Everything works just fine on the Z750 unless the road’s bumpy, you’re heavier than average or you ride hard. The unadjustable front’s too soft and the rear is too harsh – and twiddling the shock’s four-step rebound adjustment makes next to no difference. The two-piston brakes are budget items but effective enough to pull easy stoppies.
The Kawasaki Z750's 748cc DOHC in-line four makes 20bhp more than Honda’s Hornet 600, 13bhp more than Yamaha’s FZ6 and 30 more than Suzuki’s SV650. The motor is a sleeved down version of the factory’s ZX-9R superbike, but it feels like the perfect fit in its new home.
The Kawasaki Z750's can is prone to streaking with rust, the brakes need regular cleaning through winter and it’s hard on its tyres. Other than that the Z750 is a hassle-free ride, with service intervals spaced oddly at 600, 4000, 7500 and 12,000 miles.
In a pound-per-bhp scrap there’s not much better than a Kawasaki Z750. It’s not the bike to buy if you do a lot of distance work, but for putting a smile on your face there’s not much to touch it for the price. New bikes tumble in value, which makes them a great used buy. Find a Kawasaki Z750 for sale.
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The best aftermarket mod for the Kawasaki Z750 is an official flyscreen – it’s not obtrusive and it makes a huge difference to distance comfort. There’s an ignition-based immobiliser as standard and a huge factory extras catalogue.