KAWASAKI Z750 (2007 - 2012) Review
- Popular bike to customise
- Proven ZX-9R engine
- Great value used purchase
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£160|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The second version of the Kawasaki Z750 naked bike 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.
In April 2010 Kawasaki announced the Z750 Urban Sports Edition, pictured below.
The bike was given an Akrapovic silencer, colour matched belly pan, wheel rim stripes and a genuine accessory seat cowl which would cost £1150.
It cost £1000 over the stock bike at £6999.
In 2011 Kawasaki launched the 750R to take on the Triumph Street Triple.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The Kawasaki Z750 has a 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.
Kawasaki Z750 owners' reviews on MCN
Our Kawasaki Z750 owners' reviews indicate most buyers are clearly pleased. Its only major downfall is the level of equipment you get, but most bikes will have been customised in some way anyway.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The Kawasaki Z750 was a budget bike a couple of hundred quid cheaper than the new Honda Hornet and cheaper than a Yamaha Fazer 600. Even the Kawasaki Z750's extra 150cc placing shouldn’t be too detrimental on the running costs.
Kawasaki Z750 group test on video
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…
The Kawasaki Z750 was offered in black, blue and orange from 2008.
|Engine type||16v dohc four-stroke in-line four, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel backbone|
|Fuel capacity||18.5 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||46 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£101|
|Annual service cost||£160|
|Used price||£2,700 - £4,500|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||104 bhp|
|Max torque||57.5 ft-lb|
|Top speed||130 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||12.1 secs|
|Tank range||143 miles|
Model history & versions
Other Kawasaki Z model reviews
- Kawasaki Z1000 review (2014-on)
- Kawasaki Z1000 review (2010-2013)
- Kawasaki Z1000 review (2007-2009)
- Kawasaki Z1000 review (2004-2006)
- Kawasaki Z1000SX review (2017-on)
- Kawasaki Z1000SX review (2014-on)
- Kawasaki Z1000SX review (2010-2013)
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- Kawasaki Z250SL review (2015-on)
- Kawasaki Z300 review (2015-on)
- Kawasaki Z400 review (2019-on)
- Kawasaki Z650 review (2017-on)
- Kawasaki Z750 review (2003-2006)
- Kawasaki Z750R review (2011-2012)
- Kawasaki Z800 review (2013-on)
- Kawasaki Z900 review (2017-on)
- Kawasaki Z900RS review (2017-on)
- Kawasaki Z900RS Café review (2018-on)
Owners' reviews for the KAWASAKI Z750 (2007 - 2012)
23 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£160|
Annual servicing cost: £160
A really good all round bike, looks cool goes well, super reliable and makes you smile like all good bikes should. I've had 28 bikes of all sorts and styles including many with more power and the Z is up there with the best of them. No gizmos to speak of and enough usable power without a threatening to high side out of every corner. I was going to change it after 2 years of ownership but have decided against it.
I've give 4 stars due to standard seat being a bit rubbish, I have changed to a Shad one which looks better and gives you another hours riding before numb bum. Rear suspension isn't top notch, however this keeps your speed to more manageable levels and makes you concentrate on the riding which I like. Last week I did 320 miles riding in day which is a lot for me and Z was perfect, mix of motorways, A and B roads.
Sounds great (I have a Beowulf can fitted), tractable at everyday speeds with decent torque so few gear changes until you want to get a shift on, and goes very well if you get up in the higher rev range. For most of us 100 BHP is more than enough.
Absolutely nothing nothing has gone wrong in the 4k miles Iv'e done in 2 years. Cleans up well and looks like new.
Simple to look after, the rear tyre has lasted 4k and will need changing before MOT, front did 6k before change. I'm using Dunlop Qualifier 2's and these work well for me. Fuel economy is decent as well I'm getting near 50 mpg and range can be up to 150 miles on a tank.
Mine has a gear indicator fitted which is a nice touch, the trip meter and clock are useful and the white rev counter just looks the part. Would be nice to have a little bit of storage under the seat but there is nothing.
Buying experience: Bought privately from original owner who was emigrating and didn't really want to sell, did almost 3k miles in 8 years, so was basically a new bike with loads of extras already fitted. Paid 3600 which was a steal!
My First Z and I Love it. I've had a few bikes now, and heavily played with supermoto machines, a couple of sportsbikes, and even a Buell has been in the garage, but I needed something that was fun, easy to live with and could be used, and put away. I looked at all the midrange bikes, but kept coming back to the Z750/800, with the sale of a Daytona 955i coming much quicker than expected, I found myself looking for something local, and in budget. A 2008 registered J6F, at good money, and in silver with orange highlights, couldn't resist. It's a gen 1, but it goes well, handles and stops, might not be a world beater, or a Sunday GP racer, but that's not what I want it for. It's good for a ride out, enjoying the bike, and with a nice aftermarket can, sounds good too. I've spent more on it, but that's what bikes are for, and I really do enjoy it. I would say yes to recommending this to a friend.
Brakes work well, but braided lines do increase the feel.
Rust on some of the metal work, swingarm, and under seat, but nothing a winter fettle wouldn't cure.
Fly screen a must, but can cause vibration, easily fixed with some screen trim.
Buying experience: Bought privately.
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 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
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 smile on my face every day i ride it.
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 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
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 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.
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 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!
I have it 1 year and what can I say??? the bike rocks ;-)
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 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 !!!!!
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 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.......
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 (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!
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 away she goes....Buy one...
Great bike, made the changeover from a Zx6rJ1 after 5 years and was a little worried about going to the Zed. But its a great bike, good looking, plenty powerful enough for day to day road riding. The only thing lacking is some storage for a lock, puncture repair kit etc. Altogether it feels a better built bike than the earlier kwaks and although it will suffer the usual kwak depreciation its a bike I think I will want to hold onto for a good few years. A good all round bike at a budget price. Buy one, I doubt you will be disappointed.
I spent many troubled nights trying to decide on a bike in this class, I test rode many a few times over. In the end I plumped for the Z750. Now, I should explain that my previous bike history is only a Bandit 1200 and 600, (both from new). The Z750 is an amazing bike to look at, nothing touches it in this class, with it's striking lines and simple colour scheme. Even the exhaust has been designed to compliment the look. I've so far only comlpeted 500 miles of run-in times, but already can feel the potential of the bike waiting to be released. Even running in, the low end torque was impressive. I don't push the bike to it's limts as the test riders do, so don't see the potential downsides to the buget suspension and brakes. The seat however, is uncomfortable, and will take some time to bed in. The tacho/speed display is by far the best in class, simple and functional. I've only made one modification, and that's a tail tidy, which wholly complients the style. I managed to get my black Z750 on 0%finance with nearly £700 off the list price - a bargin compaired to it's rivals. I attended the NEC bike show, and once again sat on all the bikes in this class, I'm more than happy I've made the right decision.
Took delivery of my Zed on 2nd August and right up to the point of being handed the keys, I wondered if I was doing the right thing. Reason being that I was to p/ex my brilliant 600 Hornet which was quick and chuckable and a pure joy to thrash - oh,and I've always had Hondas. However, within ten minutes my Hornet was forgotten. The Kawasaki is fantastic, steadily running in but I know it's an absolute gem. Mine's black (green not available, and I'm glad now I didn't have the option) and all you need do is get a tail tidy and a small number plate - it's a real head turner..! Only downside is the extra 25 ish kilos over the Hornet which I find very evident. Hornet definately more nimble - or maybe I haven't mastered it yet! Thoroughly Recommended..!
A greta bike. Easy to ride with plenty of power. Get one you wont regret it.
great bike,hard seat,loads of laughs,looks fantastic....buy one1
I have had some very good motorcycles over the years but I really enjoy the experience on the Kawasaki Z750, the engine is smooth from idle with enough torque to ride anywhere in the rev range, the gearbox was a little clunky when I was running it in but everything changes when you push the bike harder. I have no problem with the Brakes which have a good feel and I see little point of the ABS option. The suspension which has been criticized in the press is fine at the speeds I ride. I wanted a green Z750 but am so glad I got a black one which looks much better in reality than the promotional material (Get a tank pad fitted when you order to ovoid unsightly tank scratches) the overall build quality is very good although the rear swing arm does look a little cheap compared with alloy items on similar bikes. Overall I am very pleased, Kawasaki have built a bike which has attitude when its stood still and it is far more fun to ride regardless of speed than many a “Super Bike”. You will not regret buying this bike and if you can get one on 0% finance it’s an absolute steal.
Had this fantastic bike for a few weeks now and I absolutely love it. I got the black one in the end which I personally think looks great - definitely the best looking bike for under £5K new. Easy to ride fast or slow and gets lots of admiring comments when parked up. Off to France on it soon and can't wait. Buy one - you won't regret it!
just finished running in . Very impressed . great motor , very comfortable great bike.Went from a triumph tiger to this bike , was a bit worried about comfort & handling but so far this is light years better than the triumph , spped , handling the lot !!!!
After looking at what else was on the market I decided on the Z750 in silver (which in the flesh looks better than in the brochure) had sports bikes before so wasnt sure if it was gonna be a love or hate relationship... love it! running in but its a hoot already, handles just great on the road and would only really find its limitations if you were on the track which lets face it most of us dont do on a regular basis. She looks fantastic, definitely the best looking in class, sounds great, given me more smiles in the 3 weeks I've had her than the 3yrs I had my gsxr750. Go test ride one, you'll be amazed!
absolutely love the bike, i have gone from sports bikes (zxr, r6, RSV millie) to this my 1st naked bike and not looked back since! just to reasure anybody having doubts after reading roadtests commenting about handling, take it from an owner they handle very nicely, although very firm they are flickable and very stable. The dunlop quallifiers that are on the bike have my 100% confidence and dispite having sports bikes in the past i have never had my knee down but within two weeks of owning the bike (and whilst still running in the engine) i had my knee down no problems so that speaks volumes to me. if anybody is thinking about one then my advise is to go and treat yourself, you won't be dissapointed
My last three bikes have been an R6(04), GSXR750 (04) and an R1 (O5)so you can see that i dont keep my bikes that long. It was last Nov/Dec i first saw the pictures of the 07 Z750 in green and i thought it looked a stunner. So in January with snow on the ground i had to order one, completely different to my previous bikes but had to see what it was like, i ordered a black one being a boring chap trying to play safe but in the end changed my order for the green one, im glad i did now as its cracking. Although i have only done 500 miles and they have been running in miles (ish)i have been impressed with the whole naked bike thing, the bike turns on a sixpence has loads of low down power and is a more pleasurable experience, long gone are those aching forearms and surching for a perfect bit of road, the Z makes every road a pleasure to ride and has renewed my interest in just cruising around (used to get bored on sportsbikes unless i was with a group or on a trackday). Thoroughly enjoy the zed and recommend to anyone who gets secondthoughts after reading numerous roadtests making comments about handling, brakes or whatever, for most of us all bikes a cracking and we never quite understand what the journalist mean. Going touring through france on 20th May so looking forward to comparing my previous trips.