2012 Kawasaki Z1000 Review
Super Futuristic, Super Fast, Super Fun
The aesthetic showcase begins with a low-mount front cowl that slopes back radically, highlighting the Z’s prow and, behind it, an adjustable instrument cluster featuring a multifunction LCD display covered by a trick-looking orange lens. It’s a thoroughly athletic shape, one sure to garner attention wherever it’s ridden.
Kawasaki engineers paid special attention here for maximum impact: Dual cams. High compression. A long stroke – 56mm – for instantaneous thrust. The design allows a narrow mid-section, which fosters a high degree of rider comfort and feedback in addition to keeping weight low and chassis rigidity high. A solid-mount handlebar and aluminum footpegs lifted from the Ninja® ZX-10R contribute to the Z1000’s quality, top-shelf feel. Brakes? Totally modern: Radially mounted calipers, Ninja-spec 300mm petal-type rotors and a radial-pump master cylinder all provide the latest in braking feel and feedback.