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Kawasaki Z900 [2017-2018]

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Key specs
  • Displacement948 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight210 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 7,68,000

Kawasaki Z900 [2017-2018] is now discontinued in India.

Kawasaki Z900 [2017-2018] Summary

Z900 [2017-2018] key highlights

Engine Capacity 948 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 210 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 17 litres
Seat Height 795 mm
Max Power 123.3 bhp

About Z900 [2017-2018]

Kawasaki’s Z800 was the most affordable CBU available from Team Green in India, and also the most affordable four-cylinder model in the lineup. If you preferred a little more oomph and a lot more style, there was the Z1000 as well. The Z900 will replace both models in most markets with a combination of light weight, and in the case of the Z800, more power. The Z900 clocks in at 12bhp more than the Z800 and weighs a massive 23kg less, thanks to a new trellis frame. Its performance is further enhanced by a short ratio gearbox. The clutch is now a slipper clutch with assist technology, which means the lever is light and progressive. There isn’t any ride-by-wire throttle or any other modern electronics to speak of, with the exception of ABS. The suspension is adjustable for everything except compression.

The lack of standard electronics has allowed the Z900 to be value for money in international markets, and that has carried over to the Indian marketplace. Its pricing makes it the value choice. Competition includes products like the Suzuki GSX-S750, Ducati Monsters 797 and 821, Yamaha MT-09, and the Triumph Street Triple 765.
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Kawasaki Z900 [2017-2018] Review

This is the most economical way to get that four-cylinder hum from Team Green in this market. It isn’t merely an evolution of the Z800; it is a new motorcycle. How far does it raise the bar?

What is it?

The replacement for the Z800, meaning the entry to the CBU Kawasakis in India. It also means that this is the most economical way to get that four-cylinder hum from Team Green in this market. It isn’t merely an evolution of the Z800; it also gets a steel trellis frame to the 800’s beam frame. Also, the motor is a Z1000 block with a smaller bore, and not an evolution of the frankly more-than-adequate 800cc mill. In effect, it is a new frame mated to a downsized Z1000 motor.

How does it ride?

The Z900 isn’t as intimidating to sit on as it is to look at. It keeps you fairly upright, with little weight on your wrists. That makes it easy to ride around in the city. Out on the highway, this becomes a little hard on the neck because of the speeds it is capable of – but crouching is quite easy, too. The handlebar is a little too high for a completely committed position while hanging off in the corners, but it is not uncomfortably so. Getting on and off this bike needs you to be capable of a decent split – and you’ll need to leave those tight pants at home if they aren’t stretchy. That pillion seat cowl raises the rear to a significant amount; so much that everyone who swung a leg over the Z invariably kicked the cowl at least once.

It almost makes the desire for a Z1000 redundant. The Z800 had precious few negatives, but those included a kerb weight that exceeded that of its elder sibling. Not any more; the Z900 is 20kg lighter than the Z800, weighing in at 211kg. That isn’t supersport light, but it is a full ten per cent less than before. The motor displaces 948cc and offers 12 more horses compared to the 800. The focus has been on torque, which has increased by 17Nm. The absolute figures read 125bhp and 100Nm, that latter figure coming at 7700rpm. Surprisingly, the throttle is a cable-operated one. The gearbox is a six-speed unit with shorter overall ratios compared to the 800, but the top gear is a true overdrive. The clutch is a slipper unit and also has the assist function. The brakes have reduced in size, from 310mm to 300mm dual discs up front.

Those were the facts. What it feels like is your friendly neighbourhood pooch when you’re pottering around town, only to turn into a trained attack dog should you explore the midrange and above. The motor is flexible enough to accelerate without complaint from 50kmph in top gear, but the meat is in the midrange. Anything over 4000rpm will have you going faster than the usual traffic, and once past 6000rpm, you’re making serious progress. If you have the cojones, a slight pump of the throttle around that mark will have the front wheel rising in the first three gears, too. The cable throttle doesn’t offer any jerkiness – just a good, old-fashioned mechanical feel to the throttle that is much appreciated by us. Hauling it down from speed is also an easy affair, the brakes don’t require much effort, and the slipper clutch makes it so easy to just bang down through the gears instead of worrying about rear wheel chatter or hop. Handling isn’t as instant as, say, a Ducati Monster, but what you get in return is a machine that has no bad habits at all. It is eerily refined here – expansion joints, changes in camber, ridges… none of these things seem to matter to the Z900, and that is a tradeoff that we’re willing to live with.

Anything else I should know?

That ‘induction noise’ shtick sounded like a load of bull when we read about it, but it is true. You can’t hear much of the exhaust but on the bike, the induction roar makes up for the lack of exhaust volume. It isn’t unpleasant, and it is the right volume for most situations.

This bike also doesn’t have an electronics suite. There’s the ABS, and nothing else. You’re supposed to do the rest. That can be a deal breaker at the asking price, but the Z900 for the Indian market has a number of accessories that are fitted as standard. These include a radiator guard, shroud slider, tank pad, 12V power socket, that rear cowl and a larger instrument cluster cover that has touches of carbonfibre.

Why should I buy one?

Because you need this kind of fun in your life. The Z900 has the size of the Z800 but the fun of the Z1000 at a price that, well, the Z1000 used to occupy. It is also one of the few four-cylinder machines that is truly easy to live with in our conditions – it will deal with the surprises the road throws up with composure, and it won’t heat up very much in traffic. In the right (calm) hands, it will even make it to nearly 320km on a single tank of fuel, which is quite amazing.

Where does it fit in?

The Z900 has some very big names to contend with. The Benelli TNT 899 offers true old-school European flavour and character but the design shows its age now. The Ducati Monster 821 offers the same in a more modern, twin-cylinder package. The nearest true competition to the Z900 is the Yamaha MT-09. However, it is more expensive by Rs 70,000 at the ex-showroom level, making the Z900 the streetfighter to pick today. However, once the new Triumph Street Triple launches, that might change.

Gear check

1. Arai Astro-IQ Second in the Arai street models hierarchy, the Astro-IQ is a comfortable, stable helmet at any speed. Price: 50,000 

2. Alpinestars T-GP R Air A textile jacket that is a good middle ground between the protection of a textile jacket with the cooling of a mesh jacket thanks to the well-designed airflow, the T-GP Plus is one of the better jackets for an Indian summer. Price: Rs 16,500 (T-GP Plus Air)

3. Cortech by Tour Master Injector gloves These full-length gloves are a cross between a touring glove and a racing glove. This pair has moulded plastic for knuckle protection, a leather back and perforated leather in between the fingers for ventilation. A fleece liner will keep you warm during the winter - but is surprisingly good during the summer as well. Price: Rs 8700 before shipping and duties (Impulse RR)

4. Joe Rocket Phoenix 2.0 pants Mesh is a wonderful thing in our heat, and the Joe Rocket Phoenix mesh pants manage an ideal combination of protection via the removable armour and airflow. Price: 9600 (Phoenix Ion)

5. Alpinestars SMX-6 boots A full-length road-going boot, the SMX-6 has perforations all along the front of the boot, giving it great ventilation. It is comfortable enough to wear all day long. Price: Rs 21,500

Photos by Kapil Angane

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 123.3 bhp @ 9,500 rpm

    Max Torque 98.6 Nm @ 7,700 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard --

    Displacement 948 cc

    Cylinders 4

    Bore 73 mm

    Stroke 56 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio --

    Ignition TCBI with electronic advance

    Spark Plugs --

    Clutch Wet Multi-Disc

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 17 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated --

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 300 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 180/55 ZR17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 250 mm

    Calliper Type Front-4-Piston , Rear-Single Piston Calliper

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size --

    Front Tyre Size 120/70 ZR17

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension 41mm inverted fork

    Rear Suspension Horizontal back-link

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 210 kg

    Overall Length 2,070 mm

    Overall Width 820 mm

    Wheelbase 1,450 mm

    Ground Clearance 130 mm

    Seat Height 795 mm

    Overall Height 1,064 mm

    Chassis Type Trellis, high tensile steel

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Features

Odometer --

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

BatteryMaintenance Free

Headlight TypeLED Head Lamp

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Kawasaki Z900 [2017-2018] User Reviews

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  •  5Broom broom ....... 2 years ago by Ashutosh Meena, Khargone

    What a biker needs kawasaki gives in a fair square deal ...Compared to its competent other brands .Power ;torque;braking ;don't forget its astonishing looks during night... Love to ride a bike like z900 my love of riding. Riding a bike feels a person liberal that opport

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  •  5Review 2 years ago by Debarshi, Siliguri

    If you a naked bike lover u will get mated to this bike.. Amazing power , sound , seating position . Off roading is grate for ground clearance .Good for long tour also... But i have not gone more then 11000km.. I mostly go for sunday rides...Breaking is more then great.

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    • Got mileage of

      22 kmpl

  •  5I want it any how 3 years ago by Jay Raj Nadar, Junagadh

    Want to buy it but it is costly. I have ride it it's too good. Superb and killing look. Superb sound and runs like rocket. I don't know much about it. I wish could get it. It should be 1 lakh or 2 lakh cheaper so that we may think about it. Superb lovely bike. Feels lik

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  •  5Lovely bike 3 years ago by Mohin, Tamluk

    I love this bike very much When i see this bike it becomes one of my favourite sport-bike and it is in no. 1 position One of my favourite part of the bike is the look that it is beautiful and the sound of exhaust is very nice . It is very useful for them those who go fo

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  •  5Wild beast z900 3 years ago by Prathamesh Dhore, Gurgaon

    The kawasaki z800 owns a special place in my heart but the z900 took its place with its muscular looks and performance . It has a full digital meter with amazing style. Its powerful abs system is one of the best feature also its z tail light and headlamp gives it a amaz

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  •  5Machine to wow every organisms brains!!! 3 years ago by Navin Gupta, Kolkata

    First of all the people at kawasaki kolkata helped me a lot to take proper decision upon choosing the bike. The first ride of mine in the bike was overwhelmingly thrilling. The performance, handling corners,throttle response and the exhaust joy's you.Get it serviced at

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      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      19 kmpl

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