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.
2015 Kawasaki Z800
Engine:Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
2015 Kawasaki Z800 Key Features:
The undisputed super middle weight
• Increased Performance Across The RPM Range
• ABS Version Available
• Adjustable Inverted Front Fork
• Digital LCD Instrumentation
• Piggyback Reservoir Rear Shock
• Connected Header Pipes AID Mid-Range Power
2015 Kawasaki Z800 Features and Benefits:
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.
Enhanced braking performance
New opposed, 4-piston calipers gripping larger-diameter 310 mm petal discs deliver formidable stopping power with superb control and feel.
Natural riding position
The relationship between pegs, seat 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.
Piggyback-reservoir-equipped rear shock
The rear shock features an aluminum body wuith a piggyback reservoir for increased cooling performance. KYB rear shock is repositioned 20mm to the left side for better left-right balance.
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.
Buffed header pipes
Elegant curves of the exhaust header pipes and a buffed finish complement the Z800’s fierce street-fighter styling.
The under-cowl adds to the Z800’s street-fighter image and along with the engine shrouds contributes to the aggressive, visceral design.
New taillight design features a “Z” pattern – a nice touch that complements the slim tail section of this latest Z-model.
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.
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 noticeable in the low-mid range, adding a greater everyday usability as well as increased riding exhilaration. Shorter final gearing complements the new engine character and emphasises the Z800’s stronger acceleration.
41 mm inverted fork
41mm KYB Inverted fork contributes to the Z800’s quick, nimble handling, excellent road-holding ability and superb feedback. Optimised for the increased engine and revised frame rigidity the front fork is adjustable for rebound damping and preload.
Highly communicative chassis
While maintaining a highly sporty nature, the Z800’s friendly character makes it an accommodating 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.
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.
Economical Riding Indicator
Using high-precision electronic control for engine management, Kawasaki models can achieve a high level of fuel efficiency. However, fuel consumption is greatly affected by throttle use, gear selection, and other elements under the rider’s control. The Economical Riding Indicator is a function that indicates when current riding conditions are consuming a low amount of fuel. The system continuously monitors fuel consumption, regardless of vehicle speed, engine speed, throttle position and other riding conditions. When fuel consumption is low for a given speed (i.e. fuel efficiency is high), an "ECO" mark appears on the instrument panel’s LCD screen. By riding so that the "ECO" mark remains on, fuel consumption can be reduced. While effective vehicle speed and engine speed may vary by model, paying attention to conditions that cause the "ECO" mark to appear can help riders improve their fuel efficiency – a handy way to increase cruising range. Further, keeping fuel consumption low also helps minimise negative impact on the environment.
Dual Throttle Valves
Late-model sport bikes often use large-bore throttle bodies to generate high levels of power. However, with large diameter throttles, when a rider suddenly opens the throttle, the unrestricted torque response is anything but gentle and often more than the rider can handle. Dual throttle valve technology was designed to tame engine response while contributing to performance. On fuel-injected models, throttle bodies generally have only one throttle valve per cylinder. On models with dual throttle valves, there are two throttle valves per cylinder: in addition to the main valves, which are physically linked to the throttle grip and controlled by the rider, a second set of valves, opened and closed by the ECU, precisely regulates intake airflow to ensure a natural, linear response. With the air passing through the throttle bodies becoming smoother, combustion efficiency in improved and power is increased. Like other Kawasaki engine management technology, Dual Throttle Valves were designed with the philosophy of "following the rider’s intention, while providing natural-feeling support." They are featured on many Kawasaki models.
Sudden over-application of the brakes, or braking on low-grip surfaces (surfaces with a low coefficient of friction) such as wet asphalt or manhole covers may cause a motorcycle’s wheel(s) to lock up and slip. ABS was developed to prevent such incidents. Kawasaki ABS systems are controlled by high precision and highly reliable programming formulated based on thorough testing of numerous riding situations. By ensuring stable braking performance, they offer rider reassurance that contributes to greater riding enjoyment. And to meet the special requirements of certain riders, specialised ABS systems are also available. For example, KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System) is a high-precision brake system designed specifically for supersport models, enabling sport riding to be enjoyed by a wider range of riders. And by linking the front and rear brakes, K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) ABS provides the confidence to enjoy touring on heavyweight models. Kawasaki is continually working on the development of other advanced ABS systems.
|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: ø34 mm x 4 (Mikuni), with dual throttle valves|
|Lubrication||Forced lubrication, wet sump|
|Maximum power||83.0 kW 113 PS / 10,200 rpm|
|Maximum torque||83.0 N•m 8.5 kgf•m / 8,000 rpm|
|Final Drive||Sealed chain|
|Primary reduction ratio||1.714 (84/49)|
|Gear ratios: 1st||2.571 (36/14)|
|Gear ratios: 2nd||1.941 (33/17)|
|Gear ratios: 3rd||1.556 (28/18)|
|Gear ratios: 4th||1.333 (28/21)|
|Gear ratios: 5th||1.200 (24/20)|
|Gear ratios: 6th||1.095 (23/21)|
|Final reduction ratio||3.000 (45/15)|
|Clutch||Wet multi-disc, manual|
|Brakes, front||Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs. Caliper: Dual opposed 4-piston|
|Brakes, rear||Single 250 mm petal disc. Caliper: Single-piston|
|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. Rebound damping: Stepless. Spring preload: Stepless|
|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||31° / 31°|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||2,100 mm x 800 mm x 1,050 mm|
|Ground Clearance||150 mm|
|Fuel capacity||17 litres|
|Seat height||834 mm|
|Curb Mass||229 kg / 231 kg (ABS)|
|Color Options||Candy Flat Blazed Green / Metallic Spark Black, Metallic Spark Black / Flat Ebony, Pearl Stardust White / Flat Raw Greystone|