Kawasaki debuts 50th Anniversary models for Z650, Z650 RS, Z900, Z900 RS

The 2022 Kawasaki Z900 RS 50th Anniversary edition. Photo: Kawasaki

It’s been five decades since Kawasaki introduced the big Z1, the 903 cc four-cylinder that truly put the “super” into the term “superbike.” And now, to celebrate that half-century of performance, Kawi is bringing out 50th-anniversary models of some of its most popular naked bikes.

Starting in February, Kawasaki has 50 of these machines available in Canada. The only difference between these bikes and a standard Z is the custom finish, but with only a few dozen circulating in-country, your machine is guaranteed to be unique. More details in Kawi’s presser below:

Press release:


In 1972, Kawasaki Motors introduced a new era of performance motorcycles with the Z1, a model that set an important milestone for the company and for the industry.

With its impressive 903cc inline-four, the Kawasaki Z1 not only became the most powerful Japanese bike of its era, but also created a new standard for the brand’s future performance models.

Five decades later, the Z family remains a staple of the Kawasaki line up and is now more diversified than ever. 2022 marks the series’ 50th anniversary and Kawasaki is celebrating the special jubilee with an equally special limited-edition collection.

50th Anniversary Z650 and Z900 Features:

MSRP: 50th Anniversary Z650: $9,599, 50th Anniversary Z900: $11,499

– Striking Firecracker Red paint
– Body-matching red cast wheels with silver pinstripe accent
– Glossy black frame- 50th Anniversary commemorative badging
– Special seat design

50th Anniversary Z650RS and Z900RS Features:

MSRP: 50th Anniversary Z650RS: $10,499, 50th Anniversary Z900RS: $14,299

– Elegant two-tone Candy Diamond Brown livery

– Gold cast wheels- Side covers with “DOHC” emblem inspired by the original Z1

– Standard grab bar- 50th Anniversary commemorative badging

– Special seat design

Only 50 units of each model will be available in Canada. Arrival at Kawasaki dealers across Canada starts February 2022.

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