Kawasaki Z900RS Review
What Is It?
The 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS is a retro style bike with a cool dash which looks retro from afar but actually has all the modern bits you would expect on a small LCD screen between the two clocks.
Engine: 948 cc Inline Four, 110 bhp
Economy: 45 mpg, 170 miles
Seat Height: 835 mm
Wet Weight: 215 kg
|✓||Looks, smooth power, dash, tyres|
|×||Exhaust, tyre valves, rubber hoses|
I bought my Z900RS on the 1st August 2018 and to-date have covered a little over 6000 miles, I generally ride alone but when I do ride with my friends, it’s the bike that gets all the attention when we stop, older people stop and reminisce on the there bike from from the 70s and younger people ask is it quick and the answer is yes!
This bike will do everything you want a bike to do, it delivers power smoothly, handles very well and the seating position is neutral. The build quality is superb with some very well thought out details, the instruments are a nod to the clocks of the original Z with a lovely digital display inbetween the analog dials.
The Dunlop tyres are very good in all conditions, I feel confident in the wet on them and at the next tyre change will almost certainly put the same tyre on again.
Now a couple of negatives.
I was surprised to find the braking system has rubber flexible hoses, probably to keep costs down, in the short term this isn’t an issue, but sometime in the future I’ll be changing them, also the tyre valves need to be angled to make it easier to inflate the tyres.
I absolutely love this bike, I have always said that, if a bike makes you smile when you see it, then it’s the right bike for you, this Z makes me smile every time I site on it.
- Richard E, 2018
How Does It Compare?
- Z900RS Cafe - "Cafe Racerised" version with a headlight fairing, lower bars, lower mirrors and pillion seat hump.
The Second Opinion
I bought the new Z900RS (covert green) back in April as a brand new bike trading in a 2016 ZX-6R. Initially I was sceptical of the bike but the second I saw it in person my opinion changed as it’s stunning to look at. It only took a 30 minute test ride to be enough to decide to make the swap. Everything I expected it to be like in terms of handling, comfort, speed etc it surprised me by being better in every aspect.
Having done the initial 600 miles and having it’s first service I’ve taken it up to Scotland to do the NC500. The trip was amazing, the bike was brilliant and strangely so was the weather! Twisties, straights, casual riding, it can do the lot with ease. So much so I’m even considering taking it on track....
I’ve swapped the original mirrors for bar end mirrors purely down to preference, the original mirrors are really good! I put a screen on just for the NC500 and since removed. I also purchased the lower seat which is great for a day out however if I was to do a long trip away again I’d put the original seat on as the lower isn’t comfy enough. With it being a new bike and the type of bike it is I expect to see so many different/custom variants in the near future.
Would I recommend it? 110%. People think it’s an ‘old mans’ bike but it really isn’t, I was 26 when I bought mine and haven’t looked back.
- Sam B, 2018