For over four decades riders who know have relied on Z to deliver the thrill of motorcycling at its most intense and elemental. The no-compromise spirit of Z continues to evolve undiminished in every supernaked Z.
Kawasaki Z, Refined Raw.
Designed to make viewers fall in love at first sight, the Z900’s aggressive Z styling is inspired by the sugomi design of the Z1000. Elegant bodywork flowing from head to tail is combined with minimalist cover in the engine area devised to draw attention to its functional beauty. A condensed appearance emphasised by slim, close-fitting bodywork gives the bike a light, agile image that reflects its sporty performance.
Benefitting from a chassis comprised of lightweight components, the Z900 weighs in at 210.5 kg (208.5 kg for non-ABS models) – even after clearing Euro 4. Its lightweight trellis frame and swingarm were the key to the Z900’s nimble handling. The Z900’s low weight and low seat height (794 mm) both contribute to manoeuvrability, whether walking beside the bike, or foot peddling in a parking lot. The easy-to-manage engine response and wide steering angle further facilitate low-speed manoeuvring.
Powerful 948 cm3 liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-line Four engine has a quick-revving character and a strong mid-range hit that pulls strongly to the redline. Adding to rider exhilaration, a distinct intake note encourages you to twist the throttle. Silky smooth power delivery facilitates control while contributing to rider comfort and confidence. Power delivery is quite linear, but the engine spins up noticeably faster from about 6,000 min-1 onwards. Silky smooth response from mid-high rpm ensures excellent driveability. Lightweight and rigid, the pistons are formed using a unique casting process (similar to forging process) that sees unnecessary material removed and hollows created to achieve the ideal thickness (the same process used to form the Ninja H2/H2R pistons). This enables a light weight on par with forged pistons.
Stacked instrument cluster features an easy-to-read layout. Analogue-style tachometer features a gear position indicator at its centre and sits atop a large multi-function LCD screen. The tachometer’s three rider-selectable display modes add a visual element to riding enjoyment. Hairline finish on the tachometer dial, and carbon-fibre-style panelling contribute high-quality touches.
One of the key components to the new Z900’s light weight (noticeable as soon as the bike is lifted off its side-stand), the all-new frame weighs only 13.5 kg and contributes significantly to the bike’s light, nimble handling.
|Type||Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, W/C, DOHC|
|Bore and stroke||73.4 x 56 mm|
|Ignition system||Battery and coil|
|Fuel system||Fuel injection: ø32 mm x 4 (Keihin)|
|Tire front||120/70 ZR 17M/C (58W)|
|Tire rear||180/55 ZR 17M/C (73W)|
|Length x Width x Height||2,115 mm x 825 mm x 1,065 mm|
|Ground clearance||130 mm|
|Seat height||795 mm|
|Curb mass||210 kg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||17 litres|
|Brakes: Front||Dual disc, 226 effect.dia|
|Brakes: Rear||Single disc, 216 effect.dia|
|Front fork oil : Rating||KHL15-10|
|Front fork oil :Viscosity||SAE OW Corresp|
|Suspension: Front||Telescopic fork (Upside-down)|
|Suspension: Rear||Horizontal Brack-link SWG.ARM|
|Battery||12V 8Ah (10HR)|