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Kawasaki reveals retro Z900RS prices

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.

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.

Kawasaki Z900RS pays tribute to Z1
Kawasaki Z900RS pays tribute to Z1

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

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.)
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
Type Trellis, high-tensile steel
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°
Front: Type Dual semi-floating ø300 mm discs
Caliper Dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston
Rear: Type Single 250mm
Caliper Single-piston
Tyre:    Front 120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)
Rear 180/55ZR17 M/C (73W)
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
Power 82kW @ 8,500rpm
Torque  72.5Nm @ 6,500rpm

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