Leaked Photo of the 2014 Kawasaki Z1000

10/25/2013 @ 10:58 am, by Jensen Beeler18 COMMENTS


We know that Kawasaki plans to update the Z1000 for the 2014 model year, and it looks like our friends at Oliepeil have gotten their hands on one of the first clear photos of the 2014 Kawasaki Z1000.

Obvious from the photo is the new Z1000’s aggressive bodywork, with the headlight getting a significant reworking from the Decepticon department. Mechanically, the 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 looks fairly similar to the 2013 model though, with the signature exhaust pipes keeping their shape for next year.

What will concern most buyers will be what is underneath the hood of the new Z1000, and from our eyes it looks like the same 1,043cc inline-four engine from previous generations, as the engine case covers appear to be identical to last year’s, just sans painting. The frame too appears to have gone unchanged, another sign that the motor remains the same.

With speculation rife that the Z1000 could get a proper update with a lump from the ZX-10R, this news is a bit of disappointment. Full details on the Kawasaki Z1000 will drop in a couple weeks’ time, at the EICMA show in Milan.

Source: Oliepeil


  1. Ganny says:

    This looks like a Monster that could eat ‘The Beast’

  2. Ganny says:

    Only looks

  3. johnnymac says:

    Terrible. And NOT a KTM Beast eater.

  4. Ton Up Jax says:

    Horrible. Truly horrible. Did I mention it is horrifically horrible.

  5. Coreyvwc says:

    Born on a Japanese space station, fell back down to earth, crash landed in the magical ugly tree, and struck every branch on the way down. And everyone lived happily ever after because not a single one was ever sold…

  6. Paul McM says:

    Why, why, why are the Japanese still using stylists that are producing such monuments to the god of ugliness. Nobody likes these insect bikes — not even the 20-something GSXR fanbois.

  7. Anvil says:

    What the…?

    I have nothing to add.

  8. Mike says:

    April fool! Oh, um, wait…

  9. ryu says:

    o yea the front was inspired from the last lord of the ring movie didn’t it

  10. jet says:

    That’s it,I’m selling the Duc for one of these…….lol

  11. jo says:

    Are you serious? I agree…what the …. is going on with these headlights? Can’t we just get a nice ROUND headlight! Next it will be on top of the front fender…..i don’t get it.

  12. AntiHero says:

    Nice to see Chris Bangle working his magic on motorcycles now.

  13. k1200Rider says:

    thankyou kawasaki for making this fugly bike.. now i wont be tempted to buy one for sure…

    whatever happens please keep those crazy designers away from the zx1000!!

  14. paulus says:

    this style of light seems to be the new standard for nakeds… shame, it sucks!

  15. Punchc says:

    Its hard to believe that bikes could get any uglier ….. but hats off to Kawasaki, they are making a good go of it. FooknFugly

  16. MFNPNCH says:

    Looks like Kawi is making a feeble attempt to follow custom streetfighter “trends” with that horrendous excuse for what appears to be the headlight. Unfortunately what they apparently failed to learn in their research is that those awful, alien-looking Acerbis headlights are not put on fighters because they look good. They are used because they are cheap, in every conceivable way! (Much like the demographic they are trying to cater to) Its kind of a bass-akwards business strategy if you ask me.

    Still, there is a pretty good likelihood that that “spy-photo” is a photochop to through us all off. You cant believe everything you read on the interwebs. I reserve judgement until I see the production bike officially released. Holding out hope for a bad-ass beast eater! I particularly like the current Z1000.

  17. avsatishchandra says:

    I really hope this is some prankster circulating this picture. Kawasaki are known to produce the most emotionally evocative motorcycles from among all the Japanese brands. At this rate, the only emotions that they will evoke are disgust and disbelief. If they want to close down their motorcycle division, a more dignified way would be to just tell everybody that they have decided to close down, instead of taking this rather complicated route. I really hope that this is a hoax, otherwise Kawasaki will lose a loyal fan of more than 2o years.

  18. avsatishchandra says:

    Whoa 1000cc. Easy does it boy. Relax, have a cigar and a beer.