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Naked bikes usually under one of two strains: the nostalgic, traditionalists (Honda CB1100. Bonneville ), and the radically styled (Aprilia Tuono V4R. MV Rivale 800 ), which usually the cryptic “streetfighter” label. squarely into the latter the 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 a dramatic restyling and a laundry of mechanical tweaks for its latest

But is this squat-faced literbike as modern as its new looks suggest?

Kawasaki Z1000 ABS (side)


Back in 2003, Kawasaki’s broke cover as an all-new packing a ZX-9R-based engine, and somewhat of a cult following its then-edgy styling and rose pipes. A refresh in 2007 it with meaner bodywork and upgrades, while another in 2010 added a revised chassis, and styling, which again introduced slightly exhaust cans, this with a gold trumpet

Most visibly, the latest has been slapped with a combination of sharp-edged side panels, a mean, squinty, headlight assembly, and a bulging that resembles an anxious Kawasaki’s marketing department the treatment “Sugomi”—Japanese for “awe We call it “unrepentantly acute.” everyone needs a calling and this one takes the streetfighter to a new level.

Mechanically, the changes are enough to live up to the dramatic alterations. The 1,043 cc inline-four a sharper throttle response and a intake sound thanks to velocity stacks and a new 16-hole resonator, respectively. Reduced and duration intake cams low and midrange output, with the adjustments to ECU calibration.

A shorter final drive further livens acceleration, sixth gear is slightly for more relaxed highway Connecting passageways between the assist high-rpm antics, revised exhaust valve aids power delivery the rev band. The revised powerplant is fed by a 4.5-gallon fuel tank.

Kawasaki Z1000 ABS (rear)

the twin-spar aluminum frame now to a 3-piece …-cast aluminum whose narrower width easier leg reach to pavement. is a new SFF-BP (Separate Function – Big Piston) Showa front spring preload on the left, adjustability on the right. Revised on the preload and rebound-adjustable back-link promise reduced squat and

Brakes have also enhanced with new four-piston, mounted front monoblocs higher friction pads and 310mm petal rotors. New wheels cut over four of unsprung mass, and are now wrapped in Sportmax D214 rubber.

aluminum handlebars create a aggressive riding posture, revised instrumentation packs a speedo along with a tachometer with a traditional LCD bar for lower rpms, and a bright sequence of thin, vertical from 4,000 to the 11,000 rpm

2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS

The Ride

Don’t let its Tokyo-in-2025 cues fool you: the Kawasaki Z1000’s ergonomics are friendly, despite the more reach and bulgier tank. The seat height feels thanks to the bike’s slimmer and grabbing the grips doesn’t too many upper body

The 1,043cc inline-4 fires up a growl, and the clutch requires a touch for its progressive action to up, though the shifter can feel a tad especially in lower gears.

At a 487.3 pounds the Z1000 particularly lightweight, but it roars with smooth, urgent that’s dramatized by a deep whoosh and a soulful exhaust. Pin it to and the twist doesn’t quit; Kawasaki only publishes figures (81.7 lb.-ft. at rpm), our seat of the pants that an equally lusty of horsepower comes into at higher rpms. While the new tachometer’s bright white indicators add a nice sense of to those jaunts above rpm, making it fairly to visually process the engine’s to redline despite the small cluster’s out-of-the-way position.

Spin the mill to around rpm—essentially where you’ll in top gear at 70 mph, and a mild starts to develop at the grips. At speeds, the effect is somewhat by the surprisingly tolerable and turbulence-free (despite the lack of windscreen), and the ergonomics. The thinly padded feels stiff on longer but it’s not unforgiving enough to discomfort on casual commutes.

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