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2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe

Posted By: TEWKS

2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/17/17 11:37 AM

Looks like Kawasaki is reaching back a bit deeper into the ZRX gene pool. Like, but this is RETRO to me. java

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6PtesCu6tN4
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Pat
Posted By: BarnRat

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/17/17 01:41 PM

I like it. I prefer a bike where the engine is on display . . . one of the reasons I like the BMW boxers
Posted By: mrzoom

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/17/17 02:17 PM

I rode Kawasaki's from 1973 to 2001. Had a bunch of them including a silver 1977 kz1000r .
This new one looks good. If I had all the money I'd have one of everything. thumbsup
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/17/17 02:31 PM

Originally Posted by mrzoom
If I had all the money I'd have one of everything. thumbsup


I'm with ya on that! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: Dennis Andress

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/17/17 03:44 PM

Nice.
Posted By: Paul De

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/17/17 07:02 PM

The classic brown/orange std. version looks very close to the original. I like it, but I am biased as I have always had a soft spot for Kawasaki. The best part is that I'm sure the new one goes, stops and turns way better than the original. Emissions issues aside, could you imaging what a modern H2 750 triple would be like...for sure just as scary to ride, but in a good way and not because you were fearing for your life.
Posted By: Yeeha! Stephen

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/17/17 08:41 PM

My "Shop" skills suck, but I added the Eddie Lawson Replica/ZRX blue strip and added some yellow to the green to make it more lime-ish. Much better.

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Posted By: Groanup

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/17/17 09:01 PM

I like this a lot.
If I had room for another bike in my garage...
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/18/17 01:01 AM

This GSXR Retro 1100 is looking pretty sweet to me. I don't know if it's even going into production but slick if you were a Suzuki guy say back in 1986.
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Pat
Posted By: marknetm

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/18/17 01:57 PM

I have been waiting for this one... & am drooling! My posse all rode Zeds & CBs back in the early 80s. Today, none of us ride Japanese.
I'm going to go have a look as soon as my local Dealer receives them. May well trade my Steet Triple in if it checks all the right boxes. He sells Triumph too.
Probably in the minority here, but I'm loving the retro craze. Keeping my '07 Bonnie though. Bring it on....🤗
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/18/17 03:42 PM

Hey, maybe the Green is too mean. grin

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I like the grey! thumbsup

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Pat
Posted By: BarnRat

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/18/17 03:49 PM

I like the retro look but some aren't retro enough for me. This 2014 Honda CB1100 DLX with 4-into-2 exhaust is what I'm looking for. If I ever find a new one (within a reasonable drive) or a decent used one I am going to snatch it up.

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Posted By: John in VA

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/18/17 05:24 PM

Ahh -- reminds me a bit of my '78 Honda CB750K, like this one:

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Posted By: BarnRat

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/18/17 06:32 PM

I've always liked the Suzuki B-King, based on Hayabusa 1300cc engine . . .

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Posted By: TEWKS

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/18/17 07:09 PM

Hey Now!! cool

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Pat
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/20/17 02:08 PM

Originally Posted by TEWKS
Originally Posted by mrzoom
If I had all the money I'd have one of everything. thumbsup


I'm with ya on that! thumbsup

Pat


I thought you were already half way there? laugh rofl
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/20/17 11:58 PM

Originally Posted by Lone_RT_rider
Originally Posted by TEWKS
Originally Posted by mrzoom
If I had all the money I'd have one of everything. thumbsup


I'm with ya on that! thumbsup

Pat


I thought you were already half way there? laugh rofl


Learning this as I go, little kids little dollars, big kids big dollars! The other half may take a while. grin

Pat
Posted By: longjohn

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/21/17 01:13 AM

I had one of those older 750's way back when, but even then I liked shaft drives. smile

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Posted By: beemerboy

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/21/17 01:24 AM

Originally Posted by TEWKS
Hey Now!! cool

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Pat

Oh my.....(insert slobbering sounds here...)
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 11/21/17 04:40 PM

Originally Posted by TEWKS
Looks like Kawasaki is reaching back a bit deeper into the ZRX gene pool. Like, but this is RETRO to me. java

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6PtesCu6tN4
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Pat



That's a sexy beast. I think I may have to give it some real thought in the new year.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 01/20/18 09:32 PM

Going a little sand blind and need a break from the Dakar? grin

Click here to see something sweet! cool
http://advrider.com/index.php?attachments/houston-cafe-jpg.1079864/

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Pat
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 01/20/18 09:34 PM

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 01/20/18 09:44 PM

What'chu talkin' bout Willis? grin

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Pat
Posted By: sardineone

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 01/20/18 11:55 PM

Think Pat is dreaming of that 'Toe Cutter' bike look from the 'Mad Max' Movie? wink
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 01/21/18 11:17 AM

I never really followed the Mad Max series but you sent me looking. grin Appears they used an actual motorcycle gang called the Vigilanties for extras in their movies. Interesting! thumbsup

http://www.madmaxmovies.com/mad-max/cast-and-crew/mad-max-bikers/index.html
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Pat
Posted By: Ponch

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 01/21/18 02:00 PM

Reminds me of my first bike, a KZ1000. Brings back memories. I am sure this bike is a lot better.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 01/21/18 03:12 PM

A local dealer has a 73 just like this one on his floor for display. It's going to be interesting to see the new and old together in the flesh steel. grin I missed this bike by seven years so the nostalgic tug isn't all that strong but, in black with the cafe fairing, it just tingles me in the right places. ohboy laugh

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Pat
Posted By: Bud

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 01/21/18 03:44 PM

On ADV rider. $3,950

2008 Buell Lightning

pics https://mtntrails.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/JoniSs-Buell/i-6GSV8jq
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 01/21/18 04:50 PM

Now that would tingle me all over! grin

Pat
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 01/21/18 10:25 PM

Sort of looks like this guy. Think this was an '1980 or '81

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WhenI installed the Kerker , I went to the dealer. Tech blipped the throttle and said, "These carbs ain"t stock" grin
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 01/21/18 11:51 PM

Nice, Doug! thumbsup

I was a Suzuki guy back in 80, my first brand new street bike was just like the one pictured. A 1980 GS 750E. Now I put a Yoshimura pipe along with superbike bars and a Tracy Fairing. Probably never heard that name I before. I'll see if I can find a pic of the fairing.
[img]http://www.cyclechaos.com/images/9/9d/1980-Suzuki-GS750E-Silver-3069-0.jpg[/

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Fairing
http://vintage-and-classic-honda-s....racy_universal_mount_quarter_fairing.jpg


Pat
Posted By: sardineone

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 01/22/18 03:57 PM

I too used to be a Suzuki guy too. I had this 78' Suzuki GS750 after owning 4 Suzuki 2-strokes.

[img]https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DyU0tUiBUQYvUNA_VuJXpvYnHchZpmpu/view?usp=sharing[/img]
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 01/22/18 05:55 PM

now we are talking.
Posted By: Paul De

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 01/22/18 07:58 PM

Originally Posted by KTM Doug
Sort of looks like this guy. Think this was an '1980 or '81

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WhenI installed the Kerker , I went to the dealer. Tech blipped the throttle and said, "These carbs ain"t stock" grin


Brings back fond memories. While the original 900 was an iconic model, the later plain bearing motors with a one piece crank, like the motor in that 750 KZ, were more robust vs the original. Open up the air box, add a Kerker and re-jet and these motors became monsters able to pull well past red line w/o ill effect. They handled much better as well. Kerker had a lock on bringing out the best in Kawi motors from that era. I was surprised to find my 83 GPz 750 came from the factory with dremmel work done to clean up the intake!
Posted By: John in VA

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 01/22/18 11:02 PM

K75S

"NEEDS REPAIR"

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https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/mcy/d/93-bmw-k75s-motorcycle/6433487586.html
Posted By: bwpsg42

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 01/23/18 12:13 AM

That’s too weird.
Posted By: codan

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 02/02/18 12:07 AM

Since GS Suzukis came up I had to join in with my first post.

In 78 I roadraced a 77 GS750 in Colorado, winning the beginner's race by about 3/4 of a lap (at the track outside Pueblo- PMI?) and had some 2nd and 3rds for the rest of the season.

Had to rebuild the engine at the end of the season so I:
- bored to take GS850 pistons, worked great btw
- smoothbore carburetors
- electronic ignition
- Kerker
- custom paint
and various small bits

Rode it till 83, when I went to graduate school and couldn't afford the tires and chain it needed.

By the standards of today it was slow and didn't handle well. By the standards of the late 70s it was a wonderful bike - fast, handled, comfortable, sport or touring.

Now I own an R1200RT that I bought last fall. Can't wait for spring.
Posted By: Oldironken

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 02/02/18 12:48 PM

Originally Posted by codan
Since GS Suzukis came up I had to join in with my first post.

In 78 I roadraced a 77 GS750 in Colorado, winning the beginner's race by about 3/4 of a lap (at the track outside Pueblo- PMI?) and had some 2nd and 3rds for the rest of the season.

Had to rebuild the engine at the end of the season so I:
- bored to take GS850 pistons, worked great btw
- smoothbore carburetors
- electronic ignition
- Kerker
- custom paint
and various small bits

Rode it till 83, when I went to graduate school and couldn't afford the tires and chain it needed.

By the standards of today it was slow and didn't handle well. By the standards of the late 70s it was a wonderful bike - fast, handled, comfortable, sport or touring.

Now I own an R1200RT that I bought last fall. Can't wait for spring.


I loved my GS 750!

I rode it in 22 states over 5 years, the 4 to 1 Kerker was the bomb.
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 02/02/18 01:01 PM

Originally Posted by Oldironken
... the 4 to 1 Kerker was the bomb.


I think this sound, and that kind of a "stutter" that inline 4s have at idle is what made me want to ride motorcycles.
My best friend in high school had a KZ650, and that sound... it still makes me smile when I think about the header I put I put on my ZRX1100 to make it sound the same.

Is it spring yet?
Posted By: SKYGZR

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 02/02/18 11:22 PM

Originally Posted by TEWKS
Nice, Doug! thumbsup
I was a Suzuki guy back in 80, my first brand new street bike was just like the one pictured. A 1980 GS 750E. Now I put a Yoshimura pipe along with superbike bars and a Tracy Fairing. Probably never heard that name I before. I'll see if I can find a pic of the fairing.
[img]http://www.cyclechaos.com/images/9/9d/1980-Suzuki-GS750E-Silver-3069-0.jpg[/Pat


That same color/machine was also my first "new" off the showroom floor bike...and I'm still a Suzuki Guy...
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 02/03/18 12:17 PM

Originally Posted by SKYGZR


That same color/machine was also my first "new" off the showroom floor bike...and I'm still a Suzuki Guy...


Sad, I don't believe a single picture was ever taken of that bike. frown I still remember walking into the dealership (at 16) and telling them I want THAT one! First question, are your parents aware of what you're buying? grin

Pat
Posted By: beemerman2k

Re: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - 02/16/18 07:26 PM

Mad Max is the gold standard for motor movies in my book, the original movie not so much the sequels.
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