2013 EICMA: 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 — First Official Photos and Specs

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The wraps just came off the 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 at EICMA, fully revealing its controversial new styling.

The Kawasaki Z1000 looks exactly the same as the previously leaked images we brought to you late last week. We assume the engine is based off the new 1,043 cc inline-four used in the new Kawasaki Ninja 1000, but probably with slightly different gearing and possibly different fuel maps. There, it produces 140 bhp.

The chassis receives upgrades as well, the biggest being new separate function Showa Big Piston Forks up front which actually each have different tasks (the right handles compression and rebound damping while the left handles preload adjustment).

The ABS pump has also been updated and, when paired with the one-piece radial mounted, four-piston front brake calipers, should do a great job of slowing this bike down. The wheels have also been re-worked and come in at 3.3 pounds lighter, which will help a great deal with unsprung weight.

The 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 will be released in both Golden Blazed Green or Metallic Graphite Gray and will retail for $11,999.

UPDATE: We tracked down the latest news on the official specs:

The new 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 makes 140 hp at 10,000 rpm and 81 lb.-ft. of torque at 7,300 rpm, compared to the 136 hp and 81 lb.-ft. of torque the 2013 model produced.

Weight is up 6 pounds, at 487 pounds, over the 2013 model which may be due to the 0.4 gallon increase in fuel tank size. ABS is stock on the 2014, though was available as an option previously.

We had hoped to see traction control and variable riding modes, but both seem to be missing from the spec sheet. Looks like we’ll have to wait another year.

It’s interesting to note that the new 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 is the same price, and makes the same power and torque, as the new Ninja 1000 even though the Ninja includes traction control. We can assume the engine profiles are different and that this Z1000 will make more power lower, but the two bikes really aren’t all that different and seem to be two slightly different flavors of the same thing.

Kawasaki press materials refer to this new Z1000 as “sugomi,” which, when translated, means “weirdness, ghastliness, dreadfulness, awesomeness.” Which of these four meanings do you think is most accurate?

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  • Justin McClintock

    Kill it! Kill that gruesome monster with fire!

    • Mr.Paynter

      Nuke it from space, it’s the only way to be sure.

  • Justin McClintock

    Oh, and dreadfulness is pretty accurate.

  • Mykola


  • Ben W

    I suspect some buyers will be like I was back in ’10 when I got my Z1000. It’s not the bike they want, but its the one that fits the budget with a lot of capability. Granted, the marketplace these days for big nakeds is radically different than ’10.

  • metric_G

    I like it, I already posted this about the previous thread. I own a 03 Z1K and even today it does not look that much outdated (like a 10 years old sportbike from Honda or Suzuki) parked next to other sportbikes 8-9 years younger than mine. I bet the 2014 Z1K will probably stand up to the time just the same and won’t look that crazy in 2024.

    • Justin McClintock

      It’s easy for a bike (or car or anything else) to not look that bad as it ages when each progressive iteration of it is successively uglier.

      • metric_G

        Please explain, how that make it easier.

        • Justin McClintock

          Steel is much more easily workable and weldable than aluminum. It’s also far more ductile. If you bend a steel frame, it’s likely you can bend it back without destroying it. If you bend an aluminum frame, chances are it’ll crack. If it doesn’t, chances are it’ll crack when you try to bend it back to its original position. Additionally, welding steel, should it need it, is pretty easy to do. Welding aluminum is very difficult. You can find somebody who can weld tubular steel in just about any body shop or bike shop in the country. You find somebody who’s good at welding aluminum, and chances are they work for somebody who pays a lot more than any body shop or bike shop can. Aluminum typically goes from too cold to work to puddle on the floor very quickly.

          • metric_G

            I see your point, i was trying to reference more to Kawasaki’s “ahead of times” styling, but hey, people’s taste, etc. I would be happy with the new 2014 Zed (I like it better than the new naked BMW, which I had really high hopes for).

      • metric_G

        Please explain, how that make it easier.

  • MrDefo

    Link to the second page is wrong – there is an additional “2013-eicma” in the URL.

  • Jules

    Please please please stop the two pages articles… I’m begging you (and I bet i’m not the only one).

    • Sentinel

      Perhaps it allows increased ad space and revenues?

    • Stef

      Yes please! We want one pagers! My pocket app can’t handle two pages

    • Zanpa

      I’m more than fine with the image gallery being on another page. It means I don’t have to load several high quality images that I may or may not want to look at, and I can scroll to the comments immediately after I have read the article.
      I will be the dissonant voice and say: by all means, keep the current model for image galleries.

  • Mark D

    Its a big, green, 140 hp middle finger. I love it.

  • Sentinel

    Do want! :o

  • DucMan

    I dig the machine, a nice Japanese alternative to Triumph, et al.

    I like the two page stories. It allows you to display the photos in a larger format, while giving folks who just “want the facts” a chance to read the story quickly without having to scroll through photos. Nice.

    You folks have really impressed me with the quality and quantity of your coverage. Bravo.

  • VagrantCoyote

    Really? No comments on the video?

    • Mr.Paynter

      I just felt sad and confused.

  • Stephen Mears

    The Kawi website lists GBG/GMG as one color in combination. Other, lesser sites show a reddish orange colorway and an all black colorway.

  • Faysal Itani

    Vulgar, but undeniably cool.

  • Raymond Browning

    As a ZRX fan this thing is ugly as all sin. Still the engine, chassis, suspension and brakes make this look like a formidable package as sport nakeds go. I bet if I got one I would learn to like it’s looks just because of it’s overall performance.

  • JP

    Why can’t we just have a normal f(**ing headlight unit anymore? I would seriously feel like a kid riding around in a Transformers power wheels motorcycle. It looks like a toy.

    Does Ducati just hire up all of the top talent when it comes to design? I’m so tired of all the tribal tattoo, barbed wire, over-the-top bulls**$.

    People hate on Harley all of the time because they don’t create great bikes, but is this what someone should ride if they want a naked motorcycle? There is no denying that Harley makes great looking bikes, and it doesn’t seem that hard to me to do.

  • Kr Tong

    Too much dub step.