Kawasaki has had a decent repertoire of naked streetfighter-style motorcycles. The Z900 is one of them. They’ve been highly praised as a bike of choice of weekend warriors itching to get out of Manila. This year, it’s getting some upgrades in looks, performance, and tech.
The Z900 is powered by a 948cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine capable of putting out 125 hp and 98.6 Nm of torque at 7,700 RPM. It is mated with a 6-speed transmission, return shift coupled with an assist and slipper clutch. This is the same power plant found in their retro-sport motorcycle, the Z900RS.
The new frame of the Z900 is made of high tensile steel that is lightweight, narrow, and features a strengthened swingarm pivot area matched with new adjustable front and horizontal back-link rear suspension systems. The Z900 now sports a new sharp muscular style with integrated aggressive lines throughout the body inspired by their Sugomi™ design philosophy complemented by a new LED headlight and graphics. Stopping power is delivered by two 300 mm discs up front and a single 250 mm disc in the rear with standard ABS. It is now equipped with brand new Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 Tires.
A brand new TFT color screen display replaces the old digital LCD and gives you all the necessary information for the speedo, tachometer, and everything the rider needs. Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC) now gives you different power and riding modes selectable between Sport, Road, Rain, or Manual. In addition, it now allows you to stay connected with your phone via Bluetooth Smartphone Connectivity giving you access to vehicle info, riding log, and phone notifications.
The new Z900 is currently available in the US and Europe with prices starting at USD $8,900. Considering its popularity in the Philippines, it wouldn’t be long before it arrives on our shores. Though we haven’t received an official price yet, we speculate it would be a little bit lower than the Z900RS or somewhere just around Php 590,000.