Kawasaki Z900 20205 May, 2020
Kawasaki Z900 2020
When Kawasaki introduced the Z900 in 2017, the plan was to replace the Z800 and Z1000 models with a machine that offered the best aspects of performance and ease of use. The Z900 was updated to 2020, and now that we are a few years away from coming to light, It seems like a good time to take a walk and reflect on whether it really is the best of both worlds..
The first generation of the Z900 was already lighter than both motorcycles, only slightly more expensive than the Z800, and pumped 125 horsepower. Arguably it is an ideal combination or compromise, and to 2020 much of that is the same. The engine of 943 cc has not changed much, except for an adjustment to the air box intake funnels to help keep up with emissions requirements. Most of the bike's chassis architecture is also the same. Kawasaki updated the frame tubes around the swingarm pivot to make them stronger, and the rear shock spring is now stiffer. Mechanically, still a pretty basic inline four-cylinder power station, Bolted to a trellis-style frame with a flat handlebar and no frills.
Electronic features really set the model apart 2020 from the previous version. Now it's more than just ABS, with switchable traction control, individual power mode selection and four driving modes to choose from. further, everything is controlled through a new TFT screen 4.3 inches in the cabin. This is standard hardware for Kawasaki in 2020, which also applies to Z H2 and Ninja 1000SX. Full-color display also offers Bluetooth connectivity to Team Green's Rideology app, not to mention the changing backgrounds at night / day. Like a cherry on top, there is a renewed style: small pieces around the LED headlight, more compact covers and an updated fuel tank cover.
Clutch feel is excellent, shots on the gear stick are short and fast, it just seems like it was tweaked by people who know what they're doing. Large Nissin four-pot binders are sharp, with a lot of power, and make us wonder why other companies don't bother to make their brakes feel that way. Walking the streets of the city, suspension is firm and sporty.
Seat height from 31.3 inches the Z900 is almost an inch shorter than the Z1000 and 1.2 inches lower than a Z800.
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The engine is not a grumpy beast: it's tremendously linear, with a silky surge of power that builds in a predictable but exciting way. Below 5,000 rpm is strong without being impressive, but if you ventilate the clutch and pull the handlebar in third gear, be ready. At the same time, is as polite as possible, with smooth throttle response and quiet character at low revs.
It is worth mentioning that the suspension, who feels a little firm in the city, really stands out on a smooth and winding road. The bike feels planted and safe, and might even convince him to lean too far. It is not a racing motorcycle, but a track day here and there would be great on the Z900, partly because he is capable, but also because it has a new and elegant set of electronics.
Controlling the output power through the engine maps is something Kawasaki has been doing for a while., generalmente “F” para potencia máxima y “L” para potencia baja. In the same way, the KTRC system (Kawi-speak for traction control) has offered other eco bikes the option of three levels of TC tuning plus the option to turn it off. All of these controls have been added to 2020 Z900, in addition to Rain driving modes, Road y Sport, using predictable combinations of power and CT modes for their homonymous conditions. The fourth option, Rider, can be adjusted to any combination of power and TC mode you choose.
The bottom line here is that Kawasaki made the right choice by creating this Z900 and pushing the Z800 and Z1000 into the museum. Doesn't have the Z1000's heavy weight, but it's almost as strong and it emerged for human skeletons, not to mention it's much cheaper. And the Z800 never had a chance, with less power, a higher seat and 40 extra pounds. This Z900 is the best bike in the group, and is a worthy competitor to any machine in this category.
Photos by Robert Spenser.