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2020 KAWASAKI Z900 ABS

Posted on November 5, 2019 by Motorcycle Maniac.

Aggressive, condensed and elegant, this motorcycle quickens the heart rate.  A longing flows through you and moves you with its Sugomi™-inspired design. You can feel the machine alive. Fall in love at first sight with the new and improved 2020 Kawasaki Z900 motorcycle.

Featuring
a new strengthened frame, the 2020 Kawasaki Z900 motorcycle’s potent 948cc engine
shines through the sharper Sugomi™ styling and minimal bodywork. Its style
reflects its purpose. The improved trellis frame is complemented with improved suspension
settings to let you experience the Z900 like never before. The front and rear suspension settings have been revised
to match the new frame.

The new Z900 rewards the rider with crisp, smooth response and exhilarating acceleration at every twist of the throttle. Complementing the engine are a handful of new electronic features for 2020, including KTRC, power and integrated riding mode selection, and smartphone connectivity.

Highlights of the 2020 Z900:

  • Exciting 948 cc inline four-cylinder engine
  • NEW strengthened frame
  • NEW improved suspension settings
  • NEW Sugomi™-inspired Z styling
  • NEW KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control)
  • NEW Power Mode and integrated Riding Modes selection
  • NEW Smartphone Connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP

ENGINE

The
liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 948cc inline four-cylinder engine offers impressive
power and strong torque. Designed to complement the chassis, with a
lightweight, strong engine with plenty of torque, the 73.4 x 56.0 mm bore and
stroke create an engine design that exemplifies the thrill of acceleration. 

Silky smooth response from mid-high rpm provides excellent
driveability, with hard-hitting power delivery above 6,000 rpm. Good
over-rev characteristics mean that power does not drop off suddenly at high
rpm. 

Four individual 36mm throttle bodies offer ideal mid-range
power and the sub-throttles ensure smooth, sensitive
throttle response. The downdraft throttle body layout creates the shortest
distance possible for the fuel-air mixture, contributing to performance. 

The manufacturing process used for the pistons on the Z900 motorcycle utilizes technology found on Kawasaki’s premiere supercharged sportbikes, the Ninja H2™ and Ninja H2™R motorcycles. Lightweight and rigid, the pistons are formed using a unique casting process (similar to a forging process) that scrapes unnecessary material to achieve the ideal thickness. This enables a lightweight piston, on par with forged pistons.

Engineers used “sound research” in creating the intake
layout. This results in a mix of performance techniques and enhanced intake
noise. Inside of the upward mounted airbox are varying length intake runners,
with the two outside cylinders being longer than the inside two. This results
in a tuning that helps both low and top end power output and provides an exhilarating
intake noise during large amounts of throttle input. Twist the throttle and all
of the rider’s senses are activated.

The exhaust system features a four-into-one layout, with joint
pipes linking the exhaust headers (headers 1-4, 2-3 are linked) contributing to
strong mid-range torque. The silencer’s dual-chamber internal construction
contributes to performance as well as the exhaust note.

Use of stainless steel material on the
end-cap and silencer cover adds a high-quality feel, while contributing to a stylish
design that looks compact and light.

TRANSMISSION
AND CLUTCH

Short gear ratios for first through fifth
gears contribute to the Z900 motorcycle’s strong acceleration in the rpm range
used in everyday riding, while sixth gear is a true overdrive gear.

The Assist and Slipper clutch on the Z900 borrows from engineering knowledge learned on the race track and from the Ninja H2™R and Ninja® ZX™-10R motorcycles. The clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a slipper cam).

When the engine is operating at normal rpm the
assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and
operating plate together to compress the clutch plates.  This allows the total clutch spring load to
be reduced, resulting in a lighter clutch lever pull when operating the clutch. 

When excessive
engine braking occurs the slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub
and operating plate apart.  This relieves
pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and help prevent the rear
tire from hopping and skidding
during quick deceleration.

KTRC (KAWASAKI TRACTION CONTROL)

The Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC) featured
on the Z900 motorcycle has three modes for riders to choose from. Mode 1 is the
least intrusive with sport riding in mind, Mode 2 offers earlier intervention
and is a balance of sport riding support and enhanced rider confidence, and
Mode 3 is the most intrusive by allowing riders to navigate challenging road
conditions with confidence. This enables optimal performance for a wide range
of riding conditions, offering either enhanced sport riding performance or more
peace of mind to negotiate a variety of surfaces with
confidence. Kawasaki’s advanced modeling software, complemented by input from
the IMU, delivers this one of a kind precise control. The system can also be
turned off if riders elect to do so.

POWER & INTEGRATED RIDING MODE SELECTION

The Z900
motorcycle allows riders to choose from Full Power or Low Power modes, setting
power delivery to suit preference and conditions. Low Power mode limits output
to approximately 55% of Full Power and uses a milder throttle response.
Reduction in both power and throttle response varies according to engine speed
and throttle position.

All-inclusive modes that
link KTRC and Power Modes allow for riders to efficiently set traction control
and power delivery to suit a given riding situation with a single adjustment. Riders can choose from three settings:
Sport, Road, or Rain. The Sport setting enables riders to enjoy sporty riding
with minimal intrusion from Kawasaki’s advanced electronic rider support
package. The Road setting provides comfortable
riding characteristics over a wide range of situations, from city riding to
highway cruising and rural roads. The
Rain setting offers
rider reassurance when riding on a low-traction surface. The riding mode can be
changed while riding, using a button located on the left side of the
handlebars.

CHASSIS 

  • NEW stronger
    trellis frame
  • NEW revised front
    and rear suspension settings

The
light weight of the Z900 is noticeable as soon as you snap the kick stand up.
The chassis is a new, high-tensile steel, twin-spar, trellis frame that
features revisions made to add strength to the swingarm pivot area.

The frame
was designed to have the fewest bends possible, allowing for a chassis that
disperses stress extremely well. The frame design
also keeps weight to a minimum.

The engine is rigid-mounted in five points, aiding in the Z900’s nimble
handling. Twin-tube type rear frame contributes to the bike’s low
seat height with easy reach to the ground.

Up
front is a pair of 41mm inverted front forks which feature stepless rebound
damping and spring preload adjustability. Adjustment is via the conveniently located fork top caps. The
fork settings were updated to match the new frame.  

Horizontal-backed
linked rear suspension positions the shock unit and linkage above the
lightweight aluminum swing arm. This arrangement contributes to mass
centralization, while ensuring that the suspension is located far enough from
the exhaust that operation is not affected by heat. The rear shock is also
adjustable, featuring rebound and preload adjustability. Shock
settings were updated to match the new frame and offer both sporty performance
and comfort.

WHEELS, TIRES AND BRAKES

  • NEW Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires

The
Z900 motorcycle features dual 300mm front petal disc brakes and a 250mm rear
petal brake with ABS. This contributes to the high level of quality and
sportiness. Dual opposed four-piston
calipers with resin brake pads offer a linear brake touch,
facilitating control for the rider.

Stylish
star-pattern five-spoke wheels contribute to light weight and quality
appearance, while their high rigidity benefits handling. The wheels are mounted
to new Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires, contributing to the Z900’s superb
handling character.


STYLING

  • NEW compact,
    sharper Z Sugomi styling
  • NEW LED headlamp

The
Z900 maintains its distinctive Sugomi design elements that consist of a
crouching stance, low-positioned head and upswept tail. For 2020, the
eye-catching styling benefits include a number of updates that make its
aggressive design even sharper. New shrouds, fuel tank cover, under cowls, and
the silver swingarm pivot cover are all more compact, contributing to a sharper
image.

A
new LED headlamp consists of LED position lamps that give it an image distinct
from Kawasaki’s other Z supernaked models. The position lamps have a textured
surface that allows them to be shown as a whole illuminated shape. The new
design is more compact with sharper edges.

LED
lighting is used to illuminate the headlamp, position lamps, taillight, and
license pate lamp. The turn signals feature bulb-type lighting.

HIGH-GRADE COCKPIT

  • NEW 4.3” TFT
    color instrumentation

A
new, large 4.3” all-digital TFT color instrumentation gives the cockpit a
high-tech and high-grade appearance. The new instrumentation offers additional
features that were unavailable on the previous model. The high-grade full color
display features TFT (thin-film transistor) technology, helping deliver a high
level of visibility. A selectable background color is offered (black or white)
and screen brightness automatically switches between three rider-set levels to
suit available light.

Display
functions include: digital speedometer, digital bar-style tachometer, gear
position indicator, shift lamp, fuel gage, odometer, dual trip meters, current
and average fuel consumption, remaining range, average speed, total time,
coolant temperature, clock, battery voltage, Kawasaki service reminder, oil
change reminder, riding mode indicator, smartphone call and mail notices,
Bluetooth indicator, and economical riding indicator.

SMARTPHONE CONNECTIVITY

Another new feature for 2020 is
the addition of Smartphone Connectivity to the Z900. A Bluetooth® chip built
into the instrument panel enables riders to connect to their motorcycle
wirelessly. Using RIDEOLOGY THE APP*, a number of instrument functions can be
accessed, logged, and reviewed contributing to an enhanced motorcycling
experience. The following information can be viewed:

1. Vehicle Info

  • Check latest status update

2. Riding Log

  • Can be logged in detail, and played back for review
  • Route, distance & time traveled can be logged for review
  • Riding conditions can be recorded in detail

3. Telephone Notices

  • Incoming call or mail is indicated on instrument display

4. Tuning

  • Vehicle settings changes can be made on your smartphone
  • New settings can easily be applied to your bike before riding

The app can also be used when away
from the motorcycle. When riding (with the app ON), the bike and smartphone are
always connected and riding log data is being recorded by the app. After your
ride, the latest riding information is stored by the app and may be viewed on
the smartphone. Any changes made via the app while the engine is off, or while
out of range, will be implemented as soon as the ignition is turned on and the
smartphone is in range with the app ON.

* RIDEOLOGY THE
APP is not intended for use during vehicle operation.  Only use RIDEOLOGY THE APP when the vehicle
is not being operated and it is safe to do so.

ACCESSORIES
A full range of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories are available at authorized Kawasaki dealers, allowing riders to further enhance the Z900’s sharp, sporty looks or offer added comfort and convenience. Complementing the existing lineup of accessories, new items include a large smoked wind deflector, Ergo-Fit® Extended Reach Seat (+20 mm), Ergo-Fit® Extended Reach Passenger Seat (+20 mm), USB and 12Volt DC sockets, and scratch resistant film for the TFT meter.

COLORS

The
2020 Z900 ABS motorcycle is available in available in two colors:
Metallic Graphite Gray/Metallic Spark Black
Candy Plasma Blue / Metallic Matte Fusion Silver

MSRP

Metallic Graphite
Gray/Metallic Spark Black

$8,999

Candy Plasma Blue / Metallic
Matte Fusion Silver

$9,299

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Source: Kawasaki

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