I wanted to compare the Kawasaki Z900RS with the Z900RS Cafe. So this week I wanted to go and check out the Black Dog Ride course so I can plan my video shoot for the 17th March, and when James from Penrith Motorcycle centre offered to come with me and for us to take the 2 different Z900RS models available, I jumped at the chance.
So I jumped on the Z900RS with the Jaffa paint scheme and off we went. The Black Dog Ride course is great, but the Z900RS was just exceptional. I really love this bike and it has a lot to offer. Good retro styling with all the modern day safety, performance and convenience.
After an hour or so we pulled over, and James handed me the keys to his personal Z900RS Cafe and off we went again. There is no mechanical differences between the two bikes, mainly just body positioning differences due to the sportier handlebars, peg positions a little further back and the front fairing. For me though, the Jaffa colored Z900RS wins my head and my heart.
Thanks to Penrith Motorcycle Centre http://www.penrithmotorcycles.com.au/
For more info of the Black Dog Ride go here https://www.blackdogride.com.au/
Z900RS Cafe review here https://youtu.be/WAI2BHF2vBU
Z900RS Specs here Model Z900RS ZR900CKFA/B
Engine Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four Displacement 948 cm³ Bore x Stroke 73.4 x 56.0 mm
Compression Ratio 10.8:1 Valve System DOHC 16 valves
Fuel System Fuel Injection, 36 mm x 4 with sub throttles valves Ignition Digital Starting Electric
Transmission 6-speed with Positive Neutral finder and Assist & Slipper Clutch
Frame Trellis high tensile steel Suspension – front 41 mm cartridge fork with compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Suspension – rear Horizontal Back-link with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Wheel travel – front 120 mm Wheel travel – rear 140 mm
Brakes – front Dual 300 mm semi-floating petal discs.
Dual radial-mount monobloc opposed 4-piston calipers, ABS Brakes – rear Single 250 mm petal disc with single piston caliper, ABS Tyre Size- front 120/70-ZR17 (58W) Tyre Size- rear 180/55-ZR17 (73W) L x W x H 2,100 x 865 x 1,050 mm
Wheelbase 1,470 mm
Ground Clearance 130 mm Seat height 835 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres Curb Mass 214 kg (includes full fuel tank and all fluids at optimum levels)
Max Power 82.0 kW @ 8,500 rpm
Max Torque 98.5 N.m @ 6,500 rpm
Colour/s Candytone Brown with Candytone Orange or Metallic Matte Covert Green and Flat Ebony type 2
Warranty 24 Months Unlimited Kilometres
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