First Look: 2010 Kawasaki Z1000

Oct 5, 2009

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The Zen Master of Sporting Streetbikes

The Kawasaki Z1000 has always possessed the purposeful look of a sportbike, while offering a high level of every day practicality on the street. Development of the 2010 Z1000 started from scratch, with the specific goals of creating a distinctive visual impact and superior on-road performance. The end result is essentially a custom-made super streetfighter.

A unique blend of Japanese art and technology, the 2010 Z1000's styling takes a dramatic leap forward with the distinct look of an apex predator. Hunched-down and ready to pounce, its visual impact is much stronger than that of a naked sportbike, or a derivative copy of some Euro trend.

The Z1000 clearly surpasses the dynamic performance of its predecessors, thanks to a new quick-revving 1,043cc inline-four cylinder engine, and an all-new quick-steering aluminium chassis connected to an all-new horizontal rear suspension design. A comfortable upright riding position means the Z1000 remains a practical transportation tool, even as the dramatic howl from its new cold-air intake raises hairs on the back of its rider's neck.

Key Features:

  • All-New Aluminum Chassis
  • All-New 1043cc Engine
  • All-New Horizontal Rear Suspension
  • Sharp "Predatory" Styling
  • Light & Quick Handling
  • Lower Seat Height than Previous Z1000 Models
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