The Kawasaki Z900RS was launched in India earlier this year, and now the Japanese bike maker has introduced a new black paint option on the retro-styled offering. The new black Z900RS is priced at ₹ 15.30 lakh (ex-showroom), which remains the same as the existing colour options. Apart from black, the motorcycle is now available in two other colours - Candytone Brown and Candytone Orange. The Kawasaki Z900RS shares its underpinnings with the Z900, but has been redesigned to look like a retro motorcycle straight out of the 1970s. In fact, Kawasaki says the Z900RS pays homage to the Kawasaki Z1 borrowing several elements from that motorcycle.
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The Kawasaki Z900RS looks identical to the standard Z900 but gets a multitude of changes. The trellis frame underpinning the bike has been modified to accommodate the new fuel tank design, while the seating position is more upright over the Z900 with the foot pegs have moved by 20 mm to a centre set position. The handlebar also sits 30 mm wider and 65 mm taller, while being positioned 35 mm closer to the rider. The Z900RS gets twin analog instrument pods, quite like the original and helps keep up with the retro theme. Other salient bits include the LED headlamp and taillight, as well as a multi-function LCD screen display.
Power on the Kawasaki Z900RS comes from the same 900 cc in-line, liquid-cooled, four-cylinder engine that powers the Z900. Power output, however, has been revised to 109 bhp at 8500 rpm and 98.5 Nm of peak torque at 6500 rpm, marginally lower than the 123 bhp offered on the naked. The motor comes mated to a 6-speed transmission. Suspension duties are handled by fully adjustable 41 mm USD forks up front and gas-charged shock absorbers at the rear. Braking performance comes from Brembo sourced 300 mm dual-floating front discs and a single 250 petal disc at the rear. The Z900RS gets KRTC (Kawasaki Traction Control) and ABS, along with two riding modes.
The Kawasaki Z900RS comes to India as a Completely Built Unit (CBU) from Japan, which explains is substantially high pricing. In contrast, rivals like the Triumph Bonneville T120 and the Triumph Thruxton R are more attractively priced.