2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Teaser

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Kawasaki has an impressive stable of naked Z bikes (including our MOBO Best Standard winner, the Z900) but not everyone’s a fan of the line’s aesthetic. Sure, some people might like the Michael Bay Transformers look, but some people want their Bumblebee to look more like a classic VW Beetle than a modern Camaro.

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If you’re that type of person, then your hopes may be answered, as Kawasaki released a new video teasing a new retro-styled Z900RS.

We broke the news when Kawasaki trademarked the Z900RS name last year, and our early speculation that the RS would be a retro throwback model looks to be correct. Early in the video, Kawasaki shows a classic Z1, suggesting the new model is heavily inspired by the original.

What glimpses we see of the new Z900RS support that premise. We see a clear shot of a circular headlight, a welcome sight for those who are turned off by the modern Z models’ robotic faces. Other glimpses of the new bike show a black and orange color scheme resembling the original Z1.

From the name, we can surmise the RS uses the same 948cc Inline-Four as the Z900, and likely the same frame. Beyond that, we’ll have to wait until Oct. 25 when the 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS makes its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Jeff Cunningham Jeff Cunningham on Sep 28, 2017

    Kawasaki just CARB certified a ZR900CJ model on 09-26

    • Denchung Denchung on Sep 28, 2017

      Yep. It's odd for Kawi to use an internal model name for certification documents (Yamaha does this all the time, but Kawasaki usually does not). The emissions are slightly different from the Z900's (higher CO) which is likely accounted for by a different exhaust.

      The "C" might stand for "Classic" or it might not stand for anything in particular. The J likely just represents 2018 (each year is assigned a letter, and 2018 for all manufacturers is J in certification documents).

  • Tim Miller Tim Miller on Oct 28, 2017

    Old fart's bike, I need one.