The team green showcased a host of bikes that include the all-new Ninja 650, H2 Carbon as well as the Z1000SX at the Intermot 2016. In addition, the Japanese bike maker revealed details of the all-new 2017 Kawasaki Z900. Touted as the successor of the Z800, the Z900 will officially debut at the upcoming EICMA which is scheduled to happen next month in Milan, Italy.
In terms of styling and equipment, the 2017 Kawasaki Z900 seems to closely follow the current model’s cues. The teaser photo at hand reveals that the new Zed will use conventional four-piston calipers at the front, instead of the Z1000’s radial ones.
The press release acknowledges that the front 41-mm inverted forks and rear shock are adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping, so gone is the fork compression setting of the Z1000 as well. The all-new 2017 Kawasaki Z900 also gets 300mm discs in the front along with four-piston callipers from Nissin and is offered with ABS as standard.
The all-new 2017 Kawasaki Z900 runs on a downsized version of the current Z1000 four-cylinder motor, scaled down to 948 cc thanks to a reduction in cylinder bore. Tuned according to the EURO4 emission rules, the new engine will output 123.6 HP @ 6.000 RPM with presumably stronger torque than the Z1000. It will also come equipped with a slipper clutch which is designed by Kawasaki and helps counter the engine braking effect while downshifting.
Announced at 210.5 kg (464 lb), this weight would translate to shedding almost 10 kg (22 lb) off the Z1000 – should it refer to the mass of a fully fuelled motorcycle. But the most important feature of the new Kawasaki Z900 is the new steel trellis frame, which comes into contrast with the twin-spar aluminium chassis of the 2016 models. According to Kawasaki, this change starred in the upcoming bike’s successful diet, and can hopefully enhance the Zed’s sport attitude as well.
The 2017 Kawasaki 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)… We’ll let you know the price when it appears from Kawasaki UK.