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2014 Kawasaki Z1000 First Look

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
2014 Kawasaki Z1000 Specs
Engine: 1043cc liquid-cooled Inline-Four; 16-valves
Bore x Stroke: 77.2 x 50.9mm
Compression Ratio: 11.8:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel-injection
Clutch: Wet multi-plate, cable actuation
Transmission: Six-speed, chain final drive
Frame: Aluminum
Front Suspension: Showa BP-SFF inverted fork, three-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 4.7 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Hydraulic shock absorber, two-way adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping; 5.4 in. travel
Front Brakes: 310mm petal-style rotors with radial-mount 4-piston calipers
Rear Brake: 250mm petal-type disc with single-piston caliper
Wheels: Six-spoke cast aluminum 3.5 x 17-inch front and 5.0 x 17-inch rear
Curb Weight: 487 lbs.
Wheelbase: 56.7 in.
Length: 82.5 in.
Rake: 24.5 deg. Trail: 4.1 in.
Seat Height: 32.1 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gal.
MSRP: $11,999
Colors: Golden Blazed Green / Metallic Graphite Gray
Warranty: One year, unlimited mileage
Kawasaki has taken the wraps off its fresh faced Z1000 streetfighter for the 2014 model year at the internationally renowned EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. In addition to the futuristic styling the big Zed gets engine and chassis updates and anti-lock brakes.
The Z1000 retains its punchy, grin-inducing 1043cc water-cooled Inline Four with a few efficiency tweaks. Passageways were created between the cylinders to help reduce engine pumping losses from the crankshaft along with a newly designed intake camshaft designed for a bottom-end power boost. The airbox is also modified to increase the Z1000’s already intoxicating air induction howl. Other drivetrain improvements include shorter final drive gearing (faster acceleration performance) and a taller sixth gear for improved fuel efficiency and a smoother ride at freeway speeds.

The motor is hung inside an aluminum frame that wraps over the engine’s cylinder head which makes it feel narrower when seated at the controls. The frame attaches to a new subframe that was fitted to accommodate the sharper-looking tail section.
A larger diameter aluminum handlebar was also installed along with a new textured seat cover featuring a Z-themed logo design. The capacity of the fuel tank was also increased by a 0.5-gallon to 4.5. Correspondingly curb weight has increased by six pounds to 487.

Front suspension now consists of Showa’s BP-SFF fork. The BP anonym stands for the Big-Piston damping cartridge inside of the right fork leg which controls the compression and rebound damping circuits. While each fork leg contains a coil spring the left leg offers spring preload adjustment allowing the rider to tailor the ride height of the front suspension. The SFF designation implies that the preload and damping adjustment are isolated between each fork leg. Suspension travel remains unaltered at 4.7 in. Out back the Z1000 retains its ZX-10R style horizontally-mounted hydraulic shock absorber with rebound and spring preload adjustment.

A similar set of one-piece monobloc-style calipers from Nissin as used on the 2013 ZX-6R are fitted. The calipers pinch down on a pair of petal-style 310mm cross-drilled rotors. The rear brake is comprised of a 250mm petal rotor that’s clamped by a single-piston caliper. The brakes are actuated independently but now offer ABS.

Other aesthetic improvements include new digital instrumentation, six-spoke aluminum rims, and brushed-finished metal on the twin mufflers. The ’14 Z1000 will cost $11,999—a $1500 dollar increase compared to what it was priced at four years ago.

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MikeyDoubleDEE   July 10, 2014 01:44 PM
So many haters! Who would buy this bike?? I would! And I did! The styling is aggressive and unique! The bike is such a great ride. As far as passenger seating goes, my girlfriend prefers my new '14 over my '08 Z1000. This is a fantastic re-design to battle with the KTM Superduke. The power, sound, suspension, brakes and controls are 100% rider oriented. Couldn't be happier with my purchase. Well done Kawasaki.
BloodyBill   March 11, 2014 08:02 AM
I'm very close to getting one , Having a problem with this and a KTM super moto . As far as money the Moto will be used , this would be new . Soooo what to do !
heavy   December 21, 2013 08:51 AM
Im getting mine next month.
mwf117   November 15, 2013 05:32 AM
What is that sagging boob thing on the front?
Drunkula   November 8, 2013 08:23 AM
Yeah that thing on the front is downright hideous. Too much plastic trim everywhere. At this point in time I'm really eyeballing the FZ-09 as a candidate for my garage.
Brian426v   November 7, 2013 11:54 AM
It looks like something that fell out af a bull's nose...
Rucuss54   November 7, 2013 11:17 AM
Too many geezers out there shouting their preference for old hoary designs, this bike looks aggressive and futuristic. Fit and finish looks amazing.
kz1000st   November 6, 2013 05:56 PM
I'd like to know who the High School dropout is that Kawasaki is using to style their motorcycles. I'd probably get uncomfortable just sitting on the thing on its centerstand. Remember when a normal person could sit behind you on the seat. Now the put a pair of kneeling pads on it to sit on, put the passenger pegs three inches below the saddle and hope you only carry infants or contortionists. I don't care if it travels in hyperspace, it won't see the inside of my garage.
Rg1200   November 6, 2013 05:33 PM
I'll stick with my 74 Z1 and 03 ZRX1200R
RENDELL   November 6, 2013 06:12 AM
I think it looks muscular and athletic. I like it a lot.
neo1piv014   November 6, 2013 06:06 AM
I think Kawi and Yamaha put both their naked bikes into a headlight-mashing machine. It's a real bummer when a bike is replacing something that looked way better than the newer version. At least this means that the good looking Z1000's will be on clearance pretty soon here.
DanPan   November 6, 2013 05:38 AM
Not even close to my MV Brutale 1090
jbutrus   November 6, 2013 03:20 AM
As expected, the Z-1000 is essentially an unfaired Ninja 1000. Neither bike will find many buyers in the United States however. Had Kawasaki mated the ZX-14 engine to the Z-1000 then we would have some real excitement. Price aside, it's hard to see why anyone would want the Z-1000 over the European super-nakeds.
leward18   November 5, 2013 10:33 PM
An acquired taste. I kind of like it.
MotoFreak   November 5, 2013 08:07 PM
Who is gona buy this bike?? Ugliest thing I've ever seen!