A synchronous ride feel combines the smooth response of an In-Line Four tuned for low-mid range torque, a deep rumbling exhaust note crafted to deliver additional rider enjoyment.
Complemented by timeless looks that blend Z1-inspired styling with modern technology and craftsmanship techniques, and an attention to detail and high level of fit-and-finish to rival that of the Z1 itself.
For riders searching for a bike with character and a rich history, the Z900RS (also available in a cafe edition) offers both in abundance, while providing an opportunity to slow down, look around and enjoy the simple things that life can bring.
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 newest Z 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.
Synchronous Ride Feel
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.
In-Line Four Engine
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.
Kawasaki TRaction Control
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 off.
Considered Exhaust System
When designing the exhaust system over 20 variations were considered before arriving at the final design; one that emphasises the presence of the In-Line Four engine.
- Double-walled header pipes give the exhaust a more powerful appearance.
- Clean lines flow from the header to the silencer.
- A short megaphone silencer works to the Z900RS’ retro sport style.
Tuned Exhaust Note
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.
Assist & Slipper Clutch
When the engine is operating at normal rpm the Assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates. Resulting in a lighter clutch lever pull.
When excessive engine braking occurs – as a result of quick downshifts – the slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart. This relieves pressure on the clutch plates reducing back-torque and controlling rear tyre hopping and skidding.
The Z900RS features Kawasaki’s Horizontal Back-Link rear suspension.This choice of modern suspension offers a higher level of handling. The linked rear suspension delivers a balance of ride comfort and sporty performance.
The rear shock features stepless rebound damping and stepless preload adjustability.
Frame rigidity and chassis geometry tuning were selected to deliver light, natural handling. The chassis responds to rider input predictably, going where the rider wants it to without resistance.
In keeping with its retro sport model character, the Z900RS’ stance is relaxed. A product of Kawasaki’s advanced analysis technology, the lightweight trellis frame had to be designed to work with slim teardrop fuel tank and offer a handling character optimal for enjoyable riding.
Inverted Front Forks
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.
Relaxed Riding Position
Whether navigating city streets or winding through the hills, the Z900RS has a relaxed riding position; both comfort and control, leisurely riding or running at a more spirited pace.
The relationship between pegs, seat and handlebars was designed to enhance communication between rider and machine.
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.
A blend of retro and modern design:
- Large ø170 mm LED headlamp casts a bright, white light.
- Six chambers (four for low-beam, two for high-beam).
- Position lamps in the high-beam chambers ensure the whole lamp appears lit..
- Convex lens.
- Chromed headlamp ring.
- LED turn signals.
Oval LED Taillight
The oval design LED taillight is a homage to the styling in motorcycles from a bygone era, with a modern twist.
The surface-emitting LED taillight lights up as a solid surface, creating a full, highly visible tail light.
Wide Flat Handlebars
Building on the retro sport styling while offering a superb grip for control.
A wide 35° steering angle facilitates low-speed maneuvering.
The fat bar features a chromed finish, adding to the high-quality image.
835 mm seat height enables a wide range of riders to enjoy the Z900RS with confidence.
The seat is slim at the front, enabling the rider to place their feet solidly on the ground.
The seat can be removed without tools, offering easy access to the battery, fuse box and tool kit.
Radial-pump front brake master cylinder enhances the control and feel offered by the brake caliper.
At the front, 300 mm brake discs are gripped by opposed 4- piston radial-mount monobloc calipers.
The Z900RS has great brakes and ABS is standard fitment.
Spoke-Style Cast Wheels
Original cast wheels feature flat spokes designed to look like classic wire-spoked wheels. Designed using Kawasaki’s advanced analysis technology, the wheels offer a balance of light weight and stylish looks.
Machining to build the spoke-style has created a wheel with great visual impact, that is also easy to keep shiny.
Dunlop GPR-300 tyres are a part of the package.
Dual-Dial Instrumentation with Multi-Function LCD
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.
Attention to Detail
The rich paint used on the tank, immersion graphics used on the on the Candytone Brown and Candytone Orange fuel tank, results in a design that does not leave a raised surface.
The surface finishes on the Z900RS keep beckoning the rider to touch them, feel the quality and embrace the meticulous attention to detail the builders have put into their bike; attention to the smallest detail, carefully considered wire routing, and a clean fit-and-finish.
Transmission and Gearing
Gearing is optimised for the Z900RS’ engine character. Gearing has been set to provide torque, strong power and smoothness through the range all in one package.
The engine’s strong low end torque makes R900RS a joy when pulling away form the lights. A longer 6th gear ratio enhances comfort when cruising at highway speeds. Low vibration, strong engine pull, good fuel economy all add up to a bike that will embrace the rider’s True Spirit.
A DC outlet is located under the seat provides a convenient power source.
A range of Genuine Accessories for your Z900RS.