Kawasaki’s Z1000 has been a strong player in the naked litre class since the reintroduction of the model in 2003, replete with shotgun-style exhausts in homage to the original Zed. And on November 5, at the upcoming EICMA show in Milan, Kawasaki has confirmed it will unveil the next iteration of Z1000.
Head of Motorcycle Design at Kawasaki, Keishi Fukumoto, says: “We were delighted to be asked to take a “clean sheet” approach to the new Z1000 styling, to create a Supernaked machine that reflects the passion and emotions of the type of rider attracted to this popular class of motorcycle with a highly refined blend of unique Kawasaki spirit and bold “Sugomi” design.
“From a styling perspective we’ve looked to capture and distil the look and feel of a crouching predator making ready to pounce and combined this with refined engineering features plus performance updates to reinforce the Z1000’s position as the class leading Supernaked machine”.
Reflecting this new design philosophy, also adopted for the Z800, the Z1000 is a result of Kawasaki’s “Sugomi” approach “creating a machine with the palpable energy and appearance of a predatory animal stalking its prey.”
Rather than being simply “fastest” or “most powerful”, Kawasaki claim that the new Z1000 concentrates on the “emotional intensity of the ride, the tactile feeling of physical control and a carefully measured balance between the two extremes of outstanding engine and chassis dynamic that only Kawasaki, the creators of the Supernaked category, could have realised.”
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