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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

Kawasaki say they’re gunning for the Street Triple R with the new Z750R, but it ultimately lacks excitement and you don’t get the kind of performance you want from a 750 or an ‘R’ tagged bike. It seems the marketing men have gone a bit giddy with that badge. If you’re expecting a smaller version of the excellent new Z1000, you’re going to be disappointed.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The 105bhp, liquid-cooled, 16v, inline-four cylinder 748cc motor is unchanged from the standard Z750’s. It’s fun enough when you’re in the mood, but you have to scream it for best results, as there’s little grunt to speak of. Overall, the motor feels flat, bland and breathless, more like a 600 than what you’d expect from a 750. Top speed is restricted by the size of your neck muscles. In the real world, that’s around 90mph.To put that into perspective, it’s a massive 45bhp down on a GSX-R750 and lacks the Suzuki’s midrange too. OK, it’s not fair to compare a budget middleweight (although costing seven grand  it’s not that budget) with one of the best sports bikes on the planet, but the Z750R shouldn’t be that far off, especially when you consider the Street Triple R has similar power to the Daytona 675.  

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Z750R features new forks (taken from the ’09 Z1000), rear shock, wheels, a lighter aluminium swingarm and radial Nissin four-piston front calipers. These new parts should offer a slight improvement in handling and braking over the standard Z750, but we haven’t ridden the two models back-to-back. What makes the riding experience so uninspiring is the Z750R’s weight. The non-ABS version, which we get in the UK, is 224kg wet, that’s 6kg more than the Z1000 and only 5kg lighter than a fully-fuelled BMW R1200GS. 

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

Chassis-mods aside, the Z750R is quite basic and doesn’t even come with fully-adjustable suspension, which is something you’d expect from an ‘R’ model. It does get a new dash and nose fairing, though. Compare and buy parts for the Z750 in the MCN Shop.

Kawasaki Z750R (2011-current)

Detail Value
New price £7,349
Dealer used prices
£4,790 (2013) - £5,900 (2012)
Private used prices
£4,310 (2013) - £5,310 (2012)
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Engine size 748 cc
Power 105 bhp
Top speed 130 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 0
Engine rating is 4 rating is 0
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 0
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 0
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 0
Value rating is 3 rating is 0

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

There’s no reason to doubt the Z750R will go on-and-on, but the sheer weight of the machine suggests it’s not exactly made from the best components and materials money can buy.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Z750R is £500 more than the base model, but for newbie Kawasaki fans, you’re best heading for the brilliant ER-6N, which is lighter, has more character, is much more fun, no slower in the real world and a useful £1500 cheaper.  If you’re more experienced and want more big bang for your buck and smiles aplenty, the similarly-priced Triumph Street Triple R is still the Daddy. Find a Kawasaki Z750 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

Model introduced in 2011

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Specifications

Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 105 bhp
Max torque 58 ft-lb
Weight 224 kg
Seat height 825 mm
Fuel capacity 18.5 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 748 cc
Engine specification 16v, inline-four-cylinder
Frame Tubular steel frame
Front suspension adjustment 41mm forks, rebound and preload adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Single shock, rebound and preload adjustable
Front brakes 2 x 300mm petal discs with Nissin four-piston radial calipers
Rear brake 250mm single petal disc with single-piston caliper.
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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evilgenius

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evilgeniussays

Commute on this you mother

*Test Ride* This bike is not as bad as MCN make out, the only bad bits are, the engine needs to be revved to get anything out of it, but that’s part of the fun sometimes, and the price. Handling is good even though its heavier than the Z1000, it turns in as fast if not faster? Weird I know.
This bike is not bad MCN its Good!
 

27 May 2011 20:42

owensj

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owensjsays

excellent naked mile muncher

Totally agree boybergs.

I owned a Z750 for 2 years. The engine was as smooth as you like. It looks the dogs and was as comfortable as any naked. The best part was that because its slightly heavier than the average naked, it was particularly suited to motorways. And with nearly 200 miles to a tank if riding steady it makes the best long distance commuter (for a naked).

I now own a Street Triple. Again a brilliant bike. But it doesn't have the tank range of the Z.

Most peop[le choose a bike for their lifestyle or particular needs. Just because a bike isn't the best round a track doesn't mean its rubbish. Theres more to life than playing at being a racer all the time!

15 January 2011 20:03

boybergs

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the most ignored /underated naked bike available

Time and time again we read that 90mph is the buffeting imposed top speed for a naked bike. So all those high capacity inline fours with most of the power nestling in the final couple of thousand revs go unexploited. I urge u all to go out and try the yam mt-03 if you want to experience one of the most agile, characterful naked bikes out there. It is often overlooked because it won't go much faster than the ton. Who cares? You won't want to anyway (apart from the perennial 'lets see what this thing can do' top speed blast that we all try once or twice on a new bike). The added bonus is that, because the bike press ignore it, it has added exclusivity value...more so than the excellent street triple or monster. I love mine to bits and every time I itch for a bike change, I just can't think of anything else with changing to. Give one a go a break away from the pointless top speed obsession that excludes the fun o blasting around on a big single. Harsh review for the poor 750r by the way. A slightly heavier bike does have its place. May not be so flikable, but usually feels more planted and stable with slower steering. Not an advantage on track but for the road, some prefer it.

10 January 2011 09:49

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