The sculpted bodywork is carefully crafted to bring the aggressive Z design to the next level; the Super-Naked. Kawasaki engineers were also determined to further enhance the riding impact offered by the dynamic Super-Naked. The engine and chassis settings deliver a stiffer, more direct ride feel sure to please experienced riders. Updated for Euro 4 with addional features and revised engine and chassis settings to make the Z1000 the Supernaked leader.
This significant step forward, in both looks and feel, transforms the Z1000 into the market's most radical Supernaked. Its appearance and performance can be expressed by the word sugomi - imposing and inspiring awe.
Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension
Compared to Kawasaki's traditional Uni-Trak rear suspension, which mounts the shock unit vertically, with Horizontal Back-link rear suspension, the shock unit is almost horizontal. Kawasaki's original suspension arrangement locates the shock unit very close to the bike's centre of gravity, greatly contributing to mass centralisation. And because there is no linkage or shock unit protruding beneath the swingarm, this frees up space for a larger exhaust pre-chamber (an exhaust expansion chamber situated just upstream of the silencer). With a larger pre-chamber, silencer volume can be reduced, and heavy exhaust components can be concentrated closer to the centre of the bike, further contributing to mass centralisation. The result is greatly improved handling.
Another benefit is that the shock unit is placed far away from exhaust heat. Because it is more difficult for heat from the exhaust system to adversely affect suspension oil and gas pressure, suspension performance is more stable. Horizontal Back-link rear suspension offers numerous secondary benefits like this.
Economical Riding Indicator
Using high-precision electronic control for engine management, Kawasaki models can achieve a high level of fuel efficiency. However, fuel consumption is greatly affected by throttle use, gear selection, and other elements under the rider's control.
The Economical Riding Indicator is a function that indicates when current riding conditions are consuming a low amount of fuel. The system continuously monitors fuel consumption, regardless of vehicle speed, engine speed, throttle position and other riding conditions. When fuel consumption is low for a given speed (i.e. fuel efficiency is high), an "ECO" mark appears on the instrument panel's LCD screen. By riding so that the "ECO" mark remains on, fuel consumption can be reduced.
While effective vehicle speed and engine speed may vary by model, paying attention to conditions that cause the "ECO" mark to appear can help riders improve their fuel efficiency - a handy way to increase cruising range. Further, keeping fuel consumption low also helps minimise negative impact on the environment.
ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)
Sudden over-application of the brakes, or braking on low-grip surfaces (surfaces with a low coefficient of friction) such as wet asphalt or manhole covers may cause a motorcycle's wheel(s) to lock up and slip. ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) was developed to prevent such incidents. Kawasaki ABS systems are controlled by high precision and highly reliable programming formulated based on thorough testing of numerous riding situations. By ensuring stable braking performance, they offer rider reassurance that contributes to greater riding enjoyment.
And to meet the special requirements of certain riders, specialised ABS systems are also available. For example, KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System) is a high-precision brake system designed specifically for supersport models, enabling sport riding to be enjoyed by a wider range of riders. And by linking the front and rear brakes, K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) ABS provides the confidence to enjoy touring on heavyweight models. Kawasaki is continually working on the development of other advanced ABS systems.
Assist & Slipper Clutch
Based on feedback from racing activities, the Assist & Slipper Clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a slipper cam) to either drive the clutch hub and operating plate together or apart.
Under normal operation, the assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the total clutch spring load to be reduced, which translates to a lighter clutch lever feel when operating the clutch.
When excessive engine braking occurs as a result of quick downshifts (or an accidental downshift) the slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart. This relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and help prevent the rear tyre from hopping and skidding. This race-style function is particularly useful when sport or track riding.
Condensed, dynamic form. Intense Glare.
A key visual component is the LED headlamp cowl which was positioned as low as possible, extending the line running down from the top of the tank to create the image of a crouching predator's muscular shoulders and dropped head.
The condensed, dynamic form is reinforced by all-new bodywork that fits much closer to the engine and frame. As before mass is concentrated at the front, with the light tail cowl a mere wisp, as if drawn with the flick of a pen.
This was the first time for Kawasaki to use the reflector-less LED headlamp design.
Using LED lamps allows the design to be thin, the shape contributing to the more intense glare of the Z1000's face, and the reflector-less design further enhances its predatory appearance.
The bodywork of the Z1000 creates a lean image it compared to its predecessor. The design trims bulk and unnecessary design flourishes to highlight the functionality of the bike's parts.
The bodywork is fit to the bike with much tighter tolerances- space between the bodywork and engine/frame is minimised - adding to the high quality image
Mirrors have a greater range of movement, increasing rearward visibility and offering easier adjustability. 5-way adjustable brake and clutch lever can be set to suit the size of the rider's hands, contributing to rider comfort. Clear reservoir on the front brake master cylinder enhances the high quality appearance.
Seating with Style
The Z1000's front seat features a "Z" pattern seat cover material, adding a high-quality touch.
Rear seat shape is integrated into that of the front seat. The compact pillion pad was designed to have the appearance of a single-seat cover, adding to the sporty look of the compact tail section.
Gear position indicator increases shifting precision and confidence, while also lending to the Z1000's sporty image. New shift-up indicator function contributes a sportier image and makes shifting through the gears a more exciting experience. (The top part of the bar-style tachomete - from 4,000 rpm onward - flashes when the set rpm is reached. Clock can be displayed in either 12h or 24h time, according to rider preference.
It is important to note that the Z1000's direct response and awesome riding exhilaration do not come at the cost of manageability. Contrary to its aggressive appearance, the Z1000 is accommodating and enables riders of various skill levels to experience its highly stimulating engine and chassis performance.
Revised ECU settings contribute to an even smoother power delivery, facilitating control and contributing to rider comfort and confidence, and deliver cleaner emissions, ensuring Euro 4 regulations are cleared. Evaporator further contributes to cleaner emissions.
Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 1,043 cm3 In-line Four offers impressive power (104.5 kW (142 PS) and strong torque.
Assist & Slipper Clutch
Assist & Slipper Clutch was developed based on feedback from racing activities. The clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a slipper cam), offering lighter lever pressure and back-torque limiter function for smooth down changes.
Lighter & Sportier Operation
When the engine is operating at normal rpm the assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the total clutch spring load to be reduced, resulting in a lighter clutch lever pull when operating the clutch. Fewer clutch springs translate to a lighter clutch lever feel.
When excessive engine braking occurs - as a result of quick downshifts (or an accidental downshift) - the slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart. This relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and help prevent the rear tyre from hopping and skidding.
Power delivery is quite linear, but the engine spins up noticeably faster from about 7,000 rpm onwards. Silky smooth response at all rpm ensures excellent driveability.
Cool Air System
The Cool Air system routes cool air to the airbox from ducts at the front of the side fairings, minimising performance loss due to heated intake air. The carefully crafted auditory note of the intake is a key component of the street riding exhilaration offered by the Z1000. A resonator inside the airbox reduces noise at low rpm, and enhances intake sound at high rpm.
Stylish Quad Outlet Mufflers
Revisions to the main and pre-catalysers contribute to cleaner emissions, ensuring Euro 4 regulations are cleared.
The highly rigid aluminium frame features a high degree of mass centralisation, creating a balance between sharp turning and firm handling.
Modified linkage ratio increases rear wheel travel by 13 mm to 135 mm and delivers in suppler rear suspension action. Shock absorption is improved and the rear feels more planted.
The exhaust system, horizontal back-link rear suspension and the use of downdraft throttle bodies are the greatest contributors to mass centralisation. The horizontal back-link rear suspension arrangement frees up space taken up by the Uni-Trak suspension lower linkage, enabling a larger pre-chamber and allows the use of shorter mufflers to contribute to mass centralisation.
Separate Function Fork-Big Piston (SFF-BP)
Revised front fork settings deliver suppler action. Aggressive riding feel is maintained, while the significantly improved shock absorption offers increased ride comfort. The settings also contribute to lighter, natural handling.
ABS Front and Rear Brakes
he Z1000 features Tokico monobloc calipers and larger 310 mm front petal discs. Achieving the Z1000 braking characteristics required a redefinition of what Kawasaki's "ideal" braking for a Super-Naked was to be. Revised rear brake pad material and optimised return spring offer improved control and increased overall performance.
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Bore and Stroke
77.0 x 56.0 mm
DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
Forced lubrication, wet sump
Primary reduction ratio
Final reduction ratio
Wet multi-disc, manual
Steering angle (left/right)
29° / 29°
41 mm inverted fork with stepless compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged, with stepless rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs
Dual radial-mount, mono-bloc, opposed 4-piston with ABS
Single 250 mm petal disc
Single-piston with ABS
221 kg (includes full fuel tank and all fluids at correct levels)
105.0 kW (143 PS) @ 10,000 rpm
111.0 N-m (11.3 kgf-m) @ 7,300 rpm
Metallic Spark Black / Golden Blazed Green
The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets.