2017 Kawasaki Z900 Long-Term Review

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By Ryan Adams

2017 Kawasaki Z900

Editor Score: 85.50%

Engine 18.0/20
Suspension/Handling 12.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.0/10
Brakes 8.0/10
Instruments/Controls 3.00/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 8.5/10
Appearance/Quality 9.0/10
Desirability 9.0/10
Value 9.0/10
Overall Score 85.5/100

Every once in awhile we get opened-end motorcycle loan agreements from manufacturers. What does that mean for you? It means we have a chance to really put a motorcycle through the ringer. We have the time to schedule overnight, long rides. We have the time to schedule track days. We have the time to really live with a motorcycle and give our best interpretation of what it would be like for a potential owner to, well, actually own the thing.

2017 Kawasaki Z900 Review: First Ride

Such is the case with Kawasaki‘s new Z900. Tom Roderick attended the media introduction of the new Z900 back in March of 2017 and had a lot of great things to say about Kawi’s new Z. I’ll admit it, I was underwhelmed when I first saw it. I had been a fan of the Z1000’s styling, but when is a decrease in cubic centimeters ever a good thing? After taking a peek at the Z900’s spec sheet and comparing it to the outgoing Z800 and Z1000, things start to look a bit better for the new kid on the block.

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The Z900 replaced the Z800 and Z1000 for 2017, and on paper it looks to be a worthy replacement. The 900 weighs in at 469 lbs full of fuel, a fair bit less than both the 800 at 506 lbs and 1000 at 488 lbs. Power figures are also not bad on the Z900, especially when considering its base MSRP of $8399. The Z900 cranks out 115.6 hp and 68.1 lb-ft of torque to its rear wheel …read more

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