2013 Kawasaki Z1000 Sport

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When it comes to sport motorcycles, Kawasaki is one of the most appreciated manufacturers. Its products are true work of arts and apart from their modern technologies they also come with futuristic styles that make you fall in love with them at the first sight.

One of the most desirable sport models in Kawasaki’s lineup is the Z1000 Sport. This beauty features an aerodynamic design language that helps it cut though the air with ease and numerous styling cues that underline its agile stance.

Leaving behind the tasty, muscular look, the Kawasaki Z1000 Sport is blessed with a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-foure engine with a displacement of 1,043cc. The engine breaths through a modern exhaust system that features a 4-into-2-pre-chamber-into-2 layout.

The motorcycle’s backbone is an aluminum backbone frame designed specifically for high speeds performances.

Hit the jump for more information on the Kawasaki Z1000 Sport.

Overview

Kawasaki Z1000 Sport

The Z1000 attracts riders with its muscular good looks and then seduces them with its incredible power and charismatic feel. Serious torque, comfortable ergonomics, and a mesmerizing aesthetic make for an unforgettable experience — one that makes it easy to see why Cycle World magazine named it the “Best Standard” motorcycle for two consecutive years.

The satisfaction begins even before you climb aboard. Its distinctive look begins with a front cowl that slopes back radically, highlighting the Z’s aggression. The line-beam headlights are integrated nicely into that angled cowl. Then its shapely fuel tank is flared on the sides for serious knee grip and is slimmer in back for a snug fit. The seat is low and narrow at the front to make ground contact easy, and flows beautifully rearward to end in a futuristically retro LED tail light behind a red lens. The muscular aesthetic will definitely turn heads wherever the Z1000 takes you.

Kawasaki engineers paid special attention to this bike’s heart, for maximum impact: dual overhead cams, sixteen valves, 1,043cc, liquid cooling, a high compression ratio, a long 56mm stroke for instantaneous thrust, Six speeds, and Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®)... It’s all there. The result? This inline-four packs impressive horsepower combined with the sort of flexible, mid-range-heavy power delivery that pastes a silly grin on the face of anyone lucky enough to be aboard. From nearly any rpm, rolling the Z1000’s throttle provides the kind of instant gratification most sportbikes just can’t quite muster, all with a silky smooth, highly intoxicating response.

An aluminum frame, similar in concept to the Ninja® ZX™-10R’s, cradles the engine from above. The design allows a narrow mid-section, which fosters a high degree of rider comfort and feedback in addition to keeping weight low and chassis rigidity high. The engine bolts solidly to the frame in three places, stressed-member-style, and there’s also a rubber mount at the upper rear crankcase area for added vibration damping and torsional rigidity. The main frame and swingarm pivot elements are cast as a single unit, with welds eliminated wherever possible for a more aesthetically pleasing look. And the subframe is a lightweight aluminum die-casting, which is light, smooth and beautiful.

Suspension at both ends is thoroughly modern and wickedly functional: a beefy, fully adjustable 41mm inverted fork up front and a spring preload and rebound damping adjustable Uni-Trak® shock in back that’s mounted nearly horizontally above the swingarm to shield it from exhaust heat and foster an added degree of mass centralization. Wheel control is simply superb, and the substantial feedback sent to the rider makes it easy to know exactly what’s going on at the bike’s contact patches.

There’s more, of course. Check out the Z’s five-spoke wheels, with spokes machined near the rims for a custom look. We carried forward the quad-pipe theme from the last Z1000 (and the first Z-1), but an under-engine pre-chamber lets engineers use shorter mufflers for great looks and better mass centralization. A solid-mount handlebar and aluminum footpegs lifted from the Ninja® ZX-10R contribute to the Z1000’s quality, top-shelf feel. Brakes? Totally modern: Radially mounted calipers, Ninja-spec 300mm petal-type rotors and a radial-pump master cylinder all provide the latest in braking feel and feedback.

Conventional wisdom says many of today’s motorcycles lack soul, or are all too much alike. The Z1000 proves otherwise – and happily.

Key Features

Kawasaki Z1000 Sport
  • 1,043cc inline-four with DFI® produces massive power with an intoxicating howl
  • Lightweight aluminum frame specifically designed for the Z1000
  • Fully adjustable inverted front fork with settings designed for sporty performance
  • Horizontal rear monoshock features stepless rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
  • Radial-mounted four-piston front brake calipers and radial-pump front brake master cylinder combine with 300mm discs to provide superior stopping power
  • Digital instrument panel tilts to accommodate different viewing angles
  • Aggressive styling makes a bold fashion statement

DOHC, 16-valve, 1,043cc Engine

Kawasaki Z1000 Sport
  • Liquid-cooled inline-four offers substantial power at all rpm levels, providing effortless acceleration in almost any situation
  • Bore and stroke dimensions of 77.0 x 56.0mm offer the best possible balance of peak power and low
  • and mid-range flexibility
  • 38mm downdraft throttle bodies allow intake air to travel to the engine in the shortest possible distance
  • Oval sub-throttles help keep the engine slim – a good thing since the throttle bodies are positioned between the rider’s knees
  • Soft rev limiter provides good overrev character; power doesn’t drop off suddenly at high rpm
  • The crankshaft is positioned low in the crankcase assembly to allow a longer stroke without adding engine height
  • A secondary balancer, driven off a gear on the sixth web of the crankshaft, eliminates excess vibration

Cool Air System

Kawasaki Z1000 Sport
  • The intake system routes cool air to the airbox from ducts above the radiator shrouds, minimizing performance loss due to heated intake air
  • Positioning the ducts close to the rider allows the intake sound to be heard – and enjoyed – by the rider
  • A resonator inside the airbox reduces noise at low rpm, and enhances intake sound at high rpm

Exhaust System

Kawasaki Z1000 Sport
  • The exhaust system features a 4-into-2-pre-chamber-into-2 layout. Silencer end caps maintain the quad-style image
  • Main and pre-catalyzers provide cleaner emissions
  • Thanks to the under-engine pre-chamber, silencer volume is reduced, and silencer weight is low. Exhaust system offers excellent mass centralization and contributes to a low center of gravity

Fuel Tank

Kawasaki Z1000 Sport
  • Slim-type fuel pump features an integral fuel gauge
  • Fuel tank design and slim-type fuel pump minimize unused volume inside the tank; fuel capacity is 4.0 gallons

Aluminum Backbone Frame

Kawasaki Z1000 Sport
  • Aluminum backbone frame designed specifically for the Z1000 (and similar in concept to the Ninja® ZX™-10R’s) helps make the bike narrow and easy to grip with the knees for maximum rider comfort and feedback
  • Lightweight and highly rigid, the frame uses the engine as a stressed member for a firm, planted feeling and enhanced stability
  • Frame is tuned to transmit the ideal level of engine feedback directly to the rider
  • The frame’s five-piece construction consists of steering stem, left and right main frames, and two cross pieces. The two main frame components have open C-shaped cross sections
  • As much as possible, welds were eliminated for simplicity and appearance. The frame beams and swingarm brackets are now single die-cast pieces
  • The frame uses four engine mounts; three mounts are rigid, while the upper rear crankcase mount is rubber
  • The rear sub-frame is a three-piece aluminum die-casting construction, which is light, strong and optimizes mass centralization
  • The sub-frame is an example of form and function combined, negating the need for side covers and allowing underseat narrowness for a shorter reach to the ground

Horizontal Rear Monoshock

Kawasaki Z1000 Sport
  • Rear suspension design positions the shock unit and linkage above the swingarm where it’s less exposed to exhaust heat and contributes to mass centralization
  • Visible from the outside, the horizontal monoshock contributes to the Z1000’s aggressive appearance
  • Linkage characteristics are the same as those of a standard Uni-Trak® rear suspension: Wheel movement versus shock stroke is the same ratio
  • The shock features stepless rebound damping and spring preload adjustability

Fully Adjustable Fork

Kawasaki Z1000 Sport
  • The Z1000’s 41mm inverted fork is adjustable for compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload – and is protected from harm by a cool-looking shroud
  • Settings are designed for both sporty performance and excellent comfort

Handlebar, Grips and Footpegs

Kawasaki Z1000 Sport
  • The tubular handlebar is rigid mounted, contributing to sharp, direct handling
  • A wide, flat bend handlebar offers a design similar to those on off-road bikes for excellent control
  • Tapered-type grips, like those used on supersport models, offer a more direct feel
  • Ninja ZX-10R-style footpegs with knurled surfaces offer good grip, direct feel and control, and no-nonsense looks
  • The passenger footpeg brackets incorporate convenient luggage hooks

Brakes

Kawasaki Z1000 Sport
  • The Z1000’s 300mm front petal-style brake discs are gripped by opposed four-piston radial-mount calipers. (Caliper piston size is 4x30 mm)
  • A radial-pump front brake master cylinder contributes to the superb control and feel offered by these high-end calipers
  • The rear brake is a single-piston, pin-slide caliper gripping a 250mm petal-style disc. The caliper is mounted below the swingarm, and located by a torque rod

Instrumentation

Kawasaki Z1000 Sport
  • A distinctive tilting instrument panel with multifunction LCD display behind an orange lens covers all systems.

Specifications

Kawasaki Z1000 Sport
EngineFour-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four
Displacement1,043cc
Bore x Stroke77.0 x 56.0mm
Compression Ratio11.8:1
Fuel SystemDFI® with four 38mm Keihin throttle bodies, oval sub-throttles
IgnitionTCBI with Digital Advance
TransmissionSix-Speed
Final DriveX-Ring Chain
Rake/Trail24.5 deg. / 4.1 in.
Frame TypeAluminum Backbone
Front Tire Size120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire Size190/50 ZR17
Wheelbase56.7 in.
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel41 mm inverted cartridge fork with stepless compression and rebound damping, adjustable spring preload / 4.7 in.
Rear Suspension/Wheel TravelHorizontal monoshock with stepless rebound damping, adjustable spring preload / 5.4 in.
Front brakesDual 300mm petal-type rotors with radial-mount four-piston calipers
Rear brakesSingle 250mm petal-type rotor with single-piston caliper
Fuel Capacity4.0 gal.
Seat Height32.1 in.
Curb Weight481 lbs.
Overall Length82.5 in.
Overall Width31.7 in.
Overall Height42.7 in.
Color(s)Golden Blazed Green/Metallic Spark Black
Warranty12 months
MSRP$10,999*

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