What you certainly don’t want it to be is confusing. So, let’s get that bit cleared up straight away: the new Kawasaki Z900, far from some kind of retro reincarnation of a ‘70s classic motorcycle, is simply intended as a bigger, better replacement for the Kawasaki Z800.
As a result, a new seven-strong Z-Series has become available with the Z125, Z250SL, Z250, Z300, Z650, Z900 and the Z1000 as range topper, all of which is a bit neater and cohesive all round.
The Z900 name for the new motorcycle is more coincidence than reinvention. The new motorcycle, however, remains hugely important to Kawasaki. In fact, on the basis of pre-order, this newcomer is expected to be one of the firm’s biggest ‘big-bike’ seller this year.