2012 Kawasaki Z Review


Since the introduction of the Kawasaki Z1000 in 1977, riders have fallen head over heels in love with this powerful and stylish bike. The Kawasaki Z1000 received a major revision in 2010 and is manufactured in Japan. The 2012 Kawasaki Z1000 is one sleek thrill ride that is loaded with power as well as many distinct qualities. From the unique aesthetics of the stylish design to the supreme handling, the Kawasaki Z1000 will more than deliver and delight just about any rider.

The performance and handling of the Kawasaki Z1000 is in a class of it's own. The power comes from the 1043cc liquid cooled engine. The engine is a high compression dual cam that provides a unique and superior riding experience. The Kawasaki Z1000 features precision handling matched with unbridled power that delivers a unique and powerful ride. Suspension at both ends uses the latest technology and delivers a solid ride at every turn. Front end suspension is a 41mm inverted fork and the back end suspension is damping adjustable Mono shock. The back end suspension has been mounted horizontally above the swing arm which helps to shield the suspension from the heat from the exhaust.

Kawasaki is well known for producing powerful and pristine bikes and the present model of the Kawasaki Z1000 features the latest in cutting edge technology. Starting with the aluminum frame and ending with the sleek aesthetics of the newest model of Kawasaki Z1000. The front end of the bike has a low mounted cowl that slopes back giving the bike even more of a unique and futuristic look. The headlights, which are line beam, are also angled into the front cowl. The seat is narrow and low at the front which allows the rider to have easy ground control and access. The instrument panel is adjustable and features a LCD display that will alert the rider to any malfunctions.

Nothing was spared on the Kawasaki Z1000 and it really is no surprise that this particular bike is considered one of the industry leaders. The Kawasaki Z1000 is a thrill ride that is pleasing both in the visual sense as well as in the performance and handling of this sleek and powerful machine.

New For 2012

  • Crankshaft positioned lower in the assembly case. This allows a longer stroke without having to change the engine height.
  • Re-route of the intake system to cool air more effectively.
  • Silencer volume reduced due to the under engine pre-chamber.
  • New color introduced- Candy Burnt Orange/ Metallic Spark Black. This is also the only color that is available.
  • 1043cc 16-value liquid cooled engine.
  • Sub frame is a light weight aluminum that is light and smooth.

2012 Kawasaki Z Specs

  • Model: Kawasaki Z1000
  • Engine Type: Four-Stroke, DOHC, liquid cooled. Four values per cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke: 77.0 mm x 56.0 mm
  • Compression ratio: 11.8:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC, Four values per cylinder
  • Induction: Liquid
  • Ignition: TCBI digital advance
  • Transmission: Six-Speed
  • Final Drive: Chain, X-Ring
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.0 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: TBD
  • Brakes (Front): Dual hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic disc
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted fork with rebound damping and adjustable spring preloads
  • Suspension (Rear): Monoshock with rebound damping
  • Wheelbase: 56.7 inches
  • Rake: 24.5 degrees
  • Trail: 4.1 inches
  • Seat Height: 32.1 inches
  • Curb Weight: 481 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): 190/50 ZR17


  • Front fender protection kit. This kit comes with transparent film that is designed to protect the front forks from damage or debris.
  • Custom seat covers in a variety of styles such as snakeskin to help give the customized look to the bike.
  • Custom fit outdoor bike cover. This cover is a double stitched cover that will protect the bike from dirt and debris and perfect for indoor storage.
  • Theft protection that can be placed on the seat of the bike. Fits perfectly under the front seat for easy carrying and storage. Made from hardened steel and comes with locking security measure. Offers peace of mind and a high level of protection.
  • Windshield spoilers. These windshield guards help reduce the wind pressure while improving the aerodynamics of the bike.

Key Competitors For The 2012 Kawasaki Z

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