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Cycle News 2020 Issue 20 May 19

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2020 KAWAS AKI Z900 ABS R I D E R E V I E W P48 I 've gotta be honest. I did not love the Kawasaki Z900—at first. It was a bike that didn't wow me in any great fashion, but to be fair, it didn't do anything bad, either. It was just another UJM (universal Japanese motorcycle). Then I had a deeper look, namely at how many folding greenies this thing would cost me. At that point, things started to get a bit more appealing. You can have this rather sexy little motorbike for an MSRP starting at $8999, putting it equal to the least expensive (saying cheap sounds, well, cheap) bike in the class in the Yamaha MT-09, which is effectively the same bike it's been since it came out seven years ago. The real geeky ones of you out there will note that when the Z900 came out in 2017, its MSRP was $8399, so yes, while it has gone up, everyone else has gone up more, and there's a lot more you get for your money with the 2020 edition. The Z900 will handle the backroads well but excels in traffic. THE PRICE IS RIGHT BY RENNIE SCAYSBROOK PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIT PALMER Kawasaki's given their sporty naked a bit of a facelift for 2020 and kept the price on the right side of $10k

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