Kawasaki reveal new Z1000 R Edition for 2017

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Kawasaki have just revealed an 'R Edition' version of their naked Z1000 street bruiser as a new-for-2017 model.

The new bike (surely they should have called it the Z1R?) is fully Euro4 compliant, while Kawasaki claim they’ve managed to hit the emissions targets without any drop-off in power or torque over the existing engine.

The Z1000 R Edition gets some superbike-level trinkets to spice it up, too. First up is the addition of a set of Brembo 310mm Brembo floating front discs, complete with lateral grooves for improved heat dissipation, which are gripped by a pair of fat Brembo M50 monobloc calipers. And feeding them fluid is a set of stainless steel braided brake lines for improved performance and consistency.


Adding a little more finesse to the Zed’s suspension is the addition of a flash of gold and yellow – in the form of an Öhlins S46DR1S fully-adjustable shock, with remote preload adjuster. While the hardware is unchanged at the front, Kawasaki say they’ve introduced revised settings to ensure it matches the rear Öhlins’ action.  

In terms of electronics, there are revised ECU settings to deliver a smoother power curve, the addition of a digital gear position indicator, and an adjustable shift-light that illuminates the rev counter display as the preset rpm limit is reached.

The R Edition gets its own Metallic Spark Black and Metallic Graphite Grey paintscheme, with a ‘special graphic package’, seat material embossed with the Z logo and further individual touches adding to an incredible visual appearance.

The standard Z1000 will still also be available in 2017, and will come in two new colours: Metallic Spark Black and Golden Blazed Green as well as Candy Burnt Orange and Flat Ebony.

Pricing is due to be announced at Motorcycle Live (November 19-27), where show-goers will be able to see the new Zeds for the first time in the UK, while bikes are expected to arrive in dealers from January 2017 onwards.


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Richard Newland

By Richard Newland