2018 Kawasaki Z900RS



In 1973, Kawasaki introduced the Z1 900, a bold in-line four powered bike that would inspire an entire new generation of motorcycle design. Today, the Z1 900 spirit lives on in the all-new 2018 Z900RS. Combining timeless retro styling, high quality components and muscle power of the original Z1 with today’s cutting-edge technology and performance, the powerful yet friendly-to-ride Z900RS represents a modern reinvigoration of the icon that started it all.

Ergonomics & Experience

  • CHASSIS: The modern horizontal back-link rear suspension offers progressive damping for an ideal balance of sport riding performance and casual riding comfort.
  • CHASSIS: The modern lightweight trellis frame provides the strength to harness the inline 4-cylinder power and the balanced flex to achieve responsive and agile handling.
  • CHASSIS: The modern, fully adjustable, 41 mm inverted fork tuned to deliver both ride comfort and sporty performance.
  • ERGONOMICS: Sporty, upright handlebar position provides ideal leverage for cornering and low-speed maneuvering.
  • ERGONOMICS: Low seat height for easy reach to the ground and enhanced rider confidence.
  • ERGONOMICS: Relaxed upright riding position accommodates both comfortable cruising and sporty riding.
  • BRAKES: Modern ABS is a standard feature on the Z900RS. It's a compact and lightweight Nissin motorcycle ABS unit that helps reduce wheel lock up under certain conditions.
  • BRAKES: Modern radial-mount calipers and radial-pump front brake master cylinder contribute to a firm, progressive feel and powerful braking performance.

Power & Performance

  • RIDE EASY: Seat is well cushioned and comfortable for extended highway cruising and enhanced road bump absorption.
  • TUNED EXHAUST NOTE: Tuned to deliver an appealing iconic rumble during engine start and idling.
  • SMOOTH AND POWERFUL: Inline four delivers strong acceleration and silky-smooth performance for cruising at higher rpms.
  • DOUBLE WALL CONSTRUCTION: Inner pipes are slimmer than the outer pipes which contribute to strong low-mid range focused performance.

Retro Styling

  • HIGH-GRADE PAINT & ICONIC TEARDROP FUEL TANK: Throwback retro brown and orange paint scheme highlight a teardrop fuel tank and premium finishes that resemble the original Z1.
  • STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST SYSTEM: Double-walled headers, integrated connections and short megaphone silencer, all treated to a buffed finish highlight the retro-sport image.
  • LED LIGHTS: A round LED headlight and oval surface-emitting LED taillight pay homage to the original Z1 with a blend of retro and modern designs.
  • MULTI-FUNCTION INSTRUMENTATION: The high-tech multi-function LCD screen nestled between bullet shape analogue dials, featuring classic chrome bezels creates a balance of retro style mixed with modern functionality.
  • SPOKE STYLE CAST WHEELS: A classic look with machining on the spokes and rim plus high-quality paint demonstrates superb craftsmanship.

General Information

Manufacturer Kawasaki
Model Year 2018
Model Z900RS
Model Code ZR900CJFL
Color Metallic Spark Black



Front - Dual disc ABS

Rear - Single disc ABS


Front - 120/70 ZR17 Dunlop GPR-300F

Rear - 180/55 ZR17 Dunlop GPR-300


Length Overall - 83.1 in.
Height Overall - 46.5 in.
Width Overall - 34.1 in.

Curb - 471.9 lb.

Curb weight includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90 percent capacity) and tool kit (if supplied).

Ground Clearance 5.3 in.
Wheelbase 58.1 in.
Seat Height 31.5 in.


Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Sealed chain


Engine 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve
Displacement 948 cc
Bore x Stroke 73.4 x 56.0 mm
Compression Ratio 10.8:1
Fuel System DFI® with 36 mm Keihin throttle bodies
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal.
Ignition TCBI with electronic advance
Cooling Liquid cooled


Frame Tubular, diamond

Front / Wheel Travel- Inverted telescopic fork (10-way) with adjustable compression and rebound (12-way) damping, spring preload; 4.7 in

Rear / Wheel Travel -Horizontal back-link swingarm with stepless adjustable rebound damping and spring preload; 5.5 in

Rake 25.4°
Trail 3.5 in.


Additional Colors

Candytone Brown / Candytone Orange

Metallic Spark Black

Warranty 12 Month Limited Warranty