2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe



Following in the footsteps of the Z900RS, retro meets modern with the café-racer inspired all-new 2018 Z900RS CAFE. Combining authentic retro styling, a modern chassis and today’s cutting-edge technology and performance, the powerful yet friendly-to-ride Z900RS CAFE represents a modern reinvigoration of iconic motorcycles from the 1970's.

Experience the true spirit of the legendary Kawasaki bikes of yesteryear with the café-racer style front cowl, Vintage Lime Green paint scheme, green rim stripes and blacked out paint on select components. The black finished drop-style handlebar, café-racer stepped seat and tuned exhaust with brushed finish truly embody the ultimate café-racer image.

Café Exclusives

  • CAFE-RACER STYLE FRONT COWL: High-grade coating and a clean fit-and-finish contribute to the high-quality appearance. Compact fairing exudes café-racer style and helps to deflect wind away from the rider.
  • VINTAGE COLOR & GRAPHICS: A unique Vintage Lim Green color scheme with white racing stripes pays tribute to the iconic Kawasaki Superbike graphics of the 70's and 80's.
  • DROP-STYLE HANDLEBAR: Exhibits a drop handlebar contributing to the café-racer styling. The handlebar is painted black to match the timeless styling accents. A wide grip helps to facilitate a confident yet sport riding position.
  • CAFE-RACER SEAT: A low 32.3 in. seat height provides an attractive sculpted shape with a more pronounced step and supportive padding. The seat is a slimmer at the front, facilitating the rider's reach to the ground. The seat can be removed without tools, offering easy access to the battery, fuse box and tool kit.
  • EXHAUST: TUNED EXHAUST WITH BRUSHED FINISH: Exhaust tuned to deliver an appealing iconic rumble during engine start and idling.

Ergonomics & Experience

  • SUSPENSION: The modern horizontal back-link rear suspension offers progressive damping for an ideal balance of sport riding performance and casual riding comfort.
  • SUSPENSION: The modern, fully adjustable, 41 mm inverted fork tuned to deliver both ride comfort and sporty performance.
  • ERGONOMICS: Drop-style handlebar provides ideal leverage for cornering and low-speed maneuvering.
  • ERGONOMICS: Low seat height for easy reach to the ground and enhanced rider confidence.
  • ERGONOMICS: The relationship between footpegs, and seats and handlebars was designed to enhance communication between rider and machine, giving the rider a confidence-inspiring feeling. Relaxed upright riding position accommodates both comfortable cruising and sporting riding.
  • BRAKES: Modern ABS is a standard feature on the Z900RS CAFE. 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

  • AUTHENTIC RETRO-SPORT Z: Superb balance of power and handling.
  • KTRC (KAWASAKI TRACTON CONTROL): Contributing to rider reassurance, the Z900RS CAFE is equipped with advanced Kawasaki rider support technology. KTRC features two modes that cover a wide range of riding conditions, offering either enhanced sport riding performance or the pace of mind to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence.
  • TUNED EXHAUST NOTE: Tuned to deliver an appealing iconic rumble during engine start and idling.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT TRELLIS FRAME: The modern lightweight trellis frame provides the strength to harness the incline 4-cylinder power and the balanced flex to achieve responsive and agile handling.
  • ASSIST AND SLIPPER CLUTCH: Race-inspired clutch technology offers both a much lighter feel at the lever, as well as a back-torque limiting function that helps prevent rear-wheel hop when downshifting.
  • 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 contributes to strong low-mid range focused performance.

Retro Styling

  • HIGH-GRADE PAINT & ICONIC TEARDROP FUEL TANK: Throwback Vintage Lime Green paint scheme highlights a teardrop fuel tank and premium finishes.
  • STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST SYSTEM: Chromed double-walled headers and shirt megaphone silencer featuring a brushed finish highlight the retro-sport image.
  • LED LIGHTS: Round LED headlight and oval LED taillight blend 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 pin striping and high-quality paint demonstrates superb craftsmanship.
  • AUTHENTIC STYLING: The Z900RS CAFE is the ultimate retro-sport Z that offers modern running dear and classic styling.

General Information

Manufacturer Kawasaki
Model Year 2018
Model Z900RS Cafe
Model Code ZR900EJFL
Color Vintage Lime Green



Front - Dual disc ABS

Rear - Single disc ABS


Front - 120/70 ZR17 Dunlop GPR-300F

Rear - 180/55 ZR17 Dunlop GPR-300


Length Overall - 82.7 in.
Height Overall - 46.9 in.
Width Overall - 33.3 in.

Curb - 474.1 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 5.1 in.
Wheelbase 57.9 in.
Seat Height 32.3 in.


Transmission 6-speed, return shift
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 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.


Warranty 12 Month Limited Warranty