2020 Kawasaki Z900 ABS Guide

2020 Kawasaki Z900 ABS

2020 Kawasaki Z900 ABS 2020 Kawasaki Z900 ABS 2020 Kawasaki Z900 ABS 2020 Kawasaki Z900 ABS 2020 Kawasaki Z900 ABS


2020 Kawasaki Z900 ABS.

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

The new Z900 ABS motorcycle receives a host of new advanced features and epitomizes Kawasaki’s belief of what the ideal supernaked should be. At 948cc with an ultra-lightweight chassis, every ride is met with exceptional power, responsiveness and excitement.



Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC)
Power Mode Selection
Integrated Riding Modes
Improved Suspension Settings
TFT Color Instrumentation
Smartphone Connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP
LED headlamp, position lamp & licence plate lamp
Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 Tires





2020 Kawasaki Z900 ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features




2020 Kawasaki Z900 ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

NEW FOR 2020

Stronger Frame

  • Revised frame has added strength in the swingarm pivot area.
  • Updated suspension settings match the new frame.

Lighter Handling

  • New Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires contribute to lighter handling.

Evolved Z Sugomi Stying

  • New LED headlight is flanked by LED position lamps that give the Z900 a distinct style that distinguishes it from Kawasaki’s other Z models. The position lamps have a textured surface so that they appear as a whole illuminated shape.
  • Redesigned area around the headlight contributes to a sharper, more compact image. Its lines are less forward leaning than before so that the sharper edges emphasize the new headlight’s design.
  • New shrouds, fuel tank cover, under cowl and swingarm pivot cover are all more compact and contribute to the sharper image.


Kawasaki Traction Control System (KTRC)(KP)

  • 3-mode system covers a wide range of riding conditions, offering either enhanced sport riding or rider assurance by facilitating smooth riding on slippery surfaces.
  • Modes 1 and 2 control ignition timing like Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC), which uses complex analysis to predict when traction conditions are about to become unfavorable and act before wheel slippage exceeds the range for optimal traction. Mode 3 has higher sensitivity and controls ignition timing, fuel and air for ultra-smooth operation.
  • A switch on the left handlebar switch housing gives the rider the option to turn the system off.

Power Mode

  • Allows riders to set power characteristics to suit riding conditions and style. Riders can choose between full power operation or low power, which is approximately 55 percent of full with a milder throttle response.

Integrated Riding Modes:            Sport, Road, Rain, Rider (manual)

  • All-inclusive modes that link KTRC, Power Mode and KECS allow riders to efficiently set traction

control, power delivery and suspension character to suit a given riding situation.

  • Riders can choose from Sport, Road, Rain or a manual setting (Rider). In the manual Rider mode, each of the systems can be set independently.

–              Sport: enables riders to enjoy sporty riding on winding roads.

–              Road: offers comfortable riding over a wide range of situations, from city riding to highway cruising and rural roads.

–              Rain: offers rider reassurance when riding on a wet road surface.



Sport     1              F

Road      2              F

Rain       3              L

Rider (manual)  1,2,3 or Off         F or L


TFT Color Instrumentation

  • New 4.3-inch all-digital TFT (thin-film transistor) color instrumentation gives the cockpit a high-tech, high-grade appearance.
  • TFT delivers a high level of visibility. The screen’s background color is selectable (black or white), and screen brightness adjusts automatically to suit available light.
  • Display functions include: digital speedometer, digital bar-style tachometer, gear position indicator, shift lamp, fuel gauge, odometer, dual trip meters, current and average fuel consumption, remaining range, average speed, total time, coolant temperature, clock, battery voltage, Kawasaki service reminder, oil change reminder and the Kawasaki Economical Riding Indicator.
  • Bluetooth chip allows connection to smartphone and RIDEOLOGY THE APP.
  • Handlebar switches allow the rider to easily scroll through all mode selection and display options at the touch of a finger.


RIDEOLOGY THE APP Smartphone Connectivity†

† Do not operate smartphone while riding

  • A Bluetooth® chip built into the instrument panel enables riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly. Using the smartphone application “RIDEOLOGY THE APP,” a number of instrument functions can be accessed, contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience.

Available functions:

–              Vehicle Info: information such as fuel level, mileage, maintenance schedule, etc can be viewed via the smartphone.

–              Riding Log: GPS route information as well as vehicle running information can be logged and viewed via the smartphone.

–              Telephone notices: when a call or mail is received by the smartphone, it is indicated on the instrument display.

–              Vehicle Settings: Riding Mode (Road, Sport, Rain, Rider) can be set in advance on the smartphone and uploaded when paired with the bike, as can riding support systems (like KQS) and the payload mode.

–              General Settings: general instrument display settings (such as preferred units, date, date format, etc) can be adjusted via the smartphone.

  • Once vehicle information has been downloaded to the app, it can be viewed on the smartphone. Available information includes: odometer, trip A, trip B, fuel gauge, remaining range, average gas mileage, average speed, max lean angle (right/left), battery voltage, Kawasaki service reminder, oil change reminder, etc.
  • Detailed riding logs including GPS information and vehicle running information can be recorded. While riding, the app tracks vehicle speed, rpm, gear position, throttle position, front brake fluid pressure, acceleration/deceleration, current mileage, and coolant temperature from moment to moment. Once the riding log has been paired, riders can review these items in a graphic-style display at any point along the route. The app can also display a ride summary, with information that may include: route travelled, total distance, total time, gas mileage (best/average), speed (best/average), max lean angle (right/left), etc. For either display mode, riders can select which items are displayed, and can arrange them in their preferred order.
  • When riding with the app ON the bike and smartphone are always connected. When the engine is turned off, the latest riding information stored by the app may be viewed on the smartphone.

Any vehicle setting changes made via the app while the engine is off, or while out of range, will be uploaded when the ignition is turned on and the smartphone is in range with the app ON. General settings can only be updated via the app when the bike and smartphone are connected.




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 relieve pressure to 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



Trellis Frame

  • A key component to the Z900’s light weight, the frame weighs in at just under 30 pounds and contributes significantly to the bike’s light, nimble handling.
  • Frame components are arranged 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.





2020 Kawasaki Z900 ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $8,999 – $9,299 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $10,399 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled
Displacement 948cc
Bore x Stroke 73.4 x 56.0mm
Compression Ratio 11.8:1
Maximum Torque 73.1 lb-ft @ 7,700 rpm
Fuel System DFI® with 36mm Keihin throttle bodies
Ignition TCBI with electronic advance
Transmission 6-speed, return shift
Final Drive Sealed chain
Electronic Rider Aids Integrated Riding Modes, Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), Power Modes (2)
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
Rear Tire 180/55 ZR17
Front Brakes Dual 300mm petal-style discs with four-piston calipers, ABS
Rear Brakes Single 250mm petal-style disc with single-piston caliper, ABS
Frame Type Trellis, high tensile steel
Rake/Trail 24.5°/4.1 in
Overall Length 81.5 in
Overall Width 32.5 in
Overall Height 42.5 in
Ground Clearance 5.7 in
Seat Height 31.5 in
Curb Weight 467.5 lb**
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal
Wheelbase 57.3 in
Special Features Rideology the App Smartphone Connectivity, TFT Instrumentation
Color Choices *Metallic Graphite Gray/Metallic Spark Black *Candy Plasma Blue/Metallic Matte Fusion Silver
Warranty 12 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional) 12, 24, 36 or 48 months
**Curb weight includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90 percent capacity) and tool kit (if supplied). When equipped, California evaporative emissions
equipment adds approximately 2.2 lb.





2020 Kawasaki Z900 ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com  Canadian Specifications/Technical Details


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 2,070 mm
Overall width 825 mm
Overall height 1,080 mm
Wheelbase 1,455 mm
Ground clearance 145 mm
Seat height 820 mm
Curb mass** 212 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) 24.5º
Trail 110 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 33° / 33°


Maximum Power 92 kW {125 PS} / 9,500 rpm
Maximum Torque 99 N. m {10.1 kgf. m} / 7,700 rpm


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




2020 Kawasaki Z900 ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details





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