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2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS Ride Review

December 30,

The 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 is completely new from nose to

Knock-down, drag-out streetfighters supposed to look good. The ones were sportbikes had been ridden hard and their mangled bodywork into the dumpster and their replaced with an upright Hoses and wires never to see the light of day hung out in the breeze, and used, often mismatched replaced whatever had been You couldn’t go into a dealership and buy a you had to earn it the hard way.

Or, as I did ago, you bought a cobbled-together case from some guy to cut his losses.

The 2014 Kawasaki has stronger brakes, firmer sharper handling and lighter

Like other … streetfighters were especially in Europe, so it’s no surprise the first factory-built versions—the Monster and Triumph Speed introduced there in the early Although the label “streetfighter” be applied to a Kawasaki production until the new millennium, the Japanese had been building … bikes for years—the Z1 all but launched the in the early ’70s.

Three decades later, a of the Z1 was introduced for 2003—the wild-looking Powered by a liquid-cooled, 953cc four adapted from the ZX-9R, it put more than 120 to the rear wheel and had bold, styling. Double-barreled mufflers on sides and a screaming orange job set it apart from the crowd, it was also available in basic for those with less tastes.

The Z1000′s new “sugomi” has less bodywork but a much radical look.

The edgy became more so for 2010 it was updated with sharper more power and a better (read our 2010 Kawasaki road test ). For 2014, the has gone from edgy to with a completely new look Kawasaki says is inspired by . a Japanese word that the intense aura given off by an of greatness.” The sculpted bodywork and profile is meant to resemble a predator, ready to pounce on its prey. More than any motorcycle in recent memory, the new looks like a boundary-pushing bike brought to life.

And judging by the comments on Rider ’s page when we announced the new in early November, the styling is Given my appreciation for the unconventional, as as my soft spot for streetfighters, the new look fascinated me. But once I saw the in person and had a chance to ride it at the press launch in Los Angeles, I was more impressed.

Updates to the 1,043cc in-line four aimed at enhancing power, feel and throttle response.

The shares a basic platform the Ninja 1000, a fully-faired, sportbike also updated for They’re powered by the same 1,043cc, DOHC, 16-valve four. Revised intake boost low-to-midrange torque, and new vents and cylinder-connecting passageways high-rpm performance.

Sound, and throttle response have improved with a new ECU, an cool air intake system, a new air element, equal-length velocity and Digital Timing Advance. away with the exhaust and adding balance tubes to the exhaust headers further to a more intense aural and experience.

Whereas the Ninja 1000 was engine modes and traction to make it a better sport given the Z1000’s more mission statement, it received Instead it has more aggressive and shorter gearing for snappier

Riding at night through 2nd Street tunnel—a location in many films and commercials.

as the Z1000 itself, Kawasaki our first ride at night, dinner and the tech briefing, we buzzed along the same streets that I frequented on my black Suzuki SV650 Beneath the Z1000’s aggressively bodywork is a highly refined with a counterbalanced engine smooth and powerful.

Big twists of the make it growl and bark, but gentle applications of the stick, it along in a civilized manner. One new that stood out immediately our nighttime ride was the dual-element which uses a vertical bar on the LCD display up to 3,000 rpm and then a of bright-white LEDs arrayed along the top from 4,000 rpm up to the rpm redline. Very slick.

All-new digital instrumentation a dual-element tachometer that up LEDs across the top from rpm to redline. (Photo courtesy of

The Z1000 uses the same aluminum frame as before, three rigid engine and a fourth rubber mount enhances chassis rigidity. A steering stem seal steering, and a new lighter, …-cast subframe helps centralize The Z1000’s sporty steering (24.5-degree rake, 4.0-inch and 32.1-inch seat height are but ergonomics are more aggressive, the handlebar positioned lower and forward.

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Although not as committed as sportbikes, the Z1000’s crouched position is great for attacking the but is less so for long stints in the

Chassis improvements include a new SFF-BP (Separate Function Piston) male-slider fork Showa with spring adjustment in the left leg and compression and adjustment in the right leg. with the revised damping and more progressive lever in the horizontal back-link rear the Z1000’s suspension is firmer before but still offers a compliant ride.

New four-piston, radial-mount monobloc calipers with high-friction give the brakes more bite as well as better power and feel at the lever, and ABS is now Lighter 6-spoke cast wheels save 3.3 pounds of weight and wear new, Dunlop Sportmax tires specifically for this bike.

the Z1000 may look mean, an absolute peach on smooth roads.

A night ride on city streets is not the best to evaluate a bike’s performance and but the freshly repaved Angeles Highway is ideal. The next we escaped from L.A. and into the hills, where the stiffer suspension and sharper made easy work of the path through the San Gabriel The wailing engine spun up delivering big power in a predictably fashion and delightfully crisp response.

Effortless gear and fiercely strong brakes out my overall impression that the Z1000 is a muscular, cohesive

Priced at $11,999, the 2014 Z1000 costs a grand than its predecessor, but when you that its engine is smoother and powerful, that its brakes are and ABS is now standard, that its handling and have been improved, and its fuel capacity has increased 4.1 gallons to 4.5), that’s well spent. As for the styling, you be the

2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS

Base Price: $11,999

6-speed, cable-actuated wet clutch

Drive: X-ring chain

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