Kawasaki Z1000 | Price $10,499
The Z1000 towers over the FZ1 from idle on up to 10,000 rpm. Power builds steadily and is readily available anywhere in the rev range. With a torque curve that elevated and flat, shifting is voluntary. Its 73.6 lb.-ft. is a substantial sum, even by big-twin standards.
Engine type: l-c inline four
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
Bore x stroke: 77.3 x 56.0mm
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension: 41mm Showa fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Showa shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Tokico four-piston calipers, 300mm discs
Rear brake: Tokico single-piston caliper, 250mm disc
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Dunlop D210F
Rear tire: 190/50ZR-17 Dunlop D210
Rake/trail: 24.5°/4.1 in.
Seat height: 32.1 in.
Wheelbase: 56.7 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.0 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 483/459 lbs.
Measured horsepower: 123.2 bhp @ 10,000 rpm
Measured torque: 73.6 lb.-ft. @ 7500 rpm
Corrected 1/4-mile: 10.55 sec. @ 130.7 mph
Top-gear roll-on 60-80 mph: 2.45 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 36/31/34 mpg
Colors: Orange/white, black
Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Kawasaki Motor Corp.
9950 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618
A narrow waist and subframe make the Z1000's 32-inch seat feel lower than it is, and you really have to lift your feet to hit those precariously high footpegs. A torturous saddle and intense high-rpm vibration in the bars, tank and seat are the bike's biggest drawbacks.