Kawasaki brings some much needed updates to the Z900 for 2020. While some may already be looking to its new big brother the Z H2, Kawasaki hopes to keep the Z900 appealing for those not fond of forced induction.
Among these updates is a strengthened, high-tensile trellis frame to more easily handle the stresses of the road. These are paired with improved front and rear suspension settings. Finally, it’s wrapped in a body with Sugomi-inspired Z styling. The Z900 also boasts of a new LED headlamp, position lamp and license plate lamp.
Many of the key upgrades are in the electronics and rider aids. Most noticeable of all is the new TFT color screen. From here, riders can easily see various details of the bike. It’s also easier to see and set the 2 new power modes (F and L) and integrated riding modes selection. A smart phone can also be connected to the bike via Kawasaki’s Rideology app.
Powering the Z900 is a 948cc inline-4, 16-valve DOHC engine. It boasts of dual 36mm Keihin throttle bodies, direct fuel injection, and electronic advance ignition. This is paired with a 6-speed transmission with return shift, and an assist and slipper clutch.
Keeping it aloft is an inverted fork in front with preload and rebound damping adjustability. Behind is a horizontal back-link with stepless rebound damping and spring preload adjustment. It rolls on 17-inch wheels with new Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires.
The bike is brought to a stop with two 300mm discs in front and a single 250mm disc in the rear, all of which are governed by ABS. This results in a seat height of 800mm and a wet weight of 212 kg.
For now, the Z900 is currently available in the US and Europe with more countries to follow soon.