bike category and have similar technical specifications. Both models feature an inline engine with two cylinders and liquid cooling, providing a smooth and efficient performance. However, there are some notable differences between the two.

In terms of engine power, the Yamaha MT-07 2020 takes the lead with 75 HP, while the Kawasaki Z650 2020 offers 68.2 HP. This gives the Yamaha a slight advantage in terms of acceleration and top speed. However, the Kawasaki Z650 2020 compensates for this with its torque output, providing 65.7 Nm compared to the Yamaha's 68 Nm. This means that the Kawasaki may offer better low-end power and responsiveness.

When it comes to the chassis and suspension, both bikes feature a steel frame and telescopic fork front suspension, ensuring stability and control during rides. The Yamaha MT-07 2020, however, is praised for its well-done chassis set-up, which enhances the overall riding experience. On the other hand, the Kawasaki Z650 2020 is known for its compact dimensions and low seat height, making it more suitable for riders of all sizes.

Kawasaki Z650 2020

Kawasaki Z650 2020

In terms of braking, both models are equipped with double disk front brakes, providing reliable stopping power. However, some riders have reported that the front brake pressure point on the Kawasaki Z650 2020 could be improved. This is an area where the Yamaha MT-07 2020 may have an advantage.

When it comes to design and aesthetics, the Kawasaki Z650 2020 has a grown-up look, appealing to riders who prefer a more mature style. On the other hand, the Yamaha MT-07 2020 has been criticized for its optics and fittings, which some riders feel look a bit dull or outdated. However, both models offer a wide selection of accessories, allowing riders to customize and personalize their bikes.

Yamaha MT-07 2020

Yamaha MT-07 2020

In terms of practicality, the Kawasaki Z650 2020 offers a TFT display with connectivity, allowing riders to easily access information and connect their devices. However, the Yamaha MT-07 2020 is praised for its pleasant seating position, making it comfortable for longer rides.

When considering the price-performance ratio, the Yamaha MT-07 2020 is often regarded as a good value for money option. It offers a high-torque two-cylinder engine, a well-done chassis set-up, and an overall easy-to-ride experience. The Kawasaki Z650 2020, while slightly more expensive, offers a powerful engine and a stable chassis.

In conclusion, both the Kawasaki Z650 2020 and the Yamaha MT-07 2020 have their strengths and weaknesses. The Kawasaki offers a powerful engine and a compact design, while the Yamaha provides a well-balanced chassis and a pleasant riding experience. Ultimately, the choice between the two will depend on the rider's preferences and priorities.

Technical Specifications Kawasaki Z650 2020 compared to Yamaha MT-07 2020

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Engine and Drive Train

Engine typeEngine typeIn lineEngine typeIn line
BoreBore83 mmBore80 mm
StrokeStroke60 mmStroke68.6 mm
Engine powerEngine power68.2 HPEngine power75 HP
Rpm at Max. PowerRpm at Max. Power8000 rpmRpm at Max. Power9000 rpm
TorqueTorque65.7 NmTorque68 Nm
Rpm at TorqueRpm at Torque7000 rpmRpm at Torque6500 rpm
Compression RatioCompression Ratio10.8 Compression Ratio11.5
Clutch TypeClutch TypeMultiplate in oil-bathClutch TypeMultiplate in oil-bath
Number of gearsNumber of gears6Number of gears6
Valves per cylinderValves per cylinder4Valves per cylinder4
DisplacementDisplacement649 ccmDisplacement689 ccm

Suspension Front

Front suspensionFront suspensionTelescopic forkFront suspensionTelescopic fork



Brakes Front

TypeTypeDouble diskTypeDouble disk

Brakes Rear


Dimensions and Weights

Front tyre widthFront tyre width120 mmFront tyre width120 mm
Front tyre heightFront tyre height70 %Front tyre height70 %
Front tyre diameterFront tyre diameter17 inchFront tyre diameter17 inch
Rear tyre widthRear tyre width160 mmRear tyre width180 mm
Rear tyre heightRear tyre height60 %Rear tyre height55 %
Rear tyre diameterRear tyre diameter17 inchRear tyre diameter17 inch
LengthLength2055 mmLength2085 mm
WheelbaseWheelbase1410 mmWheelbase1400 mm
Seat HeightSeat Height790 mmSeat Height805 mm
Kerb WeightKerb Weight185 kgKerb Weight179 kg
Kerb Weight (with ABS)Kerb Weight (with ABS)187.1 kgKerb Weight (with ABS)182 kg
Fuel Tank CapacityFuel Tank Capacity15 lFuel Tank Capacity14 l
License compliancyLicense compliancyALicense compliancyA

Pros and Cons in comparison

Pros and Cons in comparison

Kawasaki Z650 2020

Kawasaki Z650 2020

It's simply marvellous what Kawasaki has put together in a complete package with the new Z650. The technical components may not knock your socks off individually, but in combination they make for a pleasantly neutral motorbike that everyone will enjoy. No bitchy idiosyncrasies - simply a naked bike that works really well on winding country roads. Of course, the TFT display, which we don't find in the competition at the moment, is a plus, as is the grown-up look, which is strongly oriented towards the larger Z models. Only the pressure point of the front brake could have been more clearly defined - but you can't have everything in this price range.

powerful two-cylinder engine

aggressive intake noise

compact dimensions

low seat height

stable chassis

TFT display with connectivity

grown-up look

Front brake pressure point

probably uncomfortable for tall riders

Rideology Appn och not 100% sophisticated.

Yamaha MT-07 2020

Yamaha MT-07 2020

The MT-07 is a wonderful fun machine that is extremely sporty to ride. The brakes pack a punch and the engine is currently by far the most agile powerplant in this class - and perhaps even above. The light handling fits in perfectly and the chassis makes the understandable compromise between comfort and sport - reminding us that the affordable MT-07 should also have a lot to offer beginners. Only the design with halogen headlights and conventional forks is rather old-fashioned.

High-torque two-cylinder

well-done chassis set-up

easy to ride

pleasant seating position

large selection of accessories

price-performance ratio is right

Optics and fittings already look grey

controls on the handlebars a little cheap

Price Comparison Avarage Market Price Kawasaki Z650 vs Yamaha MT-07

There are a few key differences between a Kawasaki Z650 2020 and a Yamaha MT-07 2020. In terms of price, the actual average price of a Yamaha MT-07 2020 is about 8% higher. A Kawasaki Z650 2020 experiences a loss of 30 USD in one year of ownership. This is offset by a loss of 40 USD for a Yamaha MT-07 2020. Compared to Yamaha MT-07 2020 there are more Kawasaki Z650 2020 bikes available on the 1000PS.de Marketplace, specifically 26 compared to 23. It takes less time to sell a Yamaha MT-07 with 70 days compared to 80 days for the Kawasaki Z650. Since model year 2017 1000PS.de editors have written 31 reviews for the Kawasaki Z650 and 69 reviews for the Yamaha MT-07 since model year 2013. The first review for the Kawasaki Z650 was published on 11/8/2016 and now has more than 24,900 views. This compares to more than 12,500 views for the first review on Yamaha MT-07 published on 11/4/2013.

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