Tokyo Motor Show 2017: Kawasaki Z900RS unveiled

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  • Oct 25, 2017
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The Z900RS is a retro offering from Kawasaki and it will leave you begging for more

It has a retro appearance that allows it to look classy

Kawasaki finally laid our anticipation to rest by showcasing the new Z900RS at the Tokyo Motor Show. The new and only retro-modern Kawasaki bears a striking resemblance to the brand’s much prized and universally loved but now no-more Z1. Aesthetically, the Z900RS is breathtakingly attractive; be it the round headlamp, the wide, flat handlebar, its twin-pod instrument cluster or the perfectly shaped 17-litre teardrop shaped fuel tank, you just want to flaunt it on the road.

Analogue cluster with a LCD screen

But don't let the looks deceive you! Underneath all that retro charm, the Z900RS boasts of technology and features on par with other bikes of this generation. It packs a multi-level traction control, LED lights, a slip-assist clutch and radial-mounted bike callipers; see what we mean. An LCD screen rests between the analogue speedometer and tachometer and can be covered with a panel to not tarnish its retro appeal. The bike draws its power from a 948cc, 4-cylinder engine from the modern and menacing Z900. However, while the Z900 churns out 124.7PS of power, the Z900RS delivers only 111.5PS at 8500rpm.


The kerb weight of the bike stands at 215kgs.The RS gets 17-inch wheels and Dunlop GPR-300 retro styled tyres will be offered as standard. Thanks to the modern rims, however, customers will be able to swap the stock tyres for a different set that they prefer.
The z900RS utilises 41 mm adjustable USD forks at the front and an adjustable monoshock for both rebound and pre-load at the rear.

It pays homage to the Z1

To bring the bike to a standstill, the Z900RS employs 300mm twin discs; ABS, however, will be optional. The bike will be available in 5 colours: Candytone Brown, Candytone Orange, Metallic Spark Black, Flat Ebony and Metallic Matte Covert Green.
So far, there haven’t been any reports on whether the bike will come to India. However, based on the success Triumph has achieved with its range of retro motorcycles, we think Kawasaki would do well to bring the Z900RS to India. And a bit of healthy competition is always good for the buyers, isn’t it?