Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe
The Z900RS Cafe uses the same 948cc water-cooled inline four as the Z900RS, itself based on the Z900 from 2017 but detuned to 110bhp instead of the Z900’s 123bhp and with some obvious cosmetic differences (such as fake air-cooling fins, for example). The Z900RS Cafe shares the same chassis as the Z900RS with upside-down forks, radial brake calipers, a horizontal rear shock and slipper clutch. Two-mode traction control offers a basic safety aid. In contrast to the range of customizing accessories available to the BMW and Triumph, Kawasaki’s list is limited to practicalities such as heated grips, a centrestand, engine and frame protectors and an Akrapovic slip-on end can.
SPEC Price £10,792 Engine 948cc inline four, 4v per cyl, l/c Power 110bhp @ 8500rpm Torque 73lb·ft @ 6500rpm Transmission 6-speed, chain Chassis tubular steel trellis Front suspension 41mm forks, 120mm travel, adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping Rear suspension monoshock, 140mm travel, adjustable preload and rebound damping Front brakes 300mm discs, 4-piston calipers Rear brake 250mm disc, 1-piston caliper Front tyre 120/70 ZR17 Rear tyre 180/55 ZR17 Wheelbase 1470mm Rake/trail 25°/98mm Seat height 820mm Kerb weight 216kg Fuel capacity 17 litres PCP FINANCE Price £10,792 Deposit £2000 Monthly repayments 36 x £118.16 Optional final payment £5934 APR 6.3% Total payable £12,187.76 Annual mileage 5000
A café racer in name alone
Horizontal rear shock moves its weight towards the bike’s centre Radial front brake calipers provide strong stopping power for the large Kawasaki
Solid, chunky switchgear includes rocker switch to adjust two-level traction control Classically styled twin dials even use a similar typeface to the clocks on Kawasaki’s original Z1