Kawasaki has long believed that Supernaked models should be more than supersport machines stripped of their full-fairing bodywork. Designed with sugomi performance for maximum riding pleasure, the Z900 mounts a 948 cm³ In-Line Four engine in an ultra-lightweight frame. The choice of a 900cc-class In-Line Four was no accident; every twist of the throttle is rewarded by crisp, smooth response and exhilarating acceleration. But although the engine becomes more exciting the higher the revs climb, its smooth power delivery makes it extremely manageable. The lightweight chassis offers the same duality; nimble handling lends itself to spirited sports riding, while the Z900’s light weight and low seat height make it easy to control. Like many legendary Kawasaki 900cc-class In-Line Four machines (Z1, Ninja/GPz900R, Ninja ZX-9R), the Z900’s package delivers a sublime balance of power and handling – ideal for a Supernaked model.
SUGOMI PERFORMANCE MEETS A SUBLIME BALANCE OF POWER & HANDLING
Offering excitement that increases as the revs climb, sugomi performance ensures that riding the Z900 is a visceral experience. The crisp response of the its In-Line Four engine is perfectly balanced by its light, agile handling. Exhilarating without being overly intimidating, the combination is simply sublime.
Exciting In-Line Four Engine
Digital Fuel Injection
Enhanced Intake Note
After the 2014-2017 Z1000, the Z900 is the second model to benefit from “sound research” in crafting its intake note. Shape of the airbox was designed based on acoustic tests. The distinct intake note of the Z900 is clear and exhilarating. The frequency of the note varies with engine speed, adding to riding impact – especially at high rpm. Airbox inlet faces upwards, making the intake note easier to hear for the rider.
Assist & Slipper Clutch
Inverted Front Fork
Extruded Aluminium Swingarm
Compact Front Cowl
The narrow frame and engine create a narrow overall package, allowing the rider to keep his or her knees and feet close together. Sporty front seat offers a wide seating area for good ride comfort. The seat is slimmer at the front, facilitating the rider’s reach to the ground. The seat can be removed without tools, offering easy access to the battery, fuse box and tool kit.
Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension
Rear suspension positions the shock unit and linkage above the swingarm. This arrangement contributes to mass centralisation, while ensuring that the suspension is located far enough from the exhaust that operation is not affected by heat.
All-New Trellis Frame
The all new frame weighs only 13.5 kg and contributes significantly to the bike's light, nimble handling. Components of the high-tensile steel trellis frame follow the ideal pipe line. The lines of the frame were made as straight as possible, and when bends were necessary their angles were made as small as possible, resulting in a design that disperses stress extremely well.
Aggressive Ninja Styling
Key sugomi design elements, like its crouching stance, low positioned head and upswept tail, give the Z900 a distinct silhouette, making it instantly recognisable as Z Supernaked model. Designed to make viewers fall in love at first sight, the Z900’s aggressive Z styling is complemented by elegant bodywork flowing from head to tail, combined with minimalist cover in the engine area devised to draw attention to its functional beauty. A condensed appearance emphasised by slim, close-fitting bodywork gives the bike a light, agile image that reflects its sporty performance.
Ergonomics for Control
Wide, flat handlebar and relaxed, sporty riding position. The rider is easily able to capitalise on the Z900's sporty street riding potential. Slightly more upright than the Z1000, the riding position offers a blend of control and comfort in a variety of riding situations. The relationship between pegs, seat and handlebars was designed to enhance communication between rider and machine, giving the rider a confidence-inspiring feeling of control that complements its agile handling. Wide steering angle facilitates low-speed manoeuvring.
Sport Riders Seat
Brakes, Wheels and Tyres
Compact Multi-Function Instrumentation
"Z" LED Taillights
|Engine Type||Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four|
|Bore X Stroke||73.4 x 56.0 mm|
|Valve system||DOHC 16 valve|
|Fuel system||Fuel Injection, Ø 36 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles|
|Final Drive||Sealed chain|
|Primary Reduction Ratio||1.627 (83/51)|
|Final Drive Reduction Ratio||2.933 (44/15)|
|Clutch||Wet Multi-disc, manual|
|Type||Trellis, high-tensile steel|
|Wheelbase Travel Front||120 mm|
|Wheelbase Travel Back||140 mm|
|Steering Angle (Right/Left)||33° / 33°|
|Front||41 mm inverted fork with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability|
|Rear||Horizontal Back-link with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability|
|Front||Dual semi-floating ø300 mm petal discs with dual opposed 4 piston calipers and ABS|
|Rear||Single 250 mm petal disc with single piston caliper and ABS|
|L X W X H||2,065 x 825 x 1,065 mm|
|Ground Clearance||130 mm|
|Seat Height||795 mm|
|Curb Mass||210 kg|
|Fuel Capacity||17 litres|
|Max Power||92 kW (125PS) / 9,500 rpm|
|Max Power With Ram Air||NA|
|Maximum Torque||99 N-m|
|Colour/s||Pearl Mystic Gray with Metallic Flat Spark Black or Candy Persimmon Red with Metallic Spark Black|
|Warranty||24 Months Unlimited Kilometres|