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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
£3,510 (2007) - £5,010 (2012)
Private used prices
£3,190 (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)

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    Average rating rating is 4

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    My last three bikes have been an R6(04), GSXR750 (04) and an R1 (O5)so you can see that i dont keep my bikes that long. It was last Nov/Dec i first saw the pictures of the 07 Z750 in green and i thought it looked a stunner. So in January with snow on the ground i had to order one, completely different to my previous bikes but had to see what it was like, i ordered a black one being a boring chap trying to play safe but in the end changed my order for the green one, im glad i did now as its cracking. Although i have only done 500 miles and they have been running in miles (ish)i have been impressed with the whole naked bike thing, the bike turns on a sixpence has loads of low down power and is a more pleasurable experience, long gone are those aching forearms and surching for a perfect bit of road, the Z makes every road a pleasure to ride and has renewed my interest in just cruising around (used to get bored on sportsbikes unless i was with a group or on a trackday). Thoroughly enjoy the zed and recommend to anyone who gets secondthoughts after reading numerous roadtests making comments about handling, brakes or whatever, for most of us all bikes a cracking and we never quite understand what the journalist mean. Going touring through france on 20th May so looking forward to comparing my previous trips.

    13 May 2007

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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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MartybhoyZsays

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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