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Kawasaki’s Retro-Modern Z900RS To Arrive In 2018?

Finally, we have some news about the 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS…

Updated August 23, 2018

There’s no escaping the current trend of retro-modern motorcycles, however, Kawasaki’s Z900RS looks to be the coolest one out there. Yamaha have been churning out retro-modern machinery for the past few years and it’s been going very well for them. Honda have also thrown out a few tasty lookin’ retro-themed motorcycles. Suzuki have plans of their own which involve a different approach to the theme, but where have Kawasaki been this whole time? They’re a bit Johnny-come-lately, but their Z900RS model will definitely be worth the wait.

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Will The Retro-Modern Kawasaki Z900RS Arrive In 2018?

Thanks to some super sleuthing from Japanese industry rag AutoBy, we’ve been informed that the Z900RS – a retro-modern themed road bike that takes its inspiration from the golden years of the legendary Z1 – will be coming on sale as a 2018 model. It’s not the first we’ve heard about the Z900RS, either. In fact, the name was trademarked a while back, and after that, there was even talk that this cheeky little retro-beauty would come complete with a supercharger too… Unfortunately, we haven’t got any more news on the forced induction part. However, we do have this nice mockup image from AutoBy to swoon over.

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As you can see, it ticks all the relevant boxes for a retro-modern motorcycle. It mimics the Z1 as well as expected. In fact, Kawasaki have even gone a bit beyond the call of duty and added in some fake engine fins to really ham up the air-cooled look. But then again…this could just be flight of fantasy from the Japanese magazine’s graphic designers that has little in common with the upcoming 2018 Kawasaki production model Z900RS. We’re hoping it does look a bit like this too – and we’re 99.9% certain that’ll be the case. The retro-modern, wannabe vintage revolution shows no signs of slowing down, and something like this will sell incredibly well at the moment. Throw in a supercharger though…and it might do a little bit better than “incredibly well,” we think.


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