Following in the footsteps of the Z900RS, retro meets modern with the café-racer inspired 2019 Z900RS CAFE. Combining authentic retro styling, a modern chassis and today’s cutting-edge technology and performance, the powerful yet friendly-to-ride Z900RS CAFE represents a modern reinvigoration of iconic motorcycles from the 1970's. Experience the true spirit of the legendary Kawasaki bikes of yesteryear with the café-racer style front cowl, Vintage Lime Green paint scheme, green rim stripes and blacked out paint on select components. The black finished drop-style handlebar, café-racer stepped seat and tuned exhaust with brushed finish truly embody the ultimate café-racer image.

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High-grade coating and a clean fit-and-finish contribute to the high-quality appearance. Compact fairing exudes café-racer style and helps to deflect wind away from the rider

Vintage Color & Graphics

A unique Vintage Lime Green color scheme with white racing stripes pays tribute to the iconic Kawasaki Superbike graphics of the 70's and 80's

Drop-style Handlebar

Exhibits a drop handlebar contributing to the café-racer styling. The handlebar is painted black to match the timeless styling accents. A wide grip helps to facilitate a confident yet sporty riding position

Café-Racer Seat

A low 32.3” seat height provides an attractive sculpted shape with a more pronounced step and supportive padding. The seat is slimmer at the front, facilitating the rider’s reach to the ground. The seat can be removed without tools, offering easy access to the battery, fuse box and tool kit

Tuned Exhaust With Brushed Finish

Exhaust tuned to deliver an appealing iconic rumble during engine start and idling


Throwback Vintage Lime Green paint scheme highlights a teardrop fuel tank and premium finishes

Stainless Steel Exhaust System

Chromed double-walled headers and short megaphone silencer featuring a brushed finish highlight the retro-sport image

LED Lights

Round LED headlight and oval LED taillight blend retro and modern designs

Multi-function Instrumentation

The high-tech multi-function LCD screen nestled between bullet shape analogue dials, featuring classic chrome bezels create a balance of retro style mixed with modern functionality

Spoke Style Cast Wheels

A classic look with pin striping and high-quality paint demonstrates superb craftsmanship


The Z900RS CAFE is the ultimate retro-sport Z that offers modern running gear and classic styling


Retro café-racer design meets modern technology and performance for superb riding comfort around town and on the highway
The modern, fully adjustable, 41mm inverted fork tuned to deliver both ride comfort and sporty performance
The modern horizontal back-link rear suspension offers progressive damping for an ideal balance of sport riding performance and casual riding comfort
Low seat height for easy reach to the ground and enhanced rider confidence
The relationship between footpegs, seat and handlebar was designed to enhance communication between rider and machine, giving the rider a confidence-inspiring feeling. Relaxed upright riding position accommodates both comfortable cruising and sporty riding
Drop-style handlebar provides ideal leverage for cornering and low-speed maneuvering
Modern ABS is a standard feature on the Z900RS CAFE. It’s a compact and lightweight Nissin motorcycle ABS unit that helps reduce wheel lock up under certain conditions
Modern radial-mount calipers and radial-pump front brake master cylinder contribute to a firm, progressive feel and powerful braking performance


Superb balance of power and handling

Double Wall Construction

Inner pipes are slimmer than the outer pipes which contribute to strong low-mid range focused performance

Smooth and Powerful

Inline four delivers strong acceleration and silky-smooth performance for cruising at higher rpms

Lightweight Trellis Frame

The modern lightweight trellis frame provides the strength to harness the inline 4-cylinder power and the balanced flex to achieve responsive and agile handling

Tuned Exhaust Note

Tuned to deliver an appealing iconic rumble during engine start and idling

KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control)

Contributing to rider reassurance, the Z900RS CAFE is equipped with advanced Kawasaki rider support technology. KTRC features two modes that cover a wide range of riding conditions, offering either enhanced sport riding performance or the peace of mind to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence

Assist and Slipper Clutch

Race-inspired clutch technology offers both a much lighter feel at the lever, as well as a back-torque limiting function that helps prevent rear-wheel hop when downshifting