Kawasaki just announced an updated version of its Z900 naked bike, with improvements to suspension and braking systems.
The Z900 is a cornerstone of Kawasaki’s naked bike lineup, sitting between the budget-minded Z650 and the balls-to-the-wall Z1000 and Z H2 models. The liquid-cooled inline four engine makes 125 horsepower at 9,500 rpm, and 72 pound-feet of torque at 7,700 rpm. Not the stratospheric numbers of the latest European hypernakeds, which are now making more than 170 horsepower from the factory, measured at the crank. However, for the real world, that’s more than enough, and that’s where the base model Z900 is made to play (unlike the latest 1290 Super Duke R and similar machines, which come with marketing images based on the track).
But, the Z900 base model comes with some restrictions, as it’s still built on a budget when compared to even the Z1000. So, Kawasaki’s just announced the Z900 SE.
The Z900 SE comes with a set of radial-mount Brembo M4.32 monobloc brake calipers, mated to 300 mm discs, also sourced from Brembo. Kawasaki updated the brake lines to braided steel, and also specced Brembo brake pads.
Moving onwards, the updated Z900 SE also gets updates to the forks. The gold-plated upside-down forks now have improved adjustability, and Kawasaki put an Ohlins S46 shock in back, with remote preload adjustment.
The updated machine comes with traction control, assist/slipper clutch, selectable power modes, LED lights and Bluetooth connectivity to the TFT dash, just like the standard bike.
Although we haven’t seen the Z900 SE confirmed for the US or Canada, it seems likely we’ll see it here eventually.
And hey, look: The marketeers want us to know the updated bike is a perfect trackday toy, just like the Euro competition!