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Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe Racer Review 2022

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With almost every brand stepping in the café racer craze, Kawasaki has plans to introduce the Z900RS Café Racer in the International market. There are several cosmetic upgrades like a headlamp cowl, green paint scheme with a white stripe running across the body and a twin-pod cluster that is reminiscent of retro-classic bikes.

At the heart of the matter, the Café Racer will be powered by a 900cc in-line four cylinder engine that pumps out 109bhp and 98.5Nm of torque. While an India launch is uncertain, Kawasaki is likely to introduce the Z900RS Café Racer in Japan sometime this year.

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Highlights of Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe Racer

Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe Racer now gets a front-biased riding position, a lower handlebar and a cafe racer-esque cowl for the LED headlamp. There is still a minimalist theme at work with almost zero body panels, except the cowl. The bike gets the same 948 cc in-line four engine that makes 111 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 98.5 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. Power is transferred to the wheels via a 6-speed gearbox and Kawasaki will also offer traction control, ABS and a slip-assist clutch.

The bike gets 41 mm upside down forks at the front and an off-set monoshock at the rear. Then you have the analogue speedometer and an LCD panel which constitutes the instrumentation console. The bike gets spoke multi-spoke alloy wheels. We do hope that Kawasaki India start selling the Z900RS and the Z900RS Cafe in India soon. Retro-themed motorcycles are in vogue currently and Kawasaki might as well cash in on the same.

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• Brand Name — Kawasaki
• Model Name — Z900 RS Cafe Racer
• Vehicle Type — Retro Cafe Racer Bikes
• Body Type — Cruiser Bikes
• Colours Option — Candytone Brown/Candytone Orange, Metallic Spark Black
• Maximum Power — 111 HP @ 8500 rpm
• Maximum Torque — 98.5 Nm @ 6500 rpm
• Fuel Type — Petrol
• Number of Cylinders — 4
• Number of Gears — 6
• Mileage — 18.86 km/l (Certified)
• Acceleration (0 to 100 km/h) — 3.70 sec
• Seat Height — 802 mm
• Ground Clearance — 130 mm
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 17 litres
• Fuel Efficiency Range — 255 km
• Reserve Fuel Capacity — 3.5 litres
• Top Speed — 195 km/h
• Price — 16 Lakhs (Expected)
• Warranty — 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty), Extended warranty options – 2, 3, 4 Years
• Official Tagline — True Spirit

Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe Racer Review 2022 – My Attitude My Bike

Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe Racer Review 2022

For those who think the Kawasaki Z900 RS isn’t retro enough, Kawasaki has introduced the Z900 RS Café, a new model of the bike. The Z900 RS Café has a number of visual improvements that give it the iconic look of a café racer.

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The headlight cowl, which harkens back to the 1970s and lends the bike a racy character, is the most noticeable addition on the Z900 RS Café. Its nostalgic appeal is enhanced by the green colour scheme with a white stripe. The seat has a hump in the middle that works as a bum stop.

While I would have expected clip-on handlebars on a bike like this, the Kawasaki Z900 RS Café has straight handlebars. Despite this, the twin-pod instrument console with analogue dials continues to be popular. The tiny digital screens give it a contemporary feel.

The Z900 RS has the same steel-trellis frame as the original bike and the same 998cc inline-four engine, which is connected to a six-speed transmission. The engine produces 111 horsepower and 98 Nm of torque.

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A traction control system with two settings and a ‘Offsetting, as well as switchable ABS, are available to riders. The front forks on the Z900 RS Café are 41mm inverted and have adjustable compression and rebound, as well as a rear monoshock with adjustable rebound and preload.

Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe Racer Review 2022 : Specification

Kawasaki’s 2021 Z900RS Cafe Racer is a throwback to the lightweight, four-cylinder road rockets that raced between cafe stops in the 1960s and 1970s.

Powering this cafe racer is a mighty 948cc 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled engine that’s capable of producing a healthy 111 hp and 98.5 Nm of torque. This mill is then paired with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Safety and security features of the Z900RS Cafe include an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), slipper clutch, traction control, and an immobilizer.

A lowered seat height, raked back clip ons, and the aerodynamic headlight cowling to tuck down behind all speak the language of days gone by. The Z900 RS is the perfect retro-style bike in Kawasaki’s 2022 lineup.

Key Features of Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe Racer

• Starting — Electric
• Vehicle Type — Retro Cafe Racer Bikes
• Engine — 948 cc
• Max Power — 111 PS @ 8500 rpm
• Maximum Torque — 98.5 Nm @ 6500 rpm
• Brakes — Double Disc
• Tyre Type — Tubeless
• ABS — Dual-Channel
• Wheel Type — Alloy
• Tyre Type — Tubeless
• Warranty — 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty), Extended warranty options – 2, 3, 4 Years
• Price — 16 Lakhs (Expected)

Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe Racer Review 2022 : Engine & Gearboxe Features

• Engine Details — Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
• Cooling — Liquid Cooled
• Engine cc (Displacement) — 948 cc
• Maximum Power — 111 HP @ 8500 rpm
• Maximum Torque — 98.5 Nm @ 6500 rpm
• Fuel Delivery System — Fuel Injection
• Number of Cylinders — 4
• Emission Norms — BS6-Compliant
• Ignition — Digital
• Lubrication — Forced lubrication, wet sump
• Compression Ratio — 10.8:1
• Bore — 73.4 mm
• Stroke — 56 mm
• Valve System — DOHC, 16 valves
• Gear box Type — Manual
• Number of Gears — 6
• Clutch — Wet multi-disc
• Gear Ratios — 1st – 2.917 (35/12), 2nd – 2.059 (35/17), 3rd – 1.650 (33/20), 4th – 1.409 (31/22), 5th – 1.222 (33/27), 6th – 0.967 (29/30)
• Final Drive — Sealed Chain
• Spark Plugs — 1 per Cylinder

Chassis & Suspension Features of Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe Racer

• Frame (Chassis) — Trellis, high-tensile steel
• Front Suspension — 41mm inverted fork with compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
• Rear Suspension — Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged shock with rebound and preload adjustability
• Front Wheel Travel — 120 mm
• Rear Wheel Travel — 140 mm

Wheels, Tyres & Break Features of Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe Racer

• Wheel Type — Alloy Wheels
• Front Wheel Size — 17 inches
• Rear Wheel Size — 17 inches
• Tyres Type — Tubeless
• Front Tyre Size — 120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)
• Rear Tyre Size — 180/55ZR17 M/C (73W)
• Breaking System — Dual Channel ABS
• Front Brake — Dual semi-floating 300mm discs, radial-mount, 4-piston Monobloc
• Rear Brake — Single 250mm, single-piston caliper
• Traction Control System
• Calliper Type — Front- Dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston, Rear- Single-piston

Physical Measurement Features of Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe Racer

• Overall Length — 2100 mm
• Overall Width — 845 mm
• Overall Height — 1190 mm
• Ground Clearance — 130 mm
• Seat Height — 802 mm
• Wheelbase — 1470 mm
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 17 litres
• Trail — 98 mm
• Steering Angle — 33°
• Kerb Weight — 215 kg
• Fuel Efficiency Range — 255 km
• Reserve Fuel Capacity — 3.5 litres
• Top Speed — 195 km/h

Comfort & Safety Features of Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe Racer

• Engine Kill Switch
• Electric Start
• Pillion Footrest
• Pillion seat
• Step seat
• Pillion Grabrail

Electrical Features of Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe Racer

• Electric System — 12 V DC
• Battery Type — Maintenance Free
• Battery Capacity — 12 V
• Head Light — LED
• Tail Light — LED
• Turn Signal
• DRLs
• Shift Light
• Pass Light

Instrumental features of Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe Racer

• Speedometer — Analog
• Tachometer — Analog
• Trip Meter — Digital
• No of Tripmeter — 2
• Odometer — Digital
• Clock — Digital
• ABS Light
• Fuel Gauge — Digital
• Loe Fuel Indicator
• Low Oil Indicator
• Low Battery Indicator

Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe Racer Review 2022 : Impressive Looks

The CAFE strikes a familiar pose to fans of ’70s and ’80s bikes, particularly those of a race-tastic persuasion. Right off the bat, the front fender looks as though it’s been chopped down as part of an overall lightening effort, much like many of the early café racers that came together in someone’s garage rather than rolling off a showroom floor. Blackout rims follow suit with a pulsed-stripe of Kawi green that delivers an interesting visual effect when under way and looks like exactly the sort of whimsy a gearhead might have engaged in back in the day.

The bullet fairing houses a cyclops headlight with a bubble shield up top that forms a minimal protection zone for maximum penetration, and yeah, you have to tuck in quite tightly to benefit from it, but that’s as it should be. A drop-style handlebar helps to pull you forward into the pocket, and this is one place I’m glad Kawi didn’t take the handlebar design too far since the original café racers frequently had the bars turned upside-down and backwards with the tank dings to prove it. Since the fairing is so tight to the bike, it comes with deep cut-outs to leave plenty of room to cut your front wheel hard for close-quarters maneuvers. The rest of the machine is pretty much a good old-fashioned universal Japanese motorcycle, the likes of which could be found all over the U.S. back in the ’60s and ’70s.

A 4.5-gallon, teardrop fuel tank carries the flyline in a gentle arc down to the saddle. UJMs frequently had bench seats, but the CAFE’s butt-bucket comes with a clear break and rise that separates the pilot from the pillion; and ne’er the twain shall meet. The way the seat peters out over the horizontal tail section gives it a kind of faux tail fairing in keeping with the whole racing theme the CAFE has going on over there.

Even the exhaust system makes a contribution to the café look with a four-into-one system that ends with an upswept muffler on the right side of the bike below a combo mudguard/plateholder. All told, I think this is a very attractive mid-size machine, and based on looks alone I expect it to appeal to the younger generation of buyers who seem to have pretty good taste when it comes to antiques.

Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe Racer Review 2022 : Powertrain & Range

Powering the Cafe is a liquid-cooled, 948cc, transverse mounted, four-cylinder. It has classic air-cooled looks, while discreetly being liquid-cooled with a largely hidden radiator. It produces 111 HP @ 8500 rpm horsepower and delivers 98.5 Nm @ 6500 rpm of torque, and it does so with ease.

There is a 6 speed transmission, assist and slipper clutch, Kawasaki traction control and ABS. Kawasaki ABS systems use wheel sensors to constantly monitor wheel speed and can adjust brake pressure as required until traction is regained.

Kawasaki decided to produce a performance machine, but cater to as many riders as possible, so rider aids like their own Kawasaki traction control were added to ensure the bike could be accessible for riders of all skills.

The actual engine used is based on the Z900 inline-four, which is a naked roadstar which boasts excellent performance, for the Cafe the engine is detuned. By doing this, while maintaining 111 horsepower, the rideability is increased, riding through towns, backroads, highways, mountains are all done with ease thanks to a linear power delivery.

The slipper clutch is very light and easy to use, the dual throttle valve technology is responsive, so you don’t have to do too much work to get the bike moving; with the exception of starting off from a stop, you can get away with pulling off in high gears thanks to the bags of torque.

Overall the motor is seemingly bulletproof, a tried and tested design that has been re-tuned for a multitude of riding purposes.

Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe Racer Review 2022 : Performance

Although Kawasaki’s press information doesn’t list any mechanical differences between the Cafe and the RS, something has clearly changed in the Cafe’s power delivery. With a bore and stroke of 73.4 x 56.0 mm, the liquid-cooled inline-Four has its 948cc tuned for mid-range joy, and every staff MOron who has ridden the RS has said that the loss of the top-end horsepower has not been a compromise – if you’re keeping the RS within its intended riding envelope. Yeah, it’s a motorcycle, so someone’s going to hop one up and trick it out to be a full-on retro racer.

Still, the RS’ and, hence, the Cafe’s torque curve is the very definition of broad and flat, which means that what the engine lacks in top-end rush it makes up in smile-inducing grunt.

The Z900RS did have an issue with abruptness on off- to on-throttle transitions. While it could easily be ridden around, it was occasionally a nuisance. Happily, that has been completely exorcised from the Cafe. In fact, the difference was so pronounced that we ran the Cafe on the dyno to see if there were any other changes in the power output.

While the Cafe can be pushed to an extremely aggressive, peg-scraping pace, it seems happiest when ridden up to an 8/10ths pace – which is fine with me. Any faster, and the ride becomes too much like work and probably should be taken to the track. But say you still decide to notch up the pace an additional tenth or two, the Cafe (and the RS) begins to lose a little bit of its composure. G-outs make the suspension go boingy-boingy, and rippled stutter bumps become a little too much for the fork to handle, forcing the bike wide if encountered mid-corner. Neither of these is terrible. The bike is just letting you know that it is no longer in its happy place.

Braking is handled by a pair of radial-mounted four-piston calipers embracing 300mm discs. They work well and offer excellent feel for confident trail-braking. Since we are not a huge late braker, We never pushed the binders to the point that the ABS felt it had to intervene. So, we would say that the level is set such that it is available to save your bacon in the wet or a panic stop situation but not interfere with your good time.

Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe Racer Review 2022 : Riding & Comfort

Despite the Cafe having a slightly sportier aesthetic than the standard RS there’s no performance difference on paper. As explained in our ride review of the Z900RS the bikes are built around a “detuned” version of the Supernaked Z900 inline-four.

Don’t let that put you off though, this Kawasaki is no slouch. There’s still 111 HP @ 8500 rpm horses waiting to be unleashed at the twist of the throttle. What Kawasaki has actually done is retune the engine to improve its rideability. In the city, the suburbs, on the freeway or through twisty country roads this bike always delivers a manageable and, more importantly, enjoyable ride.

Since we were reviewing practically the same bike again we decided to do the same day trip we did on the standard Z900RS. A decent 300km ride that covered both freeway and country road riding. Despite the change in handlebar height, the riding position on the Cafe remains pretty much upright and we actually found the seat to be more comfortable.

Since there isn’t a huge difference in seating position the handling is just as predictable as the RS and the mono-shock continues to do a great job of dealing with bumps. The most notable difference we found between the two bikes was the increased comfort at freeway speeds thanks to the front fairing. So if you’re planning on doing a lot of long-haul rides we’d recommend spending the extra money on the Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe.

Our Opinion

Reigniting the classic style of the original Z1 900 motorcycle, the Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe Racer motorcycle calls upon timeless design elements with minimal bodywork and no fairing for a pure retro-style look. The Z900RS family is powered by a 948cc engine and modern technology for a classic yet modern ride.

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