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HOS 25-11-2017 11:42 PM

The new Z900RS from Kawasaki.
 
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Retro is the new (reborn?) scene for bikes and has always been very cult in Japan. Rumours started last year that Kawasaki were going to build a modern retro bike in the 1970s style. The classic UJM bought bang up to date and tbh it does look half decent. The only misdemeanors IMO are the upside down forks should be RWU and the front mudguard brackets are total overkill.
https://www.kawasaki.co.uk/en/produc...lgOUVEMC15QXlg
See what you think?

HOS 25-11-2017 11:46 PM

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Kawasaki have at the same time given us what they call a "cafe".
Well it isnt a cafe racer to me, but it still looks good.

https://www.kawasaki.co.uk/en/produc...QtbUQpbWQ0MDV4

Tricky-Dicky 26-11-2017 11:14 AM

Yeah the retro look seems to be the new "in thing" but unfortunately its rather hard to implement all the new tech without it looking cluttered and bulky, Triumph have come close, but have ended up with mostly behemoths baring the Bobber.

Friar Tuck 27-11-2017 06:51 AM

What goes around comes around! Doesn't look a lot different to the Zephyrs they bought out in the 90s. Most manufacturers seem to be bringing out retro bikes every couple of years.

SS2 27-11-2017 12:50 PM

I don't like the triangulation under the side panel, makes it look like a modern bike with a retro dress up kit on it. The motor doesn't suit the retro style either. Looks good at first glance though and I think it would look good on the road.

HOS 27-11-2017 08:22 PM

I'm not too keen on that triangulation either SS2.
The bike looks top heavy and there's a lot of air under the seat and under the pipes.
I would have preferred the forks to be like those which were fitted to the 1200 Buell if they had to BE USD.

Strider 28-11-2017 08:52 PM

I was at the NEC bike show this weekend gone .............. I want one of these and the missus kept saying "go on then put a deposit down on one, you work hard for your money". Get behind me satan!!!!!

I cant justify having a ZZR1400 and one of these and the customised (streetfightered???) GS1000

Biker Buster 29-11-2017 08:36 AM

It's just a new take on what Harley do. Except HD use genuine 1920's technology and dress it up in 2017 prices.. :D

Friar Tuck 30-11-2017 05:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Strider (Post 665471)
I was at the NEC bike show this weekend gone .............. I want one of these and the missus kept saying "go on then put a deposit down on one, you work hard for your money". Get behind me satan!!!!!

I cant justify having a ZZR1400 and one of these and the customised (streetfightered???) GS1000

My missus said that to me when I bought the Fazer....that cost me a new heating system, a conservatory and a new kitchen!! That was way back in 2000 when we (I) had money!

HOS 01-12-2017 04:36 PM

Buying a new Z900RS would cost a fair bit less than buying the original bike?

HOS 01-12-2017 04:57 PM

Z900RS specs:

215 kg kerb weight.
19 litre tank.
111 PS / 98.5 Nm torque
6 gears
Fuel injection
Tyre, front: 120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear: 180/55ZR17 M/C (73W)

How does that compare with the original?

Friar Tuck 02-12-2017 07:14 AM

This link should tell you:-

http://www.kawasakiz1.com/Z-Specifications.html

HOS 13-12-2017 10:43 AM

Comparing the new Z900RS to my 1100 the specs are very similar.

http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/mod..._1100%2097.htm

93 bhp and 89 Nm of torque.

A mate is selling his absolutely mint condition rebuilt ZR1100 Zephyr for 3750 I think.
He has rebuilt almost the whole bike including polished and ported head, new valves, valve guides, new pistons, rebore, new everything almost.

This is the one he is selling.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzQeu-rWHDs

HOS 13-12-2017 11:07 AM

Model: Z900RS 2018 / ZR1100 1995 / Z900 1978

Kerb weight: 215 kg / 266 kg / 248 kg

Power output: 109 bhp / 93 bhp / 81 bhp

Torque: 98.5 Nm / 89 Nm / 74 Nm

Bearing in mind the Z900RS figures are from Kawasaki who always give higher output figures than the bike actually gives. Usually 10% more or there abouts.
The biggest difference is the price to buy one.

Price: 10,500 / 2000 to 5000 / 10,000 +++

So the ZR1100 zephyr still gives best value for money.

Matt2511 14-12-2017 09:08 AM

This is a NICE bike, owned a Kawasaki when I lived in Japan, a pretty simple one though:) But still one of the best bikes brand IMO

Friar Tuck 15-12-2017 05:21 AM

Wow...Strasbourg...Japan...Been about a bit then Matt?

RobK 21-12-2017 11:19 AM

I like it, I may have to buy one.

In green obviously.


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