New Kawasaki Z1000 gets new engine and chassis

Published: 05 October 2009

The 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 is all-new. It gets a 1043cc engine built from scratch and, for the first time, an aluminium chassis. It shares only a handful of components with the old Z1000.

The bike has new styling, a lower seat and a horizontally-mounted rear shock that frees up room under the engine for the new exhaust system.

MCN revealed the new 1043cc engine in September after discovering emissions documents detailing the increased capacity of the new engine but these are the first pictures of the finished bike.

The engine has a claimed 136bhp and 81ft lb of torque and has been tuned for low and mid-range grunt rather than outright power.

The Z1000 will be seen in the UK for the first time at the NEC Motorcycle Show in November and be in dealers soon after.

Full details of the new Z1000 will be in this week’s MCN out October 7

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