2017 Kawasaki Z900

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  1. msahern5

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    Bought one new identical to this one on my 21st birthday. It was like riding a space ship, With the exception of rapidly rusting mufflers, it was pretty durable.
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  2. DonRubicon

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    IMG_8960.JPG I think the Z900 looks fine. I'm not a naked-bike guy tho. I like the looks and....albeit minimal....functionality of a fairing.

    I bought a 17 Ninja 1000 ABS for my 52 year old damaged body and its my favorite bike. Not too bent over and its surely fast enough (or more aptly - quick enough) for me.

    Plus, I think its sexy as hell....even with the side bags.
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  3. NHRstein

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    Got back from Death Valley. Long rides are a breeze on the Z900. I could easily go gas station to gas station without stopping on the highway and gas station to 1/4 tank without stopping on the back roads and twisties. This thing really performs best on long sweeping turns at moderately excessive speeds. It felt well planted to the road even with the Dunlop stock tires that some take great issue with. In a few of the tighter turns (15 - 20Mph warning turns) the bike seemed planted enough to execute the turns at about 1.5X the warning.

    I say this with the preface that I am not the best rider in the world, but good enough to know when I should slow down. The seat is by far the best stock seat I have ever had on a motorcycle. After a 5 hour day I didn't feel like my arse was in pain. Overall I would recommend the bike, it has been a great commuter and a reasonable tourer.

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  4. reddirtjoe

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  5. MaverickAus

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    :rofl Try a ZRX1200, it will blow your mind. I haven't ridden the 900, I have ridden the Z1000 and a Versys 1000, the torque of ZRX makes them feel anaemic. Enjoy the Z900 I want the RS version if they ever build it.
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  6. alekkas

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    Oh my - this turned out to be long!!!!! We are keeping the C14 for what it does 2 up and 1 up in touring or sport riding in cool temps. Looking to add a second bike.

    So heading to the UP in the cage, I stopped off at a Kaw dealer near Green Bay to sit on the bike and see the ergos. They said it was outside. Go look, has plate on it and keys in it. What? I asked him - he said part of the demo program. Told him not buying today but would love to ride - clear karma. He said ok. Looked at the back tire, maybe only 1/2 inch chicken strips. 1200 miles on clock so past break in. Karma clear. He said be back around a half hour. No gear. We have a helmet for you. So helmet jeans, no gloves, no jacket. He told me where I could find some curves.

    Impressions -
    I don't like to fall for marketing hype, but 'refined raw' really does fit this bike. Smoothest I4 I can recall reving hard or cruising for a while at 80 or 90. It was easy to notice the lack of vibrations.

    Feels real light handling. Certainly lighter 'feel' that the Speed Triples I have recently ridden (round eye and slant eye). It can't be lighter handling than a Street, but not riding back to back, reminded me more of a Street than a Speed. Way lighter handling than a z1000. More stable than a yammi 09 but maybe not as light - not sure on this. * I say lighter handling on purpose and not referencing overall weight necessarily.

    Takes a bit more effort to get to triple digits than my C14. Does not pull at shoulders the same. Punchy motor and a lot of fun. Fun, but not being moved by the hand of god like on the C14 once it gets off the line. Plenty for street fun, yet still get to use plenty of it. Maybe if I got used to it more it wold feel like I was using all of it. For reference, my perfect 'use all of the motor without running out for aggressive street' bike was a 919. This certainly has more and handles better.

    Suspension felt great for what I was doing. Smooth over bumps. Great in turns - given it was a loaner bike, I have no experience on it, and not full gear. I weigh just under 200. Gotta think if I owned it and was sport riding with the boys, I'd stiffen up both ends a bit. Certainly NOT harsh and NOT mushy for the ride I took. Certainly VERY usable and miles ahead of the Yammi 09 I rode (previous incarnation several years ago - haven't ridden the new one). I am sure back to back, the Street R would be better. My impression with the suspension was ' great out of the box' especially considering the price point.

    Since I was test riding, I tried to make the bike jerk. You can make full off / full on fueling get jerky at low revs - like 2000. Really though, anything like 4K or higher, rolling off throttle and rolling back on at apex is as smooth as any FI bike I have ridden. No glitches here to be found.

    It has noticeably less engine breaking than what I am used to for sporty bikes. Rolling off throttle into curves for smoothness and wot at apex found me a bit surprised at relatively little compression braking. So I tried again at higher rpms - several times. I would have to spend more time finding the right gear to engine brake in a turn or use more trail breaking. This was certainly not the time to explore more aggressive options or speeds. It was noticeable to me.

    Clutch was light and solid. Brakes were stock and fine for what I was doing. Small thing, but the adjustable levers brought the brake close enough where I would not need an after market solution. On the 919, C14, and if I get the Street, I have/would. Gears shifted as they should. Did not engage ABS.

    Seat was firm and supportive - I don't usually change out seats, so others are probably far more sensitive to this than me - I'm the wrong guy to ask about seats. I am just over 5'8" with 29/30 inseam and the ride was comfortable and sporty. Cycle ergo is good to compere bikes. In half an hour, I found no discomfort.

    For my experience with nakeds, it is better than the 919 everywhere. Better suspension and fueling that the Yammi 09 I rode - though that bike wheelies easier but the z900 is a far more capable sport riding bike - only rode last generation 09. The 09 might be more fun from light to light, but there is so much more smooth confidence in this bike, no question which would be quicker and smoother for ME in the corners. Better everywhere than the zook 750 - also last generation. Handles lighter but less motor that the Speedies. Handles better, better suspension, but less grunt than a z1000. If side by side with a Street 675, I am sure I would notice the bigger motor. But riding them apart, both Streets I rode, I remember the higher revs rush. Even if the street is not faster, there something exhilarating about 'short shifting' that bike at 10K. :D

    We will see where the leftovers price out at, but currently, a Street 675R ABS used is a bit cheaper with crazy low miles. I need to get a ride on these two bikes on the same day. FOR ME, these are the sweet spot for what I want - unless I say F it and just get a used sv650 for cheap for a couple of years as a second bike and save up more cash.

    The z900 abs is a very well executed mid priced naked that really needs nothing other than a pipe for a soundtrack for cruising or street sport riding. A small shield would help get to the twisties. Track is another story, I imagine but who knows. This thing has the suspension and fueling to do well without there being 'necessary' $ spent on upgrades to make it capable.

    My choice is down to two bikes -- three if you add in a low miles SV 650 for $2500.....
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  7. Mtneer

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    Just got the July issue of Cycle World, they had a comparison between the FZ 09, Street Triple R 765, and the Z900, the Z had the best Dyno numbers, it weighs a bit more but for the money, it sure seems like a good bike.
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  8. motocopter

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    Yeah, all three of those bike have appealing characteristics, but now having seen the Z, I'd be inclined to go the route of the Z.
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  9. Omarius

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    Just went to a Kawasaki demo day and saw the z900 in the flesh. It looks much better in person than it does in photos. A genuinely cool looking bike, especially in motion, with a person on it. Didn't get a chance to ride it though, got stuck with a Versys 650.
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  10. Alexander B

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    Any chance Kawasaki will make a retro style version of it? I think it would benenfit hugely from a flatter seat and better luggage options. (The rear section of the frame looks just silly.)
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  11. michigan400

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    I haven't committed yet, but I was quoted a decent price for an all black (don't really dig the green frame) Z900 on Saturday. Looks like I'll get a free Kawasaki jacket with the deal as well if I do it. That offer is good until early August if anyone else is thinking about buying one.

    Just sitting on it, it felt really comfy and a pretty natural fit for me. Was looking at the FZ09 and XSR but the ergos were not great on those even though I think they look a little better. The XSR seat dug into my legs and the FZ pegs were too far back for how upright the bars kept you so the seating position just felt confused IMO. The Z900 is also one of those bikes that definitely looks better in person. All the controls felt like they were in a nice natural position for me and as a bonus,, I could actually flat foot it when on it! Most bikes I'm on my toes or one toe at a time so great fit for a short guy (5' 7" / 31" inseam / 160lbs)

    I always get butterflies when I'm about to part with a large chunk of change so I told the guy I needed to sleep on it! LOL!! Pretty sure I'm going to pull the trigger on this though and be riding by next weekend. Well,,, 90% sure anyway. Everything I've seen and read on this bike is very positive. I like the idea of a smooth motor that can still haul the mail when I want it to or just happily cruise at low rpm. I'll be broke again but I'll be having fun!! LOL!
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  12. reddirtjoe

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    I want one of these , really bad .
    The wallet and wife say no......for now .
    Maybe the 2018 RS version I hear about will be worth waiting for?
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  13. motocopter

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    Did ya get the Z900 yet? Should have a couple hundred miles by now.


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  14. Alexander B

    Alexander B Been here awhile

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    For some reason, there are still plenty of them available at dealers across Sweden. Typically, the 2017 bikes are all gone now, if the model is popular. I thought that would be the case with Z900 too, but apprntly not.
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  15. michigan400

    michigan400 Been here awhile

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    No I ended going in a different direction. Thought about it some more and decided to go the less expensive route and get a smaller bike (FZ-07). That Z sure is nice though. But the almighty dollar (or lack of I should say) changed my mind! LOL!
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