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Beyond Z: The Kawasaki Factory Z900RS Custom Project

Beyond Z: The Kawasaki Factory Z900RS Custom Project

Kawasaki Z900RS custom project
It looks like Kawasaki has hit a home run with its new Z900RS retro standard, and no-one in the press corps has even ridden it yet.

It’s a homage to the mighty inline fours of yore like the Z1 (below) and based on the well-regarded Z900—itself a cracking performer that Cycle World’s road testers placed ahead of the Triumph Street Triple and Yamaha FZ-09 in a group test a few weeks ago.

The original Kawasaki Z1, inspiration for the 2018 Z900RS
We haven’t seen such feverish interest in a bike since Husqvarna revealed the Svartpilen and Vitpilen exactly two years ago. But the Austrians have inexplicably been dragging their feet on releasing those bikes.

And even if when they’re revealed at the Italian EICMA show in a few days, there’s a real danger that Kawasaki will steal Husky’s thunder with the production-ready Z900RS.…

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