Thanks to its smooth In-Line Four tuned for strong low-mid range torque, and unhurried handling care of its lightweight trellis frame, the ride feel of the Z900RS is unique in the retro category. Both 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’ 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.
Kawasaki’s First Tuned Exhaust Note
While Kawasaki In-Line Four engines are historically renowned for their great-sounding exhausts, 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.
Horizontal Back-Link Rear Suspension
Unlike the twin rear shocks of the Z1, the Z900RS features Kawasaki’s Horizontal BackLink rear suspension. This choice of modern suspension (also featured on Kawasaki’s supersport and Supernaked models) offers a higher level of sporty riding potential – something that Kawasaki engineers were not willing to sacrifice. Like the fork, the linked suspension delivers a balance of ride comfort and sporty performance.
With a seamless blend of Z1-inspired styling elements and modern craftsmanship – from the iconic teardrop fuel tank to the innovative oval LED taillight – the Z900RS offers timeless good looks with an exquisite attention to detail and superb fit-and-finish that results in a very high-quality appearance. Functional beauty was a priority, with a simple, yet refined design pursued. In contrast to the sharp, edgy design of the Z Supernaked models, the Z900RS uses rounded elements to emulate the retro-style design of classic motorcycles.
Dual-Dial Instrumentation with Multi-Function LCD
Analogue-style speedometer and tachometer dials are complemented by a multifunctional LCD screen, balancing retro-style looks with modern functionality. The LCD has an easy-to-read, negative (white letters on a black background) display. Bullet-shaped dial cases are a fitting touch for a retro sport model, while a spindle finish on the dial faces adds to their high-quality design.








Type : Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement : 948 cc
Bore and Stroke : 73.4 x 56.0 mm
Compression ratio : 10.8:1
Valve system : DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system : Fuel injection: ø36 mm x 4 with sub-throttles
Ignition : Digital
Starting : Electric
Lubrication : Forced lubrication, wet sump
Transmission : 6-speed, return
Maximum power : 82.0 kW {111 PS} / 8,500 rpm
Maximum torque : 98.5 N·m {10.0 kgƒ·m} / 6,500 rpm
Frame Type : Trellis, high-tensile steel
Rake / Trail : 25.0° / 98 mm
Front : 120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)
Rear : 180/55ZR17 M/C (73W)
Wheelbase : 1,470 mm
Ground clearance : 130 mm
Seat height : 835 mm
Curb mass : 215 kg
Fuel capacity : 17 litres
Overall Dimensions LxWxH : 2,100 mm x 865 mm x 1,150 mm
Front / Wheel Travel : ø41 mm inverted fork with compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability / 120 mm
Rear / Wheel Travel : Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged shock with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability /140 mm
Brake Front : Dual semi-floating ø300 mm discs
Caliper Front : Dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston
Brake Rear : Single ø250 mm disc
Caliper Rear : Single-piston

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