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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LED Headlamp

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.

Mass Centralisation

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.

Sugomi Design

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

Lightweight Wheels

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.


Carrying the great legacy

A true heavyweight performance.

From 2017 the new Kawasaki Z1000R has jumped straight to the front of this highly competitive class. The distinctive Z concept has been furthered still by Kawasaki’s Sugomi design.The Kawasaki Z1000R has many upgrades with game-changing effects. High performance Brembo M50 monobloc calipers are one of the most obvious additions to this stunning motorcycle. Radially mounted and matched to a Brembo radial pump master cylinder along with huge Brembo discs, deliver massive stopping power while also giving the rider great feedback. Another distinction of the high performance “R” model is the use of the highest quality Ohlins rear shock, giving the rider more feedback, grip and comfort.


Call of the wild.

Answer the call.

Sculpted bodywork brings the aggressive and unique sugomi inspired Z design to the next level, stripping off all unnecessary flourishes to boldly highlight brutal functionality. Enhancing the riding impact, the new engine and chassis settings deliver a stiffer, more direct ride transforming the Z1000R into the market’s most radical Supernaked.


Unmistakable stance

The embodiment of Sugomi philosophy. 

Put simply the Sugomi philosophy – The Sugomi approach is conceived to be experienced by the rider in terms of the whole Z1000R riding experience both visually and in respect of engine character and chassis response.The front end is characterised by the stunning plunging headlamp cowl with its narrow aspect ultra-bright LED headlight clear Kawasaki “Z” family heritage. Even more characteristic is the Z Stance, the low headlight, muscular stocky body with high tail, all reminiscent of a big cat, stalking its prey.


Master of all.

Perfect balance of usability and performance.

The latest Kawasaki Z1000 also features an uprated engine with more power, more torque and an even greater instant throttle response than ever before. Not only is there more power, but now the way the power is delivered is greatly improved. With revised ECU settings and camshaft timing plus oval connections between the header pipes and revisions such as connected cylinders for less pumping loss, the Z1000 now has extra low down torque but not lost any of its screaming top end power rush.




Instruments LCD display
Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage
Service Interval 7600 miles /12 months
Valve Clearance 26250 miles


Frame Twin-tube, aluminium
Wheelbase 1,435 mm
Trail 101 mm
Front Suspension 41 mm inverted fork with top-out springs, stepless compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Front Wheel 17"
Front Wheel Travel 120 mm
Front Brake Dual semi-floating 310 mm Brembo discs. Caliper: Dual radial-mount, Brembo M50 monobloc, opposed 4-piston.
Front Tyre 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear Suspension Horizontal Back-link, Öhlins S46DR1S gas-charged shock with rebound damping and remote preload adjustability.
Rear Wheel 17"
Rear Wheel Travel 131 mm
Rear Brake Single 250 mm disc. Caliper: Single-piston
Rear Tyre 190/50ZR17M/C (73W)
Fuel Capacity 17 Litres
Dry Weight
Wet Weight 221 kg
Seat Height 815 mm
Max Height 1,055 mm
Max Length 2,045 mm


Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 1,043
Bore And Stroke 77 x 56 mm
Compression Ratio 11.8:1
Power 104.5 kW {142 PS} / 10,000 rpm
Torque 111 N•m {11.3 kgf•m} / 7,300 rpm
Fuel Delivery Fuel injection: Ø38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
Exhaust 4-2
Emissions Euro 4
Gearbox 6 speed
Ratio 1=(39/15) 2=(39/20) 3=(24/15) 4=(25/18) 5=(26/21) 6=(31/28)
Primary Drive 1.627 (83/51)
Final Drive Chain
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual

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