KAWASAKI Z750 (2007-2012) Review

Published: 30 April 2007

"Hits the right spot for lovers of style and a zinging engine"

Kawasaki Z750 motorcycle review - Riding

"Hits the right spot for lovers of style and a zinging engine"

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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

 

 

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 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…

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 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 group: 11 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

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…

 

Owners' Reviews

21 owners have reviewed their KAWASAKI Z750 (2007-2012) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your KAWASAKI Z750 (2007-2012)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 4.9 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4.1 out of 5
5 out of 5

brilliant Budget bike

07 March 2010 by cmj897

Love this bike better than a Bandit, my two faults with it are the slash from the rear wheel when its wet but hopefully the rear hugger will stop that when i get it fitted the other is the mirrors, does any one know where i can get extenders for... Read more the mirrors or alternitives, they just a little too short to see whats behid you properly but i love this bike a lot thanks for a good bike Kawasaki

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Super Z750

20 September 2009 by Brized

Bought the bike new in March and have to say what a great bike, enjoy riding it for commuting and weekend ride outs. Yes, the seat can become uncomfortable after 120 miles or so but other than that i couldn't of made a better choice and it puts a... Read more smile on my face every day i ride it.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Zed 750 09

25 August 2009 by Anonymous

Had her for two weeks now and im absolutely lovin it.Got the green n black one,ex demo 1200m otc for 4300quid.Run in n ready to go.Even in standard guise i get looks wherevr i go.Didnt think id get as many turned heads as i did with my SV,which was... Read more totally modded up,But its a close run thing.The riding position is just spot on.Nice n upright round the town,plenty of room to chuck yourself around on the twisties and plenty room to tuck in at speed.This is my first taste of windblast and you sure do feel it at speed.around the ton mark,which you will experience within the first 4/5 seconds of your ride if you so wish,you gotta hold on tight.This thing just seems to go and go and go.5k rpm and she just comes alive.Screaming motor.Slick feeling gearbox means you can get the power down smoothly.Best thing about the whole package though is that all the power is useable,it really suits the type of riding i do which involves the daily commute of 30 miles and the weekend for some playtime.Honestly, get one, you will not be disappointed

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

new Z

21 August 2009 by joeer6n

just finished running in my new Z750, bit of a chore but hopefully worth it in the long run. first impressions are very good,bike seems well planted and solid on the road. very smooth through the gears,loads of torque and very quick when... Read more required. thinking of getting a set of handlebar risers as i seem to be stretching just a fraction - any comments on this would be appreciated. got a tail tidy and hugger ordered to tidy up the backend and keep crud off the rear shock.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

ZED 750 2007

06 March 2009 by crawfordjohn

PICKED UP THIS BABY YESTERDAY WITH ONLY 900 MLS ON THE CLOCK,IN SILVER,WITH ATTITUDE.HAD THE CHOICE BETWEEN SILVER AND BLACK,THE BLACK HAVING 3000 MLS ON THE CLOCK AND ONLY A £200.00 PRICE DIFFERENCE. THE BIKE IS A GREAT DRIVE WITH A SEXY ENGINE... Read more NOTE AT HIGH REVS,ACCELERATION TESTING THE OLD ARM MUSCLES!.IS A REAL HEAD TURNER. HOWEVER GOING OVER ANY TYPE OF UNEVEN SURFACE THE BACK END IS ALL OVER THE SHOP AND THE RIDE SCARY.WORST ASPECTS ARE THE SIDE STAND AND CRAP MIRRORS.THE STAND NEEDS TO BE 15MM SHORTER.UNLESS ON A SLIGHT INCLINE THE BIKE IS UNSTABLE ON THE STAND AND COULD BE BLOWN OR PUSHED OVER EASILY.THE MIRRORS ARE TOO SMALL AND I CAN'T SEE PAST MY JACKET SLEEVE(I AM A BIG BLOKE).DANGEROUS.ANOTHER GRIPE IS THE REAR MUDGUARD,AFTER RIDING IN THE RAIN YESTERDAY THE SPRAY DRENCHED THE PILLION AND THE WHOLE OF MY JACKET AND HELMET,....TOO NARROW KAWASAKI!!.NECESSARY ADD ONS WIL BE FENDER EXTENDER,REAR HUGGER,BETTER SEAT(NO PADDING IN THIS ONE),AND A SCREEN.SUSPENSION NEEDS ADJUSTED/FIXED.THIS WILL BE A RIGHT FEW BOB!. MOAN OVER I HAVE TO SAY THE BIKE GOES LIKE A TRAIN AND IS BETTER LOOKING,HAS MORE POWER,AND IS CHEAPER THAN THE RIVALS!.HAS GREAT STREET CRED AND I THINK I HAVE MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE AFTER WEEKS OF REVIEW STUDIES!. IF YOU TEST DRIVE ONE OF THESE YOU WILL BUY!

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

super bike

24 December 2008 by haldaios

I have it 1 year and what can I say??? the bike rocks ;-) Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

2008 Model

10 November 2008 by Skippy355

Having owned this bike for just over a month from new, i dont feel totally qualified to offer a truly valid opinion BUT! having done a few hundred miles on it i think i've got a rough measure of the bike. Before i opted for the zed i weighed up what... Read more i wanted, of which 4 bikes stood out, each had their plus points but only the zed offered all the things i was looking for. Major plus points were the styling, a good torquey engine, forgiving in nature but that raw type atitude you would expect from a naked sports bike. If i had to pick minus points they would have to be the rear swing arm that looks budgety and i dont know if that has to do with the rear feeling when cornering or that maybe i just need to re-adjust the rear shock to suit me. The bike does need a rear hugger and tail tidy neither of which i have yet. I did get the rear seat cover, belly pan and windscreen all of which are great additions. I picked the bike up £700.00 less than list with 0% finance so i added those items in the deal so all in all a great bargain, just cant wait to hit that 6,000 rev mark and get a real feel for what the bike rides like. I'm more than impressed with the none ABS brakes, ride position (although the seat is still a little hard) and responsiveness from the engine, a great bonus having the 750 when comparing with others in its class which are 600 units. One thing that sticks in my mind which has stuck with me from when i first saw the bike to now owning one..... the word Streetfighter !!! I think people got the name of the Z750 exactly right by saying that about this bike. Its cool, quick, forgiving and fun. Try one, you'll then buy one !!!!!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Zed the dogs

16 October 2008 by greendemon

After much deliberation I took the plunge and took delivery of a spanking new Zed 09 model. The decision was over a street triple and Gsr600. Fitted with kwak screen, belly pan also tail tidy and hugger. Feels well planted even on new tyres. Does... Read more what i want when i want. Obviously not much wind deflection at speed but I could have gone for a super sport if that is what I wanted. All seems to be bedding in well and can't wait till the running in period is over for a taste of what it has in the pot. Was lent a ER-6n 09 model when tail tidy and hugger was being fitted, can't believe there is so much of a difference. Hence just rode the Er-6 home and carried on fitting the kitchen, did not fancy cruising around ( I am spoilt by the Zed )If your looking for a New ride, change or something different don't look any further than this bike.......

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Gem

19 July 2008 by owensj

What a gem of an engine. I love listening to the whirr. Great gearbox. Butch styling, seen boy racers giving sneaky side glances. ABS version. Comfy riding position. Got a Kwak flyscreen and bellypan. Puig mushrooms. Took the plunge in buying... Read more (new) as had read bad things about the suspension. Take no notice it is utterly fine! Better than the harsh ER6f suspension. A good step up too in that it is taller (I'm 5'7"), heavier and of bigger proportions to the ER6. No storage and my pillion can't get on! Sidestand can be tricky with rear pegs in the way. Overall, go with your heart not your head!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Zed

16 June 2008 by seabeeahh600

Had this bike for about a year and love it... I ride in all weathers and its never let me down, even suprised at how decent it looks even after 8k of miles... Engine really is a peach and I find I never need to change down, just open the throttle and... Read more away she goes....Buy one...

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2007
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £6,630
Used price £2,900 to £4,900
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 104.5 bhp
Max torque 57.5 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.1 secs
Average fuel consumption 46 mpg
Tank range 143 miles
Specification
Engine size 748cc
Engine type 16v dohc four-stroke in-line four, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel backbone
Fuel capacity 18.5 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 207kg
Front suspension Rebound and pre-load
Rear suspension Rebound and pre-load
Front brake 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

History & Versions

Model history

2007: Kawasaki Z750 launched.

Other versions

None.

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