Fans of Kawasaki’s current and former Z family will want to set aside some cash in 2022 because four 50th anniversary models will soon be available. The Z900 and Z650 sport a Firecracker Red color scheme which honors the look of the 1981 Z1100GP while the Z900RS and Z650RS will come in a Fireball colorway that pays homage to the 1972 Z1. These streetbikes will be in limited production and each will come with a special coffee-table book that celebrates Kawasaki’s 50 years of Z.
The Firecracker Red scheme includes a signature ‘80s-era red on the tank, bodywork, and wheels complemented by dark blue, silver, and gloss black. There will be gold-finished Z emblems and Kawasaki logos along with a commemorative 50th Anniversary badge on the front fender. The Z900 will also come equipped with gold fork tubes. The 50th Anniversary edition Z900 will be priced at $9,499 while the Z650 rings in at $8,299.
On the retro-styled RS models, the Fireball colorway honors the original Z1. Kawasaki used a premium layering technique during paint application to give the red a deep, glossy look. The frames are in gloss black while gold wheels provide a nice accent to the visual package.
These bikes will come with a “Double Overhead Camshaft” side cover like the Z1 along with a 50th Anniversary tank logo. Both machines also get updated seat material with color stitching and chrome grab bars. The Z900RS in 50th Anniversary trim will start at $12,049 while the Z650RS will be priced at $9,249.