Welcome to the Kawasaki Z900 review - the successor to Z800 ‘intermediate naked’ is now Euro4 compliant and probably 10% better all round – more powerful, lighter and better finished and equipped (although it conspicuously shuns electronic rider aids).
For Kawa power four fans that’ll probably be enough. For the rest of us, this class is now closer than ever to call.
Kawasaki Z900 can be A2 compliant
In September 2017 Kawasaki announced that they will be making the Z900 available to those who hold an A2 motorcycle licence.
The bike was then eligible to receive a reversible update to the ECU that restricted the machine to 35kW – bringing it in line with the maximum required for A2 licence holders.
Riders can get the restriction done at any authorised Kawasaki dealership and the process of having the ECU updated doesn’t take long at all.
“Soon after the Z900 was launched we began work on an A2 compliant version” said Morihiro Ikoma, Director of Kawasaki Motors Europe. “The design brief from potential customers and dealers was a unified voice; keep the look, soul and ethos of the Z900 and create an A2 compliant version to open the world of Refined Raw Z to yet more enthusiastic riders.”
Japan Legends turns Z900 into ZXR900
In July 2019 Spanish firm Japan Legends announced a kit to turn your Z900 into retro-inspired ZXR900.
A nod to the 1989 ZXR750 H1, which celebrated its 30th birthday in 2019, the kit uses a twin headlight fairing, seat unit, belly pan and tank covers to give Kawasaki’s naked 900 a truly retro makeover and arguably looks much cooler than even the factory 'Café' model.
First shown at the Eicma motorcycle trade show, in Milan, last year, the company is now taking reservations on the kit, but there’s no word yet on price yet. Those interested should email: email@example.com