It has been five decades since the legendary Kawasaki Z1 broke into the motorcycling scene and changed the game forever! There were umpteen reasons why the Z1 was a revolutionary product. Take this for instance: it is renowned for being the first large-capacity Japanese four-cylinder motorcycle to utilize the DOHC configuration on a production motorcycle. Kawasaki didn’t lose track of time and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the elusive Z1, it recently unveiled special 50th Anniversary edition units of its Z series motorcycles.

And now, the Japanese marque has launched the Z650 RS 50th Anniversary edition in India at INR 6.79 Lakh (ex-showroom).

The extra moolah will get you some complimentary exclusivity because it will be available in limited numbers. So if you wish to include this limited-edition retro roadster in your garage, we suggest that you call up your bank and rush to your nearest Kawasaki dealership!

Paying homage to the Z1 of the years gone by, the Z650 RS Anniversary Edition comes draped in a special ‘Firecracker Red’ paint scheme. The hues might be miles away from Kawasaki’s signature sinister green but it does make the Z650 RS look even more retro and desirable. The spoke-style cast wheels have retained their golden shade and we aren’t complaining. Apart from these cosmetic changes, the Z650 RS Anniversary Edition also benefits from a ‘Z 50th’ logo embossed on the tank and a textured leather seat with contrast color stitching.

Changes are purely aesthetic as the Z650 RS retains its mechanicals. Powering this retro roadster is the same 649cc parallel-twin engine as the standard Z650. This versatile motor puts down 68hp at 8,000rpm and 64Nm at 6,700rpm. Z650 RS’ trellis frame is suspended on a 41mm telescopic fork and preload-adjustable monoshock. The braking department is looked after by twin 300mm discs up front and a single 220mm disc at the rear.

Compared to the standard variant of the Z650 RS, the Anniversary Edition is only INR 7,000 more expensive. If shelling that extra bit is getting you a piece of automotive history, it is hard to ignore the deal!