THE RADICAL SUPER-NAKED
This is first time for Kawasaki to use the reflector-less LED headlamp design. Using LED lamps allows the design to be thin, the shape contributing to the more intense glare of the Z1000’s face.
The bodywork of the Z1000 creates a lean image it compared to its predecessor. The design trims bulk and unnecessary design flourishes to highlight the functionality of the bike’s parts.
Special mirrors have a sharp design that contributes to the aggressive image. Die-cast mirror stays contribute to a less plastic, higher quality feel of the cockpit.
Seating With Style
The Z1000's front seat features a “Z” pattern seat cover material, adding a high-quality touch. Rear seat shape is integrated into that of the front seat.
The Z1000’s compact instrument cluster is mounted directly to the handlebar, which added to design freedom and helped realise the compact headlamp cowl. Its low position creates an unobstructed view of the road ahead.
It is important to note that the Z1000’s direct response and awesome riding exhilaration do not come at the cost of manageability.
Engine tuning focused on the feeling the rider gets when opening the throttle. The strong torque feeling and mid-range hit of the previous model remains, but changes made to the engine and ECU settings result in a more direct throttle response.
Assist & Slipper Clutch
Assist & Slipper Clutch was developed based on feedback from racing activities. The clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a slipper cam), offering two new functions not available on the standard clutch of the previous model.
Lighter and Sportier Operation
When the engine is operating at normal rpm the assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates.
High Torque Engine
Power delivery is quite linear, but the engine spins up noticeably faster from about 7,000 rpm onwards. Silky smooth response at all rpm ensures excellent driveability.
Cool Air System
The Cool Air system routes cool air to the airbox from ducts at the front of the side fairings, minimising performance loss due to heated intake air.
Stylish Quad Outlet Mufflers
Revisions to the main and pre-catalysers contribute to cleaner emissions, ensuring Euro 4 regulations are cleared.
The highly rigid aluminium frame features a high degree of mass centralisation, creating a balance between sharp turning and firm handling.
The exhaust system, horizontal back-link rear suspension and the use of downdraft throttle bodies are the greatest contributors to mass centralisation.
Separate Function Fork - Big Piston (Ssf-bp)
Revised front fork settings deliver suppler action. Aggressive riding feel is maintained, while the significantly improved shock absorption offers increased ride comfort. The settings also contribute to lighter, natural handling.
Abs Front and Rear Brakes
The Z1000 features Tokico monobloc calipers and larger 310 mm front petal discs. Achieving the Z1000 braking characteristics required a redefinition of what Kawasaki’s “ideal” braking for a Super-Naked was to be.