2015 Z1000 ABS

Z1000 ABS - The Radical Super-Naked

The sculpted bodywork is carefully crafted to bring the aggressive Z design to the next level; the Super-Naked. Changes to the new Z1000 are more than skin deep.  Kawasaki engineers were also determined to further enhance the riding impact offered by the dynamic Super-Naked.  The new engine and chassis settings deliver a stiffer, more direct ride feel sure to please experienced riders.

This significant step forward, in both looks and feel, transforms the Z1000 into the market’s most radical Supernaked.  Its appearance and performance can be expressed by the word sugomi - imposing and inspiring awe.

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15ZR1000G Sugnomi


Condensed, dynamic form.  Intense Glare.

A key visual component is the new headlamp cowl which was positioned as low as possible, extending the line running down from the top of the tank to create the image of a crouching predator’s muscular shoulders and dropped head.  

The condensed, dynamic form is reinforced by all-new bodywork that fits much closer to the engine and frame.  As before mass is concentrated at the front, with the light tail cowl a mere wisp, as if drawn with the flick of a pen.


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LED Headlamp

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 Z1000’s face, and the reflector-less design further enhances its predatory appearance.

15ZR1000G Bodywork


The bodywork of the Z1000 creates a lean image it compared to its predecessor.  The design trims bulk and unnecessary design flourishes to highlight the functionality of the bike’s parts. 

The bodywork is fit to the bike with much tighter tolerances – space between the bodywork and engine/frame is minimised – adding to the high quality image



Special mirrors have a sharp design that contributes to the aggressive image. Die-cast mirror stays contribute to a less plastic, higher quality feel of the cockpit

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Seating with Style

The Z1000's front seat features a “Z” pattern seat cover material, adding a high-quality touch.

Rear seat shape is integrated into that of the front seat.  The compact pillion pad was designed to have the appearance of a single-seat cover, adding to the sporty look of the compact tail section.

Redesigned rear flap positions the license plate farther from the body, helping to keep the tail section light and compact. 


Compact Instrumentation

The 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.

Rider Exhileration

Rider Exhilaration

It is important to note that the Z1000’s direct response and awesome riding exhilaration do not come at the cost of manageability.  Contrary to its aggressive appearance, the Z1000 is surprising accommodating and enables riders of various skill levels to experience its highly stimulating engine and chassis performance


Engine tuning focused on the feeling the rider gets when opening the throttle.  The strong torque feeling and mid-range hit of the previous model remains, but changes made to the engine and ECU settings result in a more direct throttle response.  Combined with the shorter gearing, acceleration feels noticeably stronger.

Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 1,043 cm3 In-line Four offers impressive power (104.5 kW (142 PS)) and strong torque. 

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High-Torque Engine

Power delivery is quite linear, but the engine spins up noticeably faster from about 7,000 rpm onwards.  Silky smooth response at all rpm ensures excellent driveability

air intake

Cool Air System

With the airbox nestled between the frame beams, intake air can be affected by engine heat.

The Cool Air system routes cool air to the airbox from ducts at the front of the side fairings, minimising performance loss due to heated intake air.


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.

A resonator inside the airbox reduces noise at low rpm, and enhances intake sound at high rpm.

The addition of two additional intake passages (one below the main passage, one at the bottom of the airbox) and a new resonator design (now with 16 holes) result in an enhanced intake note (especially noticeable from 6,000 rpm on). 


The highly rigid aluminium frame features a high degree of mass centralisation, creating a balance between sharp turning and firm handling.

Aluminium twin-tube frame design features frame beams that go over engine, allowing a narrow construction between the rider’s knees.

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.

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Back End

Mass Centralisation

The exhaust system, 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 result is light, sharp handling


Separate Function Fork - Big Piston    (SFF-BP)

The more direct handling of the Z1000 can be largely attributed to its suspension. The SFFBP achieves both comfort and sport 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


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ABS Front and Rear Brakes

The Z1000 features Tokico monobloc calipers and larger 310 mm front petal discs.  Achieving the new braking characteristics required a redefinition of what Kawasaki’s “ideal” braking for a Super-Naked was to be.  The new brakes offer a stronger initial bite, and a smooth brake force application – a perfect match for the Z1000’s quick handling chassis and responsive throttle

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Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 1,043 cm³
Bore and Stroke 77.0 x 56.0 mm
Compression ratio 11.8:1
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump
Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Sealed Chain
Primary reduction ratio 1.627 (83/51)
1st 2.600 (39/15)
2nd 1.950 (39/20)
3rd 1.600 (24/15)
4th 1.389 (25/18)
5th 1.238 (26/21)
6th 1.107 (31/28)
Final reduction ratio 2.867 (43/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Type Aluminium twin-tube
Wheel travel:
Front 120 mm
Rear 122 mm
Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear 190/50ZR17M/C (73W)
Caster (rake) 24.5°
Trail 101 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 29° / 29°
Front 41 mm inverted fork with stepless compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Rear Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged, with stepless rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Front: Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs
Caliper Dual radial-mount, mono-bloc, opposed 4-piston with ABS
Rear: Single 250 mm petal disc
Caliper Single-piston with ABS
Overall length 2,045 mm
Overall width 790 mm
Overall height 1,055 mm
Wheelbase 1,435 mm
Ground clearance 125 mm
Seat height 815 mm
Curb mass 221 kg (includes full fuel tank and all fluids at correct levels)
Fuel capacity 17 L
Maximum power 104.5 kW @ 10,000 rpm
Maximum torque 111 N-m @ 7,300 rpm
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Metallic Carbon Gray / Candy Burnt Orange

The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets.

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