In 1973, Kawasaki introduced the Z1 900, a bold in-line four powered bike that would inspire an entire new generation of motorcycle design. Today, the Z1 900 spirit lives on in the all-new 2018 Z900RS. Combining timeless retro styling, high quality components and muscle power of the original Z1 with today’s cutting-edge technology and performance, the powerful yet friendly-to-ride Z900RS represents a modern re-invigoration of the icon that started it all.
The Kawasaki Z900RS which made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2017. With its beautiful retro design, classic round headlamp, wide and flat handlebar, a twin-pod instrument cluster and a teardrop shaped fuel tank; all of which bears resemblance with the yesteryear’s Kawasaki Z1.
The motorcycle manages to blend its retro charm with modern technology. A good example of this can be seen on the instrument console, where the LCD screen rests between the analogue speedometer and tachometer. However, if you want to stick to the retro look, you can cover the LCD panel. Other features include multi-level traction control, LED lights, a slip-assist clutch and radial-mounted brake calipers.
Powering the motorcycle is the same 948cc, 4-cylinder engine that powers the current Kawasaki Z900. However, instead of 124.7PS of power generated on the Z900, the engine delivers 111.5PS of power at 8,500rpm on the RS. The torque output, however, remains the same at 98.5Nm arriving at 6,500rpm.
The Z900RS gets 41mm adjustable USD forks up front and a gas-charged monoshock unit at the back, which is adjustable for both rebound and preload. Bringing the bike to a standstill are 300mm twin discs at the front and a single 250mm petal disc at the rear. The safety net of ABS comes as standard here. Its 17-inch wheels come wrapped with Dunlop GPR-300 retro-styled tyres and the bike tips the scale at 215kg (kerb).
The price tag on the standard CBU edition of the Z900RS is RM67,900 and CBU Special Edition is RM69,900, both prices are inclusive of GST.