Kawasaki has returned to the retro class with the announcement of the new Z900RS at this weekend’s Tokyo International Motor Show.
The classically styled roadster comes as no surprise following a recent teaser campaign, but the Japanese show marked the first time the bike had been shown in its entirety and its specifications revealed.
Kawasaki’s press blurb states the RS ‘owes little to the recently introduced Z900 super naked family’ although the bike is ostensibly a restyled and retuned version of the standard Z900, which was unveiled 12 months ago.
The retro styling and colour schemes echo the legendary Z1 of the early 1970s, with period green and black or brown and orange combos available alongside a more modern metallic black. The detailing does look spot on, thanks in no small part to a teardrop tank, fake engine fins, retro badges, period mirrors and rear tail unit. Kawasaki has also given the RS spoke style cast wheels and, at first glance, their new retro styling certainly looks the real deal.
Kawasaki say the liquid-cooled engine has been retuned for better low to mid range power and they’ve even massaged the exhaust note, a first for the company, to sound authentic at low speeds.
It’s Kawasaki’s first foray into the retro market since the achingly authentic W800, although there are plenty of modern touches to the new bike too, such as the LED lights and upside down forks. If you like the look of the Z900RS, you’ll be able to see it at Motorcycle Live next month, with bikes arriving in showrooms before the end of the year.
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