When Kawasaki Malaysia announced the 2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABS, in base and special edition versions, it was detailed that the new four-cylinder naked sports machine would be better that its predecessor, the Kawasaki Z800, in all aspects. Priced at RM49,158 for the base model, and the Z900 SE version we reviewed at RM50,959, with prices including GST, but excluding registration, insurance and road tax, the Kawasaki Z900 ABS has raised the bar for this market segment by a long way.

The 2017 Z900 makes 10% more ponies than the Z800, to the tune of 123.3 hp at 9,500 rpm and 18% more torque, 98.6 Nm at 7,700 rpm. Weight also saw a major reduction, the Z900 going on a diet that lets it weigh in at 210 kg, down from the Z800’s 231 kg.

Other major changes include adjustable suspension front and rear, along with four-pot Nissin brakes, a trellis frame and lightweight swingarm. The full review of the 2017 Kawasaki Z900 can be read here.