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2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS - Coolness Factor = 63.6%

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:57 am

2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS on the Total Motorcycle Cool Wall

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2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS

CALL OF THE WILD

Sculpted bodywork brings the aggressive and unique sugomi inspired Z design to the next level, stripping off all unnecessary flourishes to boldly highlight brutal functionality. Enhancing the riding impact, the new engine and chassis settings deliver a stiffer, more direct ride transforming the Z1000 into the market’s most radical Supernaked.


The "it" factor is hard to describe, but you always know it when you see it. Likewise, the new 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 has a hard-to-define "streetfighter" style that is impactful enough to ensure everyone knows they're seeing something special. In a significant departure from the concealing bodywork of its sportbike predecessor, the new Z1000 strips-off unnecessary covers and bodywork to expose the superior functionality of its parts.


The Kawasaki Z design language has been elevated to a higher level with the new Z1000's "Sugomi" styling. From its seductively sculpted shapes invoking a crouching predator and painstaking details like its special "Z" logo ignition keys, machined aluminum steering stem bolt, and intricately textured "Z" motif seat cover, to the tighter tolerances of its high-quality components and bodywork, the dramatic result has a very special feel that helps set the stage for the excitement to follow!


For 2014, Kawasaki engineers concentrated on making the Z1000 more potent and capable than ever!





2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS - Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $11,999 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $13,299 CDN


Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four
Displacement: 1,043cc
Bore x stroke: 77.0 x 56.0mm
Compression ratio: 11.8:1
Fuel injection: DFI® with four 38mm Keihin throttle bodies, oval sub-throttles
Ignition: TCBI with digital advance
Transmission: Six-speed
Final drive: X-ring chain
Rake / trail: 24.5 degrees / 4.0 in.
Frame type: Aluminum Backbone
Front tire: 120/70 ZR17
Rear tire: 190/50 ZR17
Wheelbase: 56.5 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 41 mm inverted SFF-BP fork with stepless compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability / 4.7 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Horizontal monoshock with stepless rebound damping, remotely adjustable spring preload / 4.8 in.
Front brakes: Dual 310mm petal-type rotors with radial-mount four-piston monobloc calipers and ABS
Rear brake: Single 250mm petal-type rotor with single-piston caliper and ABS
Overall length: 80.5 in.
Overall width: 31.1 in.
Overall height: 41.5 in.
Seat height: 32.1 in.
Curb weight: 487.3 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.
Color choices: Golden Blazed Green / Metallic Graphite Gray

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Re: This Week: 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS - Vote To

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:59 am

Thanks to montanalifter for suggesting (viewtopic.php?f=61&t=40774) to have the Z1000 on our Cool Wall this week!

Remember, as you can make any bike suggestions in our Suggest a Bike for our Cool Wall thread viewtopic.php?f=61&t=40774 and I'll put it up... (the only stipulation is we have to have that model/bike somewhere in our 1970-2015 model guide).

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Re: This Week: 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS - Vote Today

Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:50 pm

Super solid Cool would have went awesome but I am not a super fan of I4 engines give that beasty a twin or a triple and BAM awesome all the way!!!!
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Unread post by ZRex » Sat Aug 23, 2014 1:46 pm

I love naked bikes and I love Kawasaki so I Voted Awesome.

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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:55 pm

Not exactly the prettiest of the open-class nakeds/streetfighter/hyperstandards/whatever this category is called, but it still merits a solid cool.
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Unread post by Hanson » Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:32 am

The more I look at it, the more I dislike it.
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Unread post by Shriker » Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:33 am

Great bike but that headlight nacelle is just too odd and low to be cool......

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Unread post by ZRex » Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:33 pm

Shriker wrote:Great bike but that headlight nacelle is just too odd and low to be cool......
I agree with you about the headlight. I wonder what it would look like with a round headlight that was in a more "standard" position or any headlight that wasn't so low.

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Re: This Week: 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS - Vote Today

Unread post by ceemes » Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:25 pm

Sorry, while I am 110% sure its a great bike to ride and all, I have to go with fail. First, its not a naked bike, with that belly pan, side panels by the radiator and that goofy headlight, its at best a semi-naked, its just missing its windshield that's all. All in all, a rather stupid looking machine....one you would enjoy riding until you accidentally catch a glimpse of yourself atop of in while looking at your reflection off of some office buildings window.
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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:12 pm

ceemes wrote:First, its not a naked bike, with that belly pan, side panels by the radiator and that goofy headlight, its at best a semi-naked, its just missing its windshield that's all.
I was trying to figure out what exactly annoyed me about this bike. I think the side panels are it. Unscrewing the belly pan seems easy and harmless. But I assume the side panels are a lazy design way to hide even uglier pieces of plumbing.


Edit: No one's even mentioned the exhaust, but I guess most owners will replace it anyway.
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Re: This Week: 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS - Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:54 pm

I gave it a Cool vote, but to me, it sure doesn't have the appeal of earlier Z models. :(

Too angular, too much plastic, too much transformer, heck it even hurts to even think about riding it. I've owned a ZR7F (2001) and it was an awesome bike, then my wife Andrea owned the next gen (2006) Z750S which got more angled, and now this gen is even more extreme. I'm sure the engine is beautiful, I really enjoyed my in-line 4 Kawasaki with it's "begging to be taken to redline sound" and the bike really handed too on the curves. Wow.

Come on Kawasaki and put the beautiful engine into a real naked bike!

I'd buy another 2001 Z, before I get one of these new ones though...

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Re: This Week: 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS - Vote Today

Unread post by jstark47 » Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:27 pm

Everything I've read about the engineering and the riding experience is positive, and I like naked standards. But, my gosh, I can't get past the looks. I know it isn't all about looks, but I seriously wouldn't buy this bike simply because I can't get past the looks. So it gets a Cool, but misses an Awesome.
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Unread post by montanalifter » Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:44 am

Looks like a transformer bug and would be a lot of fun to ride. I voted awesome.

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Unread post by Hanson » Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:39 am

This bike is just very ugly. I think we are witness to the design impact of the MV Agusta Rivale which won the "Most Beautiful Bike" award at EICMA in 2012. Lots of purposeless angular forms.

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Re: This Week: 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS - Vote Today

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2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS - Coolness Factor = 63.6%
Featured: August 22nd, 2014 - August 29th, 2014
Most popular vote category: Awesome

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Motorcycle Cool Wall discussion: viewtopic.php?f=61&t=49876
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Your Coolness Factor of the 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS is:

Awesome (3 points) 41% [ 9 ]
Cool (2 points) 27% [ 6 ]
Uncool (1 point) 14% [ 3 ]
Fail (0 point) 18% [ 4 ]

Total votes : 22

= a Coolwall Factor of 63.6%

NOTES: Back in the day, the Kawasaki Z series of motorcycles were the cream of the crop in terms of speed, technology and handling. Think of the "Z" as the GSXR for Kawasaki. With the Z series Kawasaki held speed records over Suzuki for decades. Today, the Z series, while still good, needs a little re-working to bring up it's status to what it truly deserves.

Next 2014 TMW Cool Wall bike is now up for voting on, have fun!
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Re: 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS - Coolness Factor = 63.6%

Unread post by Jarlaxle » Sat Oct 04, 2014 4:53 pm

Too much of a Roboccop-meets-Transformers-meets-bad-biker-movie vibe.

And could the mirrors get any more worthless?!

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