The new Kawasaki Z900, a new motorcycle model in the category of sport motorcycles, is built on the new Z flagship motorcycle and inherits many of its important design features. Unlike its older siblings, the Kawasaki Z 900 is designed to be a more stylish sports bike. It has been designed for the maximum performance in high level competitive riding by optimizing its engine speed, torque, braking, handling and bodywork.
The new Kawasaki Z 900 is also equipped with what is referred to as a sport package, which offers improvements over the standard Z 800 and the older ZS models. These include suspension upgrades, a sport exhaust with two pipe pipes and two silencers, revised front and rear fairings to improve the bike's aerodynamics, a faster battery and an increase in the size of the battery. All these technical details are part of the ongoing streamlining process of the new Z900, which has been launched with a new range-topping model, the Kawasaki Ninja ZS. Other additions to the bike include a new seat and a revised windscreen.
Kawasaki claims the new Z 900 offers greater control, agility and acceleration than the ZS. When the accelerator is pressed the air vents on the front fender help to absorb the pressure of the engine and reduce heat dissipation. The revised weight distribution in the cockpit helps to improve the feel of control, with the tank sitting lower and the pegs closer to the ground. The adjustmentable front and rear shocks, including the adjustable preload and rebound damping, further enhance the feel of control.
One of the principal contributing factors to the increased agility of the Z 900 is the increased compression strut. This has been positioned inside the lower end of the Z 900's main swing arm, helping to increase the overall length of the frame. The main reason for this is the addition of a new, stronger frame that is able to support more weight. The increased stiffness also increases the strength of the springs and struts. A reinforced frame, reinforced by a wider range of struts, improves the spring preload. Both of these actions combine to produce an effective combination of power and speed.
The powerful Kawasaki Z 900cc is fitted with a full-face design that uses a single, lightweight alloy frame. The result is a bike that is lighter, stronger and more compact, than before. In addition to the strengthening of the frame, the use of a single-frame engine has also helped to create a lighter, stronger machine that is easier to repair and upgrade. The new bike also offers better handling and better feedback over the bike's suspension system, with the previously under-utilised rebound damping system now delivering better performance.
For maximum handling capabilities, the new Z 900cc has been developed with a longer, narrower cockpit. It also features shorter, stiffer handlebars, and a further reduction in the height of the head tube. To improve agility and reduce the wind resistance through the chassis, the front forks have been lowered. However, a newly developed off-road variant of the Z 900cc with higher front and rear suspension allows for better handling even on uneven terrain. Finally, all Kawasaki Z 900cc bikes now come standard with front and rear shocks with fully adjustable rebound and compression damping.
The latest version of the Z 900cc features a single-sided dry-sump configuration. This is different to previous Z models where two dry-sump configurations were used. The dry-sump suspension setup means that the pressure is placed evenly across the entire suspension system, and prevents stress concentrations at critical areas. In addition, it lowers the weight of the bike by reducing the need for high clearance levels and external ball joints. Nissin shocks are used on all models, but specific adjustment options are available to suit the different riding surfaces and road conditions.
Kawasaki's new Z 900cc is lighter and has improved handling and maneuverability. The overall height is about three inches lower than the previous version and it features a new frame design with shorter, narrower springs and a re-umbent start to the lower shock tower. The new Kawasaki Z 900cc is also lighter and is more compact than the older model. Both the engine and the transmission are tweaked for maximum performance, and the engine has received several modifications as well. The final result is that the Kawasaki Z 900cc is now lighter, stronger and has higher performance than its predecessors.