Kawasaki reveal Z900RS SE with uprated suspension and 70s tribute paint

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Kawasaki are gunning for the retro bike top spot after revealing a new Z900RS SE model for 2022 featuring beefier suspension components, uprated brakes and a striking 'Yellow Ball' 70s tribute paint job.

Based on the standard 948cc four-cylinder roadster that’s been with us since 2017, the Euro5-compliant SE is immediately distinguished by its new colours inspired by the 1972 Z1 Super Four model.

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This is then finished off with new red RS badging below the rolled seat, golden spoked rims, and a black FI cover, and radiator side covers.

It’s not all about cosmetics though and Kawasaki have gifted the SE an Öhlins S46 rear shock – replacing the preload and rebound-adjustable standard horizontal unit.

Gold USD forks feature on the Kawasaki Z900RS SE

Complete with a remote preload adjuster for some added bling-factor, the Swedish component features an aluminium body, with single-tube construction. Separate chambers for oil and gas are also said to provide an improved feeling of grip and handling – with the standard bike previously criticised for feeling floaty when pushed.  

Whilst on the topic of suspension, the old school Zed also gets a pair of fully-adjustable golden 41mm upside down forks. Although the same diameter as the USD units on the standard RS, they feature revised settings – said to create a more balanced ride.

Away from the springs, the new bike also gets an improved braking set-up, with new front Brembo discs and calipers. M4.32 radial monoblocs bite onto 300mm rotors and are served by a 1.6mm smaller, 17.5mm Nissin radial master cylinder, plus stainless steel braided lines.

The limited run-machines are set to be priced at £12,499 and are expected to arrive between January and February 2022. Bikes will only be allocated to dealers once a customer has placed a deposit. Keep an eye on MCN for updates and an in-depth review coming soon.


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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade