We took a leisurely lunch break and popped to Wheels Motorcycles in Peterborough to see what all the fuss is about.
The Z900RS is designed to appeal to our nostalgic side, but it’s also got to deliver in the cut throat world of the new bike market.
Sounds easy, but it’s harder than you’d think to launch a new model and create a must have buzz for it. There’s no shortage of retro wannabes out there already, so what’s the Z900RS bringing to the overloaded new bike table?
Nostalgia alone isn’t enough, is it?
The build quality looks good, there’s plenty of polished alloy to admire, and the blacked up components are all finished with an equal amount of attention. The Z1 paint work is striking, so is the detailing on the stitched seat, all lovely touches in isolation, that pull the whole design together, detailing like this doesn’t happen by accident, well done Kawasaki for not cutting any corners on this front.
You can instantly see where owners will spend their cash to make their Z900RS stand out from the crowd, the obvious starting point will be the dumping of that four into one exhaust.
First impressions count for a lot, based on these alone we’re very keen to put a few miles on that analogue speedo.
We’ve put our name down for a test ride on the Wheels demo, that will be joining their demonstrator fleet in January.