When Kawasaki unveiled the Z900RS Café during the 2017 EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show, we hoped the bike that was added to the Z family would make it stateside.It took some time, but in May Kawasaki confirmed the bike – based on the sporty Z900 and Z900RS – would arrive in America.
Due to the bike’s popularity, Kawasaki now confirms that the retro-styled motorcycle, which takes some styling cues from the Kawasaki KZ1000R that Eddie Lawson earned two AMA SuperBike titles on, will return for 2019.Kawasaki says the Z900RS Café was “developed for riders in search of a well-rounded bike that is not only rich in history and character, but also packed with modern technology and handling.”The Café arrives with the 948cc inline four, which produces 72 ft/lbs of torque that’s wrapped in a trellis frame.Other technical highlights of the 2019 Café include 41 mm inverted front forks, assist and slipper clutch, Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC), and a fully tuned exhaust note.Exclusive features to the Z900RS Café include a brushed stainless steel exhaust system, black low-rise handlebars, stepped seat, fairing, and new engine case covers.Following are the specs and a photo gallery of the returning Z900RS Café.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!