When we found out we were getting the Kawasaki Z900RS for our window in September we were super excited for the chance to take a closer look at it.
It's a homage to Kawasaki's groundbreaking Z1 from 1973. While the two bikes share a few styling cues that have always stood out to me: The tear drop tank, round taillight with duckbill tail section and bullet shaped tach and speedo bottoms the updated Z900RS has a host of well thought out details that leave the retro tag in the rearview.
The engine is a liquid cooled inline four that is smooth, strong and tuned for low to mid range torque. We found higher rpms pack just as much punch in the too-short couple of days we were riding it before sticking it in the window. The styling on the engine invokes the old air-cooled engines of the Z1 with cast alloy cases and the appearance of cooling fins.
The suspension is a real upgrade with 41mm adjustable USD forks on the front Kawasaki’s Horizontal Back-Link rear suspension for modern performance and a sportier feel than traditional twin rear shocks.
At the end of the day if you're looking for a 'retro' looking bike that performs like a modern and gives you a fun, intuitive ride whether you're in the city or carving up some curvy country roads the Z900RS is a great motorcycle give some consideration to. We have it in our window for the rest of the month so if you'd like to take a closer look be sure to stop by!