Honda CB1000R vs. Kawasaki Z1000 | Ultimate ’Fighters! | MC Comparo

Two Hard-Hitting Streetfighters Take It to the Ring

By Brian Catterson, Photography by Kevin Wing

2011 Honda CB1000R | Price $10,999

Ergos
Though the Honda boasts more legroom than the Kawasaki, a longer reach to its lower bars makes for a sportier riding position. Wind protection from that glorified headlight shell is non-existent.





Dyno
A smooth horsepower trace and a plateau-like torque curve help make up for what the CB1000R lacks in sheer output. The fact that it's a couple pounds lighter with an empty gas tank helps little.

Tech Spec

Engine type: l-c inline-four
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
Displacement: 998cc
Bore x stroke: 75.0 x 56.5mm
Compression: 11.2:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar with single-sided swingarm
Front suspension: Showa 43mm 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, 310mm discs
Rear brake: Tokico two-piston caliper, 256mm disc
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone Battlax BT015
Rear tire: 180/55ZR-17 Bridgestone Battlax BT015
Rake/trail: 25.0˚/3.9 in.
Seat height: 32.5 in.
Wheelbase: 56.9 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 484/457 lbs.
Measured horsepower: 105.8 bhp @ 9800 rpm
Measured torque: 63.9 lb.-ft. @ 7500 rpm
Corrected 1/4-mile: 11.13 sec. @ 123.11 mph
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 36/32/34 mpg
Color: Black
Availability: Now
Warranty: 36 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
P.O. Box 2200
Torrance, CA 90509
886.784.1870
www.powersports.honda.com


2011 Kawasaki Z1000 | Price $10,599

Ergos
A shorter reach to higher bars makes the Kawasaki marginally more comfortable than the Honda. Vestigial windscreen works farily well, and provides a mounting point for aftermarket alternatives.





Dyno
With 17 more bhp and 10 more lb.-ft. of torque, the Z1000 makes any power comparison no contest. Little surprise, then, that it's a half-second quicker in the quarter-mile, too.

Tech Spec

Engine type: l-c inline four
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
Displacement: 1043cc
Bore x stroke: 77.3 x 56.0mm
Compression: 11.8:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension: Showa 41mm 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 one-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
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 36/31/34 mpg
Colors: Black, orange/white
Availability: Now
Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact: Kawasaki Motor Corp.
9950 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618
949.770.0400
www.kawasaki.com

By Brian Catterson
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