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Offline glenncal1

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Kawasaki Z900RS
« on: March 11, 2018, 03:08:56 pm »
Really like the looks of the new Kawasaki Z900RS. Anybody ridden one? Test report?

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Re: Kawasaki Z900RS
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2018, 04:47:40 pm »
That looks pretty cool.
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Re: Kawasaki Z900RS
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2018, 06:04:41 pm »
I've ridden the Z900 from which it is derived.    Fantastic bike.  Lightweight, very flickable, nice broad torque curve, and a very light clutch pull, which I like.

The Z900RS is all that and more, including radial mono block brake calipers, and unlike the regular Z900, the Z900RS is gorgeous to look at.
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Re: Kawasaki Z900RS
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2018, 06:26:38 pm »
I love Kawasaki and have a few vintage models but what's with all the space between the rear tire and fender?
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Re: Kawasaki Z900RS
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2018, 06:39:26 pm »
I love Kawasaki and have a few vintage models but what's with all the space between the rear tire and fender?

Suspension travel.

Unlike many of the current retro models (which I love), like the CB1100, Guzzi V7, Triumph Classics, which all have twin-shock rear suspension, the Z900RS has a modern chassis.

Classic Honda:
1976 CB400F
1975 CB400F (project)
1974 CB350 Four (project)
1968 CL175 (4 of 'em, two are projects)
1967 CB77
1967 CB160 (2 of 'em, both projects)
1967 CL160 project
BMW: 2016 R1200RS 1973 R75/5, 1980 R100S
Ducati: 2013  Monster 796, 2004 749 track beast, 1968 Monza 250
Moto Guzzi: 2014 V7 Special, 2013 V7 Racer Record, 1974 Eldorado
Yamaha WR250R (2015)
Kawasaki W650 (2000)

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Re: Kawasaki Z900RS
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2018, 08:37:57 pm »
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Re: Kawasaki Z900RS
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2018, 09:04:56 pm »
I love Kawasaki and have a few vintage models but what's with all the space between the rear tire and fender?

Suspension travel.



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Re: Kawasaki Z900RS
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2018, 09:45:55 pm »
It probably has a lot of initial sag when you first sit on it, makes for more up dampening. At least that was the theory on dirt bikes, I don't think that gobs of up travel is really needed on a street bike.

But............................it is a good looking bike though.

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Re: Kawasaki Z900RS
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2018, 08:21:15 pm »
Sat on one at the Motorcycle show in February. Surprisingly large and it looks fantastic.
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Re: Kawasaki Z900RS
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2018, 05:12:37 am »
Waiting for someone to come out with a 4-2 exhaust. Then I may add it to my "to buy" list. 8)
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Re: Kawasaki Z900RS
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2018, 05:23:29 am »
Sat on one at the Motorcycle show in February. Surprisingly large and it looks fantastic.
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Re: Kawasaki Z900RS
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2018, 09:08:18 am »
The performance and handling will likely blow the "modern classic" Triumphs away.  I think that the Yamaha XSR900 is more light and nimble, but the look is less retro and more modern.
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Re: Kawasaki Z900RS
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2018, 05:58:32 pm »
Looks like a great upright riding position, if you ignore the cynical "Grab for cash" Z1-ish styling. I don't know why they do that, the original Z1 was the best looking Japanese bike of the 1970's, but 40 years later, Kawasaki are telling us they can't make something as good looking? If I bought one, I'd have to paint it black. ;D
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Re: Kawasaki Z900RS
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2018, 05:42:38 am »
I was in the local small Honda dealer yesterday and saw the new CB1100, that is a nice looking bike too. Probably a little lower tech than the Kawasaki, but a little more retro looking. I would take either one and be happy. My birthday is coming up, just sayyin......

 

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