The 2007 Kawasaki Z1000 was revised enough from the previous model to be called ‘new’ but is still instantly recognisable. The much talked about styling changes don’t look like much by today’s standards, but in 2007 nothing else produced by a Japanese firm had so many styling details and naked bikes still generally had a bit less on.
The ZX-9R derived motor is tweaked for a less frantic upper rpm delivery and now, in the Kawasaki Z1000, exudes cream-like torque from zero revs. This is the last version of the bike to use this engine before the bigger 1043cc lump started to be used in 2010.
The Z1000’s roots stretch back to the Kawasaki Z1 900 from the early 1970s which was released to take on the incredibly popular Honda CB750. Despite being the most powerful road bike of its day, the Z1 was pliable, forgiving and comfortable (especially compared to the two-stroke triples Kawasaki made before it), traits that have clearly been passed down to the Z1000.