2017 Z900


Kawasaki has long believed that Supernaked models should be more than supersport machines stripped of their full-fairing bodywork. Designed with sugomi performance for maximum riding pleasure, the new Z900 mounts a 948 cm³ In-Line Four engine in an all-new ultra-lightweight frame. The choice of a 900cc-class In-Line Four was no accident; every twist of the throttle is rewarded by crisp, smooth response and exhilarating acceleration. But although the engine becomes more exciting the higher the revs climb, its smooth power delivery makes it extremely manageable. The lightweight chassis offers the same duality; nimble handling lends itself to spirited sports riding, while the Z900’s light weight and low seat height make it easy to control. Like many legendary Kawasaki 900cc-class In-Line Four machines (Z1, Ninja/GPz900R, Ninja ZX-9R), the Z900’s package delivers a sublime balance of power and handling – ideal for a Supernaked model.


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Offering excitement that increases as the revs climb, sugomi performance ensures that riding the Z900 is a visceral experience. The crisp response of the its In-Line Four engine is perfectly balanced by its light, agile handling. Exhilarating without being overly intimidating, the combination is simply sublime.

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Exciting In-Line Four Engine

Powerful 948 cm³ liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-line Four engine has a quick-revving character and a strong mid-range hit that pulls strongly to the redline. Adding to rider exhilaration, a distinct intake note encourages you to twist the throttle. Silky smooth power delivery facilitates control while contributing to rider comfort and confidence
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Digital Fuel Injection

Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 948 cm³ Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 948 cm3 In-line Four offers impressive power (92.2 kW (125 PS)) and strong torque. Bore and stroke of 73.4 x 56.0 mm were chosen to achieve the desired engine character.
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Exhaust System

The exhaust system features a 4-into-1-pre-chamber-into-silencer layout. The header pipes and pre-chamber are unitised. ø35 mm exhaust headers contribute to high-rpm performance. Joint pipes linking the exhaust headers (headers 1-4, 2-3 are linked) contribute to stronger mid-range torque for improved feeling.

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Enhanced Intake Note

After the 2014-2016 Z1000, the Z900 is the second model to benefit from “sound research” in crafting its intake note. Shape of the airbox was designed based on acoustic tests. The distinct intake note of the Z900 is clear and exhilarating. The frequency of the note varies with engine speed, adding to riding impact – especially at high rpm. Airbox inlet faces upwards, making the intake note easier to hear for the rider.

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Assist & Slipper Clutch

Assist & Slipper Clutch was developed based on feedback from racing activities. The clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a slipper cam), offering two functions not available on a standard clutch.

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Horizontal Back-Link Rear Suspension

Rear suspension positions the shock unit and linkage above the swingarm. This arrangement contributes to mass centralisation, while ensuring that the suspension is located far enough from the
exhaust that operation is not affected by heat.

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All-New Trellis Frame

The all new frame weighs only 13.5 kg and contributes significantly to the bike’s light, nimble handling. Components of the high-tensile steel trellis frame follow the ideal pipe line. The lines of the frame were made as straight as possible, and when bends were necessary their angles were made as small as possible, resulting in a design that disperses stress extremely well.


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Inverted Front Forks

41 mm inverted front fork features stepless rebound damping and spring preload adjustablility in the left fork tube. Adjusters are conveniently located on the fork top cap.

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Extruded Aluminium Swingarm

Extruded aluminium swingarm weighs only 3.9 kg, contributing to low unsprung weight, which in turn contributes to the bike’s light, nimble handling.

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Fuel Tank

The 17 Litre Fuel tank is narrow at the rear, making it easy for riders to grip the bike with their knees.

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Compact Front Cowl

Houses a dual-bulb headlamp with single position lamp. Sharp meter cover contributes to the aggressive Z styling. Close-fitting bodywork with minimum overhang contributes to a slim appearance and a high quality image. Sharp front and rear turn signals complement the aggressive Z styling.

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Narrow Frame

The narrow frame and engine create a narrow overall package, allowing the rider to keep his or her knees and feet close together. Sporty front seat offers a wide seatingarea for good ride comfort. The seat is slimmer at the front, facilitating the rider’s reach to the ground. The seat can be removed without tools, offering easy access to the battery, fuse box and tool kit.

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Ergonomics for Control

Wide, flat handlebar and relaxed, sporty riding position. The rider is easily able to capitalise on the Z900’s sporty street riding potential. Slightly more upright than the Z1000, the riding position offers a blend of control and comfort in a variety of riding situations. The relationship between pegs, seat and handlebars was designed to enhance communication between rider and machine, giving the rider a confidence-inspiring feeling of control that complements its agile handling. Wide steering angle facilitates low-speed manoeuvring.
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Sport Riders Seat

Thanks to the low seat height and the bike’s slim overall design, it’s easy to keep both feet firmly on the ground when stopped, an important consideration for many riders. 795 mm seat height enables a wide range of riders to enjoy the Z900 with confidence.

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Adjustable Levers

Both the clutch and front brake lever are 5-way adjustable, able to accommodate a variety of hand sizes for increased comfort. Rider and passenger footrest feature rubber pads. Harder rubber combined with hollow centres were designed to reduce vibration felt through the footpegs.

Agressive Z Styling

Key sugomi design elements, like its crouching stance, low positioned head and upswept tail, give the Z900 a distinct silhouette, making it instantly recognisable as Z Supernaked model. Designed to make viewers fall in love at first sight, the Z900’s aggressive Z styling is complemented by elegant bodywork flowing from head to tail, combined with minimalist cover in the engine area devised to draw attention to its functional beauty. A condensed appearance emphasised by slim, close-fitting bodywork gives the bike a light, agile image that reflects its sporty
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Brakes, Wheels and Tyres

Dual ø300 mm front petal disc brakes deliver plenty of braking power. Dual opposed 4-piston calipers with resin brake pads offer a linear brake touch, facilitating control for both new and experienced riders. ø250 mm rear petal disc brake provides stopping power at the rear. The Z900 has ABS as a standard feature. The Z900 features a compact and lightweight Nissin motorcycle ABS unit. Stylish star-pattern 5-spoke wheels contribute to light weight, while their high rigidity benefits handling.

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Compact Multi-Function Instrumentation

Stacked instrument cluster features an easy-to-read layout. Analogue-style tachometer features a gear position indicator. Tachometer offers three selectable display modes, allowing riders to tune their instrumentation to suit their preference. The tachometer also doubles as a shift up indicator, flashing at the set rpm. LCD screen features white letters on a black background. Other display functions include: odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, remaining fuel range, current and average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, clock and the Economical Riding Indicator.
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"Z" LED Taillights

LED taillight lights up in a “Z” pattern, contributing to the sporty image and the strong Z identity. Not all LED taillights designs are the same, the Kawasaki "Z" pattern LED taillight is both stylish and functional. 


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Pearl Mystic Gray / Metallic Flat Spark Black






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Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 948 cm
Bore and Stroke 73.0 x 56.0 mm
Compression ratio 11.8:1
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection:ø36 mm x 4 with sub-throttles
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump
Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Sealed Chain
Primary reduction ratio 1.627 (83/51)
1st 2.692 (35/13)
2nd 2.059 (35/17)
3rd 1.650 (33/20)
4th 1.409 (31/22)
5th 1.034 (30/29)
6th 1.222 (33/27)
Final reduction ratio 2.933 (44/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Type Trellis, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel:
Front 120 mm
Rear 140 mm
Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Caster (rake) 24.5°
Trail 103 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 33° / 33°
Front 41 mm inverted fork with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Rear Horizontal Back-link with rebound damping
and spring preload adjustability
Front: Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Caliper Dual opposed 4-piston with ABS
Rear: Single 250 mm petal disc
Caliper Single-piston with ABS
Overall length 2,065 mm
Overall width 825 mm
Overall height 1,065 mm
Wheelbase 1,450 mm
Ground clearance 130 mm
Seat height 795 mm
Curb mass 210 kg (includes full tank of fuel)
Fuel capacity 17 L
Maximum power 92 kW (125PS) / 9,500 rpm
Maximum torque 99 N.m {10.1 kgf.m} / 7,700 rpm
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Pearl Mystic Gray / Metallic Flat Spark Black    


The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets.



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Accessories for ZR900BHF 2017 Z900

Engine cover rings (3pcs) Z900

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Stylish 3-piece set of covers, to accentuate the jagged-edge design of the bike's crankcase, clutch and alternator covers.

Front axle protector (slider) Z900 MY17

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Add even more protection with front axle sliders. These axle sliders help to prevent damage to your front axle, front axle nut, fork bottoms, and brake calipers. This product helps to protect your motorcycle, but will not prevent all types of damage.

High seat Z900

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A stylish seat for the taller rider. An extra 20mm of padding produces extra legroom. Replaces the original seat base.

Knee pads Z900

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Tankpads (both sides). Top quality black self-adhesive tank protector.

Larger meter cover Z900

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Larger smoke meter cover for enhanced style and wind protection.

Pillion seat cover Z900

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Stylish seatcover to enhance the sporting appearance of the bike. Includes rubber pad. Almost all factory standard colours available. Replaces the passenger seat.

Radiator Guard Z900

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Stainless steel radiator guard for design or protecion. Mesh in chrome. Kawasaki branded product.

Shroud slider kit

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Stylish and streamlined sliders, to help prevent damage in case of a spill. Tested and approved to factory standards.

Tank pad Z900

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Top quality gel-resin self-adhesive tank protector pad. Black with silver/chrome pattern.