The Undisputed Middleweight Champion
Let's start with what the press have had to say:-
"The ride quality is simply sumptuous, the motor is shockingly smooth and there's power spilling out of it at every rpm. It's a real joy to ride."
"There are some stonking super nakeds around, but none have such a refined ride as the Z800"
MCN 05/12/2012 Michael Neeves.
The Kawasaki Z800 Sugomi model is fundamentaly a standard Kawasaki Z800 further enhanced with an Akrapovic exhaust and a colour coded seat. Kawasaki have however given this version the tur "Sugomi" soul that the Zed range was first designed around. The attention to detail in the finishing shines out. Just look at the colour coded for leg anodising. This bike oozes character.
It's an age old concept, good road bikes not only have good power and clean delivery but also need strong midrange pulling power. Where this is concerned there is no substitute for cubic capacity.
Kawasaki have done it again with the all new Ninja Z800. New chassis, new engine and new aggressive styling that does wonders for showing the true prowess of the remarkable new Kawasaki Ninja Z800.
Forty years after the launch of the Kawasaki Z1, this new package has the urgency, performance and aggression that is sure to deliver a knockout punch.
– Larger bore size increases displacement from 748 cm3 to 806 cm3
– Strong torque right from low-rpm
– Explosive high-rpm In-Line Four power
– Ultra-smooth power delivery
Sporty potential yet light, rider-friendly handling character, increased suspension and front brake performance, and slimmer ergonomics all yield increased chassis performance.
"Ferocious" design: New front cowl design is a key element of the Z800’s more aggressive styling, giving it a fiercer glaring appearance. Shrouds and under-cowl appear to grip the engine. The image is like a snarling beast holding prey in its mouth.
New instrument panel design complements the bike’s advanced design and features multi-function LCD screens and a level-meter-style tachometer.
Enhanced braking performance
New opposed, 4-piston calipers gripping larger-diameter 310 mm petal discs deliver formidable stopping power with superb control and feel.
Piggyback-reservoir-equipped rear shock
The rear shock features an aluminum body wuith a piggyback reservoir for increased cooling performance. KYB rear shock is repositioned 20mm to the left side for better left-right balance
Aggressive front cowl
Compact headlamp cowl uses a multi-facet design to create a more aggressive, glaring visage for the Z800. The fierce appearence is one of the key styling elements of the aggressive new design.
New taillight design features a “Z” pattern – a nice touch that complements the slim tail section of this latest Z-model.
Highly communicative chassis
While maintaining a highly sporty nature, the Z800's friendly character makes it an accommodating mount even for beginners. Increased road holding performance, and hence traction, on all types of road surfaces enables both sporty and friendly riding characteristics. Tubular backbone chassis design with engine sub-frame and new connecting pipe, and revised chassis rigidity offer great feedback to the rider, communicating what the bike is doing in all situations.
806 cm3 liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-line Four tuned for strong low-mid range torque
With its larger displacement, the Z800 engine offers increased performance at all RPM. The greater performance is especially noticeable in the low-mid range, adding to greater everyday usability as well as increased riding exhilaration. Shorter final gearing complements the new engine character and emphasises the Z800's stronger acceleration.
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.
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.