Kawasaki Z900RS launched in India at INR 15.3 lakhs
Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.
India Kawasaki Motors has launched the much-awaited Kawasaki Z900RS in the country at an ex-showroom price of INR 15,30,000. The reason for the steep pricing is because of the fact that Kawasaki brings the bike via CBU route from its Japanese factory.
The Kawasaki Z900RS is available in two colours- Candytone Brown and Candytone Orange. The design of the Z900RS is inspired from the Kawasaki Z1 of the 1970’s. The bike’s underpinnings are from the Z900. The lighting system is all-LED and the twin pod analogue instrument cluster houses a multifunctional LCD screen in between. Commenting on the launch, Managing Director of India Kawasaki Motors Mr. Yutaka Yamashita said:
We decided to launch Z900RS, as there is eagerness and excitement among our smattering Indian customers for this high range premium product. We hope that Z900RS will create a league of its own. Kawasaki believes that Z900RS is ideal for riders those who search for a bike with character and a rich history. We wish to see people riding Z900RS with occasional slow down, look around and enjoy the simple things that life can bring.
Power for the Kawasaki Z900RS comes from a 948 cc in-line four-cylinder engine. The DOHC mill makes 111 PS at 8,500 rpm, and 98.5 Nm at 6,500 rpm. Pairing with the engine is a 6-speed transmission with assist and slipper clutch. KRTC (Kawasaki Traction Control) and ABS are standard.
Cycle parts include a 41 mm inverted front fork with compression, rebound damping, and spring preload adjustability. The rear comes with an horizontal back-link, gas-charged monoshock with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability. The motorcycle comes to a halt using dual front 300 mm discs with radial callipers and a single rear 250 mm disc. The fuel tank capacity stands at 17 litres, and the bike weighs 215 kg, kerb. Other rivalling modern classic bikes include Triumph Bonneville T100 and T120; and BMW R nineT.