As we returned from Intermot, Kawasaki has sent us the first photos of an unpublished Z 750 that will be displayed at Milan.
SURPRISE! It seemed that Kawasaki had shot all its cartridges (and what cartridges!) to the hall of Colony.
But we had not made the accounts with the vivacity of the House of Akashi that in the last years has decided to rise up with great steps all the ranks of sale.
Therefore you will be also dulled by this Z 750, the second chapter of the naked range from Kawasaki, just introduced in Italy where the market of this motorcycle is most important.
Family feeling: Esthetics more forced than in the past are very close to the one of the newZ 1000. With single, the Z 750 is very dificult to confuse with any other naked, if not with the greater sister.
It does not remain that to wait for the Eicma when we’ll know more.It is sure that the battle for the leadership in the naked segment will be more interesting.
The new Z750 combines serious street riding and with aggressive knife-edged styling. Specially designed for high-performance street riding, this new-age street-fighter offers the perfect balance of engine and chassis performance.
The development aim for the New “Z” Series was “True Street Performance.” And while both the new Z1000 and new Z750 share this quality, their approaches are radically different. “Perfect balance” is the term which best describes the new Z750, delivering crisp, quick-revving power and sharp handling with superb rider feedback. Its avant-garde styling perfectly expresses the performance of this sharp-edged street tool, the only 750 cm³ super naked in its class.
Scalpel sharp handling
A slim and compact chassis gives the Z750 superb manoeuvrability and precise handling in a wide range of riding situations. Chassis highlights include a new 41 mm inverted fork, tuned to cope with demanding sports riding whilst improving ride quality and feel.
The chassis’ stiffness balance has been optimised to give positive feedback across the entire speed range. In addition, an improved relationship between the seat, handlebars and footpeg positions further enhances communication between rider and machine.
Complementing the Z750’s new chassis is a re-tuned power unit. The liquid-cooled, 748 cm3, 16-valve, In-line Four has more instant urge and overtaking power — just what’s needed to excel in today’s urban riding environment. Changes result in a wider mid-range torque curve whilst retaining the high-rpm exhilaration of the previous model. These uprated power characteristics are accentuated by a unique new silencer and twin-outlet end-cap emitting a sensual 4-cylinder exhaust note that is pure Kawasaki, while relocated engine mounts behind the cylinder greatly reduce engine vibration transmitted to the rider.
Offering just the right amount of power in a responsive and sharp-looking package, the new Z750 just may be the best balanced machine of the new model year.
Engine type: Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement: 748 cm3
Bore x stroke: 68.4 x 50.9 mm
Compression ratio: 11.3:1
Valve/Induction system: DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel supply/Carburetor: Fuel injection: ø 32 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
Transmission: 6-speed, return
Frame type: Tubular backbone (with engine sub-frame), high-tensile steel
Suspension, front: 41 mm inverted fork with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Suspension, rear: Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock Stepless 7-way
Tyre, front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear: 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Brakes, front: Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs Dual twin-piston
Brakes, rear: Single 250 mm petal disc Single-piston
Complies to EU emission limit: EURO 3