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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Kawasaki Z750 simply hammers its rivals of the time in the naked sector with a genuine 100 back wheel bee-aitch-pees, which it marries to insane looks and an addictive personality that echo its bigger, madder Z1000 brother. This could be the ultimate commuter.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Kawasaki Z750's 748cc DOHC in-line four makes 20bhp more than Honda’s Hornet 600, 13bhp more than Yamaha’s FZ6 and 30 more than Suzuki’s SV650. The motor is a sleeved down version of the factory’s ZX-9R superbike, but it feels like the perfect fit in its new home.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4

Everything works just fine on the Z750 unless the road’s bumpy, you’re heavier than average or you ride hard. The unadjustable front’s too soft and the rear is too harsh – and twiddling the shock’s four-step rebound adjustment makes next to no difference. The two-piston brakes are budget items but effective enough to pull easy stoppies.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The best aftermarket mod for the Kawasaki Z750 is an official flyscreen – it’s not obtrusive and it makes a huge difference to distance comfort. There’s an ignition-based immobiliser as standard and a huge factory extras catalogue.

Kawasaki Z750 (2003-2006)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£2,750 (2004) - £3,190 (2005)
Private used prices
£2,180 (2004) - £2,840 (2006)
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Engine size 748 cc
Power 100 bhp
Top speed 138 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 2 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Kawasaki Z750's can is prone to streaking with rust, the brakes need regular cleaning through winter and it’s hard on its tyres. Other than that the Z750 is a hassle-free ride, with service intervals spaced oddly at 600, 4000, 7500 and 12,000 miles.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

In a pound-per-bhp scrap there’s not much better than a Kawasaki Z750. It’s not the bike to buy if you do a lot of distance work, but for putting a smile on your face there’s not much to touch it for the price. New bikes tumble in value, which makes them a great used buy. Find a Kawasaki Z750 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

2003: Kawasaki Z750 launched, replaced the dull-as-dishwater ZR-7 in Kawasaki’s line-up as its naked 750.
2006: Kawasaki Z750 deleted replaced the following year by an all-new model (see seperate review).

Other Versions

Kawasaki Z750S: Same machine with the addition of a somewhat clumsy-looking, though effective, top fairing.

Specifications

Top speed 138 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.1 secs
Max power 100 bhp
Max torque 55 ft-lb
Weight 195 kg
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 166 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 748 cc
Engine specification 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame Steel diamond
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes Twin 300mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(28 reviews)

  • Average rating rating is 4

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    I got a 2005 z750 in 2009 with 2000 miles on the clock for 3 grand, and I must say what a bargain. It was my second bigger bike. When I first got it I didn't like it. I thought it was a nothing bike. Not a cruiser, not a sports bike, not a big trailie, just nothing. But the longer I had it I realised, its not a nothing bike, its an everything bike! Pretty good at everything! The Bike: Suspension and brakes are pretty cheap to be honest, but they work. The engine is stonking. A bit bland, but with a can sounds a bit more gruff. I had the z750 upto 150mph! I've not even had my z1000 that fast! (I'm probably abit more chicken now). Over all it is a great bike that you can do anything on. its the best in its class and in real life probably faster than newer models cause of no cat. The handling is good enough for british roads and I once kept up with a 1198 and gsxr racing each other at speeds of upto 130mph round loch lomand. But I use to go to work on it too. If I had another I'd go for the S model with more wind protection. On the other hand the 1000 is the same to tax and insure and has better suspension, brakes, has a little wind protection and more low down grunt. But if you get a good deal on a 750, what a great bike for doing everything on.

    13 September 2013

  • Z750S

    Meaty79

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought this 2006 S model just over a month ago for £2500 and I've got to say what a bike, it's brilliant in my opinion, it handles well, it's comfy and that engine is just amazing it'll scream with the best of them or you can short shift and let the torque pull you along. The only problem I have with mine is the mirrors, they are great for looking at my shoulders. I don't seem to get any of the vibes that other people seem to get. Over all for me a great bike.

    02 November 2012

  • Black 2005 Kawasaki Z750

    mjlittlewood15

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Bought this bike yesterday its an amazing machine very fast, but also can be very commutable only 2 thing sid say are 1 being the mirrors with the vibration, and 2 being the rear shock seems a bit stiff

    16 June 2011

  • Z750s

    csawyer

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I had the older style Fazer 600 for 6 years and felt like like a change . I saw a 750s and went away and did some homework. The weak points seem to be suspension ,brakes ,comfort ,vibration and poor mirrors. I bought the bike from 3X in Dorset and they let me take it for a test ride on my own for a couple of hours first.I like everything about the bike apart from the mirrors everything was a blur and just your elbows I really found this a problem driving on the motorway I had no idea what was going on around me .I found the solution on a USA web site buy some Buell xb12r firebolt mirrors .There is a short and long shaft version the long shaft is needed or you'll still be looking at your elbows.I got my mirrors from Riders in Brisol ( a Harley dealer )They cost £50 turned up 5 days and fitted in 15 minutes and are a vast improvement part no N0013.02A8

    25 July 2010

  • Still going strong

    EUAN CLAYTON

    Average rating rating is 4

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    After 2 years still love this bike to bits. Still got hard ass seat and crap mirrors, but what a motor. Don't seem to suffer from the vibes everyone else is talking about. Had thought about changing this year, but can't find anything else comparable so far. If only Kawasaki did a half faired version of the new model. Great bike everywhere, town b roads etc, even did 2 laps of Isle of Man during practice week, Just doesn't disappoint at all.

    18 July 2010

  • It's a smiler!

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I bought my 2006 Z750 a few months ago. it's done 8500 miles and bought it at £3000 at a dealer. I thought that was a lot of bike for the price considering coming from a dealer. Good points: Mine is the bright orange J version and looks awesome and stands out a mile. The digital dash looks amazing with it's rev meter as a curved bar and glows a evil red. Its a completely different riding style to a sportsbike which I found awkward at first but found it more fun and appealing especially on backroads and in town. It feels like you can throw it around the corners and make you feel safe doing so. The engine rev's like most in-line fours do and screams to be ridden harder and faster. Though still works wonderfully at a more steadily pace. The last owner had taken the elbow seeing wing mirrors off and put bar-end mirrors on instead. At first I didn't like them but they work so much better, don't vibrate and stops making your Z750 looking like a insect. So it's worth looking into. I have a tail tidy which really works for the bike. It shows off its backside and makes the bike look meaner than it already is. Bad Points: The main seat is alot harder than you'd expect. you can rack up the miles but you'll get a numb bum after a while. Though having said this, comparing it to my Ducati 916 its an arm chair. I do find it weird that the pillion seat is a lot softer and more comfy. My girlfriend complains that the pillion seat handle is too tight against the seat and cannot get her gloves underneath it, though I put this down to never being used and will eventually give a little. Overall: Its a mad bike and looks great. It rides really well and is a blast on the backroads. I bought this bike to stop me racking up bills and mileage of my 916. I wanted something really fun, to go a bit mental with, and know that I can thrash it without a hefty service bills and reliability issues. Its a great bike and I never thought I would buy a bright orange naked style bike. I agree with the others if your looking for something to put a smile on your face then this bike will do you justice!

    13 May 2010

  • It's worth fiddling with!

    Milktooth

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I've had mine since 2004, have over-capitalised on it heftily and don't regret a shekel spent. The engine is a peach, as is the basic balance of the bike. It's so easy to ride you find yourself going faster with far less effort in far more situations. The trick is, it steers beautifully. It's not a motorway bike, but here in New Zealand that's rarely a problem. The trouble, as your review says, is crude suspension. You could also have added that the seat is a proctologist's nightmare. Mine now has an Ohlins rear, a Racetech revalve on the front and a very discrete Corbin saddle to replace said instrument of torture. A tail tidy and carbon pipe (Shark have some beauties) improve the aesthetics of what's actually a very good-looking bike. It's certainly better resolved visually than the cluttered later model. I love mine now and don't want to sell it. Last year I did a bit of a streetfighter black-out on it – didn't even replace the badging. The brakes could be better but I might just stick some braided hoses on and then go have a lie down. Rust is a bit of an issue so you need to stay on top of that. Anyway, I now have a bike that works like a fat, fast motard; great round town and in twisties. I don't do track days - maybe I should. It would cope but might feel a little odd. It's a bike for the road.

    15 February 2010

  • Z750S

    EUAN CLAYTON

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Bought a 2005 s model last summer as a replacement for my er-5 which I had racked up 15000 miles in a year. less of a commute these days and even with the odd weekend blast, I've only done 4500miles. Great engine with a decent amount of grunt and decent handling. suspension os okay, far better than the ER, but I'm not too sure how it compares with anything else out there, cos I haven't tried anything else apart from a 650 Bandit. The only down sides are that the seat can be a bit hard after a couple of hours and the mirrors are fucking useless unless you want to see your shoulders. Overall, docile enough to potter around town and fast enough to scare you shitless oun the open road.

    25 May 2009

  • GaryZ

    garyZ

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    bought the bike new in 2005.mainly for loks and price.Done 12000 miles now and it still makes me grin every time i ride it.Exhaust note is lovely but i fitted a stubby cambell cuestom and it now sounds fantastic.also fitted fly screen which helps,but agree with rest mirrors are rubbish.Power delivery is good can keep up with most gr8 round town and on A roads but not so good on motoways.Can't think of a better allrounder

    14 February 2009

  • Bonkers

    peter rabbit

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Absolute blast - totally bonkers. My first new bike ever (after years of s/h ones). As long as you dont want high speed wind protection then this is the baby - good looking, handles ok, is quick, sounds great on standard pipe (yes it is standard officer!) Current s/h prices are a steal now th enew one's out (which I dont like much!!!) Zed went when I had an unmissable chance to fulfill a lifelong dream and own a Harley. Halrey Bob is great and everything I expected..... but I'll always have a soft spot for the Zed

    18 September 2008

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riches10

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z750

 bought this bike today unfortunately the weather isnt great so i have only been up the road but looks to be clearing up so i may get to ride it today fingers crossed :)

 

 

07 January 2014 12:03

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Z750S

Bought one of these as a weekend toy to go play on and for the occassional day at work if required.

Have to agree with the other comments on here with regard to the mirrors, they are absolutely pants! I don't suffer from the vibrations that others complain of but why are the stalks so damn short? All I get to see in them are my arms. Doesn't matter how much I adjust them I just can't get a decent view back the road from them.

The seat is also a bit hard for all day comfort but if you plan a few stops into your journey to give your arse a break then it's in keeping with the nature of the bike.

The engine is great! Loads of torque available and pulls well in all gears at all speeds. Also like the way it handles, sort of a sit up and beg sports bike feel but on budget suspension. (OK, I admit it, I'm not built for sorts bike riding positions any more! All those head down, arse up riding days are behind me I'm afraid!)

In summary a great little bike that puts a smile on my face every time it comes out the garage. Long may it continue to do so.

 

06 November 2008 20:10

Tone 9

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Kawasaki Z 750

I have had my Z 750 for a year now . Bought it new from Kawasaki Newcastle about a year ago and was very impressed with the level of support given by the dealers when i bought it . I have to say I love it . It gives a huge grin factor on my sixty mile round trip commute to work each day and is capable of some excellent fuel figures if I am easy on the throttle . It cuts through stationary traffic as if it aint there and is light and easy to use around town . I have made some sensible mods . Firstly , I got rid of the original seat and replaced it with a Baglux after market one . Much less ass ache , after that and fitted a Scottoiler and heated grips for that little extra comfort in the cold north wind . I have heard comments in the bike press that the Z has a slightly skittish rear end but have to say mine has proved rock steady stable at ALL TIMES . I would reccommend the 750 over the thou as it is difficult to justify the extra two grand for the thou when you will never get to use the extra top end due to an absence of wind protection ( yes I know , what else would you expect from nasked bikes )

04 June 2007 20:35

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