Kawasaki’s New Z1000
File under Kawasaki
Author: Mike Werner
Location: Normandy, France
Kawasaki have released the specs of their 2010 Z1000 motorcycle, and it's a monster. The 2010 model has got 136 bhp and 81 lbs/ft of torque (up from 72.8 of last year's model). This has been achieved thanks to an increase in engine size, from 953 cc to 1043 cc.
The styling of the motorcycle is very modern and eye-catching.Aluminium frame, large air intake ducts and massive 4-into-2 exhaust pipes.
Some key features:
- High visual impact
- High riding impact
- Completely designed from a clean sheet
- All-new 1043cc engine delivers more power, more torque
- All-new chassis for superb handling
- Pearl Stardust White / Candy Burnt Orange
- Metallic Chestnut Brown
- Metallic Spark Black / Atomic Silver
Engine Type: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four
Displacement: 1043 cc
Bore & Stroke: 77.20 x 50.9 mm
Compression Ratio: 11.8:1
Fuel Injection: DFI with four 38mm Keihin throttle bodies, oval sub-throttles
Ignition: TCBI Digital Advance
Final Drive: X-Ring Chain
Frame Type: Aluminum Backbone
Rake/Trail: 24.5 deg. / 4.1 in.
Front Suspension/Wheel Travel :41 mm inverted cartridge fork with stepless compression and rebound damping, adjustable spring preload / 4.7 in.
Rear Suspension/Wheel Travel: Horizontal monoshock with stepless rebound damping, adjustable spring preload / 5.4 in.
Front Tire Size: 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire Size: 190/50 ZR17
Wheelbase: 56.7 in.
Front Brake Type: Dual 300mm petal-type rotors with radial-mount four-piston calipers
Rear Brake Type: Single 250mm petal-type rotor with single-piston caliper
Fuel Tank Capacity : 4.9 gal.
Seat Height: 32.1 in.
Overall Length: 82.5 in.
Overall Width: 31.7 in.
Overall Height: 42.1 in.
Color: Pearl Stardust White, Metallic Spark Black
Is it me, or does this look like the new V-max? This bike will have to compete with the likes of the Honda CB1000R. As naked bikes go, this one has reached what it should have been in the beginning. It is one motorcycle that I'll be looking at very closely at EICMA next month.