2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Review

2018 Kawasaki Z900RS

2018 Kawasaki Z900RS 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS


2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Review on Total Motorcycle:

Introducing Kawasaki’s long-awaited retro sport model. Conceived in homage to the legendary Z1, the newest Z is a synthesis of the traditional and the modern. An engine with a traditional In-Line Four configuration is backed by Kawasaki’s latest rider support technology. For riders searching for a bike with character and a rich history, the Z900RS offers both in abundance, while providing an opportunity to slow down, look around and enjoy the simple things that life can bring.

There’s no place for fake in the lifestyle you choose. Kawasaki alone has the heritage to deliver yesterday’s values to today’s riders in a truly authentic Modern Classic bike. The visceral spirit of a 1970s legend – Kawasaki’s original king of cool Z1 – finds expression in the Z900RS, to satisfy the very essence of the rider you are now.



2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Available in Metallic Spark Black only.



2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits


KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control)

Contributing to rider reassurance, the Z900RS is equipped with advanced Kawasaki rider support technology. KTRC features two modes that cover a wide range of riding conditions, offering either enhanced sport riding performance or the peace of mind to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence.


Dual-Dial Instrumentation with Multi-Function LCD

Analogue-style speedometer and tachometer dials are complemented by a multifunctional LCD screen, balancing retro-style looks with modern functionality.


Radial-Mount Front Brakes

ø300 mm front discs gripped by radial-mount calipers provide sure, strong stopping power. Radial-pump front brake master cylinder contributes to brake touch and control.



ERGO-FIT is an interface system that allows a wide range of riders to feel at one with their machine.



ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) ensures stable braking performance by preventing wheel lock during braking.


Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension

Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension arranges its shock unit horizontally, greatly contributing to efficient use of space and mass centralisation.


Assist & Slipper Clutch

Based on racing technology, the Assist & Slipper Clutch acts as both a back-torque limiter and a self-servo mechanism that enables a lighter clutch lever pull.


Dual Throttle Valves

Dual Throttle Valves offer increased power and greater ease of use care of a second set of ECU-controlled throttle valves.


Economical Riding Indicator

The Economical Riding Indicator is a mark appearing on the instrument panel to indicate favourable fuel consumption, encouraging fuel efficient riding.


KTRC (2-mode)

Two modes KTRC cover a wide range of riding conditions, offering either enhanced sport riding performance or the peace of mind to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence.




2018 Kawasaki Z900RS – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details





2018 Kawasaki Z900RS – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $13,199 CDN


Displacement        948cc

Type          4-stroke, In-Line Four

Bore and stroke     73.4 x 56.0 mm

Cooling     Liquid

Compression ratio 10.8:1

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 radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston

Rear: type Single 250 mm disc

Rear: calipers        Single-piston caliper



Overall length       2,100 mm

Overall width        865 mm

Overall height       1,150 mm

Wheelbase 1,470 mm

Ground clearance  130 mm

Seat height 800 mm

Curb mass**         214 kg

Fuel capacity         17 litres



Transmission         6-speed, return

Final drive Chain

Primary reduction ratio     1.627 (83/51)

Gear ratio: 1st       2.917 (35/12)

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       0.967 (29/30) [

Final reduction ratio         2.800 (42/15)

Clutch       Wet multi-disc, manual



Type          Trellis, high-tensile steel

Wheel travel: front           120 mm

Tire: front 120/70-ZR17M/C (58W)

Wheel travel: rear 140 mm

Tire: rear   180/55-ZR17M/C (73W)

Caster (rake)          25º

Trail           98 mm

Steering angle (left/right)  35° / 35°



Maximum Power‡ 82 kW {111 PS} / 8,500 rpm

Maximum Torque‡           98 N·m {10.0 kgƒ·m} / 6,500 rpm



Suspension, front  41 mm inverted fork with compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability

Suspension, rear    Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged shock with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability



Warranty   12 months warranty




2018 Kawasaki Z900RS – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ 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

Starting System



Forced lubrication, wet sump

Performance & Transmission

Maximum power

82 kW {111 PS} / 8,500 rpm

Fuel consumption

5.3 l/100 km

CO2 emission

136 g/km

Maximum torque

98.5 N•m {10 kgf•m} / 6,500 rpm



Final drive

Sealed chain

Primary Reduction Ratio

1.627 (83/51)

Gear Ratios 1st

2.917 (35/12)

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

0.967 (29/30)


Wet multi-disc

Brakes & Suspension

Frame & Dimensions

Frame type

Trellis, high-tensile steel


98 mm

Wheel travel front

120 mm

Wheel travel rear

140 mm

Tyre, front

120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)

Tyre, rear

180/55ZR17 M/C (73W)

Steering angle, left / right

33° / 33°

Steering angle, left / right

33° / 33°

L x W x H

2,100 x 865 x 1,150 mm


1,470 mm

Ground clearance

130 mm

Fuel capacity

17 litres

Seat height

835 mm






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