The 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS has been revealed at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. It is the latest addition to the ever growing retro-motorcycle segment and can be seen as a successor to the now discontinued W800.
Here are its details:
The retro-classic segment has seen a huge rise in sales in the past few years. More people are looking for a soulful experience of motorcycling and for them, a bikes in this segment makes perfect sense. The success of bikes such as the Ducati Scrambler, BMW R Nine T and the evergreen Triumph Bonneville confirm this fact.
The Z900RS takes inspiration form the legendary 1972, 900cc Z1 four-cylinder and this can be easily made out from the pictures.
2018 Kawasaki Z900RS design and specs
The Kawasaki Z900RS shares its platform with the Z900 but looks completely different. It gets a single circular headlamp set-up at the front and Z1-inspired fuel tank, tail and body panels. The exhaust pipes mimic that of the Z1 as well and this distinctive set-up returns a loud and unique sound. Kawasaki has also increased the wheelbase of the bike to 2100mm (compared to Z900) apart from changing other dimensions.
The Z900 RS gets dual-pod digital-analogue instrument with speedometer and tachometer in their classic forms.
|Top speed||230km/h (142mph)|
The bike is not all-retro though and gets a Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged monoshock with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability at rear and 41mm USD forks with compression and rebound damping, and spring preload adjustability at front. Its stopping power comes from 300mm dual disc brakes at front and 250mm single disc at rear. Dual channel ABS is provided as standard.
Power for the Z900RS comes from the Z900’s 948cc in-line four cylinder engine. It is however re-tuned to produce just 110bhp at 8,500 rpm and 98.5 Nm at 6,500 rpm. Transmission is a 6-speed unit.
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2018 Kawasaki Z900RS price and release date
The Kawasaki Z900RS could be priced near $8700 in USA. The bike will begin to reach dealerships next year.
The bike could come to India next year, especially considering how popular the segment is becoming.
Stay tuned for more updates.