Kawasaki reveals retro Z900RS prices

Kawasaki reveals retro Z900RS prices Cafe racer

Kawasaki Motors Australia has hinted at the prices for the Z1-tribute retro Z900RS and Z900RS Cafe Racer models.

Marketing co-ordinator Milo Dokmanovic says the bikes are expected to arrive in February 2018, “possibly earlier” for the Z900RS.

Prices for the Z900RS will be “around $18k ride away” and the Z900RS Café Racer will be “around $18.5k ride away”, Milo says.

On their website, the Z900RS is listed at $16,499 plus on-road costs. No price yet for the Cafe Racer.

Kawasaki Z900RS and Z1 prices
The original and the tribute bike

The retro Z900RS was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show and a couple of weeks later the Cafe Racer version with a 1970s bikini fairing was unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan.

Both bikes were also on show at the weekend at the Sydney Motorcycle Show.

“I’ve been told that a number of Kawasaki dealers have taken deposits for the Z900RS and Café variant, even before the models were unveiled at the Sydney Motorcycle Show over the weekend,” Milo says.

“Both models were hugely popular and attracted a lot of interest over the weekend.”

The bikes are based around the Z900 that currently retails for $12,499 (plus on-road costs).

However, the retro bikes come with higher spec than the Z900 including radial-mounted front brake callipers and two-level traction control.

So that the bikes can pay tribute to the 1970s Z1 we loved so much in the cult Aussie bikie film “Stone”, the chassis had to be modified.

This allowed the designers to accommodate retro styling cues such as the flatter ribbed seat and teardrop tank.

Tribute retro styling includes Z1 tribute orange-and-brown “jaffa” paintwork on the Z900RS and classic Kwaka green paint on the Cafe Racer.

Kawasaki reveals retro Z900RS prices Cafe racer

The Z900RS also comes in a choice of black or matte green.

The Cafe Racer also comes in an interesting milky tow-tone grey.

Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe Racer prices

They both feature a shortened Z1 duck tail and dual analogue instrument pods.

Kawasaki Z900RS pays tribute to Z1

Retuned power

Kawasaki has retuned the 948cc in-line-four with power down from 93kW to 82kW.

Torque is also down from 98Nm to 72.5Nm, but with more on tap at under 7000rpm.

Despite the lower output, Kawasaki has added traction control and a slipper clutch.

There are also two riding modes for sport and wet road surfaces.Kawasaki Z900RS pays tribute to Z1

Kawasaki has shortened first gear so it is more difficult to stall and lengthened sixth gear for smoother highway duties and fuel economy.

Brakes are uprated to radial-mounted four-piston monobloc front calipers.

They now feature a four-into-one exhaust system which Kawasaki says is tuned for a deep rumble.

The Z900RS is suspended on 41mm inverted forks with compression and rebound damping and spring pre-load adjustability.

Unlike the dual-shock Z1, it has the Z900’s horizontal back-link, gas-charged shock with rebound damping and spring pre-load adjustability.Kawasaki Z900RS pays tribute to Z1

Kawasaki Z900RS and Cafe Racer

ENGINE
Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: ø36mm x 4 with sub-throttles
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump
Bore x Stroke 73.4 x 56mm
Displacement 948cc
Compression ratio 10.8:1
Ignition system B&C (TCBI EL. ADV. D.)
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Driving system Chain
Transmission 6-speed, return
Gear ratios: 1st 2.917 (35/12) [JPN: 2.916 (35/12)]
2nd 2.059 (35/17) [JPN: 2.058 (35/17)]
3rd 1.650 (33/20)
4th 1.409 (31/22)
5th 1.222 (33/27)
6th 0.967 (29/30) [JPN: 0.966 (29/30)]
Primary reduction ratio 1.627 (83/51)
Final reduction ratio 2.800 (42/15)
Clutch type (Primary) Wet, multi-disc
FRAME
Type Trellis, high-tensile steel
SUSPENSION
Front 41mm inverted fork with compression and rebound
damping and spring preload adjustability
Rear Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged shock with
rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Wheel travel: Front 120mm
Rear 140mm
Caster (Rake angle) 25.0°
Trail 98mm
Steering angle (left/right) 35° / 35°
BRAKES
Front: Type Dual semi-floating ø300 mm discs
Caliper Dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston
Rear: Type Single 250mm
Caliper Single-piston
TYRES
Tyre:    Front 120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)
Rear 180/55ZR17 M/C (73W)
DIMENSIONS
Overall length 2100mm
Overall width 865mm
Overall height 1150mm
Wheelbase 1470mm
Road clearance 130mm
Seat height 835mm
Curb mass 215kg
Fuel tank capacity 17 litres
PERFORMANCE
Power 82kW @ 8,500rpm
Torque  72.5Nm @ 6,500rpm

13 Comments

  1. Needs four pipes and twin shocks. I like the wheels, the styling is not too far off (especially at quick glance distance in the traffic) but at the price I might as well buy a decent original Z…the chances of holding it’s value will be much better.

  2. The original Z1 was the power monster/speed king of its day. And it looked awesome and sounded awesome. This ‘retro’ is nothing like the original apart from a silly attempt to look a bit like one.
    The retro is way under powered. What a joke, wouldn’t go near it.

    1. Hi Tim,
      It’s all relative, isn’t it.
      Yes, the Z1 was monster/speed king of the day and the Z900RS isn’t as powerful as many other of its contemporaries.
      However, the Z1 had only 61kW of power and 73.5Nm of torque and weighed a whopping 246kg!
      The Z900RS has 82kW of power, 1Nm less of torque, but weighs 31kg less.
      Sounds like a pretty decent power-to-weight ratio to me.
      Cheers,
      Mark

  3. I visited Kawasaki in Brisbane today and found 2 x z900rs jaffas in the shop I was schocked when they told me the price . I thought mr corporate cashing in on the Australian buyer once again . A massive price difference over the more powerful doner z900 at a realistic $12,500 .
    I looked at the 2 different 900s and thought if they had of given the z900rs
    spoke wheels and a 4 into 4 exhaust, maybe $ 16,500 plus on roads .. The sales assistant assured me it was worth every penny . Sorry . Like the potential buyers above i will not be buying the z900rs .. Kawasaki , I will let the good times roll while I ride my 41 year old Kwaka 9 .

    1. Yeah – I phoned a Brisbane Kawasaki dealer and the salesman rudely assured me it was a “totally different bike” to the Z900 – yeah right. I have got down to $15,00 including onroads for 6 months but this is a $14,000 (if that) bike all day long. I would put a Doremi 4 into 4 exhaust on which would make the bike $16,000.
      Judging by all the negative feedback on price, I am sure Kawasaki have lost dozens of potential buyers by now.

  4. Way to kill it Kawasaki Australia! Too high a price. Too greedy. These bikes are $14.3k AuD in the states. In 2018 Australians will be able to import vehicles a lot easier and cheaper so this is a brave if somewhat perplexing price from Kawasaki Australia.

  5. Oh dear Kawasaki, all the hype has got to you, given the retained value of your other models I’ll pick up a 2nd hand one after a year, or wait for the year end specials. Just too much of a premium over the excellent donor bike, brakes and traction control not withstanding. Just too big an ask for a bike that is not worth the same $ as much better motorcycles. Love the looks, but not the price!

  6. At $17,990 compared to $12,000 for a Z900 Kawasaki Australia have made a monumental blunder. 50% more than a Z900 for retro look, traction control and some other goodies is insane. I was expecting $14,000.
    I will now be looking for a CBX1000 over this overpriced offering.
    Honda launched the CB1100F at a high price and it sank like a stone.

  7. So, for a 50% premium (A mere $6000), I can have 45 year old looks, and a detuned engine? Throw in the recalled shock, and maybe….

    Who’s doing the marketing on this? Harley-Davidson?

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