Kawasaki Z900RS

Kawasaki Z900 RS

I thought it would be nice to put the Z900RS up as it’s own page and as part of my series on 2020 retro models. Sure, it is currently a parts bin retro mod rather than bespoke model but I suspect it will get more differentiation over the course of it’s model life.

The Kawasaki Z900 RS is more naked version of the Z900 which is an update to the Z800 and are  cheaper versions of the Z1000. However there is more to the historically important Z900 badge, which hasn’t been forgotten, hence the availability of the Z900RS edition.

Visually the Z900Rs looks like Kawasaki motorcycle form the 70’s but a longer look revels some missing details. It is the lack of chrome rear suspension. That said the retro style wheels partly make up for that error. Apart from that it’s a good looking motorcycle that’s a little bit retro that won’t go out of fashion.

In terms of engine an technology, it comes with the latest features that include ABS, EFI with 3 power modes, LED and LCD lighting, slipper clutch and even a ‘tuned’ exhaust note. Comparing the specifications with the regular Z900 reveals a de0tuned engine for more power at lower revs will give the Z900RS a more retro feel.

If I wanted a powerful retro motorbike, the Z900RS would probably be the bike I’d get. That’s because the CB1300 or CB1100RS is not available in this country. The only genuine problem with the Z900RS is the non-retro price tag, selling for around $17,000 AUD and by the  time I get it on the road …

 
Kawasaki Z900RS Key Specifications (2020)
Engine: 4 cylinder 4-stroke DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 948cc
Power/Torque: Approx 82 Kw @ 8500 RPM 99 Nm @ 6500 RPM
Gearbox: 6 speed manual
Kerb Weight: 214kg
Performance: 0-100kph N/A seconds Approx
Max Speed N/A Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 17 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height: 795mm
Dimensions: L2100 X W865 X H1050 mm
Wheels: 120-70-17F 180-55-17R
Recommended Retail Price: Z900RS $16,499 AUD (2020)
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