1979 Kawasaki KZ/Z650
1979 KZ/Z650 B3
1979 Kawasaki KZ/Z650 B3 in Candy Emerald Green
model summary
Externally the B3 represented a continuation of the previous B2 and only differed in paint colours and tank badging used. However, the engine suffered major changes to deal with harsher emissions limits and continual problems with camchain tensioner reliability. These changes were implemented across the range for this year.
bodywork
1 Lower case tank badges
2 Colours: Candy Emerald Green, Candy Persimmon Red
engine
1 Automatic camchain tensioner fitted
2 Air injection system fitted to exhaust camshaft cover (US Only)
3 Diaphragm fuel tap
4 Three phase charging system replaces previous two phase
running gear
No changes from 1978.
1979 KZ/Z650 C3
1979 Kawasaki Z650C3
model summary
Along with the engine modifications mentioned for the B3 the major changes to the C3 were the use of sintered pads and different rear caliper in order to improve wet weather braking performance.
bodywork
1 Different paint and striping
2 Side cover badge changed, more pronounced "z"
3 Colours: Luminous Dark Blue
engine
1 Automatic camchain tensioner fitted
2 Air injection system fitted to exhaust camshaft cover (US Only)
3 Diaphragm fuel tap
4 Three phase charging system replaces previous two phase
running gear
1 Drilled brake discs
2 New sintered pads for improved wet weather performance
3 New reak brake caliper to accept new square brake pads
1979 KZ/Z650 D2 (SR)
1979 Kawasaki KZ650D2
model summary
The changes to the engines and brakes applied to the C3 were also applied to the D2 for this year.
bodywork
1 Different paint & striping
2 Colours: Metallic Regal Blue
engine
1 Automatic camchain tensioner fitted
2 Air injection system fitted to exhaust camshaft cover (US Only)
3 Diaphragm fuel tap
4 Three phase charging system replaces previous two phase
running gear
1 Drilled brake discs
2 New sintered pads for improved wet weather performance
3 New reak brake caliper to accept new square brake pads