Kawasaki 2018 Z900RS Cafe

Brand: Kawasaki Bike Type: Retro Sport

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Z900RS Cafe

Kawasaki makes its long-awaited entry into the retro category with the all-new Z900RS Cafe. Conceived as an homage to the legendary Z1,it is powered by a liquid-cooled 900cc-class In-Line Four – an engine choice that makes the Z900RS Cafe unique in this category. The newest Z is a synthesis of the traditional and the modern. An engine with a traditional In-Line Four configuration is backed by Kawasaki’s latest rider support technology, the engine and frame design both benefit from the latest in advanced analysis technology, and carefully crafted styling elements are complemented by high-tech features like LED lighting and digital instrumentation. Great pains were taken to achieve the Z900RS Cafe racer styling look and feel, with each component meticulously selected and every setting carefully considered. A synchronous ride feel combines the smooth response of an In-Line Four tuned for low-mid range torque, a deep rumbling exhaust note crafted to deliver additional rider enjoyment, and neutral handling that enables both leisurely and sporty riding. This is complemented by timeless looks that blend Z1-inspired styling with modern technology and craftsmanship techniques, and an attention to detail and high level of fit-and-finish to rival that of the Z1 itself. For riders searching for a bike with character and a rich history, the Z900RS Cafe – offers both in abundance, while providing an opportunity to slow down, look around and enjoy the simple things that life can bring.

Synchronous Ride Feel

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 Cafe 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 Cafe’s racer styling 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.

Strong, Smooth In-Line Four Engine

Like the Z1, the Z900RS Cafe features a 900cc-class In-Line Four – an engine configuration that inherently offers a great balance of power and manageability. Tuning focuses on the low-mid range. Revs build in a measured, but very determined manner, giving the rider a sense of connectedness between the throttle and rear wheel.

KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control)

Contributing to rider reassurance, the Z900RS Cafe is equipped with advanced Kawasaki rider support technology. KTRC features two modes that cover a wide range of riding conditions, offering either enhanced sport riding performance or the peace of mind to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence. Riders can choose from two modes. Mode 1 prioritises maximum forward acceleration. Mode 2 provides rider reassurance by facilitating smooth riding on slippery surfaces. Riders may also elect to turn the system off.

Carefully Considered Exhaust System

When designing the exhaust system over 20 variations were considered before arriving at the final design, one that emphasises the presence of the In-Line Four engine. Double-walled header pipes give the exhaust a more powerful appearance, while making it more difficult for the headers to become discoloured over time. The Z900RS Cafe features brushed finish to the short megaphone silencer which contributes to the Z900RS Cafe retro sport image.

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.

Inverted Front Forks

41 mm inverted front fork contributes to excellent ride comfort and sporty riding potential. Response is unhurried, offering reassuring handling in riding situations ranging from in-town to winding roads. The high-grade fork features compression (10-way) and rebound (12-way) damping adjustability as well as stepless preload adjustability, enabling precise settings to suit rider preference and riding style

Relaxed Riding Position

Whether navigating city streets or winding through the hills, the Z900RS’ relaxed riding position, more upright than that of the Z900, offers both comfort and control, accommodating both leisurely riding or running at a more spirited pace. The relationship between pegs, seat and handlebars was designed to enhance communication between rider and machine, giving the rider a confidence-inspiring feeling of control that complements its light, natural handling. Upper-triple clamp is positioned 40 mm higher, contributing to the higher
handle position and a more upright riding position than the Z900.

Timeless Styling

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 Cafe 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 Cafe uses rounded elements to emulate the retro-style design of classic motorcycles.

Wide Flat Handlebars

Wide, flat handlebar contributes to the retro sport styling while offering a wide grip to facilitate control. A wide 35° steering angle facilitates low-speed maneuvering. The black finished drop-style handlebars  add to the high-quality image.

Spoke-Style Cast Wheels

Original cast wheels feature flat spokes designed to look like classic wire-spoked wheels. Designed using Kawasaki’s advanced analysis technology, the wheels offer a balance of light weight and stylish looks, contributing to both handling and a design suited to the retro category.  Low unsprung weight (thanks to parts like the swingarm and wheels) greatly contributes to the light, natural handling. Dunlop GPR-300 tyres contribute to retro sport look

Dual-Dial Instrumentation with Multi-Function LCD

Analogue-style speedometer and tachometer dials are complemented by a multi-functional LCD screen, balancing retro-style looks with modern functionality. Bullet-shape 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. Gear position indicator increases shifting precision and confidence. In addition to the gear position indicator, display functions include: odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, remaining range, current and average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, external temperature, clock and the Economical Riding Indicator.

Model Z900RS Cafe                                                              ZR900EJF
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Engine Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
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Displacement
948 cm³
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Bore x Stroke 73.4 x 56.0 mm
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Compression Ratio
10.8:1
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Valve System DOHC 16 valves
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Fuel System Fuel Injection, 36 mm x 4 with sub throttles valves
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Ignition Digital
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Starting Electric
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Transmission 6-speed with Positive Neutral finder and Assist & Slipper Clutch
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Frame Trellis high tensile steel
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Suspension – front
41 mm cartridge fork with compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
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Suspension – rear
Horizontal Back-link with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
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Wheel travel – front
120 mm
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Wheel travel – rear
140 mm
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Brakes – front
Dual 300 mm semi-floating petal discs with dual radial-mount monobloc opposed 4-piston calipers, ABS
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Brakes – rear Single 250 mm petal disc with single piston caliper, ABS
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Tyre Size- front
120/70-ZR17 (58W)
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Tyre Size- rear
180/55-ZR17 (73W)
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L x W x H 2,100 x 845 x 1,190 mm
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Wheelbase 1,470 mm
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Ground Clearance
130 mm
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Seat height 820 mm
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Fuel capacity 17 litres
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Curb Mass 215 kg (includes full fuel tank and all fluids at optimum levels)
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Max Power 82.0 kW @ 8,500 rpm
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Max Torque 98.5 N.m @ 6,500 rpm
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Colour/s Vintage Lime Green
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