2013 Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition

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The Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition combines a strong engine with an agile steering and modern technologies in a fairly sporty package.

The bike features an aluminium twin-tube frame that was especially developed for high speed riding. This modern frame hosts a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 1,043 cm3, In-line four engine that rewards you with a maximum power of 138 PS at 9,600 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 7,800 rpm.

Besides being strong, the Kawasaki Z1000 is also pretty good looking. You’ll especially like the sharply sloped front cowl, the slim line-beam headlamp and the minimalist tail section.

As far as wheels are concerned the bike rides on a pair of 5-spoke cast units shod in 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) front and 190/50ZR17M/C (73W) rear tyres.

The Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition is offered with a starting price of £ 9,299.

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Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition

An instant design classic, the Z1000 has the brute force to underpin its beauty. Avant garde styling joins Supersport handling, braking and performance in one breathtaking package.


Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition

Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 1,043 cm3 In-line four offers a greater power output and stronger torque than the previous Z1000.

Tank pad

Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition

Top quality carbon look self-adhesive tank protector specially designed for the Z1000 Black Edition

Adjustable instrument panel

Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition

Fully digital instrument panel features an eye-catching orange lens. The instrument panel can be angled to suit rider preference. Riders can choose from three positions with the angle easily changed without tools via an adjuster knob on the left side. Meter functions include digital speedometer, bar-style digital tachometer, odometer, two trip meters, fuel gauge, and clock.

Quad-style muffler

Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition

Quad-style mufflers maintain a key design element from previous models. The shorter silencer design (each 2/3 the volume of the 09MY model) allows the wheel silhouette to be seen.

Fully adjustable front fork

Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition

With the addition of compression damping adjustability, the Z1000’s 41 mm inverted front forks are now fully adjustable. Settings offer both sporty performance and comfort.

Horizontal back-link

Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition

Rear suspension positions the shock unit and linkage above the swingarm. This locates the suspension far enough from the exhaust that operation will not be affected by heat. The new arrangement contributes to mass centralisation. Visible from the outside, the Horizontal Back-link contributes to the cutting edge appearance of the new Z1000. The new rear suspension eliminates the external reservoir tank, however performance is the same or better than that of the 2009 Z1000.


Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition

At the front, the Z1000’s 300 mm petal brake discs are gripped by opposed 4-piston radial-mount calipers. A radial-pump front brake master cylinder also contributes to the superb control and feel offered by the new calipers. The rear brake features a single piston, pin-slide caliper gripping a 250 mm petal disc.

5-spoke cast wheels

Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition

5-spoke cast wheels complement the Z1000’s sharp design. The spokes are machined near the rim edge, adding to the high-quality appearance. The machined cut-outs were purposely designed to point in the reverse direction, a design element also visible on the new engine covers.

Aluminium Twin-tube Frame

Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition

The aluminium twin-tube frame was designed specifically for the 2010 Z1000. Similar in concept to the frame of the Ninja ZX-10R, the frame beams go over engine, allowing a narrow overall construction that is easy to grip with the knees for added control.

Aggressive Styling

Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition

The new Z1000 takes the aggressive styling of its predecessor a step forward. From the sharply sloped front cowl design made possible by the new slim line-beam headlamp, to the minimalist tail section, the new Z1000 presents a very condensed, mass-forward image. This dynamic design is reinforced by the front fork covers and wide shrouds displaying intakes for the new Cool Air system.

Fuel tank

Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition

Dynamic fuel tank design features supersport-style flared edges with a trim shape at the rear which is easy to grip with the knees. With the revised fuel tank design and the slim-type fuel pump, unusable volume inside the tank is minimised.


Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition
Engine typeLiquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement1,043 cm³
Bore x stroke77.0 x 56.0 mm
Compression ratio11.8:1
Valve/Induction systemDOHC, 16 valves
Fuel systemFuel injection: ø38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
LubricationForced lubrication, wet sump
Transmission6-speed, return
Final DriveSealed chain
Primary reduction ratio1.627 (83/51)
Gear ratios: 1st2.600 (39/15)
Gear ratios: 2nd1.950 (39/20)
Gear ratios: 3rd1.600 (24/15)
Gear ratios: 4th1.389 (25/18)
Gear ratios: 5th1.238 (26/21)
Gear ratios: 6th1.136 (25/22)
Final reduction ratio2.800 (42/15)
Clutch Wetmulti-disc, manual
Frame typeAluminium twin-tube
Rake/Trail24.5° / 103 mm
Wheel travel, front120 mm
Wheel travel, rear135 mm
Tyre, front120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear190/50ZR17M/C (73W)
Steering angle, left / right31° / 31°
Suspension, front41 mm inverted fork with stepless compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Suspension, rearHorizontal Back-link, gas-charged, with stepless rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Brakes, frontDual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston
Brakes, rearSingle 250 mm petal disc Single-piston
Dimensions (L x W x H)2,095 mm x 805 mm x 1,085 mm
Wheelbase1,440 mm
Ground Clearance140 mm
Seat height815 mm
Fuel capacity15 litres
Curb Mass218 kg
Maximum power101.5 kW 138 PS / 9,600 rpm
Maximum torque110 Nm 11.2 kgf-m / 7,800 rpm
MSRP£ 9,299

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