According to some documents unearthed by Motorcycle.com, Kawasaki looks like they’re planning to make use of the Z900 RS name again, which raises some interesting questions.
Motorcycle.com found a trademark application filed by Kawasaki for the Z900 RS name, but none of the other names from the original Z1 series, which is a bit curious. As they point out, why not register them all, if you’re trying to protect brand identity? Could Kawasaki be formulating plans for a new retro musclebike, likely built around an inline-four motor?
It’s certainly possible. Team Green had such a model in the lineup for many years (the lovely ZRX1200R and before it the ZRX1100, both homages to the Eddie Lawson Replica KZ1000). Kawasaki has been hauling a stylish four-cylindered concept bike around the show circuit for a few years now (see title image), and maybe we’ll see that built. If Suzuki can resurrect the Bandit 1200 in some markets, surely people would also consider buying a similar machine from Kawi. In an age where everyone is jumping on the retro bandwagon, the time might be perfect to remind people what the original Z1 series stood for.