Encouraged by the demand and popularity that the Z900RS garnered in 2018, Kawasaki has once again decided to bring back the retro-styled cafe racer.
The upcoming Z900RS with Kawasaki’s iconic green paint will now have a classic front fairing, stepped seat and black low rise handlebars. The company claims that the design of the cafe racer is inspired by the era of motorcycles that shaped the brand’s image.
The bike carries a 948-cc inline-four engine inside a modern trellis frame along with new age suspension to match its level of performance. The new Z900RS Cafe sports a taller seat than its predecessor, measuring 820mm. The Z900RS delivers 97Nm of torque, which is more than any of the cafe racers present in the same bracket.
The new Z900RS Cafe is seated above its standard sibling due to a few superior elements such as brushed stainless steel finish to the exhaust compared to the chrome finish on the latter.
Kawasaki has swapped the 44-tooth rear sprocket on the Z900 for a 42-tooth sprocket on the cafe racer-styled motorcycle, lending a higher gear ratio by 4.7 per cent. Safety features on the bike include a two-mode traction control and ABS. Apart from that, the bike also features ABS, assist-and-slipper clutch, Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), and a fully tuned exhaust note.
Suspension setup on the bike consists of a fully adjustable inverted KYB 41mm fork paired with a linkage-assisted laid down shock with adjustable rebound and damping spring preload. The bike rests on a set of 17-inch wheels wrapped with a 120/70 Dunlop Sportmax GPR-300 in the front and a 180/55 at the rear.
Braking apparatus on the bike consists of 300mm rotors with 4-piston radially mounted callipers up front and paired with a 250mm rotor with a single-piston calliper at the rear.