For those who feel that the Kawasaki Z900 RS isn’t retro enough, Kawasaki has introduced a new variant of the bike, christened as the Z900 RS Café. There are several cosmetic upgrades which give the Z900 RS Café the classic look of a café racer.
The most conspicuous upgrade on the Z900 RS Café is the headlamp cowl, which harks back to the 1970s and gives the bike a racy character. The green paint scheme with white stripe boosts its retro appeal. The seat features a hump which effectively acts like a bum stop. While we would have expected clip-on handlebars on such a bike, Kawasaki has stuck to straight handlebars on the Z900 RS Café. Nevertheless, the twin-pod instrument console with analogue dials maintains the charm. The tiny digital displays add a modern touch. The Z900 RS uses the same Z900-based steel-trellis chassis and the 998cc inline four engine as the standard bike, mated to a six-speed transmission. The engine delivers 111bhp and 98Nm of torque. Rider aids include a traction control system with two modes and an ‘Off’ setting and switchable ABS. The Z900 RS Café rides on 41mm inverted front forks with adjustable compression and rebound, and a rear monoshock with adjustable rebound and preload.
The Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe Racer will compete with the likes of the Triumph Thruxton R and the BMW Rnine T Racer.