If you know the kinds of bikes I ride, you’d know I prefer naked/ streetfighter styled bikes. I’ve seen the Kawasaki Z1000 around for a while and figured I’d try it over any other of their line up.
The engine was like butter. It revved and wanted to go. I wish I could have listened to it sing more on the test ride. The clutch was what I was having a problem with. It was heavy. Just heavy. And when it would engage the transmission was almost at the end of the lever’s throw. And I don’t like that. It causes over revving. That’s just a personal choice, I like it about an inch and a half to engage the trans. But, that’s a simple 2-minute adjustment. How heavy it was, is not.
The Z1000 was the most natural feeling motorcycle to me. It was enjoyable and extremely comfortable. Everything felt in its place and I wasn’t reaching and fumbling around to get to things. A windscreen would be something nice to stick on it, because this bike will make you want to go that fast.
I’m always expecting these bike 1000cc motorcycles to be a little dull through the corners, and I am pleasantly surprised when I’m proved wrong. This bike just wants to bite right out of the apex of the corner. It felt extremely solid in its footing. The suspension was a little too firm for me, but that is a simple fix because of the adjustable suspension.
Brakes were solid and bit decently. Did not have the chance to test out the ABS, but they did scrub out speed pretty quick.
The Z1000 is a quirky looking bike and it is completely unabashed by this. It is so in-your-face awesome that it does not care what you think. The headlight cowl piece mimics a face, much like a car’s grille, and the tank sits pretty high. It has some aggressive styling and that’s what you feel on the bike. I could do without the dual exhaust, but I’m just being picky.
The cluster was awesome to look at, seeing the revs climb and the little white light moving further and further. And, this is one of the only bikes that didn’t have terrible stock mirrors. I could easily see around my shoulders and they were extremely solid feeling as well. Not like they are going to fold, nor fly off, when you crest 120 mph.
Sport bike in streetfighter body. The new ZX10R has just come out, and I would love to see if those parts are sourceable to put on the Z1000. Extremely fun bike, nice and agile. I would really consider getting this to fill the hole that is missing in my heart for a sport bike.