2018 Motorcycle Previews Kawasaki Z900RS Teased Ahead of December NYC IMS Unveiling (Video)

Kawasaki Z900RS Teased Ahead of December NYC IMS Unveiling (Video)

2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Teased

Kawasaki will unveil a modern-classic take on its Z900 naked sportbike, called the Z900RS, at the Tokyo Motor Show on October 25, 2017. The 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS will make its official USA debut December 1 at the New York City International Motorcycle Show.

Inspired by the 1970s Kawasaki Z1, the Z900RS will take the retro look on the already respected Z900. Gone are the Z900’s Transformerish headlight and bodywork; in their places are a round headlight and the natural beauty of the inline-four.

Kawasaki Z900RS Teased Ahead of December NYC IMS UnveilingDetails are scarce, but we’ll be sure to have a full report in late October when Kawasaki releases the bike in Japan.

Kawasaki released the base-model Z900 for 2017, the bike replacing the Z1000 and one-year Z800. With its 948cc inline four-cylinder powerplant that is loaded with city-savvy mid-range torque, the Z900 was a direct competitor to Yamaha’s FZ-09 and the Suzuki GSX-S750.

The Z900RS should feature the same 123-horsepower engine as the Z900, along with the Z900’s sporty chassis and modern electronics. But the styling will sway towards the eyes of the modern-classic motorcycle fan, making the new Z900RS a direct competitor of the modern retro European classics, such as the Triumph Street Cup and BMW R nineT, and of course Japan classics such as the Honda CB1100 EX.

Stay clicked to Ultimate Motorcycling for additional details as they are released. For now, enjoy the Z900RS teaser video.

2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Teaser Video

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

2020 Indian Scout Bobber Twenty + Scout 100th Anniversary First Ride Review (10 Fast...

2020 Indian Scout Bobber Twenty and Scout 100th Anniversary First Ride Review Indian Motorcycle has been on a tear lately, and the Minnesota-based company doesn’t...

2020 Kawasaki KLX300R Review: Off-Road Motorcycle (9 Fast Facts)

2020 Kawasaki KLX300R Review: Single-track to Jeep-trail Tested After a 12-year break following a 14-year run, the Kawasaki KLX300R is back to fill a void in...

2019 Honda CB1100 RS 5Four First Look: 50th Anniversary

2019 Honda CB1100 RS 5Four First Look The 50th anniversary of the iconic Honda CB750 is an important event around the world. To commemorate it...

2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M Review (23 Fast Facts)

We head to Jerez to test the updated and more refined 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M superbikes. Here's our first ride review.

Arai Regent-X Motorcycle Helmet First Look: Evolutionary Design

Arai Regent-X First Look The new Arai Regent-X helmet is designed with creature comforts in mind, while still delivering the protection that motorcycle riders expect...

2020 Ducati Monster 1200 S ‘Black on Black’ Unveiled for +$400

For the first time since the Monster 1200 was released for 2014, Ducati is releasing a blacked-out version for the premium S model.