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Default Picked up a new streetbike

As soon as they announced the Z900RS, I knew I'd get one at one point. The pricing came out higher than I hoped, so I held off. Noticed a local dealer had it priced at a point closer to what I was hoping when it was announced, and they made me a good offer on the Speed Triple towards it, so I bit the bullet.

My dad still has his root beer/orange '73 Z1 that this bike is a tribute to, so I was emotionally attached from the get go. Overall, it's a much more comfortable riding position and is super smooth and easy to ride. Much nicer around town than the Speedy, but not bad on the highway either. Excited to get some more miles on it and do the initial oil change so I can hammer down on it some.



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that has to be one of the better looking modern retro's. nice buy

that speed looks the business, i bet it was hard to give up
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Kick ass!

I like them a lot, but I never ride my bike since I moved back to the city.

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Agreed on best looking retro, especially with my attachment to the original Z1. I think Triumph has done their retro stuff very right, but they lack power. This Z900RS makes great power and isn't overdone looks-wise.

The speedy was fun, but it was not nearly as street mannered and I didn't really push it hard often enough to enjoy the Ohlins goodies of giant Brembo monoblocks. As soon as I rode home on the Z900RS I knew I made the right decision.

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Kick ass!

I like them a lot, but I never ride my bike since I moved back to the city.

I'm lucky enough to have a 2.8 mile commute on a quiet city street now, so I should ride it often when it isn't 10000° down here.
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How's the RS treating you?
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Awesome, we've been getting TONS of rain so I haven't ridden as much as I'd like, but I have ~650 miles on it now. Did the 600 mile oil change and opened it up after finally, it's certainly no ZX14 but it surprised me how well it pulls, especially coming from the Speed Triple that would fall off a bit on the top, the inline 4 pulls hard all the way through.
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Awesome, we've been getting TONS of rain so I haven't ridden as much as I'd like, but I have ~650 miles on it now. Did the 600 mile oil change and opened it up after finally, it's certainly no ZX14 but it surprised me how well it pulls, especially coming from the Speed Triple that would fall off a bit on the top, the inline 4 pulls hard all the way through.
I'd ASSume decent bottom end grunt for an inline 4?

How's ride and handling been so far?

Contemplating trying to pick one up.
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How's ride and handling been so far?

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With it being a 948, it's certainly torquey. One thing they did was change the cams from the regular Z900, so it makes notably less power, but it makes a lot more power down low and also (I believe) makes more torque than the base Z900. The gearing/low end power is great around town compared to what the Speedy was, I pretty much hated that thing on city streets. A lot of people switch to a 16 tooth front sprocket on the Z900RS, but I haven't seen a need yet.

People say on the forums they ride a little rough, but overall it's way smoother than the more race-inspired Ohlins that was on the Triumph. I haven't played with any adjustments either, but they are adjustable on the Z900RS. Handling is great, I've only gotten out on good curvey stuff one afternoon, but I was able rid the rear tire entirely of the chicken strips with confidence. The rear brakes leaves a lot to be desired, but it grabs when you need it to. I've read of a set of pads making a world of difference on it.

Overall, it's an awesome looking retro that checks all the boxes to me. I rode it to the Goodguys show here and parked it in the Roadster Shop booth while I worked ours. They said people were checking the bike out more than their chassis. Then I had a few people asking me what year it was on my way out, they had no idea Kawi had released it.
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