KAWASAKI Z750R (2011 - 2012) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£100|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Kawasaki say they’re gunning for the Street Triple R with the new Z750R, but it ultimately lacks excitement and you don’t get the kind of performance you want from a 750 or an ‘R’ tagged bike. It seems the marketing men have gone a bit giddy with that badge. If you’re expecting a smaller version of the excellent new Z1000, you’re going to be disappointed.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The Z750R features new forks (taken from the ’09 Z1000), rear shock, wheels, a lighter aluminium swingarm and radial Nissin four-piston front calipers. These new parts should offer a slight improvement in handling and braking over the standard Z750, but we haven’t ridden the two models back-to-back. What makes the riding experience so uninspiring is the Z750R’s weight. The non-ABS version, which we get in the UK, is 224kg wet, that’s 6kg more than the Z1000 and only 5kg lighter than a fully-fuelled BMW R1200GS.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The 105bhp, liquid-cooled, 16v, inline-four cylinder 748cc motor is unchanged from the standard Z750’s. It’s fun enough when you’re in the mood, but you have to scream it for best results, as there’s little grunt to speak of. Overall, the motor feels flat, bland and breathless, more like a 600 than what you’d expect from a 750. Top speed is restricted by the size of your neck muscles. In the real world, that’s around 90mph.To put that into perspective, it’s a massive 45bhp down on a GSX-R750 and lacks the Suzuki’s midrange too. OK, it’s not fair to compare a budget middleweight (although costing seven grand it’s not that budget) with one of the best sports bikes on the planet, but the Z750R shouldn’t be that far off, especially when you consider the Street Triple R has similar power to the Daytona 675.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
There’s no reason to doubt the Z750R will go on-and-on, but the sheer weight of the machine suggests it’s not exactly made from the best components and materials money can buy.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The Z750R is £500 more than the base model, but for newbie Kawasaki fans, you’re best heading for the brilliant ER-6N, which is lighter, has more character, is much more fun, no slower in the real world and a useful £1500 cheaper. If you’re more experienced and want more big bang for your buck and smiles aplenty, the similarly-priced Triumph Street Triple R is still the Daddy. Find a Kawasaki Z750 for sale.
Chassis-mods aside, the Z750R is quite basic and doesn’t even come with fully-adjustable suspension, which is something you’d expect from an ‘R’ model. It does get a new dash and nose fairing, though. Compare and buy parts for the Z750 in the MCN Shop.
|Engine type||16v, inline-four-cylinder|
|Frame type||Tubular steel frame|
|Fuel capacity||18.5 litres|
|Front suspension||41mm forks, rebound and preload adjustable|
|Rear suspension||Single shock, rebound and preload adjustable|
|Front brake||2 x 300mm petal discs with Nissin four-piston radial calipers|
|Rear brake||250mm single petal disc with single-piston caliper.|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||180/55 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||35 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£100|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||105 bhp|
|Max torque||58 ft-lb|
|Top speed||130 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||144 miles|
Model history & versions
Model introduced in 2011
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Owners' reviews for the KAWASAKI Z750R (2011 - 2012)
2 owners have reviewed their KAWASAKI Z750R (2011 - 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:||£100|
Annual servicing cost: £145
The handling, brakes and smooth power delivery.
The brakes are very strong with lots of feel. The rear shock was very hard from new which was OK on smooth roads but horrible over bumps. I had the suspension set up by 100% suspension which helped a lot but further improvements would mean buying a better quality shock.
This was the cost for the 3,000 mile service.
I love my Z its fun and to me that is the most important part of motorcycling. Granted its not the fastest or covered in rider aids but for me it handles and preforms brilliant. I have done 4 trackdays this year and been able to keep up or pass bigger more expensive bikes. See you tube Z750R Llandow. I would recommend the Z to new or experienced riders, its never let me down always starts on the button and puts a smile on my face every time I ride it.
Buying experience: The bike was purchased from M&P.
Version: matt black
Annual servicing cost: £65
Bought this to do my test on. Felt very powerful when I first rode it compared to my old SV650. Passed my test and still find this bike has plenty of power. In the real world I can blast with much more powerful bikes without being too far behind but being a street bike speeds over 100mph start to pull off your head after a while. Still stable at 135mph if you don't mind the wind drag on your neck.
i regularly take 2 to 3 hours before stop. Most comfortable bike I have owned. Only problem I have is a hip cramp but I have always had this on other bikes due to an old injury. I think I get longer on the Z before it kicks in than on sportier shape bikes
slightly lumpy down low. This could be down to the after market can as its even lumpier with the baffle out.
I bought mine second hand and the previous owner had left it outdoors for 2 years. There was some rusting on bolts etc. which polished off easily with a rub of wet 'n dry. The frame welds particularly under the seats had started to show slight rust. I treated these to a bit of Kurust from hammerite and some satin paint and a year later no problems.
I bought this bike quite cheap and serviced it myself. Oil and filter cost about 45 euro. I got a full set of brake pads with the bike and changed them (1 hour) easily. K&N filter had been fitted and just requires a clean every service
Fairly basic as standard. I added heated grips and a 12v socket for charging ancillaries and also the battery without having to remove seats. i also fitted a bagster tank cover which looks well in matt black and a tank bag which holds enough for one overnight or two if you're a dirt bird.
Buying experience: Bought privately and knocked a grand off the price due to the guy heading on military service and wanting rid.