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Review: The 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS

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Review: The 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Review: The 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS

Review: The 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS






We?ve been salivating over the new Kawasaki Z900RS since it said konnichiwa at the Tokyo Motor Show. The new Zed has a clear lineage back to the iconic Z1, and marks the rebirth of the Universal Japanese Motorcycle.
It?s also a damned attractive bike that promises strong on-road performance. So I?ve just spent a day ripping through the sun-baked canyons of Malibu on a Z900RS, 30 miles west of downtown LA, to see if Kawasaki have delivered the goods. And I?m happy to confirm there are reasons to keep drooling.

First off, this bike is gorgeous, especially in the metal. The depth of color in the Candytone Brown lacquer is lost in pixels alone. Get up close and personal and it?s exquisite.
The tones change from near black to a warm Sarsaparilla, depending on how the light hits. And the orange accents score top marks, too. Even if you have never seen a Z1 before (cough, millennials, cough), the new Z900RS makes a compelling argument for brown.

That beauty runs deeper than the paint. Touches like the machined fins on the inline-four engine, the low teardrop style tank and that ducktail rear-end are clear retro hallmarks; Kawasaki has paid attention to the miscues of some other OEMs.
It’s a bike that is voluptuous and curvy from above, while maintaining a clean and flat stance.

Of course, the RS isn?t immune to aesthetic criticisms. Purists have been quick to comment that spoked wheels, twin outboard shocks and a Z1-style 4-2-4 exhaust would pay better homage.
And I tend to agree, at least with the last bit. The thrice-buffed headers look the business, but the Euro-4 compliant pre-chamber hiding below is an eyesore. And that silencer, although slim and shiny, does nothing to add visual personality.
Presumably, the aftermarket will provide solutions in due time, but you probably won’t want to change the noise it makes. Full credit goes to Kawi?s engineers for tuning the RS?s exhaust note: At idle she?s a throaty beast, without being loud. But at full boil, the 948cc mill screams with an appreciable wail. And the overrun is even better. She burbles with just the right amount of anger and ferocity, making lips curl and hair stand up in salute.
Combine that with intake noise from the shortened downdraft throttle bodies, and the Z900RS eggs you on with its huffing and puffing.

Acceleration is quick and linear. The re-tuned mill, pulled from the Z900, delivers its oomph lower in the rev range and climbs quickly to its peak. But I warn you, fuelling is abrupt.
Modulating the throttle through tight, twisty and especially bumpy bits of canyon country was a touch frustrating. The Z900 is praised for a silky smooth digital throttle, but the RS?s behaves more like a light switch. A few of us journos surmised that this could be fixed with a Power Commander?but a reflash from the factory would do worlds for the confidence of buyers who prefer not to tinker.

That?s a shame, because the handling deserves to be exploited. Underpinning ...
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