If you’ve been eyeing the Kawasaki Z900 RS Café, you better like the color black. That’s the only color it comes in. The Café is the cowled version of the Z900 Retro Sport (RS).
The Café version gives the Z900 RS the café racer look that suits its UJM style, giving it a sporty but still classic look, paired with silver stripes. It was first unveiled in 2017 in green, then offered in grey later.
It’s still the same Z900 RS with its circular headlamp, teardrop-shaped fuel tank, and tapered tail. Unique to the café are the single piece handlebar, and more rear set foot pegs. It’s a shame they didn’t put the circular rearview mirrors on the bar ends.
Powering it is a 948cc four-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that produces 111 PS and 98.5 Nm of torque. It’s paired with a six-speed gearbox.
Despite the retro look, it comes with modern conveniences like a slipper clutch, Kawasaki traction control system, and ABS.
The rider gets two classic analog dials with a digital multi-info display in the center. It also includes an eco-riding indicator that tells the rider when the bike is at its most efficient.
Keeping it aloft are inverted telescopic forks at the front and a horizontal back-link swingarm in the rear. It’s brought to a stop by dual 300 mm discs in front and a single 250 mm disc in the rear. It rides on 17-inch thin-spoke wheels that almost give it a wire look.
For now, the Z900 RS Café is only available in the US with other markets to follow soon.