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Kawasaki Z900 2020 Review: Prices, Features, Specs & Images

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By Rahul Hans - Automotive Journalist Apr 09 2020 Share this blog

The “green monsters” are actually one of the most tamable and reliable big motorcycles available in the county. Kawasaki gave us gems like the parallel-twin Ninja 300 when no other manufacturer would have thought of taking such a huge financial risk. Now, Kawasaki has officially released the 2020 Z900 for India along with few other BS6 ready offerings.

2020 kawasaki z900 red

The new Kawasaki Z900 is priced at Rs.7,99,000 which is a bump of Rs. 30,000 from last year. The price bump is well worth it as Kawasaki has updated it with a bundle of improved mechanical bits along with the addition of features which it was gravely missing. It goes up against the likes of KTM 790 Duke, Ducati Monster 797, Triumph Street Triple S and Suzuki GSX-S750. The middleweight segment is slowly catching pace and it is smart of the Japanese manufacturer to have focused and improved on these sectors in the Z900.


What are the impressive bits?

  • Sweet revving motor
  • Tamable yet fierce
  • Comfortable riding dynamics for a sportbike
  • Multitude of riding assist features
  • Immense value for money


The not so impressive ones

  • Grip from the new rubbers is still too bland
  • No quickshifter


What’s New in the 2020 Z900?

  • Integrated Riding Modes
  • Kawasaki Traction Control
  • Power modes
  • Adjustable rear suspension
  • BS6 compliant
  • Restyled tank
  • Nw belly pan
  • New TFT colour instrument screen
  • Bluetooth smartphone connectivity
  • All-LED lighting
  • Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 as standard

What’s the power source of 2020 Z900?

How flexible is the performance from this Kawasaki's inline-4?

Kawasaki has not fiddled much with the already impressive motor. It is the same 948cc DOHC high revving inline-four that pumps out 123.3 horses and 98.6 twisting forces. The performance is accumulated at the top end and thus is a fierce engine setup. But Kawasaki went forth and flattened the curve a bit to make it flexible to live with daily. The engine comes to life after the 5000 RPM mark and pulls all the way to 9500 RPM.

2020 kawasaki z900 inline-4 engine

This engine mapping helps you to tame this beast even in city traffic but bear in mind that it still has the jumpy character, but is toned down as compared to last year. This has been done by changing the fueling ratio and clutch damper springs. The exhaust is one of the best sounding factory ones we have come across. Manufacturers around the globe are mumming down on exhaust systems as a side affection of new emission norms adaptation, and then we have Kawasaki who have toned it up!

Motorcycle

Kawasaki Z900

Suzuki GSX-S750

Triumph Street Triple S

Ducati Monster 797

KTM 790 Duke

Ex-Showroom Price(Mumbai)

Rs.7,99,000

Rs.7,52,020

Rs.9,19,500

Rs 8,60,000

Rs. 8,63,945

Engine 

948 cc 4-Cylinder Liquid-Cooled DOHC Engine

749 cc 4-Cylinder Liquid-Cooled DOHC Engine

765 cc Inline 3-Cylinder Liquid-Cooled  DOHC Engine

803 cc L-twin air-cooled Engine 

799 cc 2-Cylinder Liquid-cooled Parallel Twin

Power 

123.3 bhp

@ 9,500 RPM

112 bhp

@ 10,500 RPM

111.5 bhp

@ 11,250 RPM

72 bhp

@ 8250 RPM

101.59 bhp

@ 9000 RPM

Torque

98.6 Nm

@ 7,700 RPM

81 Nm

@ 9000 RPM

73 Nm

@ 10,421 RPM

67 Nm

@ 5750 RPM

87 Nm

@ 8000 RPM

Kerb weight has gone up by a marginal 2 kg and so it doesn’t affect performance in any sense. It is still, in fact, the most powerful motorcycle in this lot and despite the price bump due to BS6 transition, remains an impressive value for money proposition. Suzuki GSX-S750 is on the cheaper side but it is outdated and underpowered which doesn’t uphold its edge in pricing.


How swiftly does the Z900 accelerate from 0-100 KMPH?

The 2020 Z900 is still the high-end machine it was before but Kawasaki has tweaked it to be more tamable and thus usable in our day to day life. The torque curve is laid out wide which helps you ride the superbike with less downshifts. Pulling on from 60 kmph in 3rd gear is a no-sweater for the new Z900.

2020 kawasaki z900 acceleration 0-100 kmph

100 KMPH comes up in a quick 7.7 seconds and it revs on to hit a top speed of 194 kmph. It doesn’t come with a quick shifter but we aren't complaining here. The standard gearbox on Z900 is very slick and doesn’t give you the slightest thought of clipping on an aftermarket assist.

Motorcycle

Kawasaki Z900

Suzuki GSX-S750

Triumph Street Triple S

Ducati Monster 797

KTM 790 Duke

Engine

948 cc 4-Cylinder Liquid-Cooled DOHC Engine

749 cc 4-Cylinder Liquid-Cooled DOHC Engine

765 cc Inline 3-Cylinder Liquid-Cooled  DOHC Engine

803 cc L-twin air-cooled Engine 

799 cc 2-Cylinder Liquid-cooled Parallel Twin

Transmission

6-Speed

6-Speed

6-Speed

6-Speed

6-Speed

0-100 kmph

3.70 s

4.05 s

3.59 s

4.94 s

3.68 s

Top Speed(kmph)

194.56

175

220

158.2

220

This Kawasaki is tamable as well as fierce in the right hands. You can ride in convoy with single cylinders and can even leave them in the dust with the twist of the throttle. This flexible character is what makes us idolize this machine. Triumph Street Triple S utilises its death of a cylinder and increased power to weight ratio to pounce forward with a lot-best 3.59 seconds. The Gixxer takes its own sweet time and Ducati is in a league of its own. KTM gives the Z a run for its money, by a margin!


How impressive is the braking in the Z900?

Braking is spot on for an inline-4 machine. It provides enough bite to back you up and give you confidence while riding this unpredictable monster. Slotted petal discs from Nissin take care of stopping power with twins at the front and a single piece at the rear.

2020 kawasaki z900 petal disc brakes

The Z has added on a bit of weight but it's nothing that the current braking unit cannot handle. A dual-channel ABS takes care of tyre lockage and amplifies confidence when riding. The levers provide precise feedback but an issue we came about was the front lever’s play which was a bit too far even at its lowest setting.

Motorcycle

Kawasaki Z900

Suzuki GSX-S750

Triumph Street Triple S

Ducati Monster 797

KTM 790 Duke

Front / Rear

Twin-Disc/Disc

Twin-Disc/Disc

Twin-Disc/Disc

Twin-Disc/Disc

Twin-Disc/Disc

Front Rotor Size(mm)

300(4-PistonSemi Floating petal discs)

310

310

(Nissin 2-Piston sliding callipers)

320(Semi-Floating radially mounted Brembo Monobloc callipers)

300(4-Piston Radial fixed calliper)

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

250 mm(Single-Piston)

220

220(Brembo Single-Piston calliper)

245(Single-Piston calliper)

240(Single-Piston floating calliper)

Kerb Weight(kg.)

212

215

188

193

187

80-0 kmph

28.85

28.00

27.33

32.22

27.22

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

Stopping distance is commendable with the motorcycle coming to standstill from 80 KMPH in under 29 seconds. Bigger front discs help the Gixxer stop a tiny bit earlier and Triumph carries on to use its kerb weight advantage and stops under 28 seconds. As we said earlier, Ducati Monster still remains in a league of its own! KTM shocked us here with the least distance taken to come to halt and this is majorly because of its aggressive weight reduction.


How do driving modes help in added efficiency in the Z900?

“Big capacity motorcycles” are “fuel efficiency” are not something that goes well together. But Kawasaki has tried its best to chuck out the good figures without compromising on its thrilling performance. For the performance figures, it puts on the table, and overall mileage of 15 kmpl is good. It comes equipped with a large 17-litre fuel tank that gives it a bit more leverage to be a touring machine if you are bold enough!

2020 kawasaki z900 eco mode

It gives an impressive 22.4 kmpl on the highways but dulls down in cities with just 15.26 kmpl. The drastic dip in city mileage figure is due to the engine mapping and fueling. It is focused on providing a smoother experience rather than an efficient one. But if you still feel that it is not efficient enough, then you can opt for the low power setting which peaks its power at 55%, i.e. 67 bhp!

Motorcycle

Kawasaki Z900

Suzuki GSX-S750

Triumph Street Triple S

Ducati Monster 797

KTM 790 Duke

City(kmpl)

15.26

19.2

21.48

17.7

20.15

Highway(kmpl)

22.4

24.8

23

21.8

24.84

Overall(kmpl)

15.00

22.0

22

20.8

22.72

Fuel Capacity   (Litres)

17

16

17.4

16,.5

14

KTM 790 Duke with its strict diet and handicap in performance chucks out the maximum mileage figures among these performance machines. Suzuki GSX-S750 comes in a close second due to its performance dearth. Triumph, despite having a cylinder less, shares similar figures with the Jap. Ducati has a very crude engine management system in today’s standards as it still comes with an air-cooled unit and that makes it less efficient than half the bunch despite having the least power figures.

How flexible are the riding dynamics of 2020 Z900?

How flickable is the new Z900 around corners?

2020 Kawasaki Z900 is one of the most comfortable street-fighters in this segment and the chassis along with its suspension setup is hard-coded to serve that purpose beautifully. Both the front and rear suspensions get rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, to fine-tune the settings as per rider’s needs.

2020 kawasaki z900 handling

The chassis has been stiffed up for 2020 and this is evident with the improved stability in corners. It is not much but you will feel the difference and it's a good one. The dynamics fits right in the shoes of our driving conditions and thus adding to its ease of usage. You are seated high and thus have a commanding view of the road ahead.

Motorcycle

Kawasaki Z900

Suzuki GSX-S750

Triumph Street Triple S

Ducati Monster 797

KTM 790 Duke

Chassis 

Steel Trellis Frame

Aluminium Twin Spar Frame

Aluminum Beam Twin Spar with 2-piece High-Pressure Diecast

Tubular Steel Trellis Frame

Chromium-Molybdenum Steel Frame

Tyre-Wheel Size(Front)

120/70-17

120/70-17

120/70-17

120/70-17

120/70-17

Tyre-Wheel Size(Rear)

180/55-17

180/55-17

180/55-17

180/55-17

180/55-17

Front Suspension

Inverted Forks(41mm)

Inverted Telescopic Forks

SHOWA upside down big piston forks(41mm)

Kayaba Upside Down Forks(43mm)

WP Inverted Forks(43 mm)

Rear Suspension

Mono-Shock with rebound damping and preload adjustable

Oil damped link-type mono coil spring

Ohlins STX40 fully-adjustable piggyback reservoir RSU

Preload and rebound adjustable Sachs mono-shock

WP Mono-shock with Adjustable Preload

One downside of the setup is the tires. The OEM tires are still sluggish and don't heat up easily. This dulls your confidence levels in corners and so it would be wise to switch to something stickier for a wholesome experience. None of the competitors provide you with the flexible riding character which the Z gives.


How comfortable is the seating on Kawasaki Z900?

You can take this street-fighter for an interstate tour without any second thoughts. The comfort level on this motorcycle is unreal as you sit upright with a wider handle-bar upfront. The tank is high and well-sculpted to help you tug it comfortably. The seats are on the softer side and will not give you as much of a sore bottom as its fellow competitors.

2020 kawasaki z900 split seats

Your legs are positioned right below the hips and so gives for a much-relaxed riding posture. Another added advantage is the addition of driving modes which helps change the character of this motorcycle as per the selected mode. The modes available are Sport, Rain, Road and Rider(customisable) of which the most soothing one to ride is Road. You can customize the Rider mode to cater better to your needs.

Motorcycle

Kawasaki Z900

Suzuki GSX-S750

Triumph Street Triple S

Ducati Monster 797

KTM 790 Duke

Seat height(mm)

795

820

825

805

825

Ground Clearance (mm)

130

135

165

180

186

Kerb Weight(kg)

210

215

188

193

187

Starting System

Electric

Electric

Electric

Electric

Electric

These modes help make the riding experience much more flexible and fatigue-free. It now joins with the likes of Triumph Street Triple S and KTM 790 Duke to provide for selectable and flexible riding experience.

How has the aesthetics changed for 2020 Z900?

How muscular does the new Z900 look?

Not much has changed in looks for the 2020 Z900 as it still retains its menacing vibe. A few subtle changes have been made to notify the masses on the major changes that have taken place underneath. The tank has been restyled with a few more creases and it now features Kawasaki’s trending “Sugomi” styling which adds a breath of fresh air for the design language.

2020 kawasaki z900 new design language

Lighting duty is now taken care of by LED all round and it gets a sharper headlight cowl. Fit and finish is what you would expect from a Japanese performance machine, top-notch and bodywork has been given impressive attention to detail. The paint used is also durable and long-lasting.


Aesthetic Features

  • LED headlights and taillights
  • “Z” shaped LED taillights
  • Slotted petal discs at both ends
  • New “Sugomi” decal design
  • Sleek belly pan
  • Wind visor
  • TFT colour instrument cluster
  • Reworked switchgear


Motorcycle

Kawasaki Z900

Suzuki GSX-S750

Triumph Street Triple S

Ducati Monster 797

KTM 790 Duke

Length (mm)

2065

2125

2070

2100

2128

Width (mm)

825

785

735

799

904

Height(mm)

1065

1055

1085

1080

1059

Wheelbase(mm)

1450

1455

1410

1435

1475

Kerb Weight

210

215

188

193

187

Kawasaki gives a fine balance of aggressiveness and subtleness which is well showcased in its design language. The bodywork is all muscular and sharp yet it perfectly slots in the rider for a comfortable riding position. No other bike in this lot has such an impressive split personality.

What are the advanced features on offer?

This is where most of the changes have come in and it's plentiful. The most noteworthy addition of riding modes and traction control. The four riding modes on offer are Road, Rain, Sport and Rider each with a varying engine mapping and ABS setting. Rider is a customisable setting which can be fine-tuned to your taste.

2020 kawasaki z900 tft instrument cluster

Traction can be swapped between 1,2,3 and OFF with 1 being the lowest and 3 being the highest. The switchgear has also been updated to help flick between the various modes on the go. The TFT display is well lit and shows all of the information in an intuitive manner.

Motorcycle

Kawasaki Z900

Suzuki GSX-S750

Triumph Street Triple S

Ducati Monster 797

KTM 790 Duke

Ex-Showroom Price (Mumbai)

Rs.7,99,000

Rs.7,52,020

Rs.9,19,500

Rs 8,60,000

Rs. 8,63,945

Features

Lightweight and rigid Trellis frame(13.5kg)

3-Riding Modes

5-inch TFT instrument display

High-visibility LCD dashboard

Supermoto ABS


Stepless Rebound and Preload adjustable front and rear shocks

Nissin Sourced ABS Unit

5-Riding Modes

LED Position Split headlamps

Full LED Headlight and Taillight


Full LED lighting

Feather-touch starter switch

New “Gullwing” swingarm

Two unique colour options

Riding Aids





3-Unique Dual Colour Options

Brightness Adjustable LCD Instrument Panel

Twin seat

Comfortable Uni-Seat

Upswept Exhaust


LED TFT instrument cluster with smartphone connectivity

Petal Front and Rear Discs

ABS and Switchable riding modes

Mid-ship Exhaust

Unique 435-degree Firing Order


Z Sugomi styling 

BATTLAX HYPERSPORT S21 tyres

LED position light bulb headlights

Bosch sourced ABS unit with an internal pressure sensor

Wide 760 mm handle-bar


New Dunlop Sportmax Roadster 2 tyres

Radially mounted front dual discs

Unique split headlight setup

Retro design cues

Comfortable Split-Seat

Another impressive addition is the RIDEOLOGY application which can remotely access various instrument cluster functions to provide for a more enhanced riding experience. Apart from all of these new additions, Kawasaki also offers an array of add-on accessories to add more purpose to the well-built machine. The products range from tank top storage units to high adjusted seats.

Motorcycle

Kawasaki Z900

Suzuki GSX-S750

Triumph Street Triple S

Ducati Monster 797

KTM 790 Duke

Add-ons and Accessories

Pillion Seat Cover

N/A

Alarm Kits

Choice of 2- aftermarket silencer

Luggage Bag


Radiator guard


Arrow Silencer

Carbon fibre body components

Baggage Carrier


Larger meter cover


Bar-end finishers

Aluminium handlebar balancing weights 

Side bag carrier


Tank and knee pads


Chain adjusters

Brake protection lever

Smartphone case bracket


Engine cover rings


Visor kit

Storage bag kits

Front Spoiler


Shroud sliders


Heated grips

Tank protection pads

Factory Graphics Kit


High Seat


Passenger grab handles

Bike Canvas cover

Licence Plate Holder Support


Tank bag


Quick-release tank bag

Aluminium number plate holder

Fuel tank Protection Sticker 

Suzuki weirdly doesn’t offer any additional accessories for its product and this restricts its modification potential. All others over varying products to add uniqueness for your machine.

What are the safety features on offer in the Z900?

Safety has not taken a back seat here as Kawasaki has provided a well-rounded package for the 2020 Z900. It gets three-stage traction control along with a dual-channel ABS unit. LED lighting all round helps make you noticeable even at nights. Various driving modes help restrict certain functionalities of the motorcycle and reduce the risk of mishaps.

2020 kawasaki z900 LED headlight

Safety Features:

  • Dual-Channel ABS
  • LED lighting all-round
  • Tweakable traction control
  • Driving modes
  • Belly pan cowl

How does the competition stack up?

Kawasaki Z900 vs Suzuki GSX-S750

kawasaki z900 vs suzuki gsx-s750

The Gixxer is ageing fast and Suzuki is way back in this race. The Z900 comes with more power, more features, more looks and more driving dynamics. Apart from the really hardcore Gixxer fanboys, we don’t feel any other soul going for the Gixxer over the Z.


Kawasaki Z900 vs Triumph Street Triple S

kawasaki z900 vs triumph street triple s

Triumph Street Triple S achieved what the Z900 did in 2020 a long time ago. It has the pinnacle of middle-weight motorcycles and now the competition has slowly caught up to it. The Speed Triple calls for a worthy face-off but Kawasaki manages to provide for a much practical package which weighs us over instantly.


Kawasaki Z900 vs KTM 790 Duke

kawasaki z900 vs ktm 790 duke

The Scalpel from KTM is unreal and with its never losing formula of slapping on a compact powerful engine onto a barebones, frame has put the 790 Duke on the hit-list for Kawasaki. It has an impressive electronic package and rides like a charm. But the uncertainty of its future and one-sided riding dynamics makes it fall back in this face-off.

Does the 2020 Z900 triumph over its competition?

Kawasaki has put a complete package on the table. Consider it like a Maharaja thali which is filled with every delicacy you need and each one has its own mind-blowing attributes. The 2020 Z900 has a smooth-revving motor, is refined and has a well-sorted driving dynamics that will dare you to take the K 2 K trip on it! Above all, it is priced at an unreal Rs. 8 lakh which is an utter bargain for the amount of features and flexibility on offer.

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