Check out Zard’s new exhaust options for the Kawasaki Z900
A lot of motorcyclists ride bikes that they just ride because of the noise the engine makes. Do what you want with it, but motorcycling has always been a highly sensory and highly emotional experience. As a musician and incredibly sensitive to sound, a well-designed exhaust system has always been an essential accessory for me on all my motorcycles.
That being said, the good ol ‘inline-four engine, like the one found in the Kawasaki Z900, already has a pretty striking, albeit muted, exhaust note right out of the box. Some people may call it generic and lacking in soul or character, but I have always found the exhaust note of a good old 180 degree inline four engine very intoxicating and reminiscent of the good old days of the race. Those of you who own a 2020-2021 Kawasaki Z900 may want to consider the latest offering from Italian exhaust maker Zard.
Designed specifically for the Kawasaki Z900 Euro 4 and Euro 5, Zard’s stainless steel racing line features a four-in-two-in-one construction and is a full exhaust system fitted with a titanium muffler. Designed for road use, this exhaust system is a Euro 5 approved aftermarket accessory, but is also compatible with the Euro 4 version. With regard to the engineering and metallurgy involved in creating this system. exhaust, Zard holds its standards in high regard. The company claims to use high quality raw materials consisting of AISI 304 stainless steel tubing, titanium and carbon fiber.
Officine Italiane Zard employs a team of talented craftsmen made up of welders and metallurgists, and subjects each exhaust system to rigorous testing both in the workshop and on the street. The result is a gorgeous, lightweight, and beautifully sounding exhaust system that blends in perfectly with the sporty and aggressive lines of this naked Japanese sports car. Weighing only a fraction of the original system, the Zard Stainless Steel Racing exhaust system loses a total of 7.5 kilograms.
Sound wise, it’s not an extremely loud system at just 98dB at 4,750rpm with the dB killer installed. Removing the dB killer cancels its Euro 5 approval and increases the volume to 105 dB at 4,750 rpm. Zard notes that installing the full exhaust system does not require ECU tuning, which makes this setup an even more attractive option for those who want to reduce weight and improve the exhaust rating of their bike. Finally, the complete exhaust system is also compatible with the restricted A2 units of the Kawasaki Z900.
The Zard Stainless Steel Racing exhaust system is priced at 958.28 euros, or the equivalent of US $ 1,130. Likewise, a slip-on version is also available at a more affordable price of 478.77 euros, or 566 USD. This particular exhaust system, along with a whole range of other exhaust options for the Kawasaki Z900 and other motorcycles, can all be viewed in more detail on the official Zard website linked below.