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Not sure where this fits on the forum, but man is this bike nice! Back in my industry days, I service and changed tires on KZ900's. It was my first exposure to Kawasaki in-line fours. I described the engines as "brutal." Having a GPz550, 750turbo, Z1000, and the recent Concours 14, I still stand by that description.

The new Z900RS is a must have for me. Yesterday, I saw one for the first time at a favorite dealer in Clarksville, TN. Neat bike. I like it. If you see one, check out the "Z" on the tank ahead of the gas cap. A too-cool detail. Oh, and the exhaust, it reminds me of the short KERKER systems of the day.

https://www.kawasaki.com/Products/2018-Z900RS

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Concur. If I had the $$ & space for another ride, this bike would be sitting at the top of my 'want to get' list. Really brings back memories for me of my early riding days back in the mid-to late 70's. Kawi did a bang up job on this bike, if you ask me.
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They did a good job blending modern components with the classic styling.

Yamaha went more with the modern bike chopped up look with there two retros.

Triumph and Moto Guzzi retro bikes look as they did back in the day and ride that way as well.

Honda's CB1100 also handles as it did back in the day.

If my mileage continues to drop due to my bad back, I may end up with actual 25 year old or older bikes in the stable that I can enjoy tinkering with and low recurring costs since vintage vehicles are one time registration in my state and low insurance because of value and limited use.

I have a coworker with a vintage Honda in his basement that probably hasn't been started in 30 years. It was his transportation in college and he has too many memories attached to it to sell it.
 

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I do like the 900 look and may have been on my list but I have a ducati scrambler which has had bits done and could never let it go. Its my weekend fun bike
 

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I do like the 900 look and may have been on my list but I have a ducati scrambler which has had bits done and could never let it go. Its my weekend fun bike
I really enjoyed my test rides on the scrambler. I just couldn't bring myself to pay retail and dealer fees on top of that to own one. If one shows up on Craigslist one day I might pop for one. I wouldn't mind having a collection of Scramblers in the stable. :) Ducati, Triumph, Moto Guzzi, etc. Probably won't happen unless I get over these back issues though.
 

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I really enjoyed my test rides on the scrambler. I just couldn't bring myself to pay retail and dealer fees on top of that to own one. If one shows up on Craigslist one day I might pop for one. I wouldn't mind having a collection of Scramblers in the stable. :) Ducati, Triumph, Moto Guzzi, etc. Probably won't happen unless I get over these back issues though.
I could not help myself after seeing the scrambler. Had always wanted a red ducati that had a simple air cooled motor and got a good deal on one and decent trade in. Just took 1 test ride and I was hooked :)
 

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There are deals out there on them...here's one to tempt you :laugh:https://wichitafalls.craigslist.org/mcy/d/2016-ducati-scrambler-full/6459726213.html
Ads like that **** me off. Book on the used bike is $8k so he is only saving me $200 but acting like I am getting a bargain. If he said a new one would cost me $10500, I would accept his statement, but he wants me to believe his exact bike is worth $10,500 and he is giving me a bargain. I should contact him and say I will give you the value of the bike minus $2500 and see what he says. Then send him the NADA value paperwork and subtract $2500 from it. ;)
 

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I could not help myself after seeing the scrambler. Had always wanted a red ducati that had a simple air cooled motor and got a good deal on one and decent trade in. Just took 1 test ride and I was hooked :)
My problem is that I want ALL the motorcycles made! It seems like the bikes I ride the least are the ones I like the most. They are rolling art but not that comfortable for all day riding.
 

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Ads like that **** me off. Book on the used bike is $8k so he is only saving me $200 but acting like I am getting a bargain. If he said a new one would cost me $10500, I would accept his statement, but he wants me to believe his exact bike is worth $10,500 and he is giving me a bargain. I should contact him and say I will give you the value of the bike minus $2500 and see what he says. Then send him the NADA value paperwork and subtract $2500 from it. ;)
He's probably going by what the dealer told him..or what he's seen others going for. Most people in my part of the world don't play games like that. Not saying you're wrong...just that not everyone here even knows to check motorcycle resale like you do a car. I have people...including a friend with a small used car lot..and managers at my new car dealership..asking me to help them figure out values on motorcycles.
 

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Been looking for another Z lately. I did notice the z900RS has less compression (10.8:1) versus the Z900 (11.8:1). Seems like the non-RS might have a bit less mid-range punch. Have not ridden either. Thoughts?
 
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