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Sculpted bodywork brings the aggressive and unique sugomi inspired Z design to the next level, stripping off all unnecessary flourishes to boldly highlight brutal functionality. Enhancing the riding impact, the new engine and chassis settings deliver a stiffer, more direct ride transforming the Z1000 into the market’s most radical Supernaked.

Aggressive and with a mission to fight for supremacy in the competitive Supernaked class, the new 2014 Z1000 from Kawasaki is forthright, uncompromising and, above all, distinctive. Distilling the Z concept further still, this is Kawasaki Sugomi design at its purest.

Put simply the Sugomi philosophy – which was first used to great effect on the Z800 and Z800 e version – encompasses every aspect of the styling and engineering approach. Using such evocative terms as awesome, imposing, exuding presence and awe inspiring for inspiration, it is a distillation of all of these, carefully combined to create the ultimate Z.

Put simply, the Sugomi approach is conceived to be experienced by the rider in terms of the whole Z1000 riding experience both visually and in respect of engine character and chassis response.

Stripped down, naked and with almost primeval intent, the latest litre class Z expresses this Sugomi design philosophy with a feline character underlining the intimidating presence that has come to define the successful Kawasaki Z line. With dynamic, functional looks, the new Z1000 reveals further seductive upgrades with game-changing lines and inspired detailing.

Highly effective, fingertip controllable Tokico monobloc calipers are one of the most obvious additions to the impressive Z. Radially mounted and matched to a radial pump master cylinder, these calipers not only look impressive, they also mate with the characteristic Kawasaki petal rotors to deliver perhaps the best braking response and feel in the Supernaked sector.

New Big Piston, Separate Function Forks are tuned for plush feeling and an ability to cope with aggressive sport riding as well as relaxed city cruising. With damping and pre-load adjustment, these forks underline the quality of the fearsome front end; a front end characterised by the stunning plunging headlamp cowl with its narrow aspect ultra-bright LED headlamps. Used for the first time on a Kawasaki motorcycle, the LED lamps are compact low energy, long-life units employing the inner two bulbs for low beam and all four units for high beam.

Taking Z power to the next level, the latest incarnation of the Z1000 features an uprated engine with more power, more torque and, fittingly, even greater instant throttle response than ever.

Not only is there more power and urge, but now the way it is delivered is even more stimulating. With revised ECU settings and camshaft timing plus oval connecters between the header pipes and numerous other revisions such as connected cylinders for less pumping loss, the Z1000 now has extra low down urge but not at the expense of its characteristic screaming top end power rush.

Incorporating changes to the airbox and a new airbox resonator, the sensation of speed is underlined by a carefully crafted intoxicating intake howl adding to riding exhilaration.

The feline stance of the Z1000 entices you to climb aboard and experience a forward-inclined riding position with large tube aluminium handlebars, stylish wide mirrors and an upgraded LCD meter arrangement totally in-keeping with the focussed personality of this premier Japanese Supernaked machine.

Evoking the iconic Z 1, the latest Zed proudly displays a four exit exhaust system abruptly styled to accentuate the uncompromising attitude of the rear quarters of this muscular motorcycle. With open space above the large section rear tyre and its angular rear seat accentuated by the characterful LED tail light, the 2014 Z1000 and its Sugomi design philosophy are poised, potent and primeval – ready to answer The Call of the Wild.

For Kawasaki Motors Europe, the latest Z1000 is a significant step in terms of design and brand equity according to Managing Director, Yasushi Kawakami.

“Kawasaki is a major player in the Supernaked category and machines such as the Z750 have been European best-sellers in previous seasons. We believe that, with its unique Sugomi design approach, the latest Z1000 will appeal to the growing number of riders who feel an affinity this type of machine as well as acting as a visual benchmark, reflecting much of what makes the Kawasaki brand so distinctive and appealing”.


Cool Air system

With the airbox nestled between the frame beams, intake air can be affected by engine heat.
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. This should not be confused with Ram Air, where force-fed air becomes pressurised in the airbox.

Separate Function Fork – Big Piston (SFF-BP)

The more direct handling of the new Z1000 can be largely attributed to its new suspension. The new SFF-BP achieves both comfort and sport potential ideal for street riding.
potential ideal for street riding.
Combining the concepts of Showa SFF and BPF, the new fork features springs on both sides, with preload adjustability in the left tube and damping duties in the right tube.

Intoxicating Intake Howl

Designed specifically so that acceleration could be enjoyed aurally as well as physically, the carefully crafted auditory note of the intake is a key component of the street riding exhilaration offered by the Z1000.

Radial-mount monobloc calipers

High-performance brake package includes triple petal discs, radial-mount monobloc calipers and radial-pump front brake master cylinder. The new monobloc calipers and new brake pad material contribute to a stronger initial bite, superb brake feeling and formidable stopping power. Models with ABS also available.

1,043 cm3 liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-line Four

Powerful engine pulls strongly from all rpm and does not let up before the redline. Adding to rider exhilaration, the engine delivers superb response, a strong mid-range hit and an intoxicating intake howl. More direct response thanks to new engine settings and shorter gearing adds to the Z1000’s sporty street riding potential.

Aluminium fat bar

Ideally suited to the Supernaked character, the wide-set fat bar facilitates rider control.The wide aluminium fat bar features a brushed finish and a black alumite1 coating.

Aluminium twin-tube frame

The highly rigid aluminium frame features a high degree of mass centralisation, creating a balance between sharp turning and firm handling.
Lightweight and highly rigid, the frame uses the engine as a stressed member. The frame offers a firm, planted feeling, good stability and light, nimble turning.
The frame is a 5-piece cast aluminium construction, consisting of steering stem, left and right main frames, and two cross pieces. The two main frame components have open C-shaped cross sections and were die-cast to ensure a smooth surface finish

Larger-volume fuel tank

New fuel tank design increases fuel capacity to 17 litres, offering a greater touring range.

LED headlamp

The thin, compact headlamp cowl was positioned as low as possible, extending the line that starts from the top of the tank.
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 new Z1000’s face, and the reflector-less design further enhances its predatory appearance.
There are four long-life, low-energy LED bulbs: two low-beam (centre), two high-beam (outside). All four bulbs light up when the high-beams are on. A separate LED position lamp is located on the meter cover


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. The futuristic design of the LED tachometer and LCD screen reflects the sport potential of the new Z.

Mass Centralisation

The exhaust system (with large pre-chamber and short silencers), Horizontal Back-link rear suspension and the use of downdraft throttle bodies are the greatest contributors to mass centralisation. The Horizontal Back-link rear suspension arrangement frees up space taken up by the Uni-Trak suspension lower linkage, enabling a larger pre-chamber, which in turn allows the use of shorter mufflers and contributes to mass centralisation.
The lightweight aluminium rear frame also contributes.
The result is light, sharp handling.

Die-cast Mirrors

New mirrors have a sharper design that contributes to the aggressive image. Die-cast mirror stays contribute to a less plastic, higher quality feel of the cockpit.

Idealised Riding Position

An idealised riding position sees the front lowered and the rear raised, creating a more aggressive posture. The more aggressive position matches the bike’s more direct throttle response and handling, putting riders in a position to fully capitalise on the Z1000’s sportier street riding potential.

Pre-chamber and short silencers

Using an under-engine pre-chamber enables smaller-volume silencers, contributing to both mass centralisation and a more concentrated styling. New silencer end-cap design adds to sporty looks

Sugomi Design

The Japanese word sugomi describes the intense aura or energy given off by a person or object of greatness and felt by the viewer. Someone, or something, possessing sugomi inspires awe, leaves an indelible impression, is daunting in stature or ability, and commands respect. In the new Z1000, sugomi is evident both in its fiercely intense design and the exhilarating performance it delivers, radiating as a palpable energy.
Idealised dimensions (lower front, raised rear) and all-new tight-fitting bodywork capture the essence of a predator crouched and ready to pounce. The lean, muscular styling hints at the Z1000’s more direct, sporty street riding performance

LED taillight

New LED taillight design adds a futuristic touch to the bike’s rear

Downdraft throttle bodies

In addition to contributing to performance, downdraft throttle bodies contribute to overall mass centralisation. Revised intake funnel length contributes to a stronger mid-range response.

Lightweight wheels

Supersport-style wheels are approximately 1.5 kg lighter, reducing unsprung weight and contributing to lighter handling.

Economical Riding Indicator

The Economical Riding Indicator is a mark appearing on the instrument panel to indicate favourable fuel consumption, encouraging fuel efficient riding.

ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)

ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) ensures stable braking performance by preventing wheel lock during braking.

Dual Throttle Valves

Dual Throttle Valves offer increased power and greater ease of use care of a second set of ECU-controlled throttle valves.

Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension

Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension arranges its shock unit horizontally, greatly contributing to efficient use of space and mass centralisation.



Engine type: Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four

Displacement: 1,043 cm3

Bore x stroke: 77.0 x 56.0 mm

Compression ratio: 11.8:1

Valve/Induction system: DOHC, 16 valves

Fuel system: Fuel injection:φ38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles

Ignition: Digital

Starting: Electric

Lubrication: Forced lubrication, wet sump


Transmission: 6-speed, return

Primary reduction ratio: 1.627 (83/51)

Gear ratios: 1st: 2.600 (39/15)

Gear ratios: 2nd: 1.950 (39/20)

Gear ratios: 3rd: 1.600 (24/15)

Gear ratios: 4th: 1.389 (25/18)

Gear ratios: 5th: 1.238 (26/21)

Gear ratios: 6th: 1.107 (31/28)

Final reduction ratio: 2.867 (43/15)

Clutch: Wet multi-disc, manual


Frame type: Twin-tube, aluminium

Rake/Trail: 24.5o / 101 mm

Wheel travel, front: 120 mm

Wheel travel, rear: 122 mm

Tyre, front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)

Tyre, rear: 190/50ZR17M/C (73W)

Steering angle, left / right: 29o / 29o


Suspension, front: 41 mm inverted fork with stepless compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability

Suspension, rear: Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged, with stepless rebound damping and preload adjustability


Brakes, front: Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs; Caliper: Dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston

Brakes, rear: Single 250 mm petal disc ; Caliper: Single-piston


Dimensions (L x W x H): 2,045 x 790 x 1,055 mm

Wheelbase: 1,435 mm

Ground Clearance: 125 mm

Seat height: 815 mm

Fuel capacity: 17 litres

Curb Mass: 220 kg / 221 kg (ABS)


Maximum power: 104.5 kW {142 PS} / 10,000 rpm

Maximum torque: 111 Nm {11.3 kgf*m} / 7,300 rpm



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