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Offline Fz27

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Z900 2021
on: June 23, 2021, 04:21:45 AM
Hey guys, I previously owned the 2019 Z900, the engine broke down due to some road debris (bummer, I know). Just bought the 2021. I was wondering if there is any way to make the headlights brighter than they are. Thoughts anybody ?

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Re: Z900 2021
Reply #1 on: September 06, 2021, 04:12:11 AM
Hi.  I have the same issue and I'm also in Toronto.  Will tag you if I come up with something.  My high beam is shooting straight into the air lol
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Re: Z900 2021
Reply #2 on: September 07, 2021, 06:21:28 PM
*Originally Posted by Z900_2020 [+]
Hi.  I have the same issue and I'm also in Toronto.  Will tag you if I come up with something.  My high beam is shooting straight into the air lol

Go here:  https://www.kawasaki-onlinetechinfo.net/dispeBook?file=99803-0148&mark=ZR900FMFNL&manual_kind=OM&model_year=2021&lang_code=EN

Or pull out your owners manual

then turn to page 175-177

This is applicable to the 2020+ models, I'm sure that this adjustment is also tackled in the prior year manuals, as well.

As for making them brighter, I believe there are LED or HID conversions out there for the 17-19 models....another edit - didn't realize OP was asking about 20+ model year...not sure there are options out there, but my 2020 is plenty bright, so perhaps it is just an adjustment issue?

edit:  not sure how much impact it would have, but might also be worth looking into suspension to ensure your rear isn't sagging too much, causing the back of the bike to dip down and headlights to point more "upward"  I can't imagine it would cause your high beams to point skyward, but could also be another box to tick just in case
Last Edit: September 07, 2021, 06:38:53 PM by hazy

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Re: Z900 2021
Reply #3 on: September 08, 2021, 11:25:02 PM
Hi.  Thank you for taking the time to elaborate and share.  I will definitely look into both suggestions.  I had looked at the manual but didn't find their description very helpful.  Thanks again and safe riding.  Cheers. 
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Re: Z900 2021
Reply #4 on: September 09, 2021, 03:59:47 PM
They NEVER set the headlights with a fully kitted out rider at the owners weight with the rear spring at a proper pre-load setting.

Every bike I have ever owned has been reported to the Police by a passing airliner and Ive ended up adjusting rear spring and beam alignment every time.

My Versys was so bad, the Space Station almost crashed when I was in Scotland earlier this year.
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Re: Z900 2021
Reply #5 on: September 10, 2021, 04:58:11 AM
lol Thanks for the share bro.  I hear you.  My high beam shoots way above the tip of the trees so I'm pretty sure this is not the intended direction.  However, I've looked at the manual (completely useless) and searched online but can't to find any info re adjusting the lights.  The dealer books for 3 weeks from now and wants to keep the bike for another 2 weeks.  I'm in Toronto Canada which means by the time the bike is back on the street, we'll be under a foot of snow :)  So the search continues. 
Safe riding.   
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Re: Z900 2021
Reply #6 on: September 10, 2021, 03:43:39 PM
ok man.  tryna help...hopefully this will clear it up for you.

Behind the headlight there are 2 adjustment screws.  They look like bolts with a phillips head notch in them.

On the left side of the bike (if you're sitting on it, not facing it) you can see what you need.  Pic below.  Get your bike on a flat surface approx 25ft away from a wall and turn this thing til your light is properly aimed

There is another one on the right side of the headlight (again - as you're sitting on the bike - you can just turn the handlebars and see them) that will adjust it horizontally Left-Right if necessary.  Looks the exact same, just positioned up a bit higher on the back of the headlight housing

If you see the pics and still can't get it, probably best to just accept it's gonna be at the dealer.  I can't possibly imagine why a dealer would want to keep it for 2 weeks just to adjust the headlights, though...it seems like something that should take a matter of minutes, much less days or weeks.  I've done it before on past bikes and it's not rocket science hahaha

Last Edit: September 10, 2021, 03:45:30 PM by hazy

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Re: Z900 2021
Reply #7 on: September 10, 2021, 11:33:44 PM
Thank you so much; really appreciate taking the time to help.  The picture and the explanation were really helpful and clear.  I will try adjusting the light at night and I will post with the result :)  Cheers.

PS.  The dealers here in Canada have been really busy over the last couple of years.  A buddy of mine had his bike at the shop for about 3 months before he finally gave up and bought a new bike altogether; mind you that was a Harley.  When I first picked up mine, I noticed a pull to the right.  Took it to the dealer and it was 3 weeks booking with another 3 weeks to get a fork adjustment!  Never mind that I later learned, the pull is a common issue due to the weight of the exhaust. 

Thanks again and safe riding.  Cheers.     
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Re: Z900 2021
Reply #8 on: September 11, 2021, 07:28:28 AM
Did that myself yesterday. It needed adjustment, but not much.
Had no 25ft to use, but 12.5ft and beam adjusted to 1 inch (2 inch for 25ft distance from headlight), stock setting had beam 1-2 inch higher on 12.5ft distance.

I adjusted so that middle of beam is on that mark (manual says brightest point), ist that OK?

Im 203lbs and rear shock has 7 turns in of preload and sag is 44mm (front sag is 36-37mm with stock preload setting)

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Re: Z900 2021
Reply #9 on: September 13, 2021, 05:52:53 PM
Thank you for the share 3alfa3. 

I'm about 165 lbs and adjusted the spring by about 2 full rotations of the nut and it definitely feels better on turns.  I'm a novice rider (about 3-4 seasons) and don't know much about all the terminology used here lol.   But I appreciate all the help you guys have provided and am using the info to improve my riding experience. 

As for the lights, I haven't got the chance to try it at night and play around with the adjustment but it's good to know that the factory setting could be off so hopefully that's the case with mine too. 

Thanks again,

Cheers
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