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- Straight forward and to the point. That’s the Kawasaki’s Z800 ABS braking set-up. Although it lacks radial-mount calipers, the system worked well with plenty of power and feel at the lever.
- Just like the Z1000, the 800 uses a neat-looking ‘Z’ themed seat cover.
- Although it weighs 509 pounds, you’d be hard pressed to feel all that weight while riding.
- Planted and composed the Z800’s suspension is more sport-focused than other bikes in its class.
- Power and plenty of it. The Z800’s engine is smooth, peppy and fun to thrash around on.
- Sport-oriented riders will appreciate the Z800’s precise handling and above average road holding.
- The Z800 is proportioned well even for a tall rider. We especially like how narrow it is between the legs.
- The Z800 ABS sports an all-digital dash. It certainly looks cool, but the vertical bar-graph style tachometer can be tricky to decipher.
- Attention to detail. The Z800 has lots of cool styling points, including this Z-themed LED tail light.
- Although a little old in terms of mechanical architecture, the 806cc ZX-9R derived engine performs well with the only gripe being a bit of vibration north of 6000 revs.
- Aggressive and modern - we’re big fans of the Z800’s styling that makes it stand out from the competition.
- 2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS $8399.