2018 Kawasaki Z900 Gets The A2 Treatment

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Kawasaki's middleweight supernaked Z900 has become a sales success, and for 2018 the doors are being opened for an A2 compliant version.

With most manufacturers now cottoning on to the need for A2 ready machines, Kawasaki's decision to creat an A2 version was only logical.

Rather than changing the platform entirely though, Kawasaki listened to customer and dealer feedback which said: “Don’t make an A2 bike different, it has to share the same looks, attitude and personality of the current Z900.”

The new 70kW-variant Z900 shares most of its look and specification with its sibling, but being 70kW, it can be restricted to provide a maximum of 35kW, since an A2 compliant bike must be no greater than double the horsepower. It also carries no badges or markings to set it apart from the full power Z900.

The new z900 has the same rider features like a tuned airbox assembly, along with assist and slipper clutch technology, a lightweight and responsive tubular trellis chassis plus Kawasaki’s characteristic horizontal back-link suspension. The good news is, making the switch from 70kW and 35kW is as simple taking the bike to an authorised Kawasaki dealer for an adjustment to the ECU.

The adjustment is neither time consuming or irreversible so when the time comes, rather than buying a new bike, you can revert to 70kW again via a short visit to the authorised dealer who will also create and update a record of the status of the machine.

Morihiro Ikoma, Director of Kawasaki Motors Europe, said: “Soon after the Z900 was launched we began work on an A2 compliant version.

“The design brief from potential customers and dealers was a unified voice; keep the look, soul and ethos of the Z900 and create an A2 compliant version to open the world of Refined Raw Z to yet more enthusiastic riders.

The new Z900 is available in Candy Lime Green / Metallic Spark, Black Pearl Mystic Gray / Metallic Flat Spark Black, Flat Ebony / Metallic Spark Black, Candy Persimmon Red / Metallic Spark Black