EICMA: Kawasaki Z1000 details

The Z1000 is back, with new looks.
Here's the new Z1000, in orange.
Here’s the new Z1000, in orange.

We told you the new Kawasaki Z1000 was going to be unveiled at EICMA. Now, we’ve learned a few more details about the machine since its introduction in Milan.

The new bike has Big Piston forks and new brakes, too.
The new bike has Big Piston forks and new brakes, too.

The motorcycle looks much different than its predecessor – that headlight is going to attract a lot of attention if you ride this thing to Comic-Con. Supposedly, the frame is the same as the previous model, but we’re hearing different reports on the motor. Some reports have it as the same old 136 hp mill, some reports say it’s a new 140 hp motor, based on the new Ninja 1000.

There are other updates besides the bodywork, though; the new Zed has Showa Big Piston forks up front, radial-mounted monobloc brake calipers, and changes to fuelling for crisper throttle response. Kawasaki also claims it sounds better and that they improved the ergos, but those will be subjective calls.

Kawasaki unveiled their J300 scooter, but that’s not coming to Canada. The new Z1000 will appear on our shores next year, though, at a price of $13,499 for the Z1000 ABS SE (available in green or grey), or $13,299 for the basic version (also with ABS) available in orange or black.


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