Kawasaki Z900RS, to be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017?
Kawasaki Z900RS what? Wait. What? After the discontinuation of the Kawasaki W800 in May 2016, you’d have been forgiven for thinking that Kawasaki had left the neo-retro motorcycle sector, at least for the foreseeable future. Which was truly sad, especially since Kawasaki had in-part been responsible for creating the modern classic/neo-retro class.



Kawasaki Z900RS Rumours

Rumours soon emerged in Sept 2016, about the possibility of Kawasaki jumping back into the sector, with a brand new model, after the motorcycle press caught wind of the trademarking of the term, “Z900RS”.

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CG Rendering | Autoby | Atsushi Tsuruoka

Japan’s oldest motorcycling magazine Autoby, was convinced of an impending launch and even created the image you see (above), of what the bike might potentially look like. The story was later picked up by MCN who mocked up their own version.

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Kawasaki Z900RS CG Rendering | MCN

Yet, if you’d placed a bet at the beginning of the year, on Kawasaki launching the retro model this year, the odds may have still have been pretty low.  However, over the last few months, there’s been much speculation and a quiet buzz on various forums, with rumours of a retro bike launch from the marque. A teaser video posted by Kawasaki, on the 5 Sep 2017, put that speculation to rest and heightened the buzz, for the Kawasaki Z900RS.

Likely to be Based on the Kawasaki Z900?

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It hasn’t been confirmed yet but the Kawasaki Z900RS’s designation means it’s likely to be based on the Z900’s liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, in-line four. Which, in turn, means that the Z900RS will be going head to head with BMW, Triumph and Yamaha’s top-of-the-range modern classic offerings. Though not only that, the bike will noticeably trump the Thruxton R, R-Nine-T and Yamaha XSR900, at least on power figures alone, with engine output north of 123hp and 98Nm of torque for the Z900.

Kawasaki Z900RS Teaser Video

Kawasaki Z900RS Styling?

The Z900RS appears briefly in the teaser video a number of times; first obscured by the railings of a central reservation, later from a distant drone shot, then finally in a head-on shot.  Craftily, this being a teaser and not a reveal, only the round LED lights of two (presumably), Z900RSs are completely visible. Tantalisingly, the bodywork of both bikes remain in shadow. Nevertheless, eagle-eyed viewers will have spotted the pristine 70s era Kawasaki Z1 at the beginning of the video, which is a favourable nod to a clue about the styling of this bike.

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70s era KAWASAKI 900 Z1 SOURCE: Kawasaki Europe Motors NV

You’ll be thrilled to know that the Kawasaki Z900RS, will be launched at the Tokyo Motorshow on October 25th, (press), so hopefully, we’ll start seeing this bike ship at the beginning of 2018 and on the roads by spring, if not earlier.
Header Image Credit: Autoby | Atsushi Tsuruoka

Update

The Kawasaki Z900RS was launched was indeed launched at the Tokyo Motorshow 2017 and it’s kind of a big deal.

Kawasaki Z900RS 2018