Intermot 2016 : Kawasaki Z900 Sneakily Previewed, May Replace The Z800



While Kawasaki revealed a whole bunch of new bikes at the 2016 Intermot, it also stopped short of officially revealing the Z900. So while the model has not been revealed officially, the details are pretty much out. The Z900 will make its official debut at the EICMA next month, and might just replace the existing Z800, though we are not exactly sure about it.

The Z900 gets a brand new 948cc inline-four cylinder engine which is a derivative of the Z1000’s powerplant. Power output is rated at a healthy 123.6hp, while the weight is a very respectably light 210 kg. Kawasaki insists that the new bike will have a linear power delivery, though it will get a pronounced kick after 6000 revs.  The Z900 will also come equipped with a new clutch assist and slipper clutch to make clutch action light, as well as dealing with excessive engine braking more effectively.

If the initial reports are to be believed, the exhaust note of the new bike will be pretty sweet too. Kawasaki have engineered the Z900’s intake note which, while not as intoxicating as the  Z1000 is promised to still sound pretty cool.


The chassis on the bike is new, too. The all-new lightweight steel trellis frame weighs just 13.5 kg and gets joined by 41mm upside down forks up front and a horizontally mounted mono shock at the rear for suspension duties. Both front and rear suspension units get rebound and preload adjustability. The seat height is a low 794mm, which would make the Z900 usable by riders of all statures. .

Braking duties are performed by 300mm discs up front along with four-piston callipers and a Nissin developed ABS.

Instrumentation on the new bike gets an LCD display with gear position indicator. The bike gets rubber-mounted bar ends along with adjustable levers for brake and clutch.

The Z900 will be available in Pearl Mystic Gray / Metallic Flat Spark Black, Candy Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black, Metallic Flat Spark Black / Metallic Spark Black and Candy Plasma Blue / Metallic Graphite Gray (Special Edition)

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