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Andy Downes  says:

New Kawasaki Z1000 gets new engine and chassis

The 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 is all-new. It gets a 1043cc engine built from scratch and, for the first time, an aluminium chassis. It shares only a handful of components with the old Z1000. The bike has new styling, a lower seat and a horizontally-mounted rear shock that frees up room under the engine for the new exhaust system. MCN revealed the new...

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Aug 02

Posts: 2769

spondonste says:

New Z1

Quite like some aspects of the styling although the end can looks a bit oversized and the seat unit's a bit plain jane looking. In pure black this could possibly make me consider trying a kawasaki again. Lets just hope it doesn't go the usual way of bike upgrades by putting on far more weight than necessary (aluminium is a third the weight of steel but a third of the strength so can give a stiffer chassis but not always a lighter one.)

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Sep 09

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Aug 02

Posts: 120

jbond says:

Why don't the Japanese get it?

Street triple, Speed triple, Superduke, Tuono, Streetfighter/Monsters, Brutale
Z1000, Bandit, CB1000R, CBF1000, FZ1

Do we actually want watered down, old man's versions of big bikes or do we want factory streetfighters that are a real alternative to sports bikes? Why do all the big Japanese naked bikes have tuned down engines and suspension/chassis bits that are built down to a cost while the European bikes are built to be credible hooligan machines? As we all get older, there must be a sizable number of people who can't bend onto a sports bike any more but don't want to give up the latest greatest technology. Or who want to get their kicks at 90 instead of 130. Come on guys. Give us a Blade, GSXR, ZX10 or R1 with high bars and a minimal fairing not this watered down version.[1] Think 4 cylinder Tuono/Superduke, what's not to like?

As the Japanese start to build things like the CBF, GSX, there's another possibility in here. A full on sports bike but with high bars and a bigger upper fairing. And it's the same or similar argument, why can't you have all that faster, lighter, better goodness just with less of the racer crouch and with a much bigger screen?

But then maybe the Japanese actually make more money like this.

[1]Guess I'll have to build it then.

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Aug 02

Posts: 14

dartman says:


Quite like the styling,not too sure about the headlamp and fairing though and it looks like the naff exhaust arrangement of the outgoing model have not been binned! (too big and bulky!)

Would look better with a one colour like black or the motogp metalic green! ;0)

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Dec 05

Posts: 39

owensj says:


So when will MCN be showing us the new Z750?  French mags have already shown it.  Come on MCN!

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Feb 08

Posts: 276

Trumpton3 says:


Right with you there mate

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Sep 08

Posts: 498

hopefully it will be as fun as the first model but less vibey and more powerful than the 2nd gen. O and that suspension isnt so crud

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Oct 05

Posts: 28

screemin187 says:

Love it

Think its beautiful


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Oct 05

Posts: 543

evilamnesiac says:

jbond, the z1000, cb1000r etc sell well because not everyone wants a hooligan machine. some people want smooth power delivery, comfortable power delivery and sports handling but in something thats easy to ride day in day out (arguably the speed triple fulfills these criteria admirably) . Motorcycle manufacturers build the bikes they think will sell, if there was a real market for a type of bike they will of course attempt to get in on it, but they aren't going to go into an already saturated market. if you want a naked wheelie machine then buy a tuono, superduke etc you have plenty of choice. I haven't included the GSF1250 and CBF1000 as they are aimed at a different market entirely, and both those bikes sell extremely well to people looking for a grunty comfortable all rounder.

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Oct 09

Posts: 3

new z1000 maybe the japanese do get it!

Although the z1000 may not have all the latest gizmos of the zx10 it`s aimed at a very different market, and while I agree that there are people out there who want what jbond described, most people buy these bikes because of their looks not their performance. And I think that a lot of the bikes you mention, because they use the engines etc from a supersports machine end up looking "bitty" and unfinished, see the s4 monster that used the 916 derived engine instead of the air cooled motor or even the tuono to see what I mean. The Jap bikes may not have the purity of purpose of some of their european rivals but they also don`t have all the electrics and water pipes hanging out everywhere because on the original supersport machine they were tucked out of sight behind a fairing. there is a lot more thought  that goes into the design of a naked bike than "strip the fairings off and fit some high bars" Look closer at the details of the Jap bikes and you will notice engines, radiators etc that are designed to "look" right without a fairing. Also just how often do most of us who ride naked bikes really go 130mph plus?

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