Kawasaki Z900RS Official Thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by quint7, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    And mine as delivered had very little throttle play.

    There is a little more play now that I'm getting close to the 1st service. I intend to adjust that when I do the oil change, but I do feel that it is mostly due to meeting the tightening emission standards.
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  2. alekkas

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    Don't have an RS - just guessing here. But I have ridden and greatly enjoyed a z900 - honestly the best fueling I have encountered with FI. I wonder - for you that have them - is this an every gear thing, engine braking into a turn and wot on exit in say 3rd gear? Or simply off the line due partially to the lower 1st gear?
  3. Florida Lime

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    It occurs in every gear, but the effect is softened in the higher gears.
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    Sounds like this bike will benefit from a commander of some sort. No doubt lean as hell
  5. PAULIBIKER

    PAULIBIKER Been here awhile

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    The shitty throttle is a deal breaker for me and blaming emissions is a cop out. Tons of new bikes with perfect fueling including the regular Z900. No excuse for it. Yamaha is definitely the worst manufacture for this. My FZ07 and FJ09 would still surprise me with a low speed lunge every now & again even after spending a couple hundred bucks on a re-flash. I'm not new, been riding for 40+ years.
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  6. Florida Lime

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    Have you ridden the Z900RS for yourself ? Have you ridden a 2018 Z900 (regular model) ? Or are you basing your "deal breaker" statement on someone else's experiences ?
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    This bike is so much greater than it's minuscule flaws. Funny, but I distinctly remember when the '73 came out and how it made the CB750 disappear. 45 years later and the Z900 is now the small bike and the CB1100 is the big bike. I'd still take the Z900 in a New York second. Attractiveness counts. Yamaha used to make pretty bikes, but they now look like all their bikes have been bitten by a swarm of cicadas. And lastly, when the bug-eye Triumphs came out, I was a hater. Time has healed that old wound!
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  8. PAULIBIKER

    PAULIBIKER Been here awhile

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    My comments weren't bike specific but buyer specific. I'm not going to spend my hard earned cash on a bike with FI/fueling issues. I admit that I've been spoiled. One of my 1st FI bikes was a Honda 919 and it fueled perfect.
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  9. Florida Lime

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    I totally understand your feelings, but you are comparing the 919 (released in 2002), to one that has to meet 2018 requirements.

    Coincidently, "In 2004, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted a rule requiring automakers to begin in the 2009 model year (MY) to phase in lower-emitting cars and trucks that will collectively emit 22% fewer greenhouse gases than 2002 vehicles in MY 2012 and 30% fewer in MY 2016. A suite of other states opted to sign on to California's more stringent standards. In 2012, CARB adopted new GHG standards for model years 2017 to 2025. Federal standards were subsequently finalized, bringing nationwide standards in line with California standards."
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    PAULIBIKER Been here awhile

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    I'm comparing the RS to other 2018's from Kawasaki and other brands.

    Same emissions for all 2018's and manufactures, correct?

    Then why does the Z900 fuel better then the RS? Or the FJR1300 fuel better then the FJ09? It also seems like Honda has less complaints then anybody else. The couple BMW's I rode were absolutely fantastic, fueling-wise.
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    Checked one out at the dealer. Great bike, nice looking. Seat height is almost 32 inches. Short people would have trouble with it. I know the sales guy and he told me the throttle snatch issues about as bad as it gets. It's turning into a major issue after the sale with no fix.
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    Has Kawasaki offered ECU flashes to fix such issues in the past through their dealer network?
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    The Video from Brock’s shows it lean down low and midrange but rich on top.
  14. PAULIBIKER

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    They would think the RS is smooth as silk if they rode a 14 FZ09............:lol3
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    I still think a lot of the snatchiness is from the clutch having virtually no throw. It’s either engaged or not. Still love my Zed though. Just fully broken in!
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    Does the RS have a slipper clutch? I really think this helps when you close the throttle. When I closed the throttle on my FZ07, it was like hitting the kill switch. It would throw you forward just by letting up.
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    Who cares how it runs it's awesome just sitting in the garage

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  18. Guinnessdave

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    Yes, has a slipper.
  19. Florida Lime

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    Assist and slipper clutch, but no problem with mine.

    The assist makes it very low effort, maybe that's your issue ? :dunno

    Try the Versys-X 300. When you set that one up out of the crate, you have to connect both the clutch and throttle cables after you put the handlebars on. I thought I did something wrong with the clutch on my wife's 300, it was such a light feel. :lol3
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    I would think the slipper clutch would help with closed throttle issues. Was very surprised how light the clutch is on the RS. Thought the dealer forgot to hook it up, of course I'm use to my 06 Vmax which is known for a heavy clutch lever. Was also surprised of the seat height, I'm 6 foot and it's not an issue but thought it felt tall. Would like to sit on one with a low seat.