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2011 Kawasaki Z1000 - Street Fighter Shootout Photo Gallery

The 2011 Kawasaki Z1000 is one of the best looking streetfighter motorcycles in this test...if you like anime. The Z1000 has the power you crave if you like wheelies and burnouts. 2011 Streetfighter Shootout

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The 2011 Kawasaki Z1000 retails for $10,599.
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Radial mount 4-piston Tokico brakes up front were ideal for the street but gradually faded after use on the track.
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The signature quad exhaust system on the Zed is part of its overall styling which some love or hate.
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2011 Kawasaki Z1000 - Barona Drag Strip
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Ken: "The angular styling looks like it was ripped right from the pages of a Japanese super hero comic."
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The simple dash of the Kawasaki Z1000 is a polarizing piece of an otherwise great looking motorcycle. It is so dainty and weird looking compared to the other bikes in the test that test riders were torn on whether they liked it or not.
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Only the Ducatis were faster than the Z1000 in the quarter-mile.
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Ken: “In the case of the Z1000 it has great power, it’s very smooth and always seems to be right there, no matter what gear you’re in. It isn’t the fastest at the strip but it has some balls, for sure.”
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Despite its smooth drivetrain, the Kawasaki had the heaviest clutch pull of the field.
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2011 Kawasaki Z1000 - Streets of Willow Raceway
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2011 Kawasaki Z1000 - Streets of Willow Raceway
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The versatile Kawasaki features a chassis that can handle spirited track use, but is ideally suited for the street.
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2011 Kawasaki Z1000 - Streets of Willow Raceway
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2011 Kawasaki Z1000
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One of the gripes from testers about the Kawasaki Z1000 was the vibration which came on at high revs.
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Only the Honda’s drivetrain rated higher than the Z1000's six-speed gearbox.
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The Kawasaki's Inline Four offers exhilarating performance. Howerver, it can feel bland at low rpm.
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The Kawasaki Z1000 is powered by a 1043cc Inline Four churning out an impressive 125 ponies at the rear wheel.
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One wheel or two, the Z1000 offers predictable and easy handling.
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With an estimated 33.613 MPG the Z1000 had one of the lowest observed ranges in the group.
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2011 Kawasaki Z1000
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The Kawasaki Z1000 spins the dyno drum up to 125 horsepower and 75.6 lb-ft of torque.