Tokyo Motor Show 2017: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS revealed, takes inspiration from the classic Z1 roadster
If you are a motorcycle enthusiast and have a fascination for retro styling, the Kawasaki Z series is a motorcycle that will feature in your top list. At the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show, Kawasaki has unveiled the new generation Z900RS, retro styled roadster that is an answer to the likes of the Triumph Bonneville range.
The 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS, as the name suggests, is powered by the 900cc motor that does duty in the Z900. However, Kawasaki mentions that they have worked on this motor to make it produce more power at lower engine speeds. This one makes 111PS instead of the 125PS that the naked Z900 makes. Kawasaki also states that the first gear has been made shorter to make it reasonably easier for new riders while the sixth gear is taller to make the motor perform smoothly on highways.
The suspension duty in the 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS is done by 41mm inverted fork in the front and gas-charged shock in the rear. Both of them can be fully adjusted to adjust the spring preload, compression and rebound damping. The 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS also comes with a new steel trellis frame, a new tank design and a more upright seating position compared to that of the Z900. Compared to the previous mode, the handlebar is 30mm wider, 65mm taller and has been positioned 35mm closer to the rider. The designer have also shifted the footpegs 20mm lower and forward than the previous model. The overall styling of the 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS takes a lot of inspiration from the Z1, which can be seen with the analog cluster and tail section. It will be available in brown/orange, black, and matte green
The 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS comes with traction control and two riding modes, for sporty and comfortable cruising. Even the brakes have been updated to radially mounted four-piston monoblock setup in the front. The 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS will be shown at the EICMA show in the next few weeks. It is also being said that Kawasaki might bring a cafe racer version of the Z900RS to take on the Triumph Thruxton R.
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