2010 Kawasaki Z1000 - Practically Naked

Kawasaki's new standard of excellence is just keepin' it real

By Tim Carrithers, Photography by Adam Campbell

tech
Spec
Evolution
The 953cc '03 Z begat a second-generation '07 with more midrange and better road manners.

Rivals
Aprilia Tuono, Ducati Monster & Streetfighter, Yamaha FZ1

Price $10,499
Engine type l-c inline-four
Valve train DOHC, 16v
Displacement 1043cc
Bore x stroke 77.0 x 56.0mm
Compression 11.8:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 138 bhp @ 9600 rpm
Claimed torque 81.1 lb.-ft. @ 7800 rpm
Frame Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension 41mm Showa inverted fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Showa shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake Dual radial-mount Tokico four-piston calipers, 300mm discs
Rear brake Single-piston Tokico 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.
Claimed dry weight 457 lbs.
Colors Orange/white, black
Available Now
Warranty 12 mo., unlimited miles

Contact
Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA
9950 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618
949.770.0400
www.kawasaki.com

Verdict 4 stars out of 5
Naked performance with none of the standard compromises.

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