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In addition to the standard Z900RS, the Z900RS CAFE, a model fit with a number of unique features will also be available, offering riders a second way to enjoy the rich vintage bike life offered by a retro sport model.
Like the Z1, the Z900RS 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.
Assist & Slipper Clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a slipper cam), offering two functions not available on a standard clutch. When the engine is operating at normal rpm the assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the total clutch spring load to be reduced, resulting in a lighter clutch lever pull when operating the clutch. When excessive engine braking occurs – as a result of quick downshifts (or an accidental downshift) – the slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart. This relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and help prevent the rear tyre from hopping and skidding.
Complementing a light overall weight (noticeable as soon as the bike is lifted off its side-stand), frame rigidity and chassis geometry tuning were selected to deliver light, natural handling. Like the engine, the chassis responds to rider input predictably, going where the rider wants it to without resistance. In keeping with its retro sport model character, the Z900RS’ stance is less forward-leaning than the Z900.
Analogue-style speedometer and tachometer dials are complemented by a multifunctional LCD screen, balancing retro-style looks with modern functionality. The LCD has an easy-to-read, negative (white letters on a black background) display.Bullet-shaped 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.
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. A lack of connector pipes or exhaust devices ensures clean lines. A short megaphone silencer contributes to the Z900RS’ retro sport image. The header pipes, pre-chamber and silencer are all formed from high-quality stainless steel, and are treated to a buff finish.
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4-cylinder
DOHC, 16 valves
|Bore and stroke||
73.4 x 56 mm
Fuel injection: ø36 mm x 4 with sub-throttles
Wet multi-disc, manual
120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)
180/55ZR17 M/C (73W)
|Length x Width x Height||
2,100 mm x 845 mm x 1,190 mm
|Fuel Tank Capacity||
Dual semi-floating ø300 mm discs caliper Dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston
Single ø250 mm petal discs caliper Single-piston
ø41 mm inverted fork with compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged shock with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability