Kawasaki Z 1000 2015


The Z 1000! A flagship model of Kawasaki. That of resurrection, rediscovered brutality, disturbing and pleasant stylistics, success among big roadsters. With a light breath, he walks you smoothly. A cut above, and it growls nasty in the cylinders. In episode 4, Big Z becomes the forbidden child of a Terminator and an Alien.

Design ! This is one of the big tactical points of the Z 1000. Perhaps more than on any other machine; the quirky and manga side of the first opus forced a saving curiosity on the part of the public. Even today, this machine whips the eye, slaps the intrigue, takes us on a path of design that is both provocative and biomechanical. The Z 1000 phase 4 has lost its fork hulls, angles and origami hints. The contours and reliefs of its silhouette are drawn into the thickness of a disturbing xenomorph. It all starts with this fork head, a real appendage of an exterminator robot. Its eyes contain 4 LED headlights, the central pair serving for daily use, the other is added for full headlights. Everything ends with a very sporty stern, worthy of an R6 or Italian productions. Enhancing, well finished, chiadee, the Kawasaki commands respect, form and detail. Seriousness transpires under exuberance; we find the adjustment of the rear wheel axle by eccentric; the saddle is covered with a multitude of small Z symbols, as on the 800; pay attention to the mirrors mounted on double spokes, the translucent brake chamber, the polished dual-outlet mufflers, this innovative new dashboard. Almost entirely digital, however, it delegates the display of the engine speed to LEDs, but only from 4000 rpm; before, it is the LCD window that takes care of it. Unlike its predecessor, it is not tilt adjustable. And, surprisingly for such a modern machine, the information cannot be controlled from the handlebars; only a warning and the basic functions await you at the commodos.
But the wheels?!? Where are the rims in the tuning sauce? Economy or change of style ?

It’s a spectacular facelift for the Z 1000. Facelift? It’s not a new machine? Well…. On the face of the face, the two generations have nothing to do. Technically on the other hand, the Z 1000 “IV” takes up most of the Z 1000 “III”. By optimizing all the same a lot of things, just to mark the difference between the two beasts.
First of all the engine. One cannot imagine anything other than a barrel of powder in such a pugnacious machine. Has Kawa added Red Bull to the 4-cylinder? Did the 1043cc block get pricked with protein caffeine? Expectations are high, and Akashi’s response goes in the direction of the more, without tipping into the surreal, as KTM did with its 180 hp Superduke 1290 R.
In the heart of the green monster, 4 additional horses were found, bringing the total to 142 units; a peak that must be fetched 400 trs higher, at 10,000 rpm. The torque goes from 11.2 to 11.3 mkg, at a reduced speed of 7,800 to 7,300 rpm. With revised ECU settings, different camshaft timing, oval intake pipes and other improvements like connected cylinders intended to reduce the pumping phenomenon, the Z 1000 now has more power in the low revs without degrading its length. Already lively and quick to distribute generous watts, the unit should not hesitate to add a small ladle. Especially since the box is shortened, thus boosting the accelerations.
To watch, because the Z offers no safeguard like the competition crammed its models. No Traction Control, multiple injection maps, anti-wheeling or other co-pilot. Here, it is driving and / or piloting mixed with self-control; the Z 1000 drives with emotion, confidence in the chassis and a generous right hand. He is piloted with a bit of courage, a demonstration of technique and a bit of experience. Watch out for nags: more than 140 horses, we already play in a certain level of sportiness.

Kawasaki Z 1000 2015

In 2010, a brand new aluminum frame had unceremoniously turned the “Diamond” steel cradle. Suddenly, the roadster took a big step in terms of rigidity and cycle part efficiency. Why change the essentials when things are going very well!?! Kawa reiterates its confidence in this context but does not remain idle for all that..
A big rubber band stretched toc under the right hand, you are ready to do battle with the road. Be careful, it turns! Agility is a priority, and that’s good, the Z 1000 grabs an additional ladle. To do this, the rims lose 1500 grams, the wheelbase 5 mm and the trail 2 mm. Enough to compensate for the two kilos she gained in the stomach. A slight overweight benefiting autonomy, this additional mass being mainly due to the 2 additional liters that the tank can carry (17 liters now).
An angry sound, an airbox that breathes with force, you are all excited as the engine speed increases. With a narrower tank and a slightly revised, sportier riding position, you grip the machine better and you only suffer from getting the most out of this punchy motorcycle. The boiler always has something to answer with its musculature more than watered.
On this version, the front axle is not only visually lightened but also dynamically optimized. The 43mm inverted fork is a BPF model with large pistons, all of which can be adjusted from the top of the tubes. Each side has its role: preload on the left, compression and rebound on the right. At the same time more precise and more comfortable, this type of fork had already ensured its presence in certain sports cars before being invited on the Z. Question brake, the accent was put on more power with larger discs, of 300 to 310 mm, new Tokico monobloc calipers stitched to the SX, and a master cylinder with a 19 mm piston.

Relieved of too much plastic, with heightened aggressiveness and a devouring fury that tears its identity apart, the Z 1000 “IV” reaches a level of captivating stylistic bestiality – Kawasaki transcends that idea by the name “Sugomi”. A real monster escaped from the world of Stephen King or Ridley Scott, with sensitive mechanical evolutions to bite with its dynamism any part of the road a little playful. Facing him, machines such as the KTM Superduke 1290 R, the BMW S 1000 R or the Aprilia Tuono V4R risk sending him to the ropes, at the cost of exclusivity and a budget for informed people. Japanese side, it is undoubtedly the most vindictive and the most challenging of streetfighters. Building on the success of previous generations and the technology of the 2010-2013 edition, this Z 1000 maintains the torch of the tough, jostling and attractive roadster…

What you must remember





      the credits

      yourKawasaki Z 1000 2015

      Estimate, calculate and compare the cost of insuring your motorcycle.
      Calculate the cost of
      Test the price of the motorcycle insurance specialist


      on 9 opinion
      Read the reviews


      Z 1000 2014
      Z 1000 2014

      Model marketed in



      • Max speed:
        about 240 km / h
      • Consumption
        medium: 6.50 l

      The technical aspect

      Kawasaki Z 1000 2015

      • Frame
      • Frame: Double aluminum beam
      • Tank: 17 liters
      • Seat height: 815 mm
      • Length: 2,045 mm
      • Width: 790 mm
      • Height: 1,055 mm
      • Wheelbase: 1,435 mm
      • Weight in running order: 220/221 kg
      • Train before
      • Telehydraulic inverted fork Ø 41 mm, deb: 120 mm
      • 2 discs Ø 310 mm, monobloc 4 piston calipers with radial fixing
      • Front wheel:

        – 17

      Kawasaki Z 1000 2015 technical

      • Transmission
      • 6-speed gearbox
      • Secondary chain transmission
      • Rear axle
      • Mono-shock, deb: 122 mm
      • 1 disc Ø 250 mm, 1 piston caliper
      • Rear wheel:

        – 17

      • Motor
      • 4 Cylinders
        in line
        , 4 stroke
      • Cooling: Liquid cooling
      • Injection ø 38 mm
      • 2 ACT
      • 4 valves per cylinder
      • 1,043 cc
        (77 x 56 mm)
      • 142
        at 10,000 rpm
      • 11.30 mkg
        at 7,300 rpm
      • Compression: 11.8: 1
      • Crit’air:

      Detached pieces


      chain kit


      Suzuki GSX-S 1000 2015
      Suzuki GSX-S 1000 2015

      KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R 2015
      KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R 2015

      Aprilia TUONO V4 1100 RR 2015
      Aprilia TUONO V4 1100 RR 2015

      Ducati 1200 Monster 2015
      Ducati 1200 Monster 2015

      Triumph 1050 SPEED TRIPLE 2015
      Triumph 1050 SPEED TRIPLE 2015

      Honda CB 1000 R 2015
      Honda CB 1000 R 2015

      Yamaha FZ1 1000 2015
      Yamaha FZ1 1000 2015

      BMW S 1000 R 2015
      BMW S 1000 R 2015

      Morini 1200 CORSARO VELOCE 2015
      Morini 1200 CORSARO VELOCE 2015

      MV-Agusta Brutale 1090 2015
      MV-Agusta Brutale 1090 2015

      Kawasaki Z 1000 2015

      Kawasaki Z 1000 2015

      Kawasaki Z 1000 2015

      Kawasaki Z 1000 2015

      Kawasaki Z 1000 2015

      Kawasaki Z 1000 2015

      Kawasaki Z 1000 2015

      Kawasaki Z 1000 2015

      Kawasaki Z 1000 2015

      Kawasaki Z 1000 2015

      Kawasaki Z 1000 2015

      Kawasaki Z 1000 2015

      Kawasaki Z 1000 2015

      Kawasaki Z 1000 2015

      • Kawasaki Z 1000 2017

        The Z 1000 was able to shake up the world of roadsters when it was released. That was over 10 years ago. And today, after several developments and a…

      • Kawasaki Z 1000 2016

        The Z 1000! A flagship model of Kawasaki. That of resurrection, rediscovered brutality, disturbing and pleasant stylistics, success among big roadsters….

      • Kawasaki Z 1000 2020

        There was only one color for the Z 1000 in 2019 …. It is still the case in 2020. It smacks of resistance as much as end of career for the big Kawa…

      • Kawasaki Z 1000 2019

        One color in 2019? …….. It smacks of the end of his career for the big Kawa roadster. Although the Z 1000 is by no means obsolete, the machine is…

      • Kawasaki Z 1000 2018

        Although the Z 1000 is by no means obsolete, the machine is starting to look its age. Mainly on the technological level, as the competition offers a lot…

      • Kawasaki Z 1000 2014

        The Z 1000! A flagship model of Kawasaki. That of resurrection, rediscovered brutality, disturbing and pleasant stylistics, success among big roadsters….

      • Kawasaki ZX-10R 1000 2008

        ‘Watch out! Hello shock. Such an aggressive face, we have never seen that at Kawa, and not sure that we can find a nastier face in the production of its…

      • MV-Agusta F4 1000 RR 2015

        Top of the top of the MV-Agusta range (apart from the RC, closer to the Superbike than to the series), the F4 1000 RR is equipped to shine at the top of…

      • Kawasaki Z 1000 2005

        September 2002 – Munich fair. Kawa jostles, surprises, disconcerts … Here is the Z 1000. Visual shock. The new Kawasaki roadster is unlike any other:…

      • Kawasaki W 800 2015

        She had disappeared … to come back better, more conquering and dapper than ever. Who ? But let’s see the W 650! Sorry, the W 800 !!! The one that…

      Leave a Reply

      Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *