India Kawasaki Motors (IKM) launched its retro and classic motorcycle, the Z900RS in February this year. The motorcycle priced at Rs 15.3 lakh (ex-showroom), is on sale with only in Candy Tone Orange colour option. The Japanese motorcycle maker has now introduced new Metallic Spark Black option to the Z900RS without an increase in price.
Kawasaki Z900RS is a tribute of Kawasaki to its legendary model, Z1, sold in the 1970s. Z900RS retains most of the classic design ethos of the original model while it packs a modern engine and features borrowed from Z900.
The retro-modern bike gets teardrop-styled fuel tank in line with the old-world theme. Kawasaki engineers have reworked on the Trellis frame to make the bike a perfect blend of modern and classic tones. This is visible in round headlamp with LED treatment and dual analogue-style speedometer and tachometer dials with a multi-function LCD screen in the middle. Z900RS gets black colour treatment on the engine and frame while front and the exhaust pipe is finished in stainless steel, again for the classic touch.
Kawasaki Z900RS comes equipped with advanced features like KRTC (Kawasaki Traction Control). Z900RS also gets 41mm inverted forks in the front and gas-charged shock absorbers at the rear. Brembo sourced 300mm dual-floating front discs and a single 250 petal disc at the rear takes care of braking.
The motorcycle is powered by a liquid-cooled 900cc in-line four engine that develops 111hp of power at 8,500rpm and 98.5Nm of torque at 6,500rpm mated to a six-speed transmission. The same mill in Z900 develops 125hp. It looks like Kawasaki has detuned the engine to make it more suitable for leisure riding.
Kawasaki claims the Candy Tone Orange colour option for the Z900RS has garnered a positive response from its admirer. "Z900RS, a product mostly bought by a certain elite group, received lots of compliments for its premium quality and meticulous finishing. The positive response through various sources prompted us to bring Z900RS in black. We do hope that this new addition will be received well by our customers and followers," said Yutaka Yamashita, Managing Director of IKM.