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2004 Kawasaki Z1000 Photo Gallery

A bike more powerful than a ZX-9R that feels like a big motocross bike. The Z1000 adds up to big fun. But can it be bad to be bad? Check out how this bike did in our 2004 Kawasaki Z1000 Bike Test.

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Simple green pro series = naked Kawasaki streetfighter.
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What would muscle beach be without rad waves, dude? Check out that totally surfable torque curve and the height of that curl up top. It makes for a wild ride.
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Note how the tank slopes near the seat to allow a rider to scoot forward toward that trick-looking handlebar.
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Stay tuned for future installments about our latest project bike. You’ll be seeing a whole lot more than just a new rear tire.
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We’re anxious to try the Z with a 180-series rear tire and figured this was the best way to get rid of the 190 rubber.
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Despite a marshmallow feel at the lever, the ZX-9R-sourced 4-piston caliper brakes get the job done.
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The circular sweep of the LCD tachometer is just as hard to read at a glance as the ZX-6R it was borrowed from.
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ZX-9R alloy wheels are color-matched to the Z1000’s bodywork and then polished at their edges to give a custom look.
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If blazingly green ain’t your thing, the Z1000 is also available in Passion Red for ’04.
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2004 - Kawasaki Z1000 - Yours for $8499.
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The motocross-barred Z1000 will hoists up its front end like a MXer. You’ll want to stay away from the double-jumps, however.
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This clown is still waiting for his call-back from the Star Boyz.
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2004 - Kawasaki Z1000
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The blade-like tailsection and LED taillight stolen from the ZX-6R look appealingly evil.
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Despite its warts, we ended up falling for Kawasaki’s fun streetfighter/naked bike.
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The cylinder finning may be bogus, but there’s nothing fake about Z’s stonkin’ liquid-cooled engine.
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2004 - Kawasaki Z1000