This Z900 will never match the fervour generated by its all-conquering namesake of four decades ago, but it’s a fast, sweet-handling all-rounder that has much in its favour. Although inevitably it can’t match the more powerful Z1000 for pace or excitement, it generates plenty of both, handles well and delivers most of what its larger sibling does, along with respectable comfort (for a naked bike) and fuel economy plus a generous range of close to 150 miles.
At £8249 the Z900 costs £2000 less than the bigger model, though it has closer rivals in bikes including Triumph’s revamped Street Triple R and Yamaha’s popular MT-09. Kawasaki also offers an accessorised version, the Z900 Performance Edition, which costs £8999 and comes with extras including flyscreen and Akrapovic silencer. Wind protection and a more engaging exhaust note could be just what’s required to turn a very good bike into something special.
Double Red & Felix Romeo.
Price tag of our bike: £8249