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2014 Kawasaki Z800 Ride Review

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Tested: 2014 Kawasaki

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 8,95,220/-

The Z800 is one of the best middle-weight in the world and looks terrific.

The and craze for speed and performance motorcycles in India is undoubtedly but the options are few in the middle-weight segment. The craze in India is of course for bikes and although the options are here, everything costs Rs. 10 lakhs.

So can we get the best of both A middle-weight bike with a banger? Kawasaki has replied in the with the launch of the Z800, the 4-cylinder motorcycle you can buy in India

This … beast has the goods on paper with specifications and an attractive price a CBU) but does the Kawasaki have the muscle power to our horse power hunger?

Quest: The Kawasaki Z800 was in 2013 as a successor to the Z750, was launched in 2004. The Z750 the ZR-7 and the Z-series lineup back to 1974 when the was launched.

Styling – The Kawasaki has evolved from the Kawasaki the model it replaces. The styling of the old was quite attractive but the new Z800 the design a step further. You disagree with us if we tell you the is the most attractive looking motorcycle in the market (after the of course). This was something was proven when we were on the road as people turned and eyes on the Z800 with want.

But where the Z750 was rather in appearance, the Z800 is outright and aggressive in a very good

First things first, the Z800 is quite a compact but in spite of its smaller dimensions, the looks outright mad. The is so futuristic and the Z800 has no qualms in its muscles for that macho The double triangle shaped takes centre stage and the Z800 that street-fighter unseen in other bikes the same segment.

The raised exposed body bits and Z on the seat reveal the attention to Kaawasaki designers have to make this motorcycle an magnet.

Although compact in the Kawasaki Z800 does massive presence

The in-line quad exhaust pipes one single muffler neatly and is from certain angles. The sided exhaust has twin which gives a unique The chunkiness is most apparent you see the bike charging in your view mirror and once you will appreciate how the tail have two ‘Z’ in them (facing to each other).

In fact the to styling elements is so vivid even the rear view have a unique shape of own (more on them later). The Z800 is definitely one bike makes a strong styling and in spite of it being devoid of we Indians love the most fairing), the street presence is incredible.

Ergonomics – In spite of the form function principle used on the this Kawasaki has a very riding position. The handlebars are and the seating position is upright can be a bit of a bother if you are not used to such a position, you do get used to it after on the saddle but be prepared to face wind blast on your at high speeds.

A pillion on the Z800 isn’t a good even though the rear is reasonably large and the hidden rails are functional but the bike has way too poke for anyone to cope up when you mash the throttle. The shaped mirrors don’t a good view of what’s and more often than you will be getting a glimpse of jacket and not of the road.

Instrument and Switch Gear – Being a quality is splendid and there is to fault with the fit and finish of the which has well put together gear (there is a hazard button too, a feature was missing on the ZX-10R). This comes with a funky instrument cluster, similar to we recently saw debut on the Yamaha No doubt, the console looks a million bucks and has been in three parts.

The centre has the stacked tachometer which super cool to look at, of much use in the real world as the rise quickly and the increment on the console is of 2000 RPM. The part of the console has a temperature clock, odometer, two trip while the right has the speedometer, level indicator, range and eco indicator (no gear indicator is a The digital display is surrounded by lights on either sides neat buttons for the trip

Performance and Gearbox – Thumb the Kawasaki Z800 and all the four-cylinders up with the sort of refinement will leave you in disbelief. The is smooth sounding with no vibrations at idle.

Get going and the thing you would realise is the half clutch system life tough when around city traffic as the deactivates very late in you either revving the motor and other motorists away or and embarrassing yourself silly. But you get the hang of it, riding the Z800 in the isn’t a tough task as the is more than up to the task to at low speeds without heating and the gearing is short.

The 800cc outputs 113 PS of power and 83 Nm of torque gives it stellar performance you open the throttle. For starters, gear is good enough for 144 and that’s largely due to the wider which starts from RPM to 9000 RPM. Redline in at around 12,000 RPM and power is linear but there is a slight on the seat at full pelt the rev limit.

The bike has decent with good mid-range but it’s really the top-end it truly excels. In fact past 5000 RPM, the madness begins and the Z800 to escape velocity speeds such ferocity it can leave you The sound which the engine is truly charismatic and resembles to a jet like other Kawasaki The fuelling is perfect too as most seen on Kawasaki bikes.

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What do you expect from a which just needs gear to whizz past 200

With that kind of on tap, the Kawasaki Z800 is ready to fly and instantly gets for a slight twist of the wrist. The throttle gives it good response but there is a brief lag no and go. 0 to gale force 100 is achieved in 3.5 seconds.

Keep going and you hit a top speed in excess of 230 km/hr. The part about the Kawasaki is that it doesn’t have any of traction control, so no matter the road conditions are, you open full throttle, you get power, not retrained access to all 113 Japanese samurais. In-gear is stupendous too and you don’t have to to make quick overtaking

The 6-speed gearbox is smooth and in sync with the slipper to enable aggressive downshifts.

Dynamics – The Kawasaki Z800 is a bike, tipping the scale at a 229 kgs (its key rival the Triumph Triple weighs only 183 The Z800′s predecessor was a heavy but Kawasaki has increased the weight by 6 kgs. However in spite of the weight, the Japanese giant has to get a good balance of ride and The steering is heavy at low speed but the makes everything easy, as

When it comes to lock to the ratio is immensely low which it cumbersome to ride the Z800 in the and while taking U-turns. The is heavy at parking speeds, so when you want to move specially due to slightly rear weight distribution. Braking is excellent and the sharp initial will catch you off guard at because we don’t expect initial bite from powerful bikes.

The Z800 very quickly and ABS is standard, is much appreciated as globally the is also offered sans High time Kawasaki ABS standard on all its bikes in India.

all that weight does its part when it comes to riding. The Kawasaki Z800 is planted at high speeds and is no flailing in spite of the heavy blast you encounter at speeds in of 150 km/hr. Due to the steering’s design of lock, taking fast is child’s play.

The Pirelli offer tremendous grip and the is quite agile at speed you push it aggressively around the although a bit of an effort is needed at low The suspension is stiffly sprung but quality is supple with the absorbing almost anything in its due to the bottom-link setup at the rear. In the ride quality is simply but the rear suspension isn’t as Kawasaki feels it has got the right which doesn’t need to be by the rider.

The Kawasaki Z800 is the most 4-cylinder engined bike in

Verdict – The Kawasaki Z800 is an appealing package. While is little to fault with Kwacker, the attractive pricing is the pull towards this In typical Kawasaki style, the too excels on almost all fronts and is the most affordable 4-cylinder in the country.

The Kawasaki Z800 has than enough power what you would need on roads and for the most part, it like a bigger KTM Duke but a one is thoroughly more refined, put together, faster, better with stupendous brakes. has proved it once again, street-fighters don’t have to be and the case of the Z800 is so strong the company has already received 12 in just a couple of months and proof the Z800 has hit the right in the Indian market.

The Kawasaki is an excellent stepping stone to the of superbikes. It’s fast and fun enough grunt to munch effortlessly. The best part, after being a CBU, it is priced attractively.

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