Kawasaki has recalled the Z900 superbike in India. The recall is meant to replace a faulty tie-rod bracket. This tie rod bracket is said to lead to the bottoming out of the rear suspension, which could in-turn lead to rear suspension failure. Now, on such a high performance bike, failure of the rear suspension could be catastrophic if it happens at high speed.
This is a safety recall that must be taken seriously by all owners of the Z900. Kawasaki is likely to reach out to owners. But if you’re a Z900 owner in India, you must be proactive and contact your nearest Kawasaki dealer and get this issue fixed at the earliest. Kawasaki technicians will also inspect the frame of the bike, and will replace the frame if they find that it has been damaged due to the faulty tie rod.
The Kawasaki Z900 is one of the most popular superbikes that the Japanese motorcycle maker sells in India. The main reason for the bike’s success is the keen pricing. Kawasaki has priced the bike at Rs. 7.68 lakhs, making it one of the most affordable, four cylinder superbikes in India. It is imported as a completely built unit. The bike uses a 900cc, four cylinder petrol engine.
The engine is a four stroke unit with liquid cooling, fuel injection and four valve DOHC technology. It produces a maximum power of 123 Bhp at 9,500 rpm and a peak torque of 98 Nm at 7,700 rpm. A six speed manual gearbox is standard. The bike also gets a slipper clutch.
In terms of safety, there is ABS as standard. There are hydraulically operated disc brakes on both the wheels. Suspension consists of adjustable upside down front forks and a monoshock rear. The bike is the Z800’s replacement, and packs in a higher capacity engine, more power and torque, and also a lighter weight of due to the new trellis frame. It weighs 210 Kgs and gets a 17 liter petrol tank. It rides on 17 inch alloy wheels wrapped with tubeless tyres.