Kawasaki Z900 Review (Honest ‘n Detailed) | 300 KM Road Test | RWR
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the Kawasaki z900 is an
old-school big displacement naked motorcycle. In the age of electronics
like traction control, engine braking control and quickshifter this
motorcycle comes with just a dual-channel ABS which is not even
switchable but why start a review on a negative note? You see, if you like
electronics you will buy something like the MT-09 or even the Street Triple RS
however if you are not bothered about that then you’ve got yourself a very
practical and versatile motorcycle with the Z900. Something that will putter
around effortlessly in the city without much heating be fun in the twisties and
in the straights… How this changes lanes and then.. it goes blowing into the corner in the Straights it would be
effortlessly rapid, very, very fast before moving into the ride discussion, let me
walk you through the specs the 2018 Z900 features a 948 CC inline-four engine
which is derived from the Kawasaki z1000 and that means it retains the sweet
power delivery characteristics that I so much loved on the 2015 z1000. The power
is a nice 125 PS at 9800 rpm with a strong amount of torque
at 98 Newton meters at 7700 RPM. This gives the motorcycle the ability to cruise at 40 km/h easily on the fifth gear and accelerate decently from that as well. The Z 900 is
part of the modern lineup where Kawasaki has moved away from the heavier
perimeter frames to a high tensile steel frame on the Z900. Not only does it
handle well and gives good stability I suspect it is one of the major reasons
why this motorcycle is 20 kg lighter than the outgoing Z800. New motorcycle
weighs 210 kg wet and though it’s still on the heavier side, you do feel
the huge improvement in the power-to-weight ratio over the outgoing
Z800 the front suspension is 41 mm upside down forks which is preload and
rebound adjustable. Granted that you cannot adjust a compression but I think
an adjustable suspension on the front is decent enough. On the motorcycle we just
did I felt it was a bit too soft on the rebound but luckily that can be adjusted.
The rare has a monoshock and I was happy with the factory settings on that one
brakes do see a downsize from 310 mm to 300 mm but they are still very
trustworthy and provide ample bite and progressive feel to it so I can’t really
complain about that. I did activate the ABS once and I feel that it kicks in a
bit too early and it kind of is intrusive I wish we had different modes
in the ABS like some of the Ducati bikes no motorcycle comes with dunlop sport
max tyres they aren’t the creepiest compounds but i feel this type of
putting naked motorcycle this is just fine the 50/50 sort of weight
distribution means that you do have to use the rear brake a bit to get the most
out of the braking the 250 mm disc at the rear works well and doesn’t lock up
very easily the very low seat height of 795 mm makes it accessible to all kinds
of riders and even women riders and me being 5′-8″ had no problems with it
even if you are 5′-3″ to 5′-4″ you could easily write this by the
longer wheelbase of 40 hundred and forty-eight millimeters does offer great
stability at freeway speeds and the big 70 liters fuel tank ensures that you can
stay there for long without frequent refills but that is just the overview
let’s dive into the details right discussion and see how this motorcycle
feels on an open road yeah I would like to say that you’re impressed by the
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on board the Kawasaki z-9 hundred this bike has pretty good launch
I’d like to show you that amazing power so doing lots of power
wheelies and stuff it’s an inline 4 but this bikes got a pretty decent mid-range
unlike the other inline forces they have worked on the power delivery and that is
what I wanted to talk about because it’s coming in at I believe 9700 RP and
that’s the peak power always hit a bird there oh my god but then we had an
Indian do I don’t think I hit it though a very enjoyable bike I have already
written it in the city and I did okay I use the brakes a little bit too old
300mm brakes up front from lesson lots of progressive feel and a good amount of
initial bite I am impressed with the braking talking back on the power
yeah the powers you know very meaty initially the low end feels a lot less
powerful but then as soon as you hit the mid-range it’s great and as you know
after 8,000 rpm Kawasaki motorcycles are an absolute you know stunner and a bomb
to enjoy with pretty decent motorcycle for a naked bike which are looking for
touring you know not exactly track focused if you look at the foot pegs
absolutely like a 90-degree position you’re the footpegs are way below you
they are not at all the real set which means a very comfortable ergonomics the
handlebars are low so you do have to lean down a bit but that I like because
the front end has a little bit less feel compared to the suet ripple but when
you’re actually leaning down on the front wheel so you’re adding your weight
to it and it’s increasing that front-end feel a little bit which I really enjoy
well a lot of people ask me whether they should buy this root Ripper and dizzy
900 between the stupa less and the Z Z 900 I generally recommended people this
with triple but I recommended Roman to buy this motorcycle because most of the
guys who were asking me were asking for a sport riding motorcycle gonna own just
one Superbike and that is why I’ve recommended this route Triple S but when
I’m talking about this motorcycle it’s it’s gonna be more focused towards the
touring and he already owns a 959 Panigale
which is like a full-on super sport bike with a lot of more power than an average
super sport so the second naked bike that you wanted was gonna be like a
touring bike for him for highway touring and because this bike doesn’t have the
rare set foot pegs that more comfortable ergonomics the inline force absolute
will find zero vibrations nice smooth linear power delivery sort of motorcycle
I recommended him this motorcycle and that is why he’s superb ly enjoying it
specifically with the great ergonomics so if you’re thinking that you’re
probably a little older and you want to be comfortable at the same time have the
superb performance you should go for this bike and look at it we are now
sixth gear we’re doing 50 kilometers the amount of torque is so much that we can
maintain that so you don’t have to really shift up and down that much on
this motorcycle you can keep it on 5th and 6th gear on the highway and with
that you can do all your cruising needs so
going back onto the console you can take a look we’re just doing 2,000 rpm right
now and the motorcycle doesn’t have the knocking or pull pulling away issues and
and because of the torque we can even accelerate from here decently so if
you’re looking for a touring motorcycle just add a double bubble sort of or
whatever pigs windscreen we have already ordered that it’s coming will show you
the mods in the next video but for now what I’m gonna put a photo up here so
that wind screens gonna add up a lot more functionality save you from the
wind blast and obviously we’re gonna add saddlebags and then this motorcycle I
think if you’re not going to do off-roading if you’re gonna do highway
doing then this motorcycle makes a lot more sense and then obviously this being
a naked sport bike it won’t be that bad and cornering but it will not be as
focused as a street triple s I really like the feel on this motorcycle so much
so that I absolutely love and then
into the corner for my Glock
they got to over two hundred and twenty three kilometers on that motorcycle it
didn’t feel like it was maxing out this can go much much further I think this
can do up 250 km/h I’ll check out the top speed numbers I don’t have them with
me were eight we got to turn each day without even trying I mean just I just
opened that all for a few seconds and we just went whoa I was thinking that this
route triple having a lot less weight about 20 kgs less would smoke this bike
but right now I’m not so sure because once this bike goats goes beyond this
initial I think the initial on that bike was much stronger but once it gets to
that meaty rev range beyond that 5,000 6,000 rpm this bike you know it gets
that Kawasaki burst which is you know I remember it on the zx-10r and that was
completely different we’ve got a little bit of a corner
unfortunately the exit wasn’t as good as I would have wanted it to be still it’s
pretty good decent you know should we squeeze yeah why not the clutch on this bike is absolutely
light it’s a work of art I I just you know no wood no quick shifter no down
shifter like auto Blippar like no electronics but basically I want you I
want you to realize see if I’m gonna go up shift it’s justjust a light feather light
clutch to operate with it kind of feels hydraulic I’m not sure if it is but it’s
it’s one of the best clutches that are operated now you know clutch operation
is becoming less and less thanks to the quick shifters and all that but since
this bike doesn’t have it at least having that kind of a slipper clutch
definitely makes you a good sense again the feel on the brake levers I’ve
already said that I’m getting a lot of confidence on this motorcycle I would
say you know this is a bike that if you’re if you don’t have much experience
because the triple is you know more more like an experienced riders a point of
view it feels good but this one is so easy to ride and it’s it’s I I think if
you’re moving up to a big bike and you don’t have much experience you can just
buy this and you would be a lot better back to the Z 900 there is one problem
though Kawasaki engines do not have much feel to it so this bike being new does
have a little bit of vibes coming into the engine and that will go over as the
motorcycle runs in and after that these engines feel so less YV that it almost
feels like the engine is not on and it can be good if you are doing touring
where vibrations actually tire out the rider over time but when you’re doing
high speeds it does feel very confident the bike does sit on the highway
very very confidently and that is a great thing but the negative is that you
don’t realize you’re going that fast so for a new rider it is very easy to get
carried away and cause mistakes so that is something that I would definitely
like you to to keep in mind if you’re buying this motorcycle that it gets too
deceptive amount of speeds and because the engine sound is so muted because the
overall motorcycle is so muted and there is no vibration and the refinement the
only downside to that is you don’t realize that you’re actually crossing
180 190 kilometers per hour very pleasing motorcycle to write that I
would say no vibrations the engine has a nice bar we’d need an exhaust we’re also
gonna get that we read mod the spike out so if you want to see that do subscribe
talking about the fit and finish the Kawasaki bikes do look a little lacking
compared to the competition like the Tecate or even the Triumph Street Triple
the switches are good but they’re not too premium obviously no headlight
switch because it’s always on and that’s with every motorcycle these days but the
fit and finish for the plastics and all these parts is pretty good but when
you’re talking about the switches whether we’ve been spoiled by triumph
and Yukari otherwise a few years back when we used to look at these switches
we used to think that they were super premium but we know that better is
possible these days anyways we’ve got a corner coming up skaar is trying to overtake some really screwed the shot new turns very easy on this motorcycle
very easy the handlebar has a lot of turning look at that direction the tank
they have built nice recess into the design so that it can turn a lot almost
like a street bike so it’s it’s going to be very easy to write in the city if you
even if you’re doing tight u-turns and stuff this motorcycle is going to be
very very easy to handle you know the frontend feel is not that
bad as I thought the suspension it’s really soft so that that’s bumping up
when there is a bump it is losing composure but apart from that the
front-end feel is pretty good I’d like to see whether the front-end suspension
can be tuned to be a little bit hard because if it can then trust me this
motorcycle will become a lot lot better in handling but that phenomenal wind blast is now to
walk in my head back and forth especially happens on the top of the
flyovers because you’re higher and obviously there’s more wind smaller capacity motorcycles having a
naked bike is more than sufficient because really windlass is not a bother
up to one hundred and fourteen hundred and fifty kilometers but beyond that it
becomes really really intolerable so on a motorcycle like Duke where we are
usually cruising at hundred twenty hundred thirty and I know that also it
is much higher but usually you don’t go that because you don’t want to max out
your engine and stay in that suite for a long long time but on this bike on the
other hand 150 is nothing and beyond that even in
the why goes away far away permits maximum speed of 240 or 50 km/h so
you canning higher speeds and your have to deal with the win last we despite through foreigners is pretty
decent I mean those IVA cards are oh wow we just tested out the brakes and
I think I just activated the ABS not sure why but the front did make a very
screechy sort of sound and yeah heartbreaking
this bike did move around a lot and that’s I guess that’s got more to do
with the softer front suspension I remember breaking on the street triple
RS and though the brakes are good on this bike or the overall balancing I think with this motorcycle you have to
be feeding in the rear brake a little bit as well because but this time I
wasn’t really skidding but the EVs and got activated raking is good on this
bike the suspension could have been a lot better the front end dive and all
that and a heartbreaking it’s definitely there
and this being a 210 kg oral cycle is not exactly light so remember that the
momentum will be higher and new brakes would have to work harder we have like a quick shifter as well I really like when you shoot with a
quick shifter the way the engine sounds so the way it holds the line through a
corner is pretty decent the problem is if you have to go you
visa breaking out of the corner and out of the corner acceleration and I would
say is also easier because the power delivery is progress if you can pull out
of the corner faster whereas on the Panigale I was having the fear that the
front end will rise up and on this bike it also does but a little less
considering its heavier and less powerful and well the for delivery is
kind of more agile for an inline four-cylinder trench punch on the inline
four then to the other c800 it feels a lot more powerful than the z800 to be
honest and that’s more because of the weight that it lost and and obviously
having more displacement now they have the power available right on a lower rpm
which feels good you know peak power is one thing but the power curve which you
can check on a dyno that is actually the real measurement of power because you’re
not always at the peak power rpm so how it feels on the other rpm that is what
makes you under feel that the motorcycle is powerful or not or something which
has a good Tiki power but on the lower who doesn’t have the power the bike
feels sluggish even if the numbers suggest otherwise for this bike I would
say yeah even on the mid-range and all that power is really there and which was
not there on the previous z800 I definitely have to check the dyno scores
or something that the crops but I think this bike
made more than the five PS game that it was supposed to where it’s not just a
five PS game on paper it may be five PS but on the dyno chart it may be a lot
more now that I’m riding it on bumpy roads I see that this bike because the
front end is so light it has a tendency to rise up and that’s been happening
ever since I’ve been accelerating and on a less bumpy or high wave like the nh-2
where we were riding initially that was pretty fun actually I was enjoying that
so obviously if you’re writing anywhere out of India where your roads are not at
all bumpy you would enjoy the front wheel rising up but here on a bumpy road
when the wheel is going back down on the road is the same thing happened with the
Ducati it it goes down on a bump and then the motorcycle kind of destabilize
it and that that is not a good feeling and that’s mostly due to the condition
of our roads so we have to remember that the front-end feel and
is you know what the cornering sighs I’d say the front-end feel is definitely
good enough but but because of the weight distribution this bikes again of
50/50 sort of a distribution the front-end scanner lifting up there
are some mixed feelings up here the front end feels like but while going
into the corner it does give enough confidence for
highways sweeping corners this motorcycle are absolutely phenomenal
but for tight twisty tracks or from moving left to right corners it does
feel a bit heavy because of the curve bit mid corner stability is great and
the power delivery is linear and I could get earlier on the throttle and this is
an overwhelmingly fun motorcycle ride because it is so easy to push this bike
on higher speeds I would also like to talk about the braking the brakes are
absolutely great but the ABS is too intrusive like I said before the front
end dive was too much but I guess that can be dialed out by tuning the
suspension overall what could have been great if we could have a switchable ABS
or even ABS modes but I guess that it’s something that you’d have to live it
because there’s no way to make the ABS less
it kicks in way too early for my liking but the brakes in itself are good in
conclusion we have to say that the Z 900 was a seriously fun motorcycle to ride
it’s effortless and vibration free engine along with relaxed riding
position makes it easy to put on hundreds of kilometers on highway every
day with ease I feel that it was a perfect highway touring bike so we
ordered a few mods to make it even completely tool worthy and to see that
you must hit that subscribe button and stay tuned when those parts arrived from
America thanks for watching and I’ll see you
very very soon this is travel goodbye

100 thoughts on “Kawasaki Z900 Review (Honest ‘n Detailed) | 300 KM Road Test | RWR

  1. Waiting on the GSX s 750, which is coming in as CKD and with a nice electronic package, will be good competition with this bike if priced well.

  2. Hey buddy awesome review, I have ridden z900 for about 500 km & each & every thing you have mentioned is on point.
    But I would recommend you to try the clutch lever of versys300 if you think z900 has the best clutch feel, I am sure you are going to enjoy that.

  3. Smashing review Rahul! As an owner I would like to add a few points:
    1. That bitch of a ground clearance, it's painful to ride in our streets.
    2. You really can't ride with your sweetie anywhere longer, that seat is only meant for supermodels, well, unless your sweetie is one, you can. Plus the ground clearance suffers more with a pillion
    3. The construction of the rear seat is such that it's difficult to carry large bags, the bags eventually slides down, one needs Z900 specific bags for hassle free travel, means firanngg brands like SW Motech, GIVI, Hepco Becker, which costs much more.
    4. Kawasaki specifies RON95 and above, well in Bangalore we do get them, but not out in the highway. We don't really know the effects of using lesser rated petrol, I know guys who have done 40k in a mix of majority Ron 91 with no issues.
    5. As you rightly said, the suspension is slightly unsettling at rough roads, but not enough to bother about.
    6. It's lot more expensive to make the Z900 sound like an inline 4 should. Just a slip-on will not make any difference (unlike the z800), it's because of the way the catcon is constructed. You need a full system plus a power commander, so we are looking between 1 to 1.5 lakhs.

    On the positive side:
    1. The engine is beyond amazing. The power delivery, the intake howl, is just fantastic. This thoroughly overcomes all the negatives.
    2. The flickability of the motorcycle, I sometimes forget that I am riding a 125 bhp motorcycle.

  4. Haha, "almost hit a bird oh my God", he says but makes no mention of the person crossing the road a few seconds earlier.

  5. hi bro I AM buying thieye t5 edge , on gearbest on 16/01/2018 but percel not got till now .
    order number is WB1802140407180082
    traking ID is RU214739596NL
    last traking information I got from Mumbai exchange office on 03/03/2018
    this is traking information…..
    India, MUMBAI AIR, Transfer from office of exchange (Inb), Air, BANGALORE SUB FGN POST

    2018-03-03 14:28

    India, MUMBAI AIR, Receive item at office of exchange (Inb), Air

    2018-03-01 11:20

    Netherlands (the), AMSTERDAM E INTERNATIONAL MAIL, Send item abroad (EDI-received), Air, MUMBAI AIRPORT SORTING OFFICE

    please bro can you help me to get my percel,
    any process….. please help me .
    mobile number is 8013187429
    name Anik Biswas . please help me bro

  6. Hi I'm planning to buy a new bike and I like re Himalayan 2018 and mojo.please tell me which is a better option overall? I'm confused. Please help.

  7. Which bike handles better and is more fun…the Ducati 797 or the Z900? Also Which would be better for a track day now and then? Not really any long touring or off road.

  8. i'm currently in the market for this type of bike (this one along with the other similar bikes produced by the other bike companies). great review!!

  9. I have z900 great bike so far ๐Ÿ™‚ could do with a few extra seconds per gear my only downside! And the seat comfort isnโ€™t great! But overall good value and price, has smooth power delivery and great for longer distance Iโ€™m from the uk! ๐Ÿ™‚ great video and edit!!:)

  10. Good review! Lack of electronics considering nowadays standards..electronics bring security, considering traction control.

  11. I was planning to buy a kawasaki z900.seeing ur review.i booked it. Thanks for d review. I got sure that m buying the right bike.i already own the honda cbr 1000rr.. my second bike. Awesome review. Ride safe..

  12. Rahul, I am looking for my first super bike. I am 5 ft 4 Please advise z900 or Street Triple RS. I am 40yrs young from Delhi and putting all my hard earned money in this. Please give your best advise.

  13. Why the hell are the road blocks there, it makes it even more crazy, as if Indian roads are not crazy enough….

  14. I happily own this beazt…
    She is fantabulous…
    Riding it daily for 50kms and on weekend I go for a 400+ kms…
    Never felt tiredness or vulnerable…
    Power delivery is enormous…
    Braking is the best part in this machine, holds u like a hell out of anywhere…
    But the rear tyre isnโ€™t grippy one…
    The pleasure continues…

    Safe motoring to fellow riders
    Take care, Gud and clear review mate…

  15. Kawasaki makes 20 KG lighters, must be really hard to light a cigarette every time. come on Kawasaki stick to making bikes and not lighters. Yours ares Reallys amazings Rides withs Rahuls

  16. A comprehensive and impressive no-nonsense KAWASAKI Z900 review. Commentary was balanced and honest. SUBSCRIBED.

  17. I want to buy a bike which one is better for me Triumph Street Triple RS or Kawasaki Z900 or Ducati Monster 821

  18. You drive really recklessly. Hard to believe you post yourself doing so. If you're going to drive in that manner, at least do it where you're not in danger of hitting others.

  19. Rahul a detailed review of suzuki gsx s750 2018 model will help many of ur fans like me please if u can

  20. Great review..
    I am also interested in the saddlebag / pannier that you are going to use for the Z900, as I intend to get one (saddles) for myself too..

  21. Wish all superbikes for India came with atleast 150 mm of ground clearance. If I get this bike near my house, it will bottom out for sure. Such a shame๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜“

  22. I'm 6feet4 and still easily sit on this bike ๐Ÿ˜‰ (one of the bikes I could actually ride normally without getting craps or wrist ache) Nice review!

  23. For reviews in India.. Ride with Rahul is the best. Really cool guy who knows his stuff when it comes to motorcycles. Plus he actually rides the bikes he reviews.. something uncommon on youtube these days.

  24. Honestly my heart may go to this one, I am struggling between this and the MT/FZ-09 but I don't really want to get too scared of the amount of torque on the latter since I am a beginner. The suspensions seems way better, not as light weight but better quality of construction overall and I don't really bother about electronics or riding modes (doesn't seem like "real" electronics on the FZ-09, pretty sure it just makes the throttle response smoother). I may not like the dual sport-ish riding position on the FZ-09. I have to try both but looks like they made a huge improvement over the bulky Z800.

  25. Dude is it a sportbike like can it run like a sportbike and is it a superbike and can it beat ktm? Ktm any model like duke 390 or else plz help me plz

  26. Do have the common sense to blur out the speedometer when you are doing insane speed. It is cool to do 200+ speeds with proper safety gear but totally uncool to flaunt it on social media ,egging others to do the same. It is just a matter of time and bad luck before some one spots these speeds in this video and puts you in some kind of legal trouble.

  27. This is sick. Thank you for the review, I'm really considering this bike. Love your riding … speeding in India is fucking hilarious fun

  28. I'm confused between Suzuki GSX 750 and Kawasaki Z900 I mean Z900 has more power more fun but Suzuki has traction control which is must on our roads which would be better and which feels lighter to ride Z900 is 210kgs Suzuki 213 kgs. Please can you compare these two.

  29. I own a non abs model. It will lock the tires up right now. Iโ€™m 230lbs front forks to soft. But overall for money itโ€™s a nice bike. Iโ€™m going to swap fork springs and fluid. Air filter and full exhaust and just enjoy it. Itโ€™s slower than my 01 r1 I had but I can actually enjoy my ride on this bike. Itโ€™s comfortable and has power. I put a bigger wind screen on that made a difference. Other than above Iโ€™m going to put better tires on. Thanks for video God Bless buddy

  30. Please make review video on Ninja 1000 because I'm planning to buy one and confused between Z900 and Ninja 1000 and I have budget around 10 lakhs to 12 and half please suggest me what should i buy it's gonna be my first superbike..

  31. Yeah, it weighs less than the z800 and z1000, but doesn't look as good. Still sharp looking, just not as nice as the other two in my opinion.

  32. Can u please tell me if it gets a bad wind blast I have a dominar and it has wind blast bcoz of the aerodynamics n its a naked bike..I have to know it..plz help..about the wind blast afte 230

  33. Great review. I ride a ninja 400 due to A2 restriction. great beginner bike my Ninja. Would love to get a z900 but I do not know whether my kriega US30 motorbag wil fit on the rear seat.

  34. This is such an excellent review. I appreciate how clearly you articulated the features and ride experience of this bike. You've helped me make an informed decision. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

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