2018 - 2019 Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE

2018 - 2019 Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE
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  • Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE
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    2018- 2019
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More Than Just A Z900RS With A Bullet Fairing

Kawasaki looks to maintain the momentum it garnered last year by rolling its popular Z900RS CAFE straight over into MY2019. And, why not? It’s hard to argue with success, and the retro-tastic looks and modern performance make excellent bedfellows, especially with the Seventies-fabulous graphics as the icing on the proverbial cake. The “CAFE” falls at the Southern edge of liter-bike territory, which could potentially be dangerous for a new rider, but it carries all the requisite safety equipment needed to keep the noobs dirty-side down. Today I want to get into the nuts-and-bolts of the thing and see what else Kawi has crammed under the hood of this charming little tribute piece.

Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE.

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2018 - 2019 Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE

2018 - 2019 Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE

More Than Just A Z900RS With A Bullet Fairing

Kawasaki looks to maintain the momentum it garnered last year by rolling its popular Z900RS CAFE straight over into MY2019. And, why not? It’s hard to argue with success, and the retro-tastic looks and modern performance make excellent bedfellows, especially with the Seventies-fabulous graphics as the icing on the proverbial cake. The “CAFE” falls at the Southern edge of liter-bike territory, which could potentially be dangerous for a new rider, but it carries all the requisite safety equipment needed to keep the noobs dirty-side down. Today I want to get into the nuts-and-bolts of the thing and see what else Kawi has crammed under the hood of this charming little tribute piece.

Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE.

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Kawasaki is out with its new 125cc Ninja and Z babies

Kawasaki is out with its new 125cc Ninja and Z babies

Final showcase to happen at the upcoming EICMA show

The Japanese Green Team have officially released images and introductory videos of their new babies of both their sports and naked categories, finally after a couple of years of speculation ever since the 2017 EICMA. It is the Ninja 125 and Z125 that will be revealed at the upcoming EICMA in Milan.

Although we already have the naked Z125 in our markets, it will be replaced with a newer, more advanced update along with its sportier Ninja sibling. While doing so, Kawasaki will finally have a product to cater to the basic A1 license that has so far limited them to the use of mopeds.

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Kawasaki to add a Z125 and a Ninja125 to their 2019 lineup

Kawasaki to add a Z125 and a Ninja125 to their 2019 lineup

To finally cater the A licence millennial riders

For 2019, the Japanese green team is bringing in smaller babies of both their sports and naked categories to our markets finally after a couple of years of speculation ever since the 2017 EICMA. It is the Ninja 125 and Z125 that will be revealed at the upcoming EICMA in Milan.

Although we already have the naked Z125 in our markets, it will be replaced with a newer, more advanced update along with its sportier Ninja sibling. While doing so, Kawasaki will finally have a product to cater to the basic A1 license that has so far limited them to the use of mopeds.

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Kawasaki to introduce the naked Z400 as the 2019 model

Kawasaki to introduce the naked Z400 as the 2019 model

CARB documents brings out confirmation for the same

The Kawasaki Z400 is not a badge you’ll see for the first time on a Kawasaki machine. The Japanese used to make the ‘KZ400/Z400’ between 1974 and 1984 for Asian and American markets. The KZ400 even outsold Honda in the 400 cc twins market through the 1970s. But was culled from the showroom floors after a decade from its launch.

Now though, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) documents published indicate that the 399cc Kawasaki naked motorcycle will be coming back to the US shores after the launch of the full faired Ninja 400 last year and will look much similar to the Z300 it will replace but run on a brand new engine borrowed from the Ninja.

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2017 - 2018 Kawasaki Z 250

2017 - 2018 Kawasaki Z 250

A quarter-liter naked with Sugomi-inspired styling

After making a sweet spot in the hearts of enthusiasts with its Ninja 300, Kawasaki had struck again with its yet another onslaught in the entry-level performance motoring, Z250. It was first launched in 2013 for the Asian markets post which the Japanese Green team gave the Z300 for Australia and Europe.

Designed and engineered on the lines of the bigger Z’s, the Z250 also promises to give the thrills of the Ninja in a more affordable package. After the Ninja 300, we were speculating that Kawasaki might launch its Z300 on our shores, but that seems out of the question at the moment. Nonetheless, we stay optimistic with this Z250 making rounds of eastern roads. It gets Euro IV compliant engine, new color schemes, and the much needed ABS. Good news is never too late.

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2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe

2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe

Bringing back the ethos of the famed Z1 of 1972 with a paintjob that sticks it out from the crowd

Kawasaki had already brought back the ethos of the famed Z1 of 1972 at the Tokyo International Motor Show with the Z900RS retro motorcycle. With almost every brand entering the neo-classic craze, Kawasaki brought one of its own classics back. Although it has the W800, the Z900RS depicts a much more modern take with thoroughly done modish mechanical features, fit and finish.

Now, the same guys have gone ahead and given it a headlamp cowl and dropped bars to get it running on the cafe-racer beeline.

Unwrapped at the 2017 EICMA show, the wardrobe change has made the standard RS the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja Z900RS Cafe. And Kawasaki has decided that we deserve to drive them on our roads and are bringing it to the North American showroom floors as the 2018 model.

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 Kawasaki could have an Endurance model in the Z900RS class

Kawasaki could have an Endurance model in the Z900RS class

OBIBOI gives us this rendering tickling our brains

Drawing inspiration from the brand’s rich heritage, manufacturers are spinning motorcycles that exuberate the classic appeal and character that goes on to showcase their point of arrival into the world of two wheels. With almost every brand entering the neo-classic craze, Kawasaki also brought one of its own classics back, the Z900RS. Although it has the W800, the Z900RS will depict a much more modern take with thoroughly done modish mechanical features, fit and finish.

OBIBOI, our favorite Italian artist has reasons to believe that the Japanese Green Team have another model back in their head that might see the light sometime in the near future. To be called the Z900 RSR Endurance, Oberdan Bezzi sketched a ‘70s replica of the brand’s Endurance feats taking cues from the KR250/500 and the present Z900RS Café.

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Deus Ex Machina has come out with the Mad Max tribute on a Z900RS

Deus Ex Machina has come out with the Mad Max tribute on a Z900RS

Called the ’Goose’, this modern-retro makes you wet yourself

Kawasaki had already brought back the ethos of the famed Z1 of 1972 at the Tokyo International Motor Show with the Z900RS retro motorcycle. The same guys then gave it a headlamp cowl and dropped bars to get it running on the cafe-racer beeline.

When the Z900RS met the fans of the 1979 MadMax original movie, who also happen to be the top custom builders from the land down under, a tribute to Jim ‘Goose’ aka best friend of ‘Max’ was in order. Goose rode on his modded 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 having a huge fairing upfront supplied by the now-defunct Melbourne-based company La Parisienne.

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2018 Kawasaki Z900RS

2018 Kawasaki Z900RS

A Modern Classic Tribute To The Original Z1

The race to grab a slice of the burgeoning Millennial market is heating up, and Kawasaki enters the fray with its sizzlin’ hot, retro-style Z900RS. Built as a tribute of sorts to the legendary Z1 superbike, the new-for-2018 RS packs a punch that does its predecessor justice with 111 horsepower ready to go with a twist of the mechanical throttle control. Suspension components are thoroughly modern as well, and at a glance, it seems Kawi has nailed the balance between nostalgia and nouveau with this ride. Modern performance and classic design are a common marriage nowadays, and Kawi is entering this market against some well-established competition so its success is far from ensured. Today I’m going to take a look at this retro-tastic Z900 variant to see if it really holds up the family name and is a viable competitor in the new millennial/hipster market.

Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Z900RS.

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Kawasaki's top dogs are US bound

Kawasaki’s top dogs are US bound

The Ninja ZX-10R SE, the H2 SX and the Z900RS

The 2017 EICMA gave us a glimpse of what we can expect on our roads the next decade, and it sure looks exciting. Crazy looking concepts and technologically advanced machines filled the floor spaces in Milan, and the Japanese makers stole the show with Yamaha’s three-wheeled Niken and Honda’s tech-powerhouse, the Gold Wing traveler.

Kawasaki was not far behind. The Green Team put up a spectacular show with their gut-wrenching supercharged sports-tourer, the H2 SX, a fancy new superbike with a semi-active electronic suspension, the ZX-10R SE and the retro-classic Z900 RS.

Luckily for us, Kawasaki has decided that we deserve to drive them on our roads and are bringing all of them to the North American showroom floors.

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Images: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - in the details

Images: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe - in the details

High resolution images for your eyes and your wall

Unwrapped at the ongoing EICMA show, Kawasaki had a wardrobe makeover for the Z900RS retro motorcycle to give us the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja Z900RS Cafe.

The Cafe is not much different. Its underpinned by the same mechanicals as the standard RS but gets the obvious headlamp cowl, scalloped lower seat that is ribbed and lowered bars to give it a sportier progress and feel.

And that beautiful looking lairy green and white paintjob, a reminiscent of the KR250/500 of the late ’70s. It compliments the blacked out frame, forks, footpegs wheels and engine to give out a bold appearance. Enough for it to stand out amidst the rest of the Cafe-Racers flooded in the market.

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Kawasaki gives the Z900RS a café racer treatment

Kawasaki gives the Z900RS a café racer treatment

With a paintjob that sticks it out from the crowd

Kawasaki had already brought back the ethos of the famed Z1 of 1972 at the Tokyo International Motor Show with the Z900RS retro motorcycle. Now, the same guys have gone ahead and given it a headlamp cowl and dropped bars to get it running on the cafe-racer beeline.

Unwrapped at the ongoing EICMA show, the wardrobe change has made the standard RS the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja Z900RS Cafe.

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Kawasaki unveils the 2018 Z900RS modern-retro to the world

Kawasaki unveils the 2018 Z900RS modern-retro to the world

Bringing back the ethos of the famed Z1 of 1972

With almost every brand entering the neo-classic craze, Kawasaki is bringing one of its own classics back. Although it has the W800, the Z900RS will depict a much more modern take with thoroughly done modish mechanical features, fit and finish.

Unwrapped at the ongoing Tokyo International Motor Show, this is Kawasaki’s attempt at bringing back the legendary motorcycle which had defined the term “Superbike” back in ’72 with a 903cc four-stroke DOHC inline-four machine.

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2017 - 2018 Kawasaki Z900

2017 - 2018 Kawasaki Z900

This Ain’t No Ordinary First-Gen Naked Bike

Kawasaki steps up its bid to grab a slice of the growing naked-bike market with the Z900 ABS. As demand for the genre increased, so have expectations of performance along with polished looks. Kawi built this ride to replace both the Z800 and Z1000 moving forward into the 2017 model year, so buyers should expect to find plenty of both of those qualities. Aside from the 948 cc engine, what did the factory throw on this all-new bike to make it competitive in a minimalist, sportster/roadster market? How will it compare to the other “Big-Four” naked 750s? Let’s check it out and see.

Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Z900.

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Kawasaki teases us with their modern-retro 2018 Z900RS.

Kawasaki teases us with their modern-retro 2018 Z900RS.

The Z900RS will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show on October 25.

When Kawasaki filed a trademark application for Z900RS more than a year ago, it made us believe the Japanese intentions of bringing back the ethos of the famed Z1 of 1972. The bike that was then known to be called as the Z900 in a few markets and it carried a 903cc four-stroke DOHC inline-four machine that defined the term “Superbike”.

Fast forward to 2017, the Japanse Green brought back the Z900 nameplate with an aggressive naked streetfighter onto the streets that looked unlike anything else. Now though, the same nameplate is getting a suffix for a bike that will echo the character and attitude of the vintage Z1.

It will be called as the Z900RS. Kawasaki’s modern-retro.

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2017 - 2018 Kawasaki Z650 ABS

2017 - 2018 Kawasaki Z650 ABS

Hot New Contender In The Middleweight Streetfighter Market

"Supernaked.” No, it’s not a state of undress or a new movie starring Ron Jeremy. It’s Kawasaki’s description of its the mid-size streetfighter introduced last year, made to compete against rides such as the FZ-07 from Yamaha and Suzuki’s SV650 for a slice of the stripped-down pie. Much of the Z650 is new, but there are also plenty of carryover details that show some continuity of evolution alongside the Ninja lineup, specifically the Ninja 650. To some, the differences may seem a bit subtle, but naked streetfighters draw a different type of buyer than do the fully faired, race-style superbikes, and said subtleties make all the difference in the world to those kinds of buyers. This is an area where Kawi has been conspicuously absent, and the release of this ride signals a move by the factory into previously uncharted waters against established makes and models, so let’s see what all makes the Z650 tick and how it stacks up against the current market.

Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Z650 ABS.

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2014 - 2016 Kawasaki Z1000

2014 - 2016 Kawasaki Z1000

Power Delivery Down Low is Hang-On-To-Your-Hat Awesome.

Much like their fanbase, naked bikes are kind of a breed apart— some more than others. Kawasaki’s Z1000 is just such a bike with an almost cult-like following that has propped up the family since ’03 with their enthusiasm for the streetfighter flavor the Z1000 brings to the table. Minimal bodywork (by the factory’s estimation, anyway) and relaxed ergos come bundled with the 126-pony, 1,043 cc mill. The factory saved both weight and money on the electronic fandanglery by leaving it on the shelf for a rather raw ride that many of us still appreciate. Relatively simple and built for performance, the Z1000 served as Kawasaki’s flagship naked standard until it was replaced by the Z900 for MY17.

Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Z1000.

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2017 - 2018 Kawasaki Z125 PRO

2017 - 2018 Kawasaki Z125 PRO

Experience The Thrill Of Going Fast On A Small Bike

The mini-streetbike market heats up with the new-from-2017 Z125 PRO and the new-for-2018 Z125 PRO SE, obviously meant as a direct competitor for the Honda Grom and KYMCO K-Pipe 125. “Cheap thrills” takes on a whole new meaning — or maybe just a revitalization of the old meaning — when it comes to the Z125 PRO from Kawasaki. Small and relatively fast for the thrills, and good fuel economy and a bargain-basement price for the cheap. Sure, as a fun bike, it has that hands down. It’s also a commuter if you have to navigate congested traffic because it’s small, lightweight and narrow so filtering through traffic is a breeze. As a first bike for someone new to two wheels, this is a completely approachable bike, not intimidating at all and without the electronics that frequently get used as a crutch. On this bike, you learn how to ride.

Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Z125 PRO.

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Kawasaki Announces New Bike Then Makes Us Wait To Touch It

Kawasaki Announces New Bike Then Makes Us Wait To Touch It

Kawasaki apparently has learned a thing or two about how to keep folks in suspense and generate buzz and is exercising that skill at the INTERMOT motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany. Factory representatives showed up with a handful of tweaks and improvements to existing models (which I’ll cover in detail soon), but the big news was the new Z900. So far, we have only a couple of pictures and a promise, and I can tell you it looks nothing like the original.

Continue reading for more information on the Kawasaki Z900.

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Kawasaki Issues Recall For Defective Shock On The Z125 PRO

Kawasaki Issues Recall For Defective Shock On The Z125 PRO

Kawasaki has been forced to issue recall No. MC16-04 on the Z125 PRO to deal with a small number of units that may have a slow leak in a seal on the rear shock. Left unrepaired, the shock can bleed down and cease to function, leaving you with an unsafe riding condition. Information from the NHTSA indicates that only models built between February 4th and June 7th, 2016 are affected, for a relatively-low number of 1,282 bikes.

Continue reading for more recall information.

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2015 Kawasaki Z800 Performance

2015 Kawasaki Z800 Performance

Take a look at the stunning new Z800 Performance Edition. Making a real style statement with Kawasaki genuine accessories, the Performance Edition takes streetfighter attitude to the next level and includes a colour coded pillion seat cover, tank-pad, windscreen and choice of carbon or titanium Akrapovic exhaust muffler.

Continue reading for more information on the Kawasaki Z800 Performance.

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2015 Kawasaki Z800

2015 Kawasaki Z800

The new middle-weight contender with a knock-out punch, the Z800 proudly takes the Z family legend forwards. After more than forty years from 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 Z800 looks set to take on all challengers and deliver a truly knockout punch.

Continue reading for more information on the Kawasaki Z800.

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2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS

2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS

New to the North American market for 2016, Kawasaki releases the newest sibling to the popular Z1000, the Z800 ABS. In 2013, the Z800 replaced the Z750 in Europe as Kawi’s contender in the mid-class streetfighter field. For now at least, the Z800 is available everywhere but California — confound those emission laws in The Golden State! This mid-sized sport bike, powered by an 806 cc engine, brings all the aggressive styling and heritage the Z1000 has, along with high-tech multi-screen instrumentation and ABS. The slim chassis and massive fuel tank give you something to hug between your knees while the “streetfighter” riding position afforded by the flatter bend of the handlebars gives you plenty of leverage on the controls.

Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS.

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Kawasaki Z800 ABS Headed To 49 States In The US, California The Lone Exception

Kawasaki Z800 ABS Headed To 49 States In The US, California The Lone Exception

Since 2012, the Kawasaki Z800 has been a crowd-pleaser in Europe, turning heads like nobody’s business. America was left out of it, but now, the bike is finally headed stateside, or at least to every state in the US except California.

No announcement was made on why the Z800 isn’t going to the Golden State but the most obvious reason behind it probably lies in the strict regulations set by the California Air Resources Board. Whatever the case may be, all 49 states in the US not counting California will finally receive the Z800 ABS.

It’s a glorious day for Kawasaki and fans of the company’s streetfighter line. The Z1000 has been around for quite some time now, but with the Z800 ABS’ arrival, American riders can enjoy a mid-level version of the bike that packs an equal amount of aggressive, albeit stripped-down, styling with powerful performance numbers to boot.

Kawasaki has a lot of high hopes on the Z800 ABS, especially now that it’s headed to a market that enjoys its streetfighter bikes. The Z800 ABS should fit in nicely, too, thanks in
large part to the road paved by its big brother, the Z1000.

The new-to-North America street fighter is expected to retail for $8,399, $3,600 cheaper than the Z1000. That should be enticing enough for American riders who may prefer something a little tamer to go with a more affordable price tag.

It’s still unclear how California can get in on the fun, but I have enough faith in Kawasaki to believe that the company will do what it can to bring the bike to the country’s biggest motorcycle market. It would be a shame if all those riders in Cali end up missing out on the bike.

Continue reading to read more about the Kawasaki Z800 ABS’ arrival in the US.

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Kawasaki teases its new Z1000

Kawasaki teases its new Z1000

Kawasaki has developed a new version of its already impressive Z100 which will certainly attract a lot of discussions. To draw the public’s attention to its new project even more, the Japanese manufacturer has launched a special website (click here) dedicated to its all new Z1000.

This is the first time when Kawasaki makes any official announcement regarding its new motorcycle which is expected to be equipped with a new 998 cc, 200 hp engine that.

On the website is posted a teaser video of the upcoming motorcycle that doesn’t show too many details except for a few elements like the front headlight with quad lamps, the Z1000-signature quad exhaust pipes and wheels.

The new motorcycle will certainly have all it needs to make us fall in love with it and will have the necessary pedigree to compete with models like the Aprilia V4 Tuono, BMW S1000 or the fresh KTM Super Duke 1290 (which will be released in 6 days).

The 2014 Kawasaki Z100 will be fully revealed on 5th of November.

Hit the jump to see the video teaser!

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2013 Kawasaki Z800 e version

2013 Kawasaki Z800 e version

The Kawasaki Z800 follows on the footsteps of the old Z750 that made its debut in 2003. Compared to the previous generation the new Z800 is a totally improved motorcycle that keeps all the advantages of the old model but significantly improves some of its flaws.

For a middle weight super-naked model the Kawasaki Z800 is a surprisingly capable motorcycle that offers an excellent ride quality, a smooth engine and a huge amount of power.

Talking about power, the Kawasaki Z800 e version sports a Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, In-Line Four, 806 cm3 engine that is paired with a six speed transmission. Fire up the engine and you’ll be assaulted by 95 pennies of power and 76 Nm of torque achieved at 8000 rpm.

The motorcycle’s speed is kept in leash by new opposed, 4-piston calipers (ABS version only) that grip large-diameter 310 mm petal discs. The rear wheel is kept in check by a 250 mm petal disc paired with a single-piston.

Hit the jump for more information on the Kawasaki Z800 e version.

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2013 Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition

2013 Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition

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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2013 Kawasaki Z1000 Sport

2013 Kawasaki Z1000 Sport

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.

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2012 Kawasaki Z1000SX City

2012 Kawasaki Z1000SX City

Featuring a sporty but ergonomic design, the Kawasaki Z1000SX City is one of the most practical bikes in its class. The bike comes with a long list of useful storage places which offer a total volume of 39 liters.

Among them there is the high quality alloy topcase bracket accompanied by the shock-absorbing double baseplate. The bike also offers a relatively upright riding position which is comfortable for both short and long trips.

The stopping power is assured by the front, 300 mm petal brake discs gripped by opposed 4-piston radial-mount calipers with a diameter of 30 mm. Radial-pump front brake master cylinder further contributes to the control and feel offered by the calipers.

At the heart of the bike lies the fuel injected, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four, 1.043 cc engine which churns out 138 hp at 9,600 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 7,800 rpm.

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2012 Kawasaki Z1000SX Tourer

2012 Kawasaki Z1000SX Tourer

You like to blend sportiness with practicality? Then you shout take a look at Kawasaki’s Z1000SX Tourer. The bike features a fairly sporty style which is combined with a comfortable saddle and a set of generous storage places.

The Kawasaki Z1000SX Tourer is propelled by a 138 hp Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 1,043 cm3 In-line quaternary engine mated on a six speed transmission.

The ride is kept in check by rear shocks with rebound and preload adjustability and a 41 mm inverted front fork which features stepless compression, rebound damping and spring preload adjustability.

The stopping power is assured by front, 300 mm petal brake discs gripped by opposed 4-piston radial-mount calipers.

The bike also comes with a sporty instrument panel which draws inspiration from the Ninja ZX-6R and features a large analogue tachometer and multi-function LCD screen. Other functions include speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, odometer, clock, dual trip meters, and warning lamps.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Kawasaki Z1000SX Tourer.

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2012 Kawasaki Z1000

2012 Kawasaki Z1000

The grand daddy of the Kawasaki Z line is the Z1000, a thrill ride that produces absurd levels of powerful performance while also boasting of distinctive aesthetic qualities.

It’s no secret why bikers have fallen head-over-heels for the Z1000 because, really, what’s not to like? Its aesthetic details begin with a low-mount front cowl that slopes back in a manner that highlights the Z’s sleek and stylish design. On top of that, the bike also has line-beam headlights that are integrated nicely into that angled cowl. At the back, there’s a shapely fuel tank that’s flared on the sides to let you grab it with your knees and trim at the back for a snug fit. Meanwhile, the bike’s seat is low and narrow at the front, which makes for easy ground contact while also flowing aggressively to the rear, providing a thoroughly athletic shape that has made millions of riders coo in delight.

As for its performance capabilities, the Z1000 is powered by a 1,043cc liquid-cooled, high-compression dual-cam engine that provides a unique riding experience bolstered by instantaneous thrust, unbridled power, and superb handling. The engine’s performance capabilities is impressive in its own right; but when you factor in its handling characteristics, it takes the experience to a whole new level.

The Z1000 boasts of new cutting-edge technology, highlighted by an aluminum frame similar to the ZX-10R, one that curves over the engine, cradling it from above. This allows the engine to be bolted solidly to the frame in three places, stressed-member-style, while a rubber mount at the upper rear crankcase area provides added vibration damping and torsional rigidity.

Every kind of detail you’d want in a high-powered sports bike, the Kawasaki Z1000 has an answer to. It’s no secret why it’s considered an industry leader in every sense of the word.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Z1000 after the jump.

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2011 Kawasaki Z1000

2011 Kawasaki Z1000

It might seem a little presumptuous to heap praise on a bike that was only redesigned a year ago, but in the case of the Kawasaki Z1000, all the early praise seems justified. It’s not the most powerful or the most visually stimulating bike on the market, but the Z1000 touches on all the bases to make it a crowd favorite.

The bike’s rakishly stunning lines and contoured shape makes for an aesthetically pleasant vibe. Performance capabilities are also impressive, thanks to a 1043cc liquid-cooled 16-valve dual cam engine that provides just enough horsepower and torque to keep it from lagging behind the rest of the lot.

The Z1000 is the perfect epitome of a ’happy motorcycle’, one that’s often described as giving customers the feeling that their money spent on the bike was worth every last penny. All that considering the fact that this Kawasaki bike is relatively young by motorcycle standards, making it even more impressive any which way you look at it.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Z1000 after the jump

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2011 Kawasaki Z1000

2011 Kawasaki Z1000

After being totally redesigned last year, the Kawasaki Z1000 enters the 2011 model year with no major updates. The bike features a wide range of new-think moto technology, including an aluminum frame inspired by its Ninja cousins that curves over the engine, cradling it from above. The design allows a narrow mid-section, for a high degree of rider comfort and feedback in addition to keeping weight low and chassis rigidity high. Prices start from $10,599.

TheZ1000 is powered by a 1,043 cc Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four engine mated to a six-speed transmission. Suspension at both ends is thoroughly modern as well: a fully adjustable 41mm inverted fork up front and a spring preload and a rebound damping adjustable horizontal back-link shock is mounted above the swingarm to shield it from exhaust heat and foster an added degree of mass centralization. Both of which soak up almost anything you can throw at it.

Press release after the jump.

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Video: 2011 Kawasaki Z1000 Comes With Nightmares as Standard

Video: 2011 Kawasaki Z1000 Comes With Nightmares as Standard


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Using a little girl as an eerie voiceover for a scary flick is not something new, however, using the same eerie little girl as voiceover for the new Kawasaki Z1000 ad, now that’s new!

You’ve got to give props to the guys behind this ad campaign for thinking out of the box. Who would’ve thought a 1000cc Jap bike, and a child, and some neat sound effects would create such a captivating advert? One thing is for sure – it makes, even us, want to get on one of these and wreak havoc during after dark escapades involving “bending” the law and disturbing the peace. Just looking at it after watching the video awakens the sinister side inside you – and it should. Priced at a reasonable $13 199, you get all the evil you can handle in the form of a 4-cylinder that summons 128BHP from the bowels of hell, belching it through a 4 –into-2 lightweight exhaust. Not-so-dark features include fully adjustable front forks and instrument binnacle and an equally dexterous windscreen. Making sure the nightmare comes to a halt when absolutely necessary are 300mm ventilated discs with 4-pot calipers. Long live the darkness!

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Video: 2011 Kawasaki Z750R

Video: 2011 Kawasaki Z750R

Kawasaki has unveiled the first official video for the new Z750R superbike. The new motorcycle is powered by a 748cc engine that delivers 106 HP. It comes with new brakes and exhaust system, an improved chassis with fully adjustable front forks, revised rear shock on a new aluminum swing arm, radial front brakes with braded lines and ABS as an option.

It will be offered in two limited edition colors: Candy Lime Green and Flat Ebony. If you want to see it in all its glory, you will have a chance at the 2010 EICMA show in Milan.

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2011 Kawasaki Z750R

2011 Kawasaki Z750R

A hit all over Europe and across the UK, the Z750 will be joined in the Kawasaki Street-fighter stable for 2011 by the new Z750R - set to get its UK public debut at the Carole Nash Motorcycle Live event at the NEC in November.

Entering the exciting “R” arena, the latest super naked from Kawasaki adds a new level of handling and braking sophistication to the class and is sure to win favour with the growing customer base for versatile, mid-weight machines that handle and stop as well as they look.

With new 41mm highly adjustable front forks, matched by a stunning aluminium swinging arm and remote reservoir piggy-back rear shock, the handling package represented by the new Z750R will reward riders looking for true Supersport handling from a naked motorcycle.

The ante has also been upped in the braking department with beefy radial mounted front callipers gripping race inspired petal discs matched to an equally performance oriented radial mount brake reservoir.

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2010 Kawasaki Z1000 by Roaring Toyz

2010 Kawasaki Z1000 by Roaring Toyz

The 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 is already one of the best Japanese nakeds around, but ways to make it better are always found either by riders individually or by tuners. These lasts have the habit of developing entire upgrade kits that set the bike miles away from its original state of new product that has just come out the factory gates.

Take the 2010 Roaring Toyz Kawasaki Z1000 case for example. The bike gets a set of Performance Machine wheels (17-inch front, 18-inch rear), 240-section rear tire, a custom-built braced swingarm and Brocks 4-2-1 exhaust, just to mention some of its most impressive new features.

The gold/silver paintjob does help at setting the bike apart from its standard siblings, but what we like the most about this project is the fact that it looks like that’s just the way Kawi did it in the first place. This is really one of those bikes that people see and ask “what is stock and what is aftermarket about it?” Click past the break to find out.

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2010 Kawasaki Z1000

2010 Kawasaki Z1000

Last year Kawasaki launched their all-new 2010 Z1000 super naked and while the opinions of fans vary from “aggressive and powerful” to “it could have shown better build quality”, nobody will ever call this motorcycle dulling. Kawasaki claims this is their stripped-down Ninja ZX-10R and while that’s an ostentatious way of putting things, we’ll talk about its most important features and much more after the break.

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Kawasaki Z 750 B by WrenchMonkees makes rust fashionable

Kawasaki Z 750 B by WrenchMonkees makes rust fashionable

Unique ideas keep custom motorcycle builders such as Copenhagen-based Wrenchmokees apart from the crowd and while the company has tricked out Kawasakis Z 750 B before, they haven’t done a better job than this one right here. And the best part about it is that they only needed to put their signature on that rusted fuel tank and initiate a new approach towards corrosion, somehow make it fashionable.

It may sound crazy, especially because this is not a rat bike, but we cannot say it is ugly. The WM customization process mainly consists in rebuilding a bike’s old engine, painting it in heat resistant paint, changing the exhaust and bringing in performance air filters, while the chassis is modified for a sportier look and different parts made in-house are added.

Kawasaki Z 750 B by WrenchMonkees

The bike gets all that, but the one and only part that caught our attention is that rusted gas tank. For instance, they also offer a candy metal flake version, which we cannot like as much. Oh, by the way, rusted parts make any motorcycle a “work in progress,” so let’s hope the owner will still have a tank to put gas in after several years.

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Kawasaki Z1000 and Z1100R, two modern classics in action

Kawasaki Z1000 and Z1100R, two modern classics in action

We just came across a cool video showing these Lawson style Kawasaki Z1000 and Z1100R being ridden to their limits back in home country Japan. The two modern classic motorcycles are going strong and the professional riders have no mercy, leaving people wondering if this is actually a vintage video or a very well made new one paying a tribute to yesterday’s great bikes.

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Kawasaki Z1000 A café racer by WrenchMonkees

Kawasaki Z1000 A café racer by WrenchMonkees

Copenhagen-based custom motorcycle builder WrenchMonkees brings Japanese power to the world of café racers with their Monkee number 2. Although it started life as a Kawasaki Z1000 A, there’s little left of the original bike, not even the engine. This was replaced with that of a Z1000 J model, which was upgraded to around 110-115 hp by fitting a 1075cc Wiseco piston kit.

The café racer image was achieved with the use of a Norton fuel tank and a Ducati Monster headlight while the rest of the body parts, but also the mufflers, LED rear light and even the custom paint wear the WM fingerprint.

We can’t help but think about the uncomfortable riding position, read the specs again and appreciate the fact that it has a big engine as well as a retro look until finally reaching to the conclusion that this may very well be something that our favorite Hollywood star would ride to the studios everyday.

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Kawasaki Z1000 A by WrenchMonkees

Kawasaki Z1000 A by WrenchMonkees

WrenchMonkees clearly has a passion for bringing old classic roadsters back to a new kind of glory by using a few tricks that they have in their sleeves. For instance, this Kawasaki Z1000 A now benefits of 105 hp as a result of installing a 1075cc Wiseco piston kit to the original motor, which is now fed by Z1000 J carburetors and filters air using K&N pieces.

The Copenhagen-based custom builder has the tendency to turn every bike into a café racer and this one looks, sounds and we reckon it performs as one too. Most likely, the sports bike front suspension and custom rear shocks also bring a major contribution to what looks to be a very angry piece of machinery.

Stylistically, the WM fingerprint is left by the all-new tail and seat as well as by the custom paintjob. Ride this bike like you stole it and people will believe you actually did simply because they would have probably done the same thing if they were you.

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2010 Kawasaki Z1000 presentation

2010 Kawasaki Z1000 presentation

Although it was announced just yesterday – when we published the official pics and gone through some of its details – we can already say the new 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 is the kind of bike you either love or have, but you definitely don’t consider negligible amount. Making sure that it goes directly to your heart is this official video, the easiest way to present the only truly new Kawasaki street bike among the four announced so far. Check it out.

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The other Kawasaki Z 750 B by WrenchMonkees

The other Kawasaki Z 750 B by WrenchMonkees

It seems the Kawasaki Z 750 B is a great bike to work on for Copenhagen-based custom builder WrenchMonkees as this is not the first time we write about their creations based on this particular Japanese bike. In this case, they choose bobber-like wheels as a first step in turning classic into custom while the unique rear frame and seat leave the unmistakable WM signature.

The original engine was kept, but it is now restored and covered in black heat resistant paint. It develops approximately 50 hp and breaths through K&N filters and WM megatron mufflers, this time not covered in exhaust heat wrap.

Clearly, style beats performance on this custom motorcycle and the final touch is given by the in-house rear fender and clean custom paint. Those small head and tail lights are supposed to make the wheels look even fatter and the thing is that this is one of those bikes that you rediscover each and every time you look at it. Specs are attached after the break.

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Kawasaki announces four 2010 street bikes

Kawasaki announces four 2010 street bikes

Kawasaki starts the week at full throttle and releases the first photos and info regarding four of their 2010 street models, the Ninja ZX-10R, Z1000, Concours 14 and Versys. We have come to find that they are a bit retained with the upgrades, something that defines their strategy in the uncertain times that we’re traversing.

2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

The best example in this concern is definitely the new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, which gets the looks of its middleweight brother, the ZX-6R, and an 18-position Ohlins steering damper. I believe it’s in vain mentioning how much more we were expecting considering the competition in this class, but in the end 200bhp is nothing to laugh at.

2010 Kawasaki Z1000

At least Kawasaki doesn’t break the “all-new 2010 Z1000” promise and the new bike will be powered by a 1,043cc inline-four engine developing 136bhp and 81lb/ft of torque. The frame is now made of aluminum while the suspension and brakes are new as well and the thing has a dry weight of 436.9lbs (198.2kg). The 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 also looks new, but that doesn’t necessarily mean better. It should make a statement against motorcycles such as the Ducati Streetfighter and MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR, but definitely not at a first glance.

2010 Kawasaki Concours 14

The 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 gets traction control and a fuel economy mode as well as anti-lock brakes and a much more appealing design.

At the bottom of our list is the new Kawasaki Versys, which gets a new strange headlight and what we dare calling a facelift. Powered by the same 62bhp 649cc parallel-twin, this versatile middleweight motorcycle

2010 Kawasaki Versys

should now be an even sweeter ride thanks to the new footpegs with rubber inserts, clearly a nice touch claimed to reduce vibrations.

Expect to read more about each model on this page in the next couple of days.

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Kawasaki Z 1000 J by WrenchMonkees

Kawasaki Z 1000 J by WrenchMonkees

Turning a 1980s Kawasaki Z 1000 J into a café racer doesn’t sound like the easiest task for custom bike builders and while you’ll normally get only visual changes, in this case we’re talking about a whole different bike. Forget about the classic roadster look of the Kawi Z 1000 J, which came as a response to Honda’s CB900, and let yourself be introduced to this low, aggressive and most likely pretty uncomfortable ride signed by WrenchMonkees.

First and foremost, the original 998cc air-cooled, four-stroke, transverse four-cylinder, DOHC with two valves per cylinder engine now displaces 1170cc thanks to a Wiseco piston kit, which raises the standard engine’s 102 hp to an impressive 140 hp. So that’s what the aggressive looks and Brembo brakes are there to cope with.

No doubt about it, this is a ride meant to stand out. It rolls on 17-inch Excel wheels, features custom paint and a whole bunch of WM components among which the fairing, aluminum tank, seat and tailunit are the most important. For more details, read the specs after the break.

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Kawasaki Z 750 B by WrenchMonkees

Kawasaki Z 750 B by WrenchMonkees

The WrenchMonkees team gave a unique touch to this late 1970s Kawasaki Z 750 B not just by rebuilding the engine and adding their very own megatron mufflers, but by turning classic into custom using what we begin to consider the WM routine. This implies a new rearframe and fender which help at giving each of their bikes a unique look, while the aluminum battery box helps at meeting the customer’s requirements.

Good looks are part of just a point met on the Copenhagen-based builder’s check list. Because comfort is another one, this bike gets WM seat, footpegs and also handlebar and grips. The riding position looks quite natural and the bike is overall exclusive in its simplicity. You won’t find any wires hanging on for dear life on their way to the WM headlight and taillight and we have to appreciate that, just as we cannot complain about the WM heat resistant custom paint. This, together with the 19-inch cast alloy wheels, makes a Kawasaki Z750 B look like something that Brad Pitt would ride.

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2010 Kawasaki Z1000 rendering

2010 Kawasaki Z1000 rendering

According to MotoRevue, Kawasaki plans to revamp their Z 1000 streetfighter, which will be soon presented.

The bike is supposed to be powered by the latest ZX-10R engine, replacing the one developed from the much older ZX-9R. The extra horsepower and torque sure has to be celebrated with a radical, even sharper design and this rendering by Jérôme Vannesson shows just how the next generation model might look. We can only hope it will do so.

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Kawasaki Z750 Redluxe by Ad Koncept

Kawasaki Z750 Redluxe by Ad Koncept

This is the Kawasaki Z750 Redluxe, the latest creation of the French company Ad Koncept which specializes in motorcycle tuning. The Z750 was the best selling 2008 bike in France and also the subject of many transformations by tuning companies.

The Ad Koncept portofolio alone features three different Z750 models, but the Redluxe streetfighter is by far the greatest yet. This features a unique look and comes with an impressive list of aftermarket components: Rizoma signal lights, mirrors, handlebars and grab rails, Kawasaki ZX-6R brake components and forks, Motax carbon side covers, monopost top, rear fender and radiator grill as well as SC Project carbon exhaust silencer and bugspoiler.

In the characteristic style, the French have gone for an attractive two-tone paintjob – Red with Black in this case – and the price isn’t that scary either. The Redluxe starts at 10.809 € which translates in $13,723.

For more information (if you’re good with French) go to the Ad Koncept website.

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Kawasaki goes ECO2Logic

Kawasaki goes ECO2Logic

Kawasaki stands for green, just like Yamaha does for blue, Honda for red and Suzuki mostly for yellow, but that isn’t enough for Mother Nature and the stricter CO2 emission norms in Europe are showing Kawasaki the way to green engines as well. So Kawasaki developed what they like to call their ‘ECO2Logic’ technology and which is destined to those less than 100bhp bikes. Supposedly, the fuel-injection and exhaust systems will be tricked out in order to minimize emissions. The 2009 Kawasaki Z750 is the first bike in Kawasaki Europe’s lineup to turn greener.

The new technology blends perfectly in with the Kawasaki brand and if it turns out to be as effective as Kawasaki people expect, bigger and more powerful models will be fitted with it. Will the Z1000 be the leading figure then? We shall wait and see.

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Kawasaki Z 750 Commercial

Kawasaki Z 750 Commercial

One of the most beloved naked bikes out there can now reflect its capabilities throughout this new video. Even though the Kawasaki Z 750 is a veritable roadster, many of you surely love it because of its stunt-loving character (I know I certainly do!).

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2008 Kawasaki Z1000

2008 Kawasaki Z1000

Kawasaki updated the ante in the naked bike arena with the entrance of the Z1000. Beyond its muscular torque delivery and radical styling, the Z1000 dishes out a visceral riding experience. This purpose-built Kawasaki is equally at home in the garages of both practical motorcyclists - simply seeking a smile-producing weekend ride and owners desiring a bike that doesn’t fit the norm.

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Exan exhaust for Kawasaki Z 750

Exan exhaust for Kawasaki Z 750

Exan proposes for the 2007 Kawasaki Z 750, the complete series of a line called "Carbon Cap". The noises suppressors with final bottom in carbon have a very aggressive look which improves the general appearance of the bike.

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Rizoma Kit for Kawasaki Z1000

Rizoma Kit for Kawasaki Z1000

Kawasaki Z1000 is expected to receive a stylish Rizoma Kit in November, at Milan.

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2007 Kawasaki Z 750

2007 Kawasaki Z 750

As we returned from Intermot, Kawasaki has sent us the first photos of an unpublished Z 750 that will be displayed at Milan.

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2007 Kawasaki Z1000

2007 Kawasaki Z1000

Kawasaki engineers have literally upped the ante in the naked bike arena with the introduction of the newly-redesigned 2007 Z1000. Offering both increased performance and the styling to complement the visceral riding enjoyment it provides, this purpose-built Kawasaki is sure to find a home in the garages of both practical motorcyclists-and those simply seeking a smile-producing weekend ride.

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2006 Kawasaki Z750S

2006 Kawasaki Z750S

The Z750 has the power and poise to take you anywhere you want to go. Now this package has been enhanced with the introduction of the half cowl Z750S, a machine for you and your passenger to expand your horizons on.

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2006 Kawasaki Z1000

2006 Kawasaki Z1000

Z1000 stands for Kawasaki and its heritage. Echoing the style of the past in a future sense, the stunning Z1000 has already received an international design award and for good reason.

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