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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The second version of the Kawasaki Z750 hits the right spot for lovers of style and a zinging engine. Much underrated in its original guise, the Kawasaki Z750 mimics the new stunning Kawasaki Z1000 for attitude, but has an engine that reaps rewards when abused and comes at much better price due to lower spec chassis parts.

 

Watch our group test as the Kawasaki Z750 competes against the Triumph Street Triple, Yamaha's FZ6 Fazer, Honda's Hornet, Suzuki's GSR600 and Ducati's Monster

 

 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Kawasaki Z750 is a rev-happy chap that also comes with a half decent amount of low-down pull – thanks to reworked fuel injection and engine internals. Moving the Kawasaki Z750's engine mounts has also put paid to most of the vibes that afflicted the previous model. When the tacho needle hits 6500rpm the Kawasaki Z750 comes alive. Use these revs and the Kawasaki Z750 instantly becomes a naked sports bike that begs to be abused. Except, in standard trim, it won’t allow…

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Part of the Kawasaki Z750 cost-cutting exercise involves simplifying the already budget suspension – only one fork leg controls front rebound damping and the forks and rear shock are particularly soft. This means the handling of the quick-ish steering Kawasaki Z750 soon starts to go south when the bike’s pushed hard. The Kawasaki Z750 can be so nearly righted with tweaks to put the fun back into riding what is otherwise a smile-inducing motorcycle.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Wave-pattern discs all-round and decent brake pads are the Kawasaki Z750's braking saviour as it features decidedly old-hat two-piston sliding calipers at the front. And that’s about it. If the price was higher then the Kawasaki Z750's score rating would be considerably lower, but as it is a built-to-a-price motorcycle…

 

Kawasaki Z750 (2007-current)

Detail Value
New price £6,630
Dealer used prices
£3,440 (2007) - £5,010 (2012)
Private used prices
£3,120 (2007) - £4,510 (2012)
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Engine size 748 cc
Power 104.5 bhp
Top speed 130 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Kawasaki Z750 has a very proven motor as it’s a down-sized ZX-9R engine – and that has been around in various guises for donkeys years – so it is definitely understressed. Even though the Kawasaki Z750's swingarm (painted steel arm) and brakes are budget items, all of it’s a known quantity, so frequent cleaning should see everything on the Kawasaki Z750 stay shiny.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Kawasaki Z750 is a couple of hundred quid cheaper than the new Honda Hornet and cheaper than a Yamaha Fazer 600, which places the bike as a wallet friendly creature. Even the Kawasaki Z750's extra 150cc placing shouldn’t be too detrimental on the running costs. Find a Kawasaki Z750 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

2007: Kawasaki Z750 launched.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.1 secs
Max power 104.5 bhp
Max torque 57.5 ft-lb
Weight 207 kg
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 18.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 46 mpg
Tank range 143 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 748 cc
Engine specification 16v dohc four-stroke in-line four, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel backbone
Front suspension adjustment Rebound and pre-load
Rear suspension adjustment Rebound and pre-load
Front brakes 2 x 300mm discs, 2-pot calipers
Rear brake 250mm disc, 1-pot caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(21 reviews)

  • brilliant Budget bike

    cmj897

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Love this bike better than a Bandit, my two faults with it are the slash from the rear wheel when its wet but hopefully the rear hugger will stop that when i get it fitted the other is the mirrors, does any one know where i can get extenders for the mirrors or alternitives, they just a little too short to see whats behid you properly but i love this bike a lot thanks for a good bike Kawasaki

    07 March 2010

  • Super Z750

    Brized

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought the bike new in March and have to say what a great bike, enjoy riding it for commuting and weekend ride outs. Yes, the seat can become uncomfortable after 120 miles or so but other than that i couldn't of made a better choice and it puts a smile on my face every day i ride it.

    20 September 2009

  • Zed 750 09

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Had her for two weeks now and im absolutely lovin it.Got the green n black one,ex demo 1200m otc for 4300quid.Run in n ready to go.Even in standard guise i get looks wherevr i go.Didnt think id get as many turned heads as i did with my SV,which was totally modded up,But its a close run thing.The riding position is just spot on.Nice n upright round the town,plenty of room to chuck yourself around on the twisties and plenty room to tuck in at speed.This is my first taste of windblast and you sure do feel it at speed.around the ton mark,which you will experience within the first 4/5 seconds of your ride if you so wish,you gotta hold on tight.This thing just seems to go and go and go.5k rpm and she just comes alive.Screaming motor.Slick feeling gearbox means you can get the power down smoothly.Best thing about the whole package though is that all the power is useable,it really suits the type of riding i do which involves the daily commute of 30 miles and the weekend for some playtime.Honestly, get one, you will not be disappointed

    25 August 2009

  • new Z

    joeer6n

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    just finished running in my new Z750, bit of a chore but hopefully worth it in the long run. first impressions are very good,bike seems well planted and solid on the road. very smooth through the gears,loads of torque and very quick when required. thinking of getting a set of handlebar risers as i seem to be stretching just a fraction - any comments on this would be appreciated. got a tail tidy and hugger ordered to tidy up the backend and keep crud off the rear shock.

    21 August 2009

  • ZED 750 2007

    crawfordjohn

    Average rating rating is 4

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    PICKED UP THIS BABY YESTERDAY WITH ONLY 900 MLS ON THE CLOCK,IN SILVER,WITH ATTITUDE.HAD THE CHOICE BETWEEN SILVER AND BLACK,THE BLACK HAVING 3000 MLS ON THE CLOCK AND ONLY A £200.00 PRICE DIFFERENCE. THE BIKE IS A GREAT DRIVE WITH A SEXY ENGINE NOTE AT HIGH REVS,ACCELERATION TESTING THE OLD ARM MUSCLES!.IS A REAL HEAD TURNER. HOWEVER GOING OVER ANY TYPE OF UNEVEN SURFACE THE BACK END IS ALL OVER THE SHOP AND THE RIDE SCARY.WORST ASPECTS ARE THE SIDE STAND AND CRAP MIRRORS.THE STAND NEEDS TO BE 15MM SHORTER.UNLESS ON A SLIGHT INCLINE THE BIKE IS UNSTABLE ON THE STAND AND COULD BE BLOWN OR PUSHED OVER EASILY.THE MIRRORS ARE TOO SMALL AND I CAN'T SEE PAST MY JACKET SLEEVE(I AM A BIG BLOKE).DANGEROUS.ANOTHER GRIPE IS THE REAR MUDGUARD,AFTER RIDING IN THE RAIN YESTERDAY THE SPRAY DRENCHED THE PILLION AND THE WHOLE OF MY JACKET AND HELMET,....TOO NARROW KAWASAKI!!.NECESSARY ADD ONS WIL BE FENDER EXTENDER,REAR HUGGER,BETTER SEAT(NO PADDING IN THIS ONE),AND A SCREEN.SUSPENSION NEEDS ADJUSTED/FIXED.THIS WILL BE A RIGHT FEW BOB!. MOAN OVER I HAVE TO SAY THE BIKE GOES LIKE A TRAIN AND IS BETTER LOOKING,HAS MORE POWER,AND IS CHEAPER THAN THE RIVALS!.HAS GREAT STREET CRED AND I THINK I HAVE MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE AFTER WEEKS OF REVIEW STUDIES!. IF YOU TEST DRIVE ONE OF THESE YOU WILL BUY!

    06 March 2009

  • super bike

    haldaios

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I have it 1 year and what can I say??? the bike rocks ;-)

    24 December 2008

  • 2008 Model

    Skippy355

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Having owned this bike for just over a month from new, i dont feel totally qualified to offer a truly valid opinion BUT! having done a few hundred miles on it i think i've got a rough measure of the bike. Before i opted for the zed i weighed up what i wanted, of which 4 bikes stood out, each had their plus points but only the zed offered all the things i was looking for. Major plus points were the styling, a good torquey engine, forgiving in nature but that raw type atitude you would expect from a naked sports bike. If i had to pick minus points they would have to be the rear swing arm that looks budgety and i dont know if that has to do with the rear feeling when cornering or that maybe i just need to re-adjust the rear shock to suit me. The bike does need a rear hugger and tail tidy neither of which i have yet. I did get the rear seat cover, belly pan and windscreen all of which are great additions. I picked the bike up £700.00 less than list with 0% finance so i added those items in the deal so all in all a great bargain, just cant wait to hit that 6,000 rev mark and get a real feel for what the bike rides like. I'm more than impressed with the none ABS brakes, ride position (although the seat is still a little hard) and responsiveness from the engine, a great bonus having the 750 when comparing with others in its class which are 600 units. One thing that sticks in my mind which has stuck with me from when i first saw the bike to now owning one..... the word Streetfighter !!! I think people got the name of the Z750 exactly right by saying that about this bike. Its cool, quick, forgiving and fun. Try one, you'll then buy one !!!!!

    10 November 2008

  • Zed the dogs

    greendemon

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    After much deliberation I took the plunge and took delivery of a spanking new Zed 09 model. The decision was over a street triple and Gsr600. Fitted with kwak screen, belly pan also tail tidy and hugger. Feels well planted even on new tyres. Does what i want when i want. Obviously not much wind deflection at speed but I could have gone for a super sport if that is what I wanted. All seems to be bedding in well and can't wait till the running in period is over for a taste of what it has in the pot. Was lent a ER-6n 09 model when tail tidy and hugger was being fitted, can't believe there is so much of a difference. Hence just rode the Er-6 home and carried on fitting the kitchen, did not fancy cruising around ( I am spoilt by the Zed )If your looking for a New ride, change or something different don't look any further than this bike.......

    16 October 2008

  • Gem

    owensj

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    What a gem of an engine. I love listening to the whirr. Great gearbox. Butch styling, seen boy racers giving sneaky side glances. ABS version. Comfy riding position. Got a Kwak flyscreen and bellypan. Puig mushrooms. Took the plunge in buying (new) as had read bad things about the suspension. Take no notice it is utterly fine! Better than the harsh ER6f suspension. A good step up too in that it is taller (I'm 5'7"), heavier and of bigger proportions to the ER6. No storage and my pillion can't get on! Sidestand can be tricky with rear pegs in the way. Overall, go with your heart not your head!

    19 July 2008

  • Average rating rating is 4

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    Had this bike for about a year and love it... I ride in all weathers and its never let me down, even suprised at how decent it looks even after 8k of miles... Engine really is a peach and I find I never need to change down, just open the throttle and away she goes....Buy one...

    16 June 2008

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HardRider51

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Brilliant bike

Bought my orange Z750 new in 2008 and it now has 14,500km on the clock. Having traded a 2005 Z750S in on it I was initially disappointed with the engine performance as it felt sluggish when compared to the older bike. This was confirmed by testing both bikes on the same dyno. This prompted me to replace the standard can with a free flow Cowley slip on (unique to SA) and I also installed a Power Commander. The change in the bike was enormous. The engine was unrestricted and could breathe properly. It came alive! I can recommend these mods. I also installed an aftermarket screen (this helps a bit) and an integrated taillight system that incorporates the flickers so that the bike can show her sexy ass. Installed a Bridgestone 021 rear tyre after the Dunlop died and the road holding and handling of the bike improved a lot. Now, I ride this bike with pride and love it to bits. Never had a problem since new. Nothing has failed or needed to be replaced. It's still as smooth and lovely as day one. What a brilliant bike!

27 December 2010 07:14

MartybhoyZ

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Stunning good looks

Hello there :smile, I`ve had my Z750 09 since the end of April and I`m glad I bought it .0% finance , I got the bike for £5300. I`ve added around £900 worth of add-ons since . It came with Dunlop qualifiers on it which only managed just over 2500 miles before squaring off in the centre of the rear. I decided to replace them with Bridgestone Battalax 021`s which where recommended to me by fellow Zedders.I`ve clocked up 4800 miles since getting the bike and it has`nt let me down.

 This is my 1st bike bike although its restricted to 33bhp due to me only having passed my A2 licence in September of last year.Its still a very quick and agile bike and I look forward to the restriction being lifted in Sept 2010. I`ve been riding for about 5 years now having started with a brand new Suzuki Marauder 125, then bought a new  Hyosung GTR 125 , both great wee bikes for a learner .

Modifications to my Z include....

Renthal bars, front screen, Ermax belly pan,Ermax rear hugger,gold anodised radiator cover,tailtidy with built in indicators, customised seat covers,tankpad, R+G aero crash protectors,wheel tapes,number plate.

 I would recommend this bike to anyone who is looking for a gr8 bike.

I would also like to recommend this site to anyone with a Z of any discription, the site is informative and full of like minded people.

http://zedownersclub.proboards.com/index.cgi

If in any doubt about the Z750 checkout the specification and contact any Z owner on the above website.

If you do checkout or join the site feel free to drop me a Personal message.enjoy all things Zed :biggrin:

11 October 2009 04:53

cmj897

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cmj897says

Thanks Every One

Just reading Your comments on Z750

 

I have now become eager to get my hands on one and especially with the 0% Finance on this bike

 

if you could comment and still let me know if your still loving this bike please mail me

also would the green and black one look nice

19 June 2009 20:42

baggiealan

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Z750 review

Had this bike a few months now and after the frustrating running in period the fun begins.Ive been riding since 1973 and this is just about the easiest bike ive ever ridden,it takes corners effortlessly at both low and higher speeds provides excellent vision of the road ahead and the brakes are also pretty decent.For town and short trips the sheer fun this bike provides would be hard to beat, but the lack of a fairing is unforgiving at high speeds.I chose the black model and have fitted a rear huggar and plan to fit a tail tidy which will make a great looking bike even better, if your thinking about buying a new bike make sure this one is on your short list you wont regret it.

06 November 2007 19:20

sim1

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z750 review

brilliant bike,can't really fault it as i have'nt got a lot of riding experience,but as a new rider it inspires a loads of confidence

11 September 2007 19:37

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