India Kawasaki Motors (IKM) has launched the MY23 Z900RS motorcycle in India at Rs 16.47 lakh (ex-showroom). The Kawasaki Z900RS is a neo-retro motorcycle with modern features. There are two colour options for the motorcycle: Candy Tone Blue and Metallic Diablo Black. By the end of March, the company will start delivering the motorcycles, and interested customers can book one online.
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The Z900RS has neo-retro styling, including a circular headlamp, a dual-analogue instrument cluster with a small LCD, and spoked alloy wheels. The motorcycle has a neo-retro design despite being rather modern. The Z900 also includes a teardrop fuel tank and compact tail lamp, and other retro design elements. The Z900-B1, which was introduced in 1977, served as inspiration for the motorcycle's design. The brand claims that the Kawasaki design team masterfully struck a delicate balance between the old and the modern, retro and current, with numerous smart Z references.
The bike's components include a lightweight trellis frame, wheels that are 17 inches in diameter, an inverted front fork, and horizontal back-link rear suspension. At the front, there are two semi-floating 300 mm discs, and at the back, there is just one 250 mm disc. The motorcycle weights 215 kg and has a fuel capacity of 17 litres. It has a Kawasaki traction control system, all-LED lighting, an assist and slipper clutch, among other features.
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A 948cc inline 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine is included with the Z900RS. The engine generates a maximum torque of 98.5 Nm and 109 bhp of power. The engine is connected to a 6-speed gearbox, and a slipper and assist clutch help the transmission make smooth shifts.
Verdict: The Kawasaki Z900RS is the ideal combination of a modern and retro motorcycle. It has all the modern features while still having a retro look. The motorcycle's premium neo-retro appearance will be able to draw in new buyers.