First Look: 2010 Kawasaki Z1000
Oct 5, 2009
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.