Kawasaki is bringing its new Z500 to the US. It appears to be the same machine that we told you about at EICMA. But now we have more details about the new machine. It’s very similar to the Ninja Z500, except the Z500 is the less focused and comfortable naked version.

So, if you want to know the finer details of the naked Z500, head over to our story on the 2024 Ninja Z500. If you need a little incentive to find out more, Kawasaki lists the Z500’s key features as follows:

  • A larger engine boosts performance
  • Engine is powerful yet has smooth, predictable response
  • Assist and slipper clutch has light pull and wide engagement range for easy use
  • large front brake of superb stopping power
  • Low seat design helps improve reach to the ground
  • New bodywork reflects the Kawasaki Sugami styling heritage

That’s not a lot of specific information, but Team Green did release some of the machine’s mechanical specs. And as we told you above, they are pretty much the same as those found on the 2024 Ninja Z500. As with the Ninja 500, there’s also a Z500 SE version with add-on options.

In the interim, here’s a breakout of the mechanical specs which match the Ninja 500’s:

Z 500

Kawasaki’s published specs for the 2024 Z500. Image: Kawasaki

There are some significant changes to the bike’s engine, chassis components, and tech, so once again, we suggest you check out the story on the Ninja 500 and Ninja 500 SE for complete details.

Pricing And Availability

The Z500 ABS has an MSRP of $5,599, while the Z500 SE carries a $6,299 price tag. Both machines are available now.

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