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2014 Kawasaki Z1000: First Ride

We ride Kawasaki’s new, futuristic and thoroughly enjoyable Z1000. And after a day in the saddle, we think it’s well priced too, particularly for what it delivers in terms of visual appeal and fun

The big bike segment can broadly be classified into three categories. The first and the most popular, of course, is the cruiser segment. With their raked out fronts, the low seat heights and engine characters that are more relaxed than brutal, these make for lovely machines to go long distance touring on; mostly in a straight line, if I may add.

But, take them into the city or on a winding road, and they can be quite a handful.

Kawasaki Z1000: First Ride Pics!

The new Kawasaki Z1000 streetfighter ridden in India

The Kawasaki Z1000 is a surprisingly easy motorcycle to ride even though it isn’t light. But, the initial throttle response on the bike is a bit snatchy and takes a while getting used to.

The Kawasaki Z1000 looks menacing and very appealing at the same time. The play of lights here truly highlight the bike’s streetfighter design.

The low head lamp positioning, the muscular fuel tank, the relatively low seat height and the stubby tail give Z1000 the stance of a charging bull; even when not in motion.

The Green and silver colour scheme is well employed to highlight the various surface changes on the Z1000. This, the communication colour for the motorcycle, is also the best.

The Kawasaki Z1000 uses a twin head lamp design which is housed is a small but sharply styled front bikini faring. It gives the bike its mean look and it illuminates the road well too.

The Z1000 isn’t a touring machine but it can still hold 17 litres of petrol. Its intricate shape though is achieved by it being a dummy plastic one with the real tank being underneath

The brake setup on the Z1000 includes dual semi floating 310mm petal discs at the front and a single 250mm petal disc at the rear. There is no ABS, even as option of this Kawasaki, however.

The liquid cooled, in-line four cylinder engine on the Z1000 makes 142PS of max power. It displaces 1043cc and has lovely low and mid range performance. The power delivery is quite accessible too.

Kawasaki says the exhaust note on the Z1000 is in line with its aggressive looks. We disagree. Yes, the Z1000 sounds purposeful but it is like any other inline Japanese four cylinder.

The exhausts do look nice and aggressive though.

This is no seat cowl but the seat itself. It’s colour coded with the bike and is well-shaped too. As for comfort, well, it’s anything but. The Z1000 then works best as a single seater.

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In a straight line, the Z1000 feels fantastic. It’s fast and stable and it doesn’t feel at sea even over mildly broken roads. However, ride too fast, and there’s a lot of wind blast to deal with.

The riding position on the Z1000 isn’t superbike aggressive. So, even though the footpegs are rearset, the seat-handlebar distance and the handlebar height make for comfortable seating.

Switchgear falls easily to hand. And the operability of the switches is crisp and well damped. The mirrors might look space-age, but they offer a good view.

The instrumentation on the Z1000 is an all digital affair and it also gets shift lights. Speed and fuel level is easy to read but the tachometer not so much.

The Kawasaki Z1000 uses a 190/50 section rear tyre. But even with this spec, the low end grunt of the bike can get it to spin under you. The front meanwhile is a 120/70 section.

The Kawasaki Z1000 goes around corners with precision and style. It drops into bends fast and easy, and powers out of corners without too much drama. It doesn’t get upset over undulating corners either.

The Kawasaki Z1000 looks as impressive from the rear as it does from the front. The in-your-face styling continues across the motorcycle and we particularly like the design flows front to back.

Like the tyres, the Z1000 cycle parts are right up there with bikes that pack in a lot more horsepower giving this Kawasaki an edge dynamically.The rake at 24.5 degrees is relatively sharp as well.

We like the feedback the Z1000 returns. The tyres, the front-end, the chassis, everything on this Kawasaki communicates with the rider very well giving him the confidence to go fast.

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