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Old 6th September 2017, 12:11   #1
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The replacement teased - Z900RS.

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This will be coolest retro ever with performance to boot! Going by the Z900 history, seniors are going to be weak in the knees. The google search pics looks wow, I really hope they retain the z900 trellis frame.
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Today only I was reading about KZ900 in the May Issue of Motoring World. It was featured along with Z900, the old world styling has a charm of its own.
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And it is out. Looks fantastic, I kind of digging the amalgamation of the old styling with numerous modern bits.
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Although we have just the rendered images, they should be pretty close to the actual bike. And it does look very cool. It will look closer to the BMW R Nine T, with that fat 180 section rear tyre.

The leaked technical details from Bennetts:

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Z900RS – the technical details

What Kawasaki’s teaser doesn’t reveal is much in terms of technical details. Fortunately we’re here to help on that front. We’ve seen official documents that reveal key facts and figures about the machine, long before they’re supposed to be made public.

As the Z900RS’s name suggests, it’s heavily based on the new-for-2017 Z900. Where that bike is an aggressive-looking, modernist machine, the RS gains a completely different look, with a Z1-inspired tank and tail unit to go with its large, LED-lit headlight. But the changes go much deeper than a set of body panels; Kawasaki has put some real effort into getting the retro style right.

Notably, the water-cooled, 948cc engine is restyled to suit its new home. The sides of the cylinders are refinished with faux cooling fins, while the head gets polished covers over each of its two camshafts, just like the original Z1.

The technical details we’ve seen also confirm that the engine has been retuned for the Z900RS. Where the Z900 makes 123bhp at 9500rpm (92.2kW, 125PS) the Z900RS is angled towards lower rev punch. Peak power dips to 110bhp (82kW, 111.5PS) at only 8500rpm. The changes are in part due to mods to the fuel injection, but the bike also sports other alterations including a new exhaust arrangement. Our Japanese sources say that the pipes mimic the original Z1, with chrome headers snaking into two collectors before splitting back into four again for the tail pipes. The result isn’t just a distinctive look, but a louder, more characterful exhaust note as well.

The frame is the same lightweight steel trellis as used on the Z900, and the suspension is also carried over to the new bike, including the upside-down forks and monoshock rear end – it might be a retro bike, but Kawasaki isn’t going so far as crippling its handling potential with twin shocks and spindly forks. The brakes are similarly modern, with ABS-equipped petal discs.

The Z900RS’s geometry is slightly more relaxed than the Z900’s, with a longer wheelbase – 1470mm vs 1450mm. Its bars are also higher and wider, while the whole bike is a fraction heavier at 215kg wet, compared to 210kg for the normal Z900.
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Kawasaki releases the second teaser for the Z900 RS.



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I am a bit confused on how Kawasaki is going to position and price the W800 and the Z900RS.

Loved the Z900RS. It will be a good alternative to the Bonnie and Street Twin. Knowing IKM, I am hoping for the Z900RS to be priced competitively and below theh Z900.
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I am a bit confused on how Kawasaki is going to position and price the W800 and the Z900RS.
I thought the Z900 RS is replacing the W800?
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Interesting...

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Interesting...
Kawasaki seems to be on a rampage to launch new bikes and updating older ones. They are so busy doing that they are completely oblivious of customer related issues

This looks like a fusion product with looks borrowed from a Scrambler and a Bonnie

Well, they are just filling the gaps in their product line to compete with their competitors. But, this does not look like a Kawasaki product going by their product and branding wise. My inkling is it may not find too many buyers as it does not pull the same chord for a retro naked bike like a Bonnie which is popular due to its British vintage history
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They are so busy doing that they are completely oblivious of customer related issues

This looks like a fusion product with looks borrowed from a Scrambler and a Bonnie
Agreed completely. But it's been but a few months that they have stepped out of Bajaj's shadow. Their services in Thailand etc. are excellent and I see no reason why they cannot replicate the same level of efficiency here in another 6 months or so. Spare parts are costly the world over but they have a reputation of being largely trouble free and bulletproof. Right now the Z900 makes for a more complete package in this product segment but more the merrier.

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Z900 RS unveiled



Traction control added over the Z900. Power and torque down to aid low end power.

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More details from the Auto NDTV report here.
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Z900 RS unveiled
What a beautiful machine! Timeless indeed.

Moreover, it's an inline4 unlike similar bikes like the Street Twin, Scrambler Icon etc.

Will this be more or less expensive than the standard Z900?

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