The technology of the Kawasaki Z 650 RS is manageable. In addition to a normal ABS, there are no technical driving aids. That doesn't bother us much, especially on a retro bike, mobile phone connectivity, GoPro control, keyless go and wheelie control have no place in our opinion. A traction control might have been quite nice for safety reasons, but that is also missing here.
On the other hand, the two analogue round instruments for speed and rpm immediately catch the eye. In between, Kawasaki positions an inverted LC display with on-board computer, gear indicator and fuel indicator. Very nice, only the most necessary, nothing that would distract you while cruising. The operation of the machine is correspondingly simple, you have the bike under control after one minute.
Well done is the lighting system of the Z650RS. All lights including the turn signals enjoy the modern LED technology, but optically both the round headlight and the rear light come in classic optics.