By Troy Siahaan
There are a million ways to skin a cat, as they say, and the field that is the 900cc-ish middleweight naked bike segment is a perfect example. Just take these two cats. After we put the KTM 890 Duke R and Triumph Street Triple R head-to-head, Burns gave us flack for not throwing the Kawasaki Z900 in the mix. I still don’t think it quite has enough to top its Austrian or British counterparts, but it’s peppy enough and should be thrown up against something – if for nothing else than to shut John up.
Just in case you forgot, for 2020 the Z gets a revamp which you can read all about in John’s First Ride Review. Now, I realize some of you may be too lazy to click that link and read what’s different about the old Z compared to the new one. So here’s the story in a nutshell: some styling tweaks to round the edges off some of the Sugomi styling, revised chassis settings around the swingarm lead to better handling, better suspension, and Kawi added a fancy TFT dash and LEDs all around. Power remains the same from the 948cc Four – 115.5 ponies at the wheel when we dyno’d this bike which, really, is plenty to have a good time.
John’s had the Z900 for a while now and can’t stop talking about it.
So when searching in the $9,000 range to find something to put against the equally-priced Kawi, BMW’s new-for-2020 F900R jumped out at us (ironically, Johnnie rode that bike at its intro, too) BMW’s no stranger to the middleweight nakedbike market of course, but the newness of the F900R made it the perfect fit. Kinda.
The F900R’s 895cc engine gives …read more
Source:: 2020 BMW F900R vs Kawasaki Z900