2017 Kawasaki Z900 Review

2017 Kawasaki Z900
2017 Kawasaki Z900


2017 Kawasaki Z900
2017 Kawasaki Z900


2017 Kawasaki Z900
2017 Kawasaki Z900



2017 Kawasaki Z900 Review


2017 Kawasaki Z900 on www.Totalmotorcycle.com




The new Z900 motorcycle epitomizes Kawasaki’s belief of what the ideal supernaked bike should be. Every twist of the throttle is rewarded with crisp, exhilarating acceleration and an ultra-lightweight chassis lends itself to spirited sport riding. Designed for maximum riding pleasure, this sublime balance of power and handling make the Z900 exceptionally exciting and easy to ride.


With a smooth powerband that becomes more exciting as the revs rise, a light and nimble chassis, and distinctive Sugomi-inspired styling, the all-new Z900 continues the Kawasaki legacy of creating legendary 900cc-class machines whose performance surpasses that of many full liter-class motorcycles.


Iconic Z900 name re-born. A cutting edge rider-focused Supernaked wih the sublime balance of power and handling. The tubular trellis frame houses a willing and responsive 4-Cylinder engine while the styling and rider experience reflect a refined and raw feeling that only Z riders can experience. Kawasaki Z900, Refined Raw.

The sun is rising in the distance. The light jumps to life against a motorcycle’s slender, exposed frame. Parked on the street its potent engine shines through the minimal, thin bodywork. Its style reflects its purpose. The 948cc engine, exposed trellis frame and linked suspension are all visible. It has nothing to hide. The curvy roads are all in the distance, beyond the city.
Aggressive, condensed and elegant, this motorcycle quickens the heart rate. A longing flows through you and moves you with its Sugomi™-inspired design. You can feel the machine alive. Fall in love at first sight, introducing the all-new 2017 Kawasaki Z900 motorcycle.


The 2017 Kawasaki Z900:
” Sublime balance of power and handling
” Exciting 948 cc in-line-four engine
” Z-styling (Sugomi inspired)
” Adept handling and low seat height
Designed for maximum riding pleasure, the new Z900 mounts a 948cc in-line, 4-cylinder engine into a new, ultra-lightweight, trellis frame. Sugomi is a Japanese word that describes the intense aura and energy of an object that is felt in those viewing it. The new Kawasaki Z900 is designed to evoke the thrill of motorcycling in those who see it up close.


The purposeful choice of a 900cc-class in-line-four was intended to reward the rider with crisp, smooth response and exhilarating acceleration at every twist of the throttle. The engine becomes more exciting the higher the revs climb, its smooth power delivery aids control. The lightweight chassis responds quickly to rider input; the nimble handling lends itself to spirited sports riding.
Like many legendary Kawasaki 900cc-class in-line four machines before the Z900 (Z1, Ninja®/GPz900R, Ninja® ZX-9R), the Z900 motorcycle’s package delivers a sublime balance of power and handling – ideal for a supernaked model.
The 948cc engine delivers the exhilarating excitement of power and freedom to the rider with every release of the clutch. This is a lightweight, nimble supernaked meant to redesign the large-displacement naked bike market. The crisp response of the Z900’s in-line-four cylinder engine is perfectly balanced by its light, agile handling. Exhilarating without being overly intimidating, the combination is simply sublime.






2017 Kawasaki Z900 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features














2017 Kawasaki Z900 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits


The 948cc engine has a smooth, linear power delivery that is easy to control and contributes to rider comfort and confidence, yet the strong mid-range hit that pulls hard to redline provides plenty of exhilaration. Responsive liquid-cooled engine with efficient 4-valve, DOHC cylinder provides smooth performance at all rpm.
Lightweight crankshaft design augments the engine’s quick-revving character.
A secondary engine balancer eliminates excess vibration, although a desirable amount is left in to add to the bike’s character and acceleration feeling.
Die-cast cylinder block is rigid while its open deck design helps save weight.
Connecting passageways between the cylinders help reduce pumping loss, improving high-rpm performance.
The pistons are formed using the same unique casting process that is used for making those found in the Ninja® H2™/H2™R. The process creates hollow areas to achieve idealized thickness for reduced weight without sacrificing strength.
Downdraft intake design provides the fuel mixture with the straightest, shortest path to the combustion chamber for increased performance.
29mm intake and 24mm exhaust valves complement the port designs and boost the hard-hitting mid-range to high-rpm power feeling.


Digital Fuel Injection(KP)
36mm throttle bodies are used for their ideal mid-range response.
Sub-throttle valves, located behind the main throttle valves, are controlled by the ECU so the EFI system has smooth, sensitive throttle response.


Enhanced Intake Note
Acoustic tests helped shape the air box for a stimulating sound that varies with engine speed to add to the riding experience, especially at high rpm.
The air inlet faces upward so that the intake note is easier for the rider to hear.
A dividing wall in the center of the upper portion of the airbox accentuates the high, clear intake note.
Intake funnels balance performance and sound. The longer 150mm inner pair strengthen the low-to-midrange performance while the shorter 50mm outer pair enhance the intake sound.


Exhaust System
35mm exhaust headers are tuned for top-end performance while lowering exhaust noise level at idle. Joint pipes between headers 1-4 and 2-3 help boost mid-range torque.
5.5-liter pre-chamber allows a smaller muffler to be used and helps centralize mass, as well as lowering the noise level at idle.
Compact muffler design has dual internal chambers that helps to performance and enhances the exhaust note. Stainless steel end cap and cover provide stylish Z design elements.


Assist and Slipper Clutch(KP)
Using the rotational forces of the clutch hub and pressure plate, the clutch is forced together during acceleration (Assist function) so that fewer and lighter clutch springs can be used for a lighter feel at the lever. During high back-torque, such as when too low of a gear is selected during downshifting, the Slipper function allows some clutch slippage to help prevent engine lock-up, stalling and rear wheel hop.
Judder spring component helps prevent judder when the clutch is disengaged.


Short gear ratios for first through fifth gears provide strong acceleration in the mid-range, the most-used part of the powerband for everyday riding.
Sixth gear is an overdrive gear for more relaxed highway cruising.


All-new Trellis Frame
A key component to the Z900’s light weight, the all-new frame weighs in at just under 30 pounds and contributes significantly to the bike’s light, nimble handling.
Frame components follow the ideal pipe line so that the lines of the frame are as straight as possible. When bends were necessary their angles were as small as possible, resulting in a design that disperses stress extremely well.
Five-point, rigidly-mounted engine is a stressed member, which contributes to weight savings.
Twin-tube rear frame section contributes to the low seat height and easy reach to the ground while minimizing vibration transferred though the seat.


Inverted Front Fork
41mm inverted front fork features stepless rebound damping and spring preload adjustability in the left fork tube, with the adjusters conveniently located on the fork cap.


Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension(KP)
The linkage is placed atop the swingarm for better mass centralization and to make room for the exhaust pre-chamber.
Lay-down shock absorber is further away from the exhaust so that its operation will not be affected by exhaust heat. The shock has adjustable preload and rebound damping.
Extruded aluminum swingarm is lightweight and rigid.
Suspension settings provide both sporty performance and comfort.


Dual 300mm front petal discs and 250mm rear petal disc are clamped by dual opposed piston calipers with resin brake pads to deliver ample braking power.
A linear brake touch facilitates control for riders of all skill levels.


Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)(KP)
ABS model helps prevent wheel lock-up during sudden over-application of the brakes or while braking on low-grip surfaces for an added degree of reassuring braking performance.


Wheels & Tires
Five-spoke star-pattern wheels are light weight with high rigidity to benefit handling.
Silica-blend Dunlop D214 Sportmax tires provide both enhanced wet-weather performance and increased tire life.


Control-centered Ergonomics
A wide, flat handlebar and relaxed yet sporty riding position offers a blend of control and comfort that allows the rider to enjoy a variety of riding situations.
The handlebar/seat/footpeg relationship helps enhance communication between the rider and machine, giving the rider confidence-inspiring feedback.
The fuel tank is narrow at the rear to help riders grip the bike with their knees.
A low seat height and slim overall design facilitates riders placing both feet on the ground for smoother, confident stops.
The rider’s seat is slim at the front to facilitate the reach to the ground and wider towards the rear for good ride comfort.
Rubber-mounted handlebar ends and footpeg pads, as well as rider footpeg weights, help dampen vibrations for a more comfortable ride.
Five-way adjustable brake and clutch levers accommodate a variety of hand sizes for increased comfort.


Distinctive Z Styling
The Z900’s aggressive Z styling is inspired by the sugomi styling concept. Sugomi describes the intense aura or energy given off by a person or object of greatness and felt by the viewer. Someone, or something, possessing sugomi inspires awe, leaves an indelible impression, is daunting in stature or ability, and commands respect. Elegant bodywork flowing from head to tail is combined with minimalist coverage in the engine area is 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.
Headlight cowl and meter visor help form a slim, flowing line from the top of the elegantly sculpted fuel tank for an aggressive appearance.
Resin fuel tank cap has no visible bolts for a cleaner look.
Engine shrouds have a sharp shape with minimal overhang add to the flowing design, allow a clear view of the engine, and contribute to a condensed, lightweight look.
Under cowls have a unitized design so that they look like part of the engine.
Flowing, upswept tail cowl contributes to the sporty image.
LED taillight lights up in a Z shape.








2017 Kawasaki Z900 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: ABS $8,799 / MSRP NON-ABS: $8,399 USD


4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four
Bore x Stroke
73.4 x 56.0mm
Compression ratio
Fuel System
DFI® with 36mm Keihin throttle bodies
TCBI with electronic advance
Final Drive
Sealed chain
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel
41mm inverted fork with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability/4.7 in
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel
Horizontal back-link, stepless rebound damping, adjustable spring preload/5.5 in
Front Tire
120/70 ZR17 Dunlop Sportmax D214
Rear Tire
180/55 ZR17 Dunlop Sportmax D214
Front Brakes
Dual 300mm petal-type rotors with four-piston calipers, ABS
Rear Brakes
Single 250mm petal-type rotor with single-piston caliper, ABS
Frame Type
Trellis, high tensile steel
25°/4.1 in
Overall Length
81.5 in
Overall Width
32.3 in
Overall Height
41.9 in
Ground Clearance
5.1 in
Seat Height
31.3 in
Curb Weight
463.1 lb**
Fuel Capacity
4.5 gal
57.1 in
Color Choices
Pearl Mystic Gray/Metallic Flat Spark Black, Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Spark Black
12 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)
12, 24, 36 or 48 months








2017 Kawasaki Z900 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $9299 CAD


Displacement 948cc
Type 4-stroke, In-Line Four
Bore and stroke 73.4 x 56.0 mm
Cooling Liquid
Compression ratio 11.8:1
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves (4 valves per cylinder)
Fuel system 36 mm x 4 with sub-throttles
Ignition Digital
Lubrication Forced lubrication (wet sump)
Front: type Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Front: calipers Dual opposed 4-piston
Rear: type Single 250 mm petal disc
Rear: calipers Single-piston caliper
Overall length 2,100 mm
Overall width 825 mm
Overall height 1,065 mm
Wheelbase 1,450 mm
Ground clearance 130 mm
Seat height 795 mm
Curb mass** 208 kg
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Chain
Primary reduction ratio 1.627 (83/51)
Gear ratio: 1st 2.692 (35/13)
Gear ratio: 2nd 2.059 (35/17)
Gear ratio: 3rd 1.650 (33/20)
Gear ratio: 4th 1.409 (31/22)
Gear ratio: 5th 1.222 (33/27)
Gear ratio: 6th 1.034 (30/29)
Final reduction ratio 2.933 (44/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Type Trellis, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel: front 120 mm (4.7 in.)
Tire: front 120/70-ZR17M/C (58W)
Wheel travel: rear 140 mm
Tire: rear 180/55-ZR17M/C (73W)
Caster (rake) TBA
Trail TBA
Steering angle (left/right) 33° / 33°
Maximum Power‡ TBA
Maximum Torque‡ TBA
Suspension, front 41 mm inverted fork with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Suspension, rear Horizontal Back-link with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Warranty 12 months warranty













2017 Kawasaki Z900 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £TBA GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)


Engine type
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
948 cm³
Bore x stroke
73.4 x 56 mm
Compression ratio
Valve system
DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system
Fuel injection: Ø 36 mm x 4 with sub-throttle
Starting System
Forced lubrication, wet sump
Brakes & Suspension
Brakes, front
Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs. Caliper: Dual opposed 4-piston
Brakes, rear
Single 250 mm petal disc. Caliper: Single-piston
Suspension, front
41 mm inverted fork with compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Suspension, rear
Horizontal Back-link with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Performance & Transmission
Maximum power
92.2 kW {125 PS} / 9,500 rpm
Fuel consumption
5.5l/100 km
CO2 emission
Maximum torque
98.6 Nom {10.1 kgfom} / 7,700 rpm
Final drive
Sealed chain
Primary Reduction Ratio
1.627 (83/51)
Gear Ratios 1st
2.692 (35/13)
Gear Ratios 2nd
2.059 (35/17)
Gear Ratios 3rd
1.650 (33/20)
Gear Ratios 4th
1.409 (31/22)
Gear Ratios 5th
1.222 (33/27)
Gear Ratios 6th
1.034 (30/29)
Wet multi-disc, manual
Frame & Dimensions
Frame type
Trellis, high-tensile steel
103 mm
Wheel travel front
120 mm
Wheel travel rear
140 mm
Tyre, front
120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear
180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
L x W x H
2,065 x 825 x 1,065 mm
1,450 mm
Ground clearance
130 mm
Fuel capacity
17 litres
Seat height
795 mm
Curb mass






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