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Michael Neeves  says:

Kawasaki Z800 first ride: "A smooth and refined ride"

Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, has just ridden the new £7499 Kawasaki Z800 at its launch in the south of France. Here are his initial thoughts – check out MCN on Wednesday for the full review. "This is the replacement for the Z750, a bike that’s actually been around for 10 years next year – doesn’t time fly? "Kawasaki has done a...

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Feb 09

Posts: 129



Why would anyone want this Lardy thing,it has gone up 22kg from the bike it replaces so whats the point of having an extra 50cc with the added weight.Should have stayed with the Z750 and upgraded that

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Mar 08

Posts: 10

BREE says:


I really cannot believe that the given weight is correct, in-fact I would bet that it is incorrect especially as this information comes via a journalist. And we all know how unreliable their information is especially when reporting on the worlds most over rated bikes ( Triumph that is and obviously MCNs part owners )... My SX1000 is lighter than 229kg and that's with a full tank of fuel........, 

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Apr 10

Posts: 116

tim8061 says:

Kerb weight?

Must be wet weight surely? Why do journos rave about new bikes at 220+kg making 120bhp when my 9yr old SV weighs sub-180kg and makes 120bhp? Why would I want to change it for something newer and lardier? Oh yes, they get paid to say it, silly me.

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Feb 05

Posts: 223

Bob_1 says:

Puzzled ??

In the last shot of the video, when Michael Neeves takes his hand off the throttle to give a thumbs-up, the engine doesn't slow ?? A bit of deceptive editing perhaps but a continuity error nonetheless !!

The Z800 did sound quite good though. 

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Apr 11

Posts: 32

Hyabusa1340 says:


mediocrity? very heavy....

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Feb 11

Posts: 46

lewi103 says:


It's left hand drive over there isn't it?...

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Dec 07

Posts: 84

HF_ZX10r says:

The one?

I did a test drive on the Z750r and it was on the boundary of a really good bike but not quite. This might be the answer. I’ll give it a wee test ride and see if it cuts the mustard.

I have my views on the best commuter bike and this might be the one.

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Oct 10

Posts: 36

sandmacker says:


They're fat and they're cheesy . A GSXR 750 Suzuki would be a far better option .A 2012 model can be got for

7500 to 8500 pounds . A far better bike on so many levels .190 kgs dripping wet and 148 hp says it all .

Not a naked ? get some up right bars and take off the fairing . Sorry Kwaka , but this ones a lemon just like the 750 was

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Sep 06

Posts: 302

gixercarl says:


Kawasaki seem to be on their money with the right bikes at the moment the Z800 will be a massive hit

and by god have the green machine got their styling right these days

in a time when Yam & Suz providing us with nothing Honda and Kawasaki are working hard which is exactly what you need to do in  desperate times

MCN stop drumming on about over  rated over priced  panigales and exotic s1000

not once have i seen praise in the MCN of thre work Kawasaki have done

i have owned the latest ZX10 and ZZR1400 in the last 18 months and they are awesome tools, you must ride them

the 14 is awesome

come on MCN lets praise team green please

Neevsey please adjust your patter on the GSXR750 please a bike i adore and how owned at least 6 models

however the 750 died in 2008 when Honda brought out the new Fireblade what ever the 750 can do, the blade can do better and is now the most balanced bike in the world rendering the 750 legend pointless

well done Kawasaki !!!!! keeping our world alive

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