Kawasaki Z1000R & Z1000R Performance – Call Of The Wild Z1000R – Sugomi Refined
The Kawasaki Z1000R Edition and the Z1000R Performance firmly keeps the Z1000 at the top of it’s class of big naked motorcycles.
The big piston and separate function forks with damping and pre-load adjustment as fitted to the ZX636R are tuned for great feedback and the ability to cope with every riding style and situation. On the Kawasaki Z1000R, these are perfectly matched to the new Ohlins rear shock absorber.
New radially mounted Brembo M50 monobloc calipers are matched to a radial pump master cylinder. These callipers not only look impressive, they are the best that money can buy in the world of production motorcycles, the fact that they are produced from a single piece of metal ensure that there is no flex at all. They mate with the bespoke 330mm Brembo brake discs to deliver enormous stopping power while still giving the rider great feedback.
The Kawasaki Z1000R utilises the same exhilarating 1043cc 4 cylinder engine of the standard Z1000. Thus offering copius amounts of low and mid range grunt with power climbing all the way to the redline.
The induction noise of this beast as the revs build is simply infectious. A great reminder that the Z1000R really does have a wild side.
Shared with the Kawasaki Z1000, the front end of the bike is characterised by the stunning plunging headlamp cowl with its narrow aspect ultra-bright LED headlight.
This version of the Z1000 comes in it’s own very striking “R” livery where the accent lines of the design highlight the aggressive pose of the Z1000R further. The subtle colour options of black and dark grey accentuate the sharp angular features.
If the Kawasaki Z1000 re-wrote the rules in the supernaked class, then the Z1000R has torn the rule book up.
The Kawasaki Z1000R Performance edition comes with Akrapovic Silencers.
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The thin, compact headlamp cowl was positioned as low as possible on the Kawasaki Z1000, extending the line that starts from the top of the tank. 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 new Z1000’s face, and the reflector-less design further enhances its predatory appearance. There are four long-life, low-energy LED bulbs: two low-beam (centre), two high-beam (outside). All four bulbs light up when the high-beams are on. A separate LED position lamp is located on the meter cover.
The exhaust system (with large pre-chamber and short silencers), 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, which in turn allows the use of shorter mufflers and contributes to mass centralisation. The lightweight aluminium rear frame also contributes. The result is light, sharp handling.
The Kawasaki 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.
Intoxicating Intake Howl
Designed specifically so that acceleration could be enjoyed aurally as well as physically, the carefully crafted auditory note of the intake is a key component of the street riding exhilaration offered by the Z1000.
Separate Function Fork – Big Piston (SFF-BP)
The more direct handling of the Kawasaki Z1000 can be largely attributed to its new suspension. The new SFF-BP achieves both comfort and sport potential ideal for street riding. potential ideal for street riding. Combining the concepts of Showa SFF and BPF, the new fork features springs on both sides, with preload adjustability in the left tube and damping duties in the right tube.
Radial-Mount Monobloc Calipers
High-performance brake package includes 330mm Brembo discs, radial-mount monobloc calipers and radial-pump front brake master cylinder. The new monobloc calipers and new brake pad material contribute to a stronger initial bite, superb brake feeling and formidable stopping power. ABS is standard.
Aluminium Twin-Tube Frame
The highly rigid aluminium frame features a high degree of mass centralisation, creating a balance between sharp turning and firm handling. Lightweight and highly rigid, the frame uses the engine as a stressed member. The frame offers a firm, planted feeling, good stability and light, nimble turning. The frame is a 5-piece cast aluminium construction, consisting of steering stem, left and right main frames, and two cross pieces. The two main frame components have open C-shaped cross sections and were die-cast to ensure a smooth surface finish
1,043 cm3 Liquid-Cooled, 4-Stroke In-line Four
Powerful engine pulls strongly from all rpm and does not let up before the redline. Adding to rider exhilaration, the engine delivers superb response, a strong mid-range hit and an intoxicating intake howl. More direct response thanks to new engine settings and shorter gearing adds to the Z1000’s sporty street riding potential.
Pre-Chamber and Short Silencers
Using an under-engine pre-chamber enables smaller-volume silencers, contributing to both mass centralisation and a more concentrated styling. New silencer end-cap design adds to sporty looks of the Kawasaki Z1000.
The Japanese word sugomi describes the intense aura or energy given off by a person or object of greatness and felt by the viewer. Someone, or something, possessing sugomi inspires awe, leaves an indelible impression, is daunting in stature or ability, and commands respect. In the Kawasaki Z1000, sugomi is evident both in its fiercely intense design and the exhilarating performance it delivers, radiating as a palpable energy. Idealised dimensions (lower front, raised rear) and all-new tight-fitting bodywork capture the essence of a predator crouched and ready to pounce. The lean, muscular styling hints at the Z1000’s more direct, sporty street riding performance
Supersport-style wheels are approximately 1.5 kg lighter, reducing unsprung weight and contributing to lighter handling.
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 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.
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, resulting in 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.