Kawasaki Motors has launched its retro-styled motorcycle in India. The Kawasaki Z900RS is priced at Rs.15.30 lakh.
The motorbike is styled classically and pays homage to its successor the 1970’s Kawasaki Z1.
After being absent for the 2018 Auto Expo event, the Kawasaki India Managing Director Yutaka Yamashita said “As there is eagerness and a lot of excitement among our smattering India customers for high range premium products, we have decided to launch Kawasaki Z900 RS in India and hope the Z900RS creates a league of its own.”
The Z900RS is available in Candytone Brown/Candytone Orange colour schemes. The Kawasaki made its debut in 2017 at Tokyo Motor Show in Japan.
Let’s further talk about this retro-styled Motorbike in detail.
The Retro design of the Kawasaki Z900RS has classic round headlamps, wide and sort of flatter handlebar and a vintage twin-pod instrument cluster.
The frame of the motorbike has been redesigned and now accommodates a slim 17-litre fuel tank and does leads to a flat seat and thus improves sitting posture which is now more upright than before.
This retro design does not mean everything about the bike is old school. The bike includes LED headlamps and an LCD screen which is placed between the analogue speedometer and the analogue tachometer.
The screen shows information like average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, external temperature, gear position and much more. But if you hate such technical information on your retro bike, an option has been given to you to switch off the LCD screen and just keep the analogue meters on.
The Kawasaki Z900 RS has a classic two-tone paint scheme and a teardrop shaped fuel tanks which only adds to its appealing retro design.
Thus the bike signifies that the motorbike is a perfect blend of retro styling and modern pieces of equipment.
ENGINE PERFORMANCE AND SPECIFICATIONS:
The Kawasaki Z900RS is powered by 948 cc, in-line, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine.
The engine used in Z900RS happens to be the same as the current Z900. The motorcycle generates a power of 111.4 PS at 8,500 rpm and a peak torque of 98.5 Nm at 6,500 rpm.
One thing you should notice is that the peak torque is generated below 7000 RPM, thus the engine is more powerful than the current Z900 below 7000 rpm. To shorten it up, it now produces more power at lower speeds.
The bike weighs around 215 kgs (kerb).
The bike may be all retro, but when it comes to handling it meets all the safety standards.
The bike comes with a two-level Kawasaki traction control and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) as standard.
The braking duties of the Kawasaki Z900 are done by 300 mm twin discs at the front and a 250 mm single disc at the back.
Kawasaki RS has adjustable USD forks on the front side, furthermore has a gas-charged monoshock at the rear side. So, long rides won’t feel that long for the bikers that’s for sure.
The Japanese Automakers claim that the first gear is made shorter than earlier and the top (sixth) gear is made taller, thus the bike will perform ever so smoothly on roads.
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The Kawasaki Z900RS is priced at Rs. 15.30 lakh (ex-showroom) in India and is made available only through bookings.
The bike will solely be manufactured in Japan and will be imported to our country via CBU route. Thus comes this steep price tag.
If the proposed reduction in import duties are agreed upon, you can get the motorbike at a somewhat lesser price. Also if the company decides to bring you the bike via CKD route, consequently it can also give you a good price drop. All ifs and buts though.
Yes, we agree that the price tag is on the higher side than our expectations (around 1 to 2 lakhs higher), but then again it has got a legitimate reason for the same.
The Kawasaki Z900RS will surely be a good addition to Indian bikes list. Actual delivery of the motorbike will begin in the month of July if ordered now.
The bike will get stiff competition from Triumph Thruxton 1200 R, which is available at a much lower price of Rs. 11.4 lakh.
If you are a person who spends good cash on motorbikes and your passion lies in cool retro-charmed motorbikes, then the all-new Kawasaki Z900RS is absolutely what you are looking for.
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