One of the newest motorcycles revealed by Kawasaki is the 2013 Z800, a fresh middle-weight contender. Needless to say that the new 2013 Z800 keeps the same personality as its predecessors, but it sports a new engine, a fresh style and modern technologies.
The motorcycle’s center piece is an 806 cm3 liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, in-line four engine that offers increased performance at all RPM. The engine is paired with a six speed transmission and delivers a maximum output of 113 PS at 10,200 rpm and 83.0 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm.
The ride quality is kept in check by a 41 mm inverted fork and a Piggyback-reservoir-equipped rear shock. As far as breaks are concerned, you get front semi-floating 310 mm petal discs and a rear single 250 mm petal disc.
On the UK market, the 2013 Kawasaki Z800 is offered with a starting price of £7499.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Kawasaki Z800.
Kawasaki Z800: New Supernaked middleweight with a knockout punch
Building on Kawasaki’s formidable reputation and dominant sales position in the naked street-fighter segment, the company is proud to announce the new Z800.
Combining an innovative, forward looking styling approach with many engine, chassis and rider friendly upgrades, the new Z800 is set to maintain Kawasaki’s record braking sales position in this ever popular market sector.
Delivering superior power and torque via the new 806cc engine allied to a carefully crafted riding package, the successor to the hugely popular Z750 is being seen as a machine destined to appeal to riders keen to express their individuality with the addition of a variety of factory genuine accessories.
Equally able on long sweeping highways and demanding weekend riding trips as in the intimate urban environment, the Z800 will become an extension of the personality of its owners thanks to avant-garde looks coupled with a variety of clever engineering solutions.
At a time when many manufacturers either compromise or hesitate to launch innovative models, the Z800 stands out as a fresh, new, exciting prospect – a true middleweight contender with a knockout punch.
Following the highly popular Z750, Kawasaki proudly presents the newest model in the Z family. 40 years after the birth of the original Z, the Z800 takes the Z design in an aggressive new direction. While the design of its popular predecessor may be considered somewhat reserved, for the Z800 designers were given free rein to pursue a more vivid expression of the Z brand for the mid-size class. Engineers were equally unconstrained when it came to engine and chassis design. With increased engine displacement and increased chassis performance delivering even greater exhilaration, the Z800 offers an exciting and expressive choice of ride that makes other options seem pale in comparison.
The undisputed super middleweight
The new middle-weight contender with a knock-out punch, the Z800 proudly takes the Z family legend forwards. Forty years after the launch of the Z1, the latest iconic Z machine has the styling, personality and engineering features that Kawasaki super naked machines have become world famous for. With 806cc’s of power, urge and performance, the new Z800 looks set to take on all challengers and deliver a truly knockout punch.
806 cm3 liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-line Four tuned for strong low-mid range torque
With its larger displacement, the Z800 engine offers increased performance at all RPM. the greater performance is especially niticeable in the low-mid range, adding o greater everyday usability as wel increased riding exhilaration. Shorter final gearing complements the new engine character and emphasises the Z800,s stronger accelleration.
Shorter final gearing
Smooth-shifting 6-speed transmission has a gear for every situation, from low-speed city traffic to high-speed highway use. A larger rear sprocket (43T>>45T) emphasises the Z800’s already more powerful acceleration.
Highly communicative chassis
While maintaining a highly sporty nature, the Z800’s friendly character makes it an accomodating mount even for beginners. Increased road holding performance, and hence traction, on all types of road surfaces enables both sporty and friendly riding characteristics. Tubular backbone chassis design with engine sub-frame and new connecting pipe, and revised chassis rigidity offer great feedback to the rider, communicating what the bike is doing in all situations.
41 mm inverted fork
41mm KYB Inverted fork contributes to the Z800’s quick, nimble handling, excellent road-holding ability and superb feedback. Optimized for the increased engine and revised frame rigidity the front fork is adjustable for rembound dumping and preload.
Piggyback-reservoir-equipped rear shock
The rear shock features an aluminum body wuith a piggyback reservoir for ncreased cooling performance. KYB rear shock is repositioned 20mm to the left side for better left-right balance.
Enhanced braking performance
New opposed, 4-piston calipers gripping larger-diameter 310 mm petal discs deliver formidable stopping power with superb control and feel.
Full digital instrumentation
The Z800’s futuristic looking instrument panel features a triple LCD screen which includes a level-meter-style tachometer, fuel gauge, remaining range and the Economical Riding Indicator.
Natural riding position
The relationship between pegs, seata and handlebars was designed to enhance communication between rider and machine, giving the rider a confidence-inspiring feeling of control that perfectly complements its accurate and precise handling qualities. New seat design contributes to increased comfort for rider and passenger.
Buffed header pipes
Elegant curves of the exhaust header pipes and a buffed finish complement the Z800’s fierce street-fighter styling.
Aggressive front cowl
Compact headlamp cowl uses a multi-facet design to create a more aggressive, glaring visage for the Z800. the fierce appearence is one of the key styling elements of the aggressive new design.
New taillight design features a "Z" pattern - a nice touch that complements the slim tail section of this latest Z-model.
The under-cowl adds to the Z800’s street-fighter image and along with the engine shrouds contributes to the aggressive, visceral design.
ABS Models feature a compact and lightweight Nissin motorcycle ABS unit. The unit is located under the rider’s seat, contributing to increased room for storage under the passenger seat.
|UK MSRP Price||£7499|
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four|
|Bore x stroke||71.0 x 50.9 mm|
|Valve/Induction system||DOHC, 16 valves|
|Fuel system||Fuel injection: 34 mm x 4 (Mikuni), with dual throttle valves|
|Lubrication||Forced lubrication, wet sump|
|Final Drive||Sealed chain|
|Clutch||Wet multi-disc, manual|
|Frame type||Tubular backbone (with engine sub-frame), high-tensile steel|
|Wheel travel, front||120 mm|
|Wheel travel, rear||137 mm|
|Tyre, front||120/70ZR17M/C (58W)|
|Tyre, rear||180/55ZR17M/C (73W)|
|Steering angle, left / right||31o / 31o|
|Suspension, front||41 mm inverted fork with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability|
|Suspension, rear||Bottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock with piggyback reservoir and stepless rebound damping and preload adjustability|
|Brakes front||Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs Dual opposed 4-piston|
|Brakes, rear||Single 250 mm petal disc Single-piston|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||2,100 mm x 800 mm x 1,050 mm|
|Ground Clearance||150 mm|
|Seat height||834 mm|
|Fuel capacity||17 litres|
|Curb Mass||229 kg|
|Maximum power||83.0 kW 113 PS / 10,200 rpm|
|Maximum torque||83.0 N*m 8.5 kgf*m / 8,000 rpm|