2018 Kawasaki Z1000R ABS Review

2018 Kawasaki Z1000R ABS

2018 Kawasaki Z1000R ABS 2018 Kawasaki Z1000R ABS 2018 Kawasaki Z1000R ABS


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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 Z1000 was conceived in complete design freedom for a completely unique experience. Each part of the Z1000 was meticulously designed with a dual role in mind: individual functionality and realization of a condensed mass-forward image for a truly unique riding experience.



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Aluminium fat bar

Ideally suited to the Supernaked character, the wide-set fat bar facilitates rider control.The wide aluminium fat bar features a brushed finish and a black alumite1 coating.


Sugomi Design

The Japanese word sugomi describes the intense aura or energy given off by a person or object of greatness and felt by the viewer. Someone, or something, possessing sugomi inspires awe, leaves an indelible impression, is daunting in stature or ability, and commands respect. In the new Z1000, sugomi is evident both in its fiercely intense design and the exhilarating performance it delivers, radiating as a palpable energy. Idealised dimensions (lower front, raised rear) and all-new tight-fitting bodywork capture the essence of a predator crouched and ready to pounce. The lean, muscular styling hints at the Z1000’s more direct, sporty street riding performance

Pre-chamber and short silencers

Using an under-engine pre-chamber enables smaller-volume silencers, contributing to both mass centralisation and a more concentrated styling. New silencer end-cap design adds to sporty looks.


Downdraft throttle bodies

In addition to contributing to performance, downdraft throttle bodies contribute to overall mass centralisation. Revised intake funnel length contributes to a stronger mid-range response.

Embossed seat material

Seat is embossed with “Z” mark further distinguishing the bike from the standard model.


The Z1000’s compact instrument cluster is mounted directly to the handlebar, which added to design freedom and helped realise the compact headlamp cowl. Its low position creates an unobstructed view of the road ahead. The futuristic design of the LED tachometer and LCD screen reflects the sport potential of the new Z.


Separate Function Fork – Big Piston (SFF-BP)

The more direct handling of the new Z1000 can be largely attributed to its new suspension. The new SFF-BP achieves both comfort and sport potential ideal for street riding. potential ideal for street riding. Combining the concepts of Showa SFF and BPF, the new fork features springs on both sides, with preload adjustability in the left tube and damping duties in the right tube.

Mass Centralisation

The exhaust system (with large pre-chamber and short silencers), Horizontal Back-link rear suspension and the use of downdraft throttle bodies are the greatest contributors to mass centralisation. The Horizontal Back-link rear suspension arrangement frees up space taken up by the Uni-Trak suspension lower linkage, enabling a larger pre-chamber, which in turn allows the use of shorter mufflers and contributes to mass centralisation. The lightweight aluminium rear frame also contributes. The result is light, sharp handling.


Lightweight wheels

Supersport-style wheels are approximately 1.5 kg lighter, reducing unsprung weight and contributing to lighter handling.


Brembo Brake Components

To bring the already formidable braking performance of the Z1000 to the next level, high-spec brake components like those found on the Ninja H2R were implemented. The Brembo components featured are the best available for a massproduction model. The highprecision operation delivers brake force linearly, contributing to superb controllability.


Aluminium twin-tube frame

The highly rigid aluminium frame features a high degree of mass centralisation, creating a balance between sharp turning and firm handling. Lightweight and highly rigid, the frame uses the engine as a stressed member. The frame offers a firm, planted feeling, good stability and light, nimble turning. The frame is a 5-piece cast aluminium construction, consisting of steering stem, left and right main frames, and two cross pieces. The two main frame components have open C-shaped cross sections and were die-cast to ensure a smooth surface finish.

Larger-volume fuel tank

New fuel tank design increases fuel capacity to 17 litres, offering a greater touring range.


Intoxicating Intake Howl

Designed specifically so that acceleration could be enjoyed aurally as well as physically, the carefully crafted auditory note of the intake is a key component of the street riding exhilaration offered by the Z1000.


Idealised Riding Position

An idealised riding position sees the front lowered and the rear raised, creating a more aggressive posture. The more aggressive position matches the bike’s more direct throttle response and handling, putting riders in a position to fully capitalise on the Z1000’s sportier street riding potential.

Öhlins Rear Suspension

Complementing the enhanced braking performance of the Brembo brakes, high-quality Öhlins rear suspension offers both increased ride comfort and the pride in ownership that comes from the knowledge that your machine is equipped with top-shelf components.

1,043 cm3 liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-line Four

Powerful engine pulls strongly from all rpm and does not let up before the redline. Adding to rider exhilaration, the engine delivers superb response, a strong mid-range hit and an intoxicating intake howl. More direct response thanks to new engine settings and shorter gearing adds to the Z1000’s sporty street riding potential.


Die-cast Mirrors

New mirrors have a sharper design that contributes to the aggressive image. Die-cast mirror stays contribute to a less plastic, higher quality feel of the cockpit.


LED headlamp

The thin, compact headlamp cowl was positioned as low as possible, extending the line that starts from the top of the tank. This is first time for Kawasaki to use the reflector-less LED headlamp design. Using LED lamps allows the design to be thin, the shape contributing to the more intense glare of the new Z1000’s face, and the reflector-less design further enhances its predatory appearance. There are four long-life, low-energy LED bulbs: two low-beam (centre), two high-beam (outside). All four bulbs light up when the high-beams are on. A separate LED position lamp is located on the meter cover


R Edition Styling

Special graphics include a vivid yellow-green accent that contrasts with the bike’s
otherwise dark colouring. Special tank pads with R Edition graphics are standard
equipment. Special frame pads with graphics add to the design.


LED taillight

New LED taillight design adds a futuristic touch to the bike’s rear


Cool Air system

With the airbox nestled between the frame beams, intake air can be affected by engine heat. The Cool Air system routes cool air to the airbox from ducts at the front of the side fairings, minimising performance loss due to heated intake air. This should not be confused with Ram Air, where force-fed air becomes pressurised in the airbox.



ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) ensures stable braking performance by preventing wheel lock during braking.

Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension

Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension arranges its shock unit horizontally, greatly contributing to efficient use of space and mass centralisation.

Assist & Slipper Clutch

Based on racing technology, the Assist & Slipper Clutch acts as both a back-torque limiter and a self-servo mechanism that enables a lighter clutch lever pull.

Dual Throttle Valves

Dual Throttle Valves offer increased power and greater ease of use care of a second set of ECU-controlled throttle valves.




2018 Kawasaki Z1000R ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ USD





2018 Kawasaki Z1000R ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $14,499 CDN



Displacement  1,043cc  Type  4-stroke, In-Line Four  Bore and stroke  77.0 x 56.0 mm  Cooling  Liquid  Compression ratio  11.8:1  Valve system  DOHC, 16 valves (4 valves per cylinder)  Fuel system  Digital fuel injection with four 38 mm Keihin with oval sub-throttles  Ignition  Digital  Lubrication  Forced lubrication (wet sump)

Front: type  Dual semi-floating 310 mm Brembo discs  Front: calipers  Dual radial-mount, Brembo M50 monobloc, opposed 4-piston  Rear: type  Single 250 mm petal disc  Rear: calipers  Single-piston caliper

Overall length  2,045 mm  Overall width  790mm  Overall height  1,055 mm (41.5 in)  Wheelbase  1,435 mm (56.5 in.)  Ground clearance  125 mm (4.9 in.)  Seat height  815 mm (32.1 in.)  Curb mass**  220kg  Fuel capacity  17 litres

Transmission  6-speed, return  Final drive  Sealed Chain  Primary reduction ratio  1.627 (83/51)  Gear ratio: 1st  2.600 (39/15)  Gear ratio: 2nd  1.950 (39/20)  Gear ratio: 3rd  1.600 (24/15)  Gear ratio: 4th  1.389 (25/18)  Gear ratio: 5th  1.238 (26/21)  Gear ratio: 6th  1.107 (31/28)  Final reduction ratio  2.867 (43/15)  Clutch  Wet multi-disc, manual

Type  Aluminium twin-tube  Wheel travel: front  120 mm (4.7 in.)  Tire: front  120/70-ZR17  Wheel travel: rear  131 mm  Tire: rear  190/50-ZR17  Caster (rake)  24.5°  Trail  101 mm  Steering angle (left/right)  29° / 29°

Maximum Power‡ 105 kW {143 PS} @ 10,000 rpm  Maximum Torque‡ 111 N.m {11.3 kgf.m} @ 7,300 rpm

Suspension, front  41 mm inverted fork with stepless compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability  Suspension, rear  Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged, with stepless rebound damping and spring preload adjustability

Warranty  12 months warranty



2018 Kawasaki Z1000R ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £11599 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)


Engine type

Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four


1,043 cm³

Bore x stroke

77 x 56 mm

Compression ratio


Valve system

DOHC, 16 valves

Fuel system

Fuel injection: Ø38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles



Starting System



Forced lubrication, wet sump

Performance & Transmission

Maximum power

104.5 kW {142 PS} / 10,000 rpm

Fuel consumption

5.8 l/100 km

CO2 emission

151 g/km

Maximum torque

111 N•m {11.3 kgf•m} / 7,300 rpm



Final drive

Sealed chain

Primary Reduction Ratio

1.627 (83/51)

Gear Ratios 1st

2.600 (39/15)

Gear Ratios 2nd

1.950 (39/20)

Gear Ratios 3rd

1.600 (24/15)

Gear Ratios 4th

1.389 (25/18)

Gear Ratios 5th

1.238 (26/21)

Gear Ratios 6th

1.107 (31/28)

Final reduction ratio

2.867 (43/15)


Wet multi-disc, manual

Brakes & Suspension

Brakes, front

Dual semi-floating 310 mm Brembo discs. Caliper: Dual radial-mount, Brembo M50 monobloc, opposed 4-piston.

Brakes, rear

Single 250 mm disc. Caliper: Single-piston

Suspension, front

41 mm inverted fork with top-out springs, stepless compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability

Suspension, rear

Horizontal Back-link, Öhlins S46DR1S gas-charged shock with rebound damping and remote preload adjustability.

Frame & Dimensions

Frame type

Twin-tube, aluminium


101 mm

Wheel travel front

120 mm

Wheel travel rear

131 mm

Tyre, front

120/70ZR17M/C (58W)

Tyre, rear

190/50ZR17M/C (73W)

Steering angle, left / right

29o / 29o

L x W x H

2,045 x 790 x 1,055 mm


1,435 mm

Ground clearance

125 mm

Fuel capacity

17 litres

Seat height

815 mm

Curb mass

221 kg





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