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KAWASAKI Z1000

Kawasaki upped the ante in the naked bike arena with the entrance of the Z1000. Beyond its muscular torque delivery and radical styling, the Z1000 dishes out a visceral riding experience.

The Z1000 features serious low-rpm grunt courtesy of focused engine tuning and gear ratios ideally match to serious street riding. Not only does the Z1000s 953cc four-cylinder torque curve provide low-end get-up-and-go, but the pull continues through the mid-range, giving the rider extra thrust for conquering road challenges and providing the great exhilaration expected from a liter bike.

KAWASAKI Z1000

KAWASAKI 'S Z1000 IS A FUN AND HONEST PERFORMER WITH WILD NAKED STYLING

Blending just the right amount of brawn and finesse

Kawasaki upped the ante in the naked bike arena with the entrance of the Z1000. Beyond its muscular torque delivery and radical styling, the Z1000 dishes out a visceral riding experience. This purpose-built Kawasaki is equally at home in the garages of both practical motorcyclists simply seeking a smile-producing weekend ride and owners desiring a bike that doesn't fit the norm.

This Kawasaki version of nakedness has been tuned to satisfy the most demanding musclebike riders. The Z1000 features serious low-rpm grunt courtesy of focused engine tuning and gear ratios ideally match to serious street riding. Not only does the Z1000's 953cc four-cylinder torque curve provide low-end get-up-and-go, but the pull continues through the mid-range, giving the rider extra thrust for conquering road challenges and providing the great exhilaration expected from a liter bike.

Matching the delivery of power from the spirited engine is a highly communicative chassis that permits the Z1000 to offer formidable maneuverability. Kawasaki achieved this remarkable feat by making a sub-frame for the engine now a stressed member of the frame and further tailoring the chassis flex with a combination of rigid and rubber engine mounts. The overall result is a confidence-inspiring ride and high levels of feedback with a superb level of control, since the rider is better able to understand what the bike is doing.
 
A 41 mm inverted front fork compliments the Z1000's potent chassis and delivers exceptional steering performance. Its smooth action in the top half of the stroke is harmonized by firmer damping in the bottom half. This gives the plush initial feeling of a long-stroke suspension, and allows a firm, planted feel in corners a combination which makes the bike both easier to ride as well as adept at carving through the rider's favorite canyon. The bottom-link Uni-Trak rear suspension has a nitrogen gas charged shock with piggyback reservoir with settings that balance the front fork and help to offer exceptional road holding. Together the front and rear settings make the bike's pitching motions more predictable and easier to interpret. The superior ride quality is particularly noticeable when commuting or riding around town.

As the Z1000 is essentially a supersport with a view of its brawny engine, its Ninja-like brake components are no surprise. Radial-mount brake calipers and a radial-pump front brake master cylinder offer precise brake control and superb feel at the lever. The enhanced brake performance allows riders to concentrate more on their riding, secure in the knowledge that the Z1000's excellent brakes are up to the task.

First-rate mass centralization and ergonomics are major factors in the enhanced rider and machine synergy. The close handlebars of the Z1000 and slim saddle combine to create a compact riding position. This lets the rider take full advantage of the motorcycle's great stability and sharp, nimble, handling characteristics, while making short work of their favorite ribbon of asphalt.

While providing maneuverable, functional transportation in a daily environment, the Z1000 provides the ability to unleash the fun-seeker in every rider - an unavoidable side-effect when a responsive engine and maneuverable chassis are coupled together. When it comes right down to it, isn't that what motorcycling is all about?

Engine Type

4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, 4-Valve, 4-Cylinder

Displacement

953 cc

Bore & Stroke

77.20 x 50.9 mm

Maximum Torque

72.8 lb/ft @ 8,200 rpm

Compression Ratio

11.2:1

Fuel Injection

DFI® with four 36mm Keihin throttle bodies, oval sub-throttles, ultra-fine atomizing fuel injectors

Ignition

TCBI Digital Advance

Transmission

6-Speed

Final Drive

X-Ring Chain

Frame Type

Backbone, high-tensile steel tubes and cast aluminum engine sub-frame

Rake/Trail

24.5 deg. / 4.0 in.

Front Suspension/Wheel Travel

41mm inverted cartridge fork with stepless rebound damping and adjustable spring preload / 4.7 in.

Rear Suspension/Wheel Travel

Bottom-Link Uni-Trak® with gas-charged shock, stepless rebound damping and adjustable spring preload / 5.9 in.

Front Tire Size

120/70 ZR17

Rear Tire Size

190/50 ZR17

Wheelbase

56.9 in.

Front Brake Type

Dual 300mm petal rotors with radial-mount four-piston calipers

Rear Brake Type

Single 250mm petal rotor with single-piston caliper

Fuel Tank Capacity

4.9 gal.

Seat Height

32.3 in.

Overall Length

82.3 in.

Overall Width

30.7 in.

Overall Height

41.9 in.

Color

Pearl Crystal White

Warranty

12 months

Good Times Protection Plan

12, 24, 36 or 48 months

 

 

KAWASAKI Z1000

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