Kawasaki makes a long-awaited entry into the retro category with the Z900RS. Conceived as an homage to the legendary Z1, it is powered by a liquid-cooled 948cc-class In-Line Four cylinder – an engine choice that makes the Z900RS unique in this category.
The Z900RS is a synthesis of the traditional and the modern. An engine with an In-Line Four configuration is backed by Kawasaki’s latest rider support technology. Carefully crafted styling elements are complemented by high-tech features like LED lighting and digital instrumentation.
Great pains were taken to achieve the right look and feel for the Z900RS. Each component meticulously selected and every setting carefully considered.
The ride feel of the Z900RS is unique in the retro category thanks to its smooth In-Line Four tuned for strong low-mid range torque . The engine and chassis response were carefully designed to not be too quick, making it easier to feel at one with the bike.
The resultant stress-free riding is complemented by a crafted exhaust note that enriches the riding experience from the time the rider thumbs the ignition – features that will enable riders to enjoy their machine for many long years.
The Z900RS’s refined character is reminiscent of the legendary Kawasaki bikes of yesteryear: it is happy to run at a leisurely pace, but is more than capable of accommodating more spirited riding should the mood arise.
Like the Z1, the Z900RS features a 900cc-class In-Line Four – an engine configuration that inherently offers a great balance of power and manageability.
Tuning focuses on the low-mid range. Revs build in a measured, but very determined manner, giving the rider a sense of connectedness between the throttle and rear wheel.
The Z900RS is equipped with advanced Kawasaki rider support technology – KTRC. Riders can choose traction control modes:
Mode 1 prioritises maximum forward acceleration.
Mode 2 provides rider reassurance by facilitating smooth riding on slippery surfaces.
Riders may also elect to turn the system
A first for Kawasaki – A Tuned Exhaust Note
This the first time that Kawasaki has conducted sound research to craft a model’s ideal exhaust note.
Designed to elicit rider response, the sound tuning focused on the engine’s initial roar to life, idling and low-speed riding where the rider is best able to enjoy the exhaust’s deep rumble.
Ride it and listen to the sound that will entice you to keep riding all day.
41mm inverted front forks provide excellent ride comfort and sporty handling. Response is unhurried, offering reassuring handling in riding situations ranging from in-town to winding roads.
The high-grade fork features compression (10-way) and rebound (12-way) damping adjustability as well as stepless preload adjustability, enabling precise settings to suit each rider.
Modern craftsmanship – iconic teardrop fuel tank, innovative oval LED taillight – the Z900RS offers timeless good looks with an exquisite attention to detail.
Superb fit-and-finish that results in a high-quality motorcycle.
Functional beauty was a priority, with a simple, yet refined design pursued.
Analogue-style speedometer and tachometer dials are blended with a multi-functional LCD screen; retro-style looks with modern functionality.
Bullet-shape dial cases, spindle finish on the dial faces, all housing the expected functions; gear position indicator, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, remaining range, current and average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, external temperature, clock and the Economical Riding Indicator.