Instead the biggest changes come with the chassis in the form of updated, top spec suspension and brakes. Forks are ZX-6R-alike (but retuned) separate function, 41mm ‘Big Piston Forks’, brakes: enlarged (by 10mm) 310mm petal discs and, like last month’s Z1000SX, new monobloc radial calipers.
If anything, the Zed’s ride, steering, braking and whole blend of practicality and entertainment are better yet.
The compact, ‘in’ riding position, a ride that, thanks to the new, quality suspension which is on the ‘buff’ or taut side of comfortable, plus divinely precise and confidence-inspiring steering which makes a mockery of the Kawa’s apparent size, all help endow the Zed with truly great street handling. I use the word ‘street’ deliberately. Around a track it’d probably be too hefty and laborious. On the road, at normal, brisk or even serious licence-losing three-figure speed, it’s sharp yet utterly planted, responsive without being twitchy or frisky, engaging and thoroughly entertaining – right down to the fierce but finessed, one-finger brakes.