Kawasaki launch Z900 available to A2-licence holders

The Japanese manufacturer has been hiding a trick up its sleeve

Kawasaki launch Z900 available to A2-licence holders

KAWASAKI has unveiled a lower powered, but otherwise identical version of its Z900, opening the supernaked bike up to A2-licence holders.

This model has reportedly been in the pipeline since the Z900 was introduced in late 2016, and has come about due to the sheer number of A2-licenced riders. It will make 94hp – low enough to be restricted to the 47hp maximum power output of A2-compliant models.

According to Kawasaki, the decision to make it identical to the higher-powered bike was influence by its dealer network and customer feedback, with both saying that the A2 bike should ‘share the same looks, attitude and personality of the current Z900.’

As such, the new model has no badges or markings that distinguish it from its full powered sibling. It boasts the same electronics and rider features, comprising a tuned airbox assembly, assist and slipper clutch technology, a lightweight and responsive tubular trellis chassis and Kawasaki’s characteristic horizontal back-link suspension.

Morihiro Ikoma, Director of Kawasaki Motors Europe, commented:

“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.

“At 948cc this A2 compliant Z900 is bound to become one of the most appealing A2 offerings in the market.”

The new model will be available in the four colour combinations of Candy Lime Green/Metallic Spark Black, Pearl Mystic Gray/Metallic Flat Spark Black, Flat Ebony/Metallic Spark Black and Candy Persimmon Red/Metallic Spark Black