2019 Kawasaki Z900RS Guide

2019 Kawasaki Z900RS

2019 Kawasaki Z900RS 2019 Kawasaki Z900RS 2019 Kawasaki Z900RS 2019 Kawasaki Z900RS

2019 Kawasaki Z900RS Canada


2019 Kawasaki Z900RS:

In reinvigorating the Z900RS, Kawasaki has meticulously crafted one of the most authentic retro bikes in appearance and design, paying homage to the original Z1, all while tastefully incorporating modern technology and features. Developed for riders in search of a well-rounded motorcylce that is not only rich in history and character, but also packed with cutting-edge technology and performance features, the Z900RS is powered by a 948cc in-line four engine, features a modern trellis frame, modern electronics and modern suspension components that bring an unmatched level of performance to the retro sport category. Kawasaki has applied a meticulous attention to detail in building the Z900RS, from the iconic teardrop gas tank to the simple uncluttered engine design, all the way down to the retro themed headlight and tail cowl. For 2019, the Z900RS is available in Candytone Brown/Candytone Orange paint scheme with an MSRP of $11,199 USD.

Reigniting the classic style of the original Z1 900 motorcycle, the Kawasaki Z900RS ABS motorcycle calls upon timeless design elements with minimal bodywork and no fairing for a pure retro-style look. The Z900RS ABS line is completed by a 948cc engine and modern technology for a classic yet modern ride.

In 1973, Kawasaki introduced the Z1 900, a bold in-line four powered bike that would inspire an entire new generation of motorcycle design. Today, the Z1 900 spirit lives on in the all-new 2018 Z900RS. Combining timeless retro styling, high quality components and muscle power of the original Z1 with today’s cutting-edge technology and performance, the powerful yet friendly-to-ride Z900RS represents a modern reinvigoration of the icon that started it all.​


The Kawasaki Z900RS is an homage to the legendary Z1, the original hot-rod inline four cylinder motorcycle. It combines the traditional Z1 styling and engine configuration with modern elements such as Kawasaki’s latest electronic rider support technology, suspension, LED lighting and digital instrumentation.

Note: The Canadian 2019 Kawasaki Z900RS is the same bike as the USA 2019 Kawasaki Z900RS except it is only available in black.



2019 Kawasaki Z900RS Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

948cc liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder engine
Assist and Slipper clutch
Horizontal back-link rear suspension

• Authentic retro styling
• Iconic teardrop fuel tank
• Tuned stainless steel exhaust system
• Round LED headlight
• Bullet shaped analogue dials




2019 Kawasaki Z900RS Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

The engine is based on that of the Z900, but re-tuned to create an engine character that’s completely different. While the Z900 engine has a sharp, quick-revving nature that encourages high-rpm operation, the Z900RS was tuned for low-mid range power, delivering strong torque that facilitates control for riders of all skill levels. Below 7,000 rpm the engine actually pulls stronger than the Z900.
• Cam profiles with shorter intake (270˚ to 248˚) and exhaust (256˚ to 244˚) duration focus engine performance in the low-mid rpm range. Strong and smooth response gives the engine a very manageable character.
• Compression ratio is reduced from the Z900’s 11.8:1 to 10:8 to complement the shorter duration valve openings.
• Crankshaft with an approximately 12 percent heavier flywheel mass than the Z900 contributes to the Z900RS’s smooth character.
• 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 to contribute to performance.
• Stylish fins built into the cylinder head help create an image of an air-cooled engine to further invoke the original Z1 heritage.
• Die-cast aluminum engine covers are also inspired by the Z1, with the clutch cover and many other parts featuring Z1 motifs.

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.

Exhaust System
• Extensive sound research used to craft the ideal exhaust note that emphasizes the engine’s sound at initial start-up, during idle, and while riding a lower speeds where the rider is best able to enjoy the exhaust’s deep rumble.
• Dual-wall header pipes give the exhaust a more powerful appearance while making them resistant to heat discoloration over time.
• 4-into-1 exhaust with short megaphone muffler contributes to the retro image while enhancing the exhaust note.
• Exhaust system is formed from high-quality stainless steel and triple buffed to a lustrous shine.
• Pre-chamber helps centralize mass, reduces muffler size and contributes to the exhaust note.

Assist and Slipper Clutch(KP)
• Using the rotational forces fo 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 gear is selected during downshifting, the slipper function allows some clutch slippage to help prevent rear wheel hop and stalling due to engine lock-up.
• Judder spring component helps prevent judder when the clutch is disengaged.

• Gearing is optimized for the Z900RS’ engine character.
• Compared to the Z900, a shorter first gear combined with the engine’s strong low-end torque facilitates moving off from a stop, while a longer sixth gear allows the engine to run a lower rpm when
cruising at highway speeds for increased ride comfort. Kawasaki Traction Control System (KTRC)(KP) (2-MODE)
• 2-mode system offers enhanced sport riding performance and rider assurance by facilitating smooth riding on slippery surfaces. The operator can also choose to turn the system off.
• Mode 1 features highly-sophisticated programming that allows a degree of wheel slip to maximize acceleration. The system looks at a number of parameters to get an accurate real-time picture of
what is going on: front and rear wheel speed (slippage) and various engine, machine and rider input parameters are monitored. Complex analysis predicts when traction conditions are about to become
unfavorable and the system acts before wheel slippage exceeds the range for optimal traction.
• Mode 2 has higher sensitivity and controls ignition timing, fuel and air for ultra-smooth operation.
• The system uses minimal hardware but complex software. Apart from the engine ECU, the system relies on only front and rear wheel speed sensors so that it is light weight.

Trellis Frame
• Using Kawasaki’s advanced analysis technology, the trellis frame was designed to accommodate the slim teardrop fuel tank and offer the retro-style handling optimal for enjoyable riding at a more measured pace.
• Compared to the aggressive, forward-leaning stance of the Z900, the Z900RS has a neutral, or even, stance achieved by raising the front and lowering the rear. Suspension settings were chosen to achieve a high level of comfort for more relaxed riding.
• The upper-triple clamp increases the steering offset by 6mm (from 28mm to 34mm over the Z900), which reduces trail to help quicken the steering and contribute to light 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 contributes to excellent ride comfort and sporty riding potential.
• 10-way compression and 12-way rebound damping adjustment allows fine-tuning for rider preference and riding style.

Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension(KP)
• Fitted with Kawasaki’s modern suspension technology for a higher level of sporty riding potential and matches the front fork’s level of ride comfort and sporty performance.
• The linkage is placed atop the swingarm for better mass centralization and to place the lay-down shock absorber 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 contributes to the light handling.

• Dual 300mm front discs are clamped by dual opposed piston monobloc calipers that provide a firm feel from the initial touch for superb brake performance.
• The machined Monobloc calipers have an alumite coating and laser-etched Kawasaki logo to add to the high-quality sporty appearance.
• Radial pump master cylinder also contributes to the superb control and feel offered by the calipers.
• Sintered brake pads contribute to the superb feel.

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)(KP)
• ABS helps provide an added degree of reassuring braking performance.

Wheels & Tires
• Cast wheels feature flat spokes designed to look like classic wire-spoked wheels. Designed using Kawasaki’s advanced analysis technology, the wheels offer a balance of light weight and stylish looks, contributing to both handling and the retro Z1 design.
• On some colors, machining on the spokes and rim edge contributes to the bike’s high-quality image.
• Dunlop GPR-300 tires contribute to retro-style looks.

Relaxed Ergonomics
• The upper-triple clamp is 40mm higher, contributing to the higher handlebar position and a more upright riding position than the Z900.
• Wide, flat handlebar contributes to the retro styling while offering a wide grip to facilitate control. Compared to the Z900, the handle grips are 30mm wider (total), 65mm higher and 35mm closer to the rider, contributing to the more upright riding position. A wide 35-degree steering angle facilitates low-speed maneuvering.
• Handlebar features rubber-mounted bar-ends to dampen vibrations.
• Both clutch and brake levers are 5-way adjustable, able to accommodate a variety of hand sizes for increased comfort.
• Slim fuel tank is narrow at the rear, making it easy for riders to grip the bike with their knees.
• Low seat height and slim overall design help facilitate the reach to the ground so that a wide range of riders can place both feet can be firmly on the ground when stopped.
• Stepped seat offers a wide seating area for good ride comfort for both rider and passenger. The seat is slimmer at the front, facilitating the rider’s reach to the ground. The seat can be removed without tools, offering easy access to the battery, fuse box and tool kit.
• Compared to the Z900, the footpegs are 20mm lower and 20mm farther forward, contributing to an even more relaxed riding position.
• Rider footpegs feature rubber pads to reduce vibration transmitted through the feet, as well as rubber-mounted weights on their undersides to further dampen vibrations.

Distinctive Z Styling
With a seamless blend of Z1-inspired styling elements and modern craftsmanship – from the iconic teardrop fuel tank to the innovative oval LED taillight – the Z900RS offers timeless good looks with an exquisite attention to detail and superb fit-and-finish. From the top-quality paint on the fuel tank to the high-grade coating for the bolts, attention to the smallest detail, carefully considered wire routing, and a clean fit-andfinish contribute to the Z900RS’ high-quality appearance.
• The centerpiece teardrop fuel tank is reminiscent of the Z1 and the frame was designed to accommodate the tank’s ideal position and slim shape.
• Complementing the rich paint used on the tank, immersion graphics on the candytone brown model result in a design that does not leave a raised surface, resulting in a highquality finish.
• The 4.5-gallon fuel tank actually extends down behind the side covers, a layout that maintains the slim design of the tank while offering greater tank volume for extended cruising range.
• Stylish fuel tank cap complements the elegant lines of the tank.
• Side covers were designed to flow naturally from the tank. Emblems on the side covers contribute to the retro styling.
• Knee grip covers, located forward of the side covers, are pressed aluminum pieces with a clear alumite coating for an attractive, long-lasting finish.
• A blend of retro and modern designs, the large-diameter LED headlamp casts a bright, white light for great nighttime visibility. Position lamps in the high-beam chambers ensure the whole lamp appears lit, like a retro-style bulb headlamp. Convex lens and chromed headlamp ring add to the retro design.
• Round mirrors are styled after those of the Z1, contributing to the retro looks while ensuring good rearward visibility.
• Three-piece front fender uses die-cast aluminium fender supports, adding a high-quality touch and enhancing the retro image. The supports are extremely thin, measuring only 1.7mm thick, to keep weight down.
• Stylish two-tone seat uses different materials for the top and sides to create a high-quality design. Double-stitching adds to the high-quality image.
• Flowing design of the rear cowl was inspired by the duckbill tail cowl of the Z1.
• The oval design of the LED taillight is another homage to the Z1. Unlike standard LED taillights that appear as a collection of dots, the surface-emitting LED taillight lights up as a solid surface, creating a design that is both retro and modern.




2019 Kawasaki Z900RS – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $11,199 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $13099 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Australia MSRP Price: See Dealer for Pricing in AU



4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled



Bore x Stroke

73.4 x 56.0mm

Compression Ratio


Maximum Torque

72.3 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm

Fuel System

DFI® with Keihin 36mm throttle bodies


TCBI with electronic advance


6-speed, return shift

Final Drive

Sealed chain


Front Suspension / Wheel Travel

Inverted telescopic fork (10-way) with adjustable compression and rebound (12-way) damping, spring preload/4.7

Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel

Horizontal back-link swingarm with stepless adjustable rebound damping and spring preload/5.5 in

Front Tire

120/70 ZR17 Dunlop GPR-300F

Rear Tire

180/55 ZR17 Dunlop GPR-300

Front Brakes

Dual disc ABS

Rear Brakes

Single disc ABS


Frame Type

Tubular, diamond


25.4°/3.5 in

Overall Length

83.1 in

Overall Width

34.1 in

Overall Height

46.5 in

Ground Clearance

5.3 in

Seat Height

31.5 in

Curb Weight

471.9 lb**

Fuel Capacity

4.5 gal


58.1 in

Color Choices

Candytone Brown/Candytone Orange


12 Month Limited Warranty

Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)

12, 24, 36 or 48 months








2019 Kawasaki Z900RS – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details


Type4-stroke, In-Line Four
Bore and stroke73.4 x 56.0 mm
Compression ratio10.8:1
Valve systemDOHC, 16 valves (4 valves per cylinder)
Fuel system36 mm x 4 with sub-throttles
LubricationForced lubrication (wet sump)


Front: typeDual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Front: calipersDual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston with ABS
Rear: typeSingle 250 mm disc
Rear: calipersSingle-piston caliper with ABS


Overall length2,100 mm
Overall width865 mm
Overall height1,150 mm
Wheelbase1,470 mm
Ground clearance130 mm
Seat height800 mm
Curb mass**214 kg
Fuel capacity17 litres


Transmission6-speed, return
Final driveChain
Primary reduction ratio1.627 (83/51)
Gear ratio: 1st2.917 (35/12)
Gear ratio: 2nd2.059 (35/17)
Gear ratio: 3rd1.650 (33/20)
Gear ratio: 4th1.409 (31/22)
Gear ratio: 5th1.222 (33/27)
Gear ratio: 6th0.967 (29/30) [
Final reduction ratio2.800 (42/15)
ClutchWet multi-disc, manual


TypeTrellis, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel: front120 mm
Tire: front120/70-ZR17M/C (58W)
Wheel travel: rear140 mm
Tire: rear180/55-ZR17M/C (73W)
Caster (rake)25º
Trail98 mm
Steering angle (left/right)35° / 35°


Maximum Power82 kW {111 PS} / 8,500 rpm
Maximum Torque98 N·m {10.0 kgƒ·m} / 6,500 rpm


Suspension, front41 mm inverted fork with compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Suspension, rearHorizontal Back-link, gas-charged shock with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability


Warranty12 months warranty



* The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price does not include freight, pre-delivery inspection or applicable taxes. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice. The amount indicated as “Your price” may include an optional instant Mega Cash credit that is deducted from the manufacturer’s suggested retail price before taxes. This promotion is time limited and certain conditions will apply. See your dealer for complete details. Offer not available on financed purchases and cannot be combined with any other special offers. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.

** Includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90% of capacity) and tool kit (if supplied)

‡ Power / Torque figures measured at the crankshaft.

The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.




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