2014 Kawasaki Z 1000
The Kawasaki Z journey began way back in the year 1973 when Kawasaki launched the first Z1 which was powered by a 903cc four-stroke in-line four cylinder engine. Then much later in its 30th anniversary, Kawasaki introduced a radical interpretation of the Z1000, a naked sportbike which turned heads with sharp angles and dual stainless steel exhaust pipes on both sides.
The Kawasaki Z 1000 for the year 2014 was unveiled at the 2013 EICMA motorcycle show which was held in the city of Milan. Recently Kawasaki launched the Z 1000 in our Indian market; but sadly the Kawasaki premium motorcycles are only available in the city of Pune as of now but they are planning to launch new showrooms all over the Country and recently it was also heard that they will be opening their second showroom in New Delhi. As of now it will only be available in India via the expensive CBU route and the booking has already commenced for this motorcycle.
The new Z 1000 comes equipped with many new and exclusive upgrades which has made it one of the most desirable streetfighter available on road today. It is powered by a 1043cc in-line 4-cylinder engine that generates an impressive amount of power and torque. It also has a new exhaust which generates sweet but aggressive roar.
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The Z1000 is perhaps one of the most aggressive looking motorcycles that you will find on the road today, it has a unique aggressive “Sugomi” styling which gives the Z1000 a distinct predatory look.
Look at the new Z 1000 and you will feel like perhaps this came straight from a Transformer movie. Starting with the front headlamp, it looks extremely small but it definitely provides an impressive amount of illumination at night. Kawasaki has used minimal fairing on the motorcycle so the huge liquid-cooled inline-four engine is clearly visible so that one can admire the great piece of art and the effort that has gone in assembling such a massive unit in that compact space. Now coming back to the styling just behind the headlamps one will notice the informative digital instrument cluster which includes a large tachometer and a digital display, the additional LCD functions which includes a unique digital speedometer, odometer, dual trip meter, clock, instant and average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, and low-fuel warning lamps thus it is quite clear that it offers plenty of information about the motorcycle and its conditions and settings. The LCD functions also include an ABS and Economical Riding (ECO) indicators, the compact instrument cluster helps keep the riders field of vision clear from any unwanted obstruction.
Take a clear look at the rest of the motorcycle and you will surely love what you will see, the flowing muscular fuel tank which can hold upto 17 liters of fuel matches perfectly with the overall styling of the motorcycle, it even has the two-tone finish with a premium laser-etched Kawasaki logo on it. The new Z 1000 also has an upgraded Slim-type fuel pump which also features an integral fuel level sensor which now has an enhanced accuracy. The massive fuel tank with its flowing design runs all the way to the rider’s saddle.
Come to the rear of the motorcycle and you will find a sporty finish here, the tail lamps, the wider rear tyres all compliments the aggressive styling of the motorcycle while the stylish exhaust system offers excellent mass centralization and contributes to the low center of gravity.
Overall the compact subframe design matches perfectly with the overall styling of the motorcycle. The new Z 1000 surely looks like a beast ready to prowl on its prey.
The overall dimension has been provided below:
|Wheel base||1435 mm|
Coming to its engine the Z1000 is powered by a four-stroke, 1043cc, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected engine which generates about 140 bhp of maximum power at 10000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 7300 rpm, this engine has been mated to a 6 speed gearbox which lies in the 1 down and 5 up pattern.
The motorcycle has an impressive amount of power from the word go, it has a Bore and stroke dimensions of 77.0 x 56.0mm to offer an ideal balance between peak power and low- and mid-range flexibility. It has been fitted with a 38mm Keihin throttle bodies which sends the air/ fuel mixture directly into the combustion chamber via downdraft intakes which in result generates more power. The Z1000 with so much power never feels out of control and thus the rider can ride this powerful motorcycle without the fear of the motorcycle dominating the rider. The quick acceleration is achieved via a new shorter final-drive gearing, while the taller 6th gear helps in maintaining the highway comfort.
The Digital ignition setup helps in enhancing the low and mid-range power whereas the ECU includes an idle speed control system which helps in the motorcycles easier starting and warm-up.
The Intake ducts are positioned closer to the rider which allows the intake roar to be heard by the rider while riding and enjoy the sound. With all the advanced system and technology on board the Z 1000 is a real fast motorcycle and one can easily reach top speed of over 200 km mark with ease on this motorcycle but the lack of front fairing becomes an issue at high speeds.
RIDE AND HANDLING
Now the ride and handling is an important issue with any powerful motorcycle, one cannot enjoy riding the motorcycle until and unless it is comfortable and has the appropriate riding stance.
The Kawasaki Z 1000 has an Upright “streetfighter” riding position which provides excellent control over the motorcycle for maximum maneuverability and because it has no front fairing the rider can get a commanding view of the road ahead of him. The Aluminum backbone frame which is similar to the ones used in the Ninja ZX-10R makes the motorcycle narrower towards the rear for added comfort of riding. The lightweight frame is rigid and unlike other motorcycle it uses the engine as a stressed member which brings solid handling and rigidity to the motorcycle.
The Kawasaki Z 1000 can easily reach triple digit speed with ease and thus the manufacturer has also fitted the motorcycle with powerful brakes to bring it to a halt, the Z1000 uses 310mm petal discs at its front which provides much better stopping power than the conventional disc brakes and 250mm petal disc brakes at its rear.
It also has been fitted with USD telescopic forks at its front and Linked monoshock, alloy swingarm at its rear. Although this suspension system is bit on the stiffer side, it will be real fun to see how well does this suspension setup handles our Indian road.
The Kawasaki Z 1000 has been priced at Rs 12.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune)
The Z 1000 is overall an impressive package which will definitely attract your attention. This is one motorcycle which will give you some serious adrenalin rush so if you are an adventure junkie and want to explore the unknown territory then look no further this is the one for you.
|Engine||Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four|
|Bore x Stroke||77.0 x 56.0mm|
|Fuel System||DFI® with four 38mm Keihin throttle bodies, oval sub-throttles|
|Ignition||TCBI with digital advance|
|Final Drive||Sealed Chain|
|Rake/Trail||24.5 degrees / 4.0 in|
|Frame Type||Aluminum Backbone|
|Front Tire Size||120/70 ZR17|
|Rear Tire Size||190/50 ZR17|
|Front Suspension / Wheel Travel||41 mm inverted SFF-BP fork with stepless compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability / 4.7 in|
|Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel||Horizontal back-link single shock with adjustable preload and stepless rebound damping / 4.8 in|
|Front brakes||Dual 310mm petal-type discs with radial-mount four-piston monobloc calipers with ABS|
|Rear brakes||Single 250mm petal-type discs with single-piston caliper and ABS|
|Fuel Capacity||4.5 gal|
|Seat Height||32.1 in|
|Curb Weight||487.3 lbs|
|Overall Length||80.5 in|
|Overall Width||31.1 in|
|Overall Height||41.5 in|
|Maximum Torque||81.7 lb-ft @ 7,300 rpm|
|Color(s)||Golden Blazed Green / Metallic Graphite Gray|
“Overall, Kawasaki has a mean package in the Z1000, the big naked bike always feeling so easy-to-ride and inspiring so much rider confidence”—Autocar