2017 Kawasaki Z900 – Video
The Z900 is powered by a 16-valve 948cc Inline-Four claiming 123.6 hp. Kawasaki says the engine offers linear power delivery with a noticeable kick after 6000 rpm. The engine has a secondary balancer driven on the sixth web of the crankshaft to reduce some of the excess vibrations.
As they did with the Z1000, Kawasaki’s engineers performed acoustic testing to shape the airbox to tune the Z900’s intake note. The Z900’s intake note is a bit milder than the Z1000’s howl, but still carefully crafted to add to the riding experience.
The Z900 uses a new steel trellis frame that Kawasaki says weighs only 29.8 pounds, or about 3 pounds lighter than the the similarly new trellis on the 2017 Ninja 650. The extruded aluminum swingarm is also light, claiming just 8.6 pounds of unsprung weight. Kawasaki claims the Z900 has a curb weight of 464 pounds with ABS (and 460 pounds sans ABS).