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Coming Soon: The Z900RS Kawasaki Retro & Supercharged Models To Follow!

Supercharged Models & The Z900RS From Kawasaki

Updated August 14, 2018

A little while ago, we showed off Kawasaki’s plan to release a brand new, retro themed addition to their line up: the Z900RS. Purposefully designed to evoke the classic bikes of old, and as a direct challenge to the Triumph Thruxton, or the Yamaha XSR900, the newest Z900s will be retro styled, but with updated with modern technology. There was even talk of supercharging the Z900RS Kawasaki too, but it looks like we’ll be getting the naturally aspirated model first, with other supercharged versions to follow.

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Anyway, it seems like they’ll be unveiling the Z900RS Kawasaki model sometime in the next few weeks, and we can’t wait to see it. As mentioned above, Kawasaki are planning on releasing the Z900RS as a direct competitor to the increasing amount of modern retro bikes arriving on the scene; this may not be their only weapon, but it promises to be a good one. Last year, we saw supercharged concept drawings in the form of the SC-01 Spirit Charger and SC-02 Soul Charger, with Kawasaki promising up to 12 new models to be released before 2018, and it’s no secret that the “SC” part of the name stands for “Super Charged.” According to our sources, the supercharged version of this stunning retro modern Z900 will be coming in the near future.

Kawasaki have put a lot of emphasis on their supercharged technology of late, and it’s a move that seems to have paid off. Other manufacturers are way behind in that department, and Kawasaki has very much become the industry leader. While everyone else is struggling to produce one supercharged model, Kawasaki are already designing and their next range of forced induction machines…

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What we’re expecting to see in the next few weeks is the Z900RS, which comes with a brand new and liquid-cooled inline four cylinder engine, with awesome nods to the Z1 of old, including the old school cooling fins. If you want a motorcycle with that classic 1970s look but kitted out with modern technology, then this could very well be the bike for you. However, if you’re looking for something a little more feisty, we’re also expecting to see a supercharged number appearing alongside the Z900RS at EICMA. This other model – which we’re expecting to be dubbed the “H1” – will be a 675cc three cylinder machine, complete with the retro looks…and a supercharger. But we’ll have to wait until November for news about that!

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Joe Appleton
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