2016 Z1000 ABS
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.
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.
LED headlamp design
This is 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
Z pattern seat cover
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.
Compact instrument cluster
The Z1000’s compact instrument cluster is mounted directly to the handlebar, which added to design freedom and helped realise the compact headlamp cowl. Its low position creates an unobstructed view of the road ahead. The futuristic design of the LED tachometer and LCD screen reflects the sport potential of the new Z.
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.
Showa SFF and BPF
The more direct handling of the Z1000 can be largely attributed to its suspension. The SFF-BP achieves both comfort and sport potential ideal for street riding.
Combining the concepts of Showa SFF and BPF, the fork features springs on both sides, with preload adjustability in the left tube and damping duties in the right tube.