CFMoto 650NK vs Kawasaki Z650: On Paper Specs Comparison of Rivals

CFMoto 650NK is a proper naked streetfighter from the Chinese bike maker. Here in India, it is launched with three of its siblings, two out of these are 650cc bikes while the remaining one is a 300cc sport-naked motorcycle. The price tag for the bike in question stands at INR 3.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Considering price and specifications of the CFMoto 650NK, the motorcycle seeks competition with the likes of the Kawasaki Z650. Here in this post, we are going to compare both the 650cc bikes to find out the winner based on on-paper specs.


In terms of body language, both the bikes the CFMoto 650NK and the Z650 follows a proper naked sports design with aggressive front and the narrower tail sections. The motorcycle’s major underpinnings the engine and the chassis are pretty evident from the body language they wear.

At the fascia, the Kawasaki Z650 is featured with a typical halogen multi-reflector headlamp while the CFMoto 650NK, on the other hand, is equipped with an advanced headlamp setup comprising an LED projector for the low beam and a multi-reflector LED for high beam. The instrument cluster on the Kawasaki Z650 is a negative LCD unit while the 650NK gets an LCD unit but with a white backlit.

Dimensionally, the CFMoto 650NK is a big bike as compared to the Kawasaki Z650. Not only it’s longer and taller but also it looks great in terms of on-road presence.


In terms of power, both the motorcycles use almost similar powertrain, a 649cc, liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder engine. The number of cylinder count is also identical at two. However, if the orthodox nomenclature is followed, the Kawasaki uses a parallel-twin motor while the Eider CFMoto uses an in-line twin-engine setup.

This could be better understood by the difference in the movement of pistons in the cylinders. If up and down movement of pistons in the cylinder at a time is in the same direction, this configuration is called parallel-twin and the crankshaft angle here stands at 360 degrees. While in case of in-line twin setup, the pistons move in opposite directions and the measured crankshaft angle stands at 180 degrees. Well, currently, no manufacturers strictly follow such nomenclature. It can be clarified with the Royal Enfield 650cc engine, they are called parallel-twin besides being having a 270-degree firing order.

In terms of power output, the Kawasaki wins the battle because the Z650’s powertrain develops 7hp of more power and 10Nm of more torque as compared to the 650NK. Also, the peak torque here churns out around 1,000rpm earlier of the 650NK. The Z650’s

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The Kawasaki Z650 is built on a steel-trellis frame while the CFMoto 650NK rests on a tubular chassis. As the CFMoto claims, the chassis is built from a lightweight yet high strength alloy steel.

At the suspension front, both the motorcycles use telescopic forks up front and a mono-shock at the rear. However, the difference you will find out in placement of mono-shock, the Z650’s mono-shock is mounted off-centre as like the previous generation of the Kawasaki ER-6n model.

The wheel setup and the tyre size on both the bikes are similar however, the wheelbase of the CFMoto 650NK is quite longer than the Z650’s by 5mm.


Considering the pricing of INR 3.99 lakh for the CFMoto 650NK, it is a well-equipped bike in terms of features. However, the performance freak bikers will go for the Kawasaki Z650 because it’s fast. But, you have to shell out an amount of INR 1.5 lakh more over the CFMoto 650NK. On the other hand, the CFMoto is all new in the Indian biking industry and it has to prove a lot in terms of product quality and after-sales experience, that means a lot in a country like India. In terms of on-paper specs, there is not much difference in both the motorcycle but to find out a true winner a proper comparison can only help.