2013 Kawasaki Z800 leaks from Thailand

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The good ship Kawasaki has sprung another leak, this time it’s a heavily re-styled, punched-out facelift of the Z750. Not a lot of details on the 2013 Kawasaki Z800 yet, but you’ll read about them here first when there are.

If you can’t click into the gallery, try this link: http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2012/09/2013-kawasaki-z800/?gal=1#/0

  • Glenngineer

    Better looking than the Z1000.

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

      How dare you!

    • robotribe

      Agreed. Much better; like a Benelli Cafe Racer 1130, but designed by an adult instead a 7th grader.

      • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

        And you!

        Actually, I know the Z isn’t a beautiful bike. Much as I wish it was. Certain angles I dig, other angles make me cringe.

      • Glenngineer

        Good call on the Benelli influence.

    • Dan

      looks a lot like the Benelli TNT, right?

  • smoke4ndmears

    Not sure if like…

    Seems like a design that won’t age well, but damn it sure looks scary. Curious about that frame mount skirting below the cylinder head.

    • rohorn

      Kawasaki did that “Frame member at the cylinder base” design bit on the ZX600A (decorational), ZX600B,D, and E (structural).

      • smoke4ndmears

        Yerp. I had one of those old Zx600A’s. Was a fine bike with exception of the soft valve seats.

        • rohorn

          That bike was light years ahead of the bike it replaced – don’t see design leaps like that anymore. For that matter, I haven’t seen a nice clean A model in years, either.

          • smoke4ndmears

            Most of them have eaten up the valve seats is why!

            I loved the gas guage on the A the most!

  • NewOldSchool

    Too busy,

    looks like each member of the design team drew their favorite shape and then glued them all on top of each other.

    • http://hivelosangeles.com Sean Smith

      +1 and after that, they called in the focus groups.

      • NewOldSchool

        All I’m saying is someone at Kawi may or may not have a friend down the road at a plastic moulding company….

        What else could be the reason for this??

    • Dani Peral

      I think it would look much cleaner on a plain color, and without a green leather seat.

  • http://www.twowheelsplus.com/ Anders

    Styling is a shouting competition these days and Kawasaki just won.

    • http://www.BrewSmith.com.au dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

      It could be louder…I’m waiting on a photo of a metallic orange version.

  • ike6116

    A Japanese middleweight that isn’t a 600? No chance the US will see this one

    • NewOldSchool

      Ever heard of the FZ8? This is direct competition.

  • http://www.cdavisdesigns.com Chris Davis

    It looks like it was assembled from floor scraps at a doorstop factory.

  • Coreyvwc

    MORE cc’s and MORE angry plastic angles = MORE BETTER = Kawasaki’s marketing strategy 2013.

  • Scott-jay

    Seems everything is really behind bits of body-work; conflicts with motorcycle.

  • Chris

    streetfighter 848 much?

    • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

      The Z750 dates back to 2004, they just made it a bit bigger to go against the FZ8 and F800R, and as some said above it looks a bit like a busy TNT.
      What’s your point?

  • adrenalnjunky

    I want to like it. I like the Z1000 which I know is pretty much love/hate with most people.

    I think if we saw a solid color – red or black or the orange, it might make the bike look a little more cohesive – there are spots that I think the graphics are making it look busier than it really is.

    I also think this needs a micro windscreen , kinda like the Z1000 has.

    Unless this one has a lot of technical or performance upgrades over the FZ8, I’d probably lean toward the FZ8.

  • http://hivelosangeles.com Sean Smith

    The CB550 header is rad. Pass on the rest.

  • DoctorNine

    Friggin’ Kawasaki… They are sending over this Transformers wannabe, but they won’t send over the W800? Screw them…

    • Joe

      There is no room in the U.S. market for that bike. Triumph doesn’t sell a ton of Bonnevilles, and they basically own that space.

  • Justin

    too busy

  • http://www.BrewSmith.com.au dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

    A naked bike with……lots of fairing panels……huh/wha???

  • filly-fuzz

    ARH my eyes!

    ze goggles, zay do nahsink!!!

    But seriously, did they model the styling on this?

  • Coreyvwc

    just noticed the very modern axial mount front calipers too. Good job Kawasaki, you know exactly where to cut costs in places that don’t matter…

    • http://www.BrewSmith.com.au dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

      Also note the cheap steel swingarm

      • Coreyvwc

        Saw that too, but the big 4 are still using that on quite a few of their products (cbr250r, ect. ect.)

        • http://www.BrewSmith.com.au dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

          I can’t think of many bikes above 400cc that skimp and stick to stamped steel swingarms…even the Versys has an alloy swingarm!

  • mchale2020

    I’m not sure why it has to look so angry. They’ve taken ‘mean green’ to a whole new level here.

    • richard gozinya

      You’d be angry too if a bunch of meth’d out designers made you look like that.

      • mchale2020

        It’s almost like Kawasaki styled the bike around the current trend of ugly exhaust canisters they’ve been using on the ZX-6 and ZX-10 here lately.

        I don’t doubt it will be a decent, but probably mediocre bike that will eventually be filling the pages of local Craigslist at half of its MSRP.

  • Sentinel

    That passenger seat looks like a medieval torture device! :o

    • http://hivelosangeles.com Sean Smith

      Wow, didn’t notice that until now. Easily worse than an R1 with it’s diamond shape that gets wedged, well, you can imagine.

      • Devin

        Wow I thought that was just a hard cover.

  • Charlie

    From some angles it breaks new ground in ugly. But I think hands down ugliest exhaust of all time. Total package could eclipse the B-king for total ugliness. As an exercise in ugly it’s fascinating. Just think of the series of industrial/commercial mistakes necessary to produce something this ugly. Each detail has to be ugly, and the total package has to be uglier than the parts. Mission accomplished

    • Deltablues

      Uh, my B-King is a fast brutal bitch that would slap that Z800 around like a toy monkey.

      • mchale2020


      • Coreyvwc

        Yes, but why is you’re B-King a comically ugly watered down Hayabusa, which is also comically ugly…?

        • Johndo

          The B-King isnt ugly, it’s just the stock exhausts that are. Put in aftermarket exhauts and it’s pretty bad ass. I don’t understand why naked bikes have such a hard time here, yet in Europe there more popular then sportbikes. It’s like having a sportbike but with a decent posture and usable torque down low, I’ve only had naked bikes. The only way you would get me on a Panigale or something like that is if I had so much money that I had 10 bikes parked in the garage. And then I’d take the Panigale and beat the crap out of it for 10 minutes and then park it again for another week…

  • John

    Oh my!

  • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

    WTF? Z750/Z1000 started off as naked bikes… how the hell did they turn into having so much plastic.

    Honestly I prefer the old look of the 2006 Z750.

  • Sentinel

    Because there pretty much is none such thing as a “Naked” bike anymore, and this is of course not one.

    These new bikes have a little less fairing than a full on sports bike, but have no windshield. which many buyers will end up adding themselves afterwards.

    The real appeal of these bikes these days is the more upright riding position they are designed for, and the different look they have, and that’s about it.

    People just don’t really know what to call bikes like these, and since there rally is not distinct name for them, people just use old names like “Naked”, Streetfighter”, or “Standard”. But truth be told they’re not really any of those. They’re just really good bikes with no windshield basically.

    • http://www.BrewSmith.com.au dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

      How about calling them ‘bug catchers’?

    • filly-fuzz

      street bike.

      There. classified.

    • NewOldSchool

      UJM has come full circle.

  • Keith

    Am I too old or is this really as ugly as I think it is?

  • johnzero

    Looks like a transformer stuck between final states.

  • Mykola

    <3 my Z750S, but I would choose the FZ8 over this. There's just so much contrived styling on this bike.

  • Johndo

    Companies need to understand that the majority of people don’t like screaming colors (like a green passenger seat). Make bikes black, tinanium, charcoal, and you’ll reach a larger market. Look at the canary yellow ER-6N, I mean this will be attractive to maybe 0.01% of the population.

    That said design-wise, I like it a lot. I had an FZ8 and these 800cc nakeds make complete sense to me. Has more torque lower in the revs then 600s, yet it’s less of a peaky engine. Just more usable in daily riding, and the FZ8 handled like a dream too, on twisty roads you can keep up with 1000cc bikes no problem. If price is right (and Kawa are usually agressive on pricing) these should sell by the bucket. I even prefer the headlight of the Z800 over the FZ8.

    • Mr.Paynter

      Yeah my 2010 ER-6N is pearl white on black, the new, yellow little sister made me sad and ashamed.

  • Bruce Steever

    Overwrought? Probably. But did you notice some of the nicer touches, like the plastic panels covering the tank edges as built in crash protection?

  • http://bloodfalcons.blogspot.com motoguru

    This is absurd. Can we possibly get any more angles packed into a small area? Doubt it.

    I’ll take a Street Triple.

  • Mazy p

    Does anyone know how much this bad boy will be?

    • http://rideapart.com Wes Siler

      Figure rough price parity with the Yam FZ8, depending on which country you’re in.