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Retro bike based on the Kawasaki Z900 in pipeline?

Parichay Malvankar
Written by Parichay Malvankar

Latest rumours from Japan are suggesting that Kawasaki is also working on a modern classic motorcycle to rival the likes of Triumph Bonneville & Ducati Scrambler. This retro bike is expected to be based on their recent product, the Kawasaki Z900. The new bike will be reminiscent of the Kawasaki Z1 from 1970s.

The Z900 is powered by a 948cc, in line 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled petrol motor producing 123 BHP & 98 Nm matched to a 6-speed gearbox. This engine is expected to be retained in the modern classic, albeit in a different state of tune. In the rendering images, you can see that Kawasaki might add fake engine fins to showcase the bike as old-school, even though liquid-cooling is in place.

Kawasaki had previously registered a trademark for the name Z900RS. Now, we’re not sure if the new bike would be called the same. Kawasaki has already discontinued the W800. So this product could be a very interesting replacement.

No concrete details are available yet proving that this bike will set its foot in the showroom. Meanwhile, we Indians get the Z900 in its street fighter avatar priced very aggressively for INR 7.68 lakh.

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Parichay Malvankar

Parichay Malvankar

Founder, owner and editor-in-chief of www.Shifting-Gears.com; a born gearhead, nothing apart from a set of wheels gets his pulse racing.