2014 Kawasaki Z1000 – So Much Sugomi

11/05/2013 @ 5:37 am, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS


We have seen the 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 leaked and teased ad nauseam ahead of the 2013 EICMA show, but now we finally have the official photos and specifications of the Kawasaki’s new street-naked.

For the new year, Kawasaki says that the new Z1000 has a revised ECU setting, along with different camshaft timings and oval exhaust connectors between the header pipes.

Other improvements like connected cylinders (less pumping loss) and a new airbox design, help the 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 reach 140hp (104.5 kW) and 82 lbs•ft of torque from its 1,043cc inline-four engine.

Equipped with radially mounted Tokico monobloc calipers, Kawasaki’s now signature petal brake rotors, and a radial-pump master cylinder, the stopping power of the 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 has been enhanced over its predecessor.

The suspension too has been reworked, with the new Z1000 getting Showa’s Big Piston forks, with separate fork function — one fork handles rebound damping, while the other handles compression.

While everyone will surely be talking about the headlight on the 2014 Kawasaki Z1000, we doubt the discussion will center around the fact that the headlight is an LED unit, a first from a Japanese OEM.

You are either going to love or hate Kawasaki’s “Sugomi” design philosophy, but the new Z1000 certainly highlights the brand’s willingness to stray from the bland that often churns itself out of the other three Japanese OEMs, so kudos to them for that.

For our thoughts, we like the new design. It’s not for everyone, that is for sure, but it would suit us just fine as we explore the realms of one-wheeled motorcycle inversion. No word yet on price, but this machine is headed to the USA.









Source: Kawasaki

  • Jake F.

    Best looking Japanese naked bike to date. I’m a fan.

  • Frank

    @ Jake F. – agreed. I liked the styling right away. It will be a love it or hate it kind of thing. I do like that Kawi goes for a more aggressive look to match what will surely be a fun, powerful engine.

  • Jay

    Looks like a Jap anime monster!

  • John D’Orazio

    Totally cool!

  • Sentinel

    Do want! :o

  • Agent55

    Oh Kawi, always going flat-out bizarre with the Z1000’s. My opinion is this is the best one to date, except for the that headlight, yikes!

  • brian

    butter headlight…

  • Kev71

    Love it! Kudos to Kawi for going a different route. Not a huge fan of the cans though, interested to see pricing and if it’s competitive to Euro Nakeds. This or new Super Duke…. Choices, choices!

  • avsatishchandra

    When I first saw the picture I was horrified. Then when I saw the video it seemed tolerable and after having seen it many times I am beginning to like it. I mean how many innovations can people make to motorcycle design without doing something radical and controversial. Sugomi is obviously to shock people deliberately and in design terms its possible that Kawasaki has stolen the thunder from Yamaha about the “dark side”. This one looks like the Predator (movie) theme which was introduced on the last iteration of the Z1000’s face has now been taken to another level. Or I am saying all this because I am a die hard Kawasaki fan who has to reconcile to the direction the brand is taking. Whatever maybe the truth, the bike now doesn’t seem as bad as it did the first time around.

  • renhan

    “deathly design”

  • DAMN

    DAMN KAWA amazing bike!!!!!!!

  • Tifo

    Ha ha ha. It’s the BMW S1000r before it had a stroke!

  • Exunt

    The Reptile Queen is pleased with this bike.

  • Pete in Florida

    I have to honestly say, this is a fantastic looking bike. I hope it runs as strongly as the 2012 model. Yeah, I know it has even more power, so it must be great! Keep it up Kawasaki, your are passing up the competition with this “Street-Fighter”. If I were going to buy a new bike, this would definitely be the one!

  • p95

    A swing and a miss

  • Don Husibeg

    Some usual rizoma parts, a ixil exhaust and this kawa will be perfect. My new bike 2014 is ready to fly. :-))))))))))))))))