The model had been missing from Kawasaki India’s lineup since BS6 emission norms were implemented
Ever since the BS6 emission norms came about, a bunch of motorcycles disappeared from our market, the Kawasaki Z900 RS being one of them. However, now it has returned, and people who missed their chance to buy a Kawasaki Z1 in the 80s can now pick up an inline-four cylinder retro monster once again at their local Kawasaki dealerships at Rs 16.47 lakh, ex-showroom.
The colour options available are called “Candy Tone Blue'' and “Metallic Diablo Black”, with both shades exuding a retro flavour. The motor remains unchanged, with the 948cc engine pumping out 111PS and 98.5Nm, which should be plenty for a motorcycle which weighs 215kg (kerb). The Z900 RS has USD forks and a horizontal-link rear monoshock, and it comes with traction control and a slip-and-assist clutch.
Globally the Yamaha XSR900 is a direct rival, but in India, the Kawasaki Z900 RS occupies a unique market position, where there aren’t any motorcycles that can match its retro looks and modern performance. The Ducati Scrambler range comes close, but that’s about it.