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Kawasaki Z900 [2018-2019]

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Key specs
  • Displacement948 cc
  • Mileage - Owner Reported15 kmpl
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight210 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 7,69,684

Kawasaki Z900 [2018-2019] is now discontinued in India.

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Kawasaki Z900 [2018-2019] Summary

Z900 [2018-2019] key highlights

Engine Capacity 948 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 15 kmpl
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 210 kg

About Z900 [2018-2019]

Kawasaki Z900 is a streetfighter available in two variants in India - Standard and Special Edition. This Special Edition gets all the updates from the 2020 model except a BS6 compliant engine. The Kawasaki Z900 uses a 948cc, inline-four cylinder engine that generates 123.3bhp of power and 98.6Nm of torque.

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 replaces 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. It now gets a slipper and assist clutch which means the lever is light and progressive. There isn’t 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 Z900 is available in three paint schemes – grey/red, black/white, and all black. The tail section leaves a little bit of the subframe exposed, and the subframe is coloured the same as the graphics and the wheel rims, which makes for a very alluring new look. 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 [2018-2019] Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • 900cc engine is packed with performance
    • Comfortable riding position
    • Priced really well
  • Could be Better

    • Outdated instrument console
    • Misses out on traction control system
    • Can be a handful to manoeuvre through city traffic

BikeWale's Take

The Z900 is the fast, attention seeking hooligan motorcycle. Packed with a inline four-cylinder motor, it is apt for city as well as for highway trips.

Kawasaki Z900 [2018-2019] Review

It is the same package - a trellis frame mated to the downsized litre block that powers the Z1000. And now it gets a few refreshing touches – especially this paint scheme that particularly stands out.

Introduction

Kawasaki had launched the all-new Z900 in 2017 in India and since then, not much has changed in the MY2019 motorcycle. It is the same new trellis frame which was mated to the downsized litre block that powers the Z1000. And now it gets a few refreshing touches – especially this paint scheme that particularly stands out.

I am generally not the one talking about looks, but this matte greyish paint with the bright cherry red frame and alloy wheels, along with the tribal-art decals on the shrouds and the tail cowl are a sight to behold. The Z900 now looks like that tattooed chiselled boy in the neighbourhood, the one who you would want to be seen with.

Quality

Top notch. The Z900 is a well-built machine. The paint quality is nice and so is the packaging. The plastics are not cheap and the fit and finish is uniform throughout. Being a global product, it has been designed to international standards and it reflects in the attention to detail. For example, you can access the adjustable rear shock absorber without having to open up half of the bike.

 

Comfort

An upright handlebar will ensure that you are always upright on the motorcycle even if you are over six feet in height. Which means, the shoulders won’t tire out and the wrists will not hurt even after an entire day of riding. 

The handlebar is wide, which makes weighing on it for purposes of manoeuvring the big Z900 quite easy. Also, the lock-to-lock angle of the steering is quite wide which turns out to be a boon, especially in traffic, allowing you to access those little gaps with ease. Sure, it does have its weight and that needs to be managed, but because it is so well balanced, that too isn’t much of a worry.

The seat cushion though is quite hard and will start getting to you after an hour or two, depending upon how accustomed you are to riding motorcycles. But having said that, the large seating area for the rider does allow you to move around quite a bit to find your ideal riding positions depending upon whether you are cruising or gunning.

Performance

The Z900 is all about pure performance. First up, the 948cc mill is silken in its delivery no matter what rpm it is being revved at. Pottering around in city, it acts perfectly lazy at lower revs. Riding at 50kmph in 6th gear is doable without any knocking. Being a large engine, it does tend to heat up a little, but that is only when it lumbers around for too long.

Open it up to the mid-range – 3500rpm to 7000rpm - and the Z900 will just begin to fly, cooling down in a couple of minutes. Though it is yet to hit the power-band, it certainly gives you an inkling as to what lurks beyond 7000rpm if you dare to whack it open.

Because then, you will not have time to think. The rev-limiter will cut off power even before you realise you had to shift. Meanwhile, the front wheel has already freed itself from its duties on the tarmac. Shift into second and the whole sequence repeats itself in exactly the same way, except at higher speeds. It is only after you shift into third gear, that you can actually comprehend the exact sequence of events. 

As a rider, you need to experience all of this before you try and attack a corner. Because the sheer brutality of the opened throttle will catch you off-guard otherwise. But, if you have a steady head on your shoulders, the Z900 isn’t untameable. The right gear and the apt throttle will ease the motorcycle into a corner as if it were a supersport, egging you to go faster every time with all the grip and stability on offer. The firmly setup suspension and the Dunlop rubber provide consistent grip throughout and you will not miss out on the traction control on a bright sunny day. But if it is damp or wet, you need a very deft wrist to be able to manage the traction.

The brakes do a good job of reining in the Z900 and with the ABS to aid, the motorcycle is composed even under duress. Having said that, the front brakes do feel a tad muted in terms of feedback. Overall, the Z900 is fun and insane and will reward the brave but not the reckless.

Technology

Purists have always detested technology and it seems like the Z900 is one for that kind. It has a dual channel ABS along with a slipper clutch, but it misses out on traction control which is imperative especially when you have such humungous amount of power waiting to be unleashed.

The leash of the cable operated throttle has a different appeal in its mechanical charm and takes us to the old school way of riding where everything relied on the feedback from the bum and the precision of the wrist. But having said that, on a damp rainy morning or when you suddenly encounter sand or gravel on tarmac, it is these electronics that let you ride with peace.

On the other hand, Kawasaki has done a great job of relaying all the relevant information in that little digital speedometer. It reads out everything from instantaneous and average fuel economy to time, two trip meters and distance to empty along with speed, revs, temperature and gear indicator at the same time.

Fuel Efficency

At 17.6kmpl in the city, the Z900 is quite efficient for an almost litre-class motor and a bike that weighs over 200kg. And that is thanks to the shorter gearing and loads of torque always available on the tap.

Fitness of Purpose

The Z900 has been built for the urban jungle and it does blend in perfectly. The manoeuvrability, balance and accessible power make it fun to ride in the city. Out on the highway, all you need to do is hold on to each gear a fraction longer and within no time it will be cruising in three figures. It holds up very well around corners for the ‘inspired ones’ and wouldn’t hold back from popping a wheelie whenever you whack it open. Sounds fun? It certainly is.

Our Take

The Z900 is the ideal hooligan motorcycle – the new paint scheme with decals, 125bhp output from the 948cc motor and the four-cylinder wail. It handles well and seems ideal but the lack of electronics is certainly worth a thought, at least at this price tag of over Rs 10 lakhs on road in Mumbai. But then, the Z900 with its looks and performance strikes straight into the heart, not leaving much for the brain to think about!

 

Photography: Kaustubh Gandhi

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Kawasaki Z900 [2018-2019] mileage

As reported by Z900 [2018-2019] owners, the real mileage of Kawasaki Z900 [2018-2019] is 15 kmpl.

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Z900 [2018-2019]

Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 121.8 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 BS-IV

    Displacement 948 cc

    Cylinders 4

    Bore 73 mm

    Stroke 56 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 11.8:1

    Ignition Digital

    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 255 Km

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 15 kmpl

    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 Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 300 mm

    Front Tyre Size 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)

    Rear Tyre Size 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 250 mm

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

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Suspension ø41 mm inverted fork with rebound damping

    Rear Suspension Horizontal Back-link with rebound damping

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 210 kg

    Overall Length 2,065 mm

    Overall Width 825 mm

    Wheelbase 1,450 mm

    Ground Clearance 130 mm

    Seat Height 795 mm

    Overall Height 1,065 mm

    Chassis Type Trellis, high tensile steel

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Features

Odometer Digital

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 [2018-2019] User Reviews

4.9 (43 ratings) 11 reviews
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    Visual Appeal

  • 4

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  • 4

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  • 4

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  • 4

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  • 4

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  •  5Powerful machine 1 year ago by Jugal Prajapati, Mumbai

    I ride this kawasaki z900 many time. I have taken this bike to rajasthan and many more places. Amazing bike with amazing smoothness. This is the best naked look in the automobile industry. Nice led, tires very good' handle bar easy to handle and not harmful for shoulder

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      Never owned

    • Got mileage of

      20 kmpl

  •  4Best naked under 10 lakhs 1 year ago by Veeraraghavan N, Ernakulam

    Had a chance to take z900 for a short spin while my versys 650 was being serviced. To start with, the clutch felt little heavy and its very aggressive bike, might need few days to get adjusted with the power of this engine. Coming from versys 650, the z900 felt very com

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    • Used it for

      Leisure Rides

    • Owned for

      Never owned

  •  5Best bike in 900 cc i really love it 1 year ago by Jonathan Rodriguez, Goa

    The bike us to good No words to say about this super bike. I really love the price ; any the look's Of the bike... The bike is very good Duke 790 is nothing front of z900 Duke is a baby bike Z900 is the father of duke 790 Only one thing is messing is electronic. In the

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      14 kmpl

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