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The 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 has a hard-to-define“streetfighter” style that is impactful enough to ensure everyone knows they’re seeing something special.


Model Year
Z1000 ABS
Metallic Graphite Gray / Golden Blazed Green
Stock Number


80.5 in.
41.5 in.
31.1 in.
Curb: 487.3 lbs.
56.5 in.
Seat Height
32.1 in.


4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, inline-4
1043 cc
Bore x Stroke
77 x 56 mm
Maximum: 81.7 ft. lbs. @ 7,300 rpm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
DFI® with (4) 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies, oval sub-throttles
Fuel Tank Capacity
4.5 gal.
TCBI digital advance


Final Drive
Sealed chain


Front: (2) 310 mm petal-type discs with radial-mount 4-piston monobloc calipers with ABS
Rear: (1) 250 mm petal-type discs with 1-piston caliper and ABS
Front: 120/70 ZR17
Rear: 190/50 ZR17


Aluminum backbone
Front: 41 mm inverted SFF-BP fork with stepless compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability; 4.7 in. travel
Rear: Horizontal back-link single shock with adjustable preload and stepless rebound damping; 4.8 in. travel
4 in.

Standard Features

Key Features
 New uniquely aggressive "Sugomi" styling gives the Z1000 a distinct predatory look  
 Upgraded 1,043 cc inline-4 with DFI® offers sharper response that enhances this engine’s already impressive mid-range and top-end power  
 New Showa Separate Function: Big Piston Fork (SFF-BP) offers light weight, easy adjustability and excellent wheel control to cope with the high forces associated with aggressive riding  
 New 1-piece "monobloc" radial-mount front brake calipers offer superb braking power and control, along with a premium laser-etched Kawasaki logo and black alumite finish  
 New supersport-style 6-spoke lightweight aluminum wheels contribute to the Z1000’s sporty image while reducing rotating inertia and saving approximately 3.3 lbs. of unsprung weight  
 New shorter final-drive gearing provides quicker response and enhanced riding excitement, while a new taller 6th gear helps maintain highway comfort  
 New analog plus digital instrument cluster includes a large tachometer and a digital display offering a wealth of information on current bike conditions and settings  
 New compact sub-frame design is more slender and shorter to match the new styling  
 Upright "streetfighter" riding position provides excellent leverage on the controls for maximum maneuverability, coupled with a commanding view of the urban jungle  
DOHC, 16-valve, 1,043 cc Engine
 1,043 cc liquid-cooled inline-4 offers true open-class power from idle to redline  
 New cylinder connecting passageways reduce pumping losses and improve mid-to-high rpm performance  
 New intake cams provide improved low-to-midrange torque for instant thrust and maximum rider satisfaction  
 New more-aggressive ECU settings provide sharper throttle response  
 Bore and stroke dimensions of 77 x 56 mm offer an ideal balance of peak power and low and mid-range flexibility  
 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies cram the air / fuel mixture directly into combustion chambers via downdraft intakes for maximum power  
 Oval sub throttles help keep the engine slim, and a slim midsection allows an ideal bike / rider interface for maximum comfort and control  
 Engine's rev limiter comes into play "softly," providing usable overrev character because power doesn’t drop off suddenly at high rpm  
 The engine's relatively low crankshaft position allows a moderately long stroke without adding engine height  
 A secondary engine balancer, driven off a gear on the sixth web of the crankshaft, eliminates excess vibration and contributes to rider comfort  
 New shorter final drive gearing provides quicker acceleration and enhanced riding excitement, while a new taller 6th gear helps maintain highway comfort  
Digital Ignition
 Digital timing advance enhances low-range and mid-range power  
 Individual spark plug-mounted ignition coils fire each of the 4 spark plugs independently to achieve the optimum timing for that cylinder  
 ECU includes an idle speed control system for easier starting and warm-up  
Upgraded Cool Air System
 Intake system routes cool air to the airbox via ducts in the fairing, minimizing performance loss due to heated intake air  
 Upgraded airbox features additional atmospheric intakes to further enhance the engine’s intoxicating intake howl  
 New non-woven air filter element provides better flow for enhanced high-rpm performance  
 Revised velocity stacks are now equal length and provide improved throttle response and a more exciting engine character  
 Intake ducts are positioned close to the rider to allow the intake howl to be heard and enjoyed  
Upgraded Exhaust System
 The exhaust system features a 4-into-2-pre-chamber-into-2 layout to provide ample silencer volume without requiring excess bulk in the rear mufflers  
 New oval-shaped connector tubes are larger than last year’s round tubes and help improve engine response for heightened excitement at all rpms  
 Main and pre-catalyzers help ensure clean emissions  
 A butterfly valve in the right-side muffler not only helps reduce noise, but also tunes exhaust back-pressure waves to help enhance low-rpm engine response  
 New brushed-metal finish on the silencers provides enhanced visual appeal  
 Exhaust system offers excellent mass centralization and contributes to a low center of gravity  
New Larger Fuel Tank
 New 4.5 gal. (17 l) fuel tank offers increased range  
 Radical shape and 2-tone finish complement the Z1000’s new Sugomi-inspired styling  
 Upgraded slim type fuel pump features an integral fuel level sensor with enhanced accuracy for 2014  
New Monobloc ABS Brakes with Petal-type Rotors
 New 1-piece “monobloc” radial-mount front brake calipers offer superb braking power and control, along with a premium quality look from their laser-etched Kawasaki logo and black alumite finish  
 Opposed 4-piston radial-mount monobloc calipers with differentiated diameter (30 mm upper and 32 mm lower) pistons provide excellent feel and progressive braking response  
 A radial-pump front brake master cylinder contributes to the superb control and feel offered by these high-end monobloc calipers  
 New ABS pump features a fluid pressure sensor that allows more precise control of line pressures and also provides data to the ECU to help suppress rear lift under braking  
 A low-battery mode helps preserve ABS effectiveness when the battery charge is low. (although riders may notice that ABS operation is less smooth than in normal mode)  
 Petal-type 310 mm front brake rotors are full-on sportbike hardware  
 New pad compound has a higher coefficient of friction that contributes to the enhanced power and sensitivity  
 A 1-piston rear caliper grips a 250 mm petal-type disc. This compact caliper is mounted below the swingarm and located by a torque rod.  
Aluminum Backbone Frame
 Aluminum backbone frame is similar in concept to the Ninja ZX-10R’s, and helps make the bike narrow and easy to grip with the knees for maximum rider comfort and feedback  
 The frame is lightweight and highly rigid, and uses the engine as a stressed member for solid handling and optimum stability  
 Frame elements are tuned to transmit optimal engine feedback to the rider  
 The frame uses 4 engine mounts, 3 of which are rigid, 1 of which (the upper rear crankcase mount) is rubber  
 New compact sub-frame design is more slender and shorter to match the new styling  
 The sub-frame is an example of form and function combined, negating the need for side covers and allowing underseat narrowness for a shorter reach to the ground  
New Separate Function Fork – Big Piston: (SFF-BP)
 New SFF-BP fork combines the features of Showa’s big piston and separate function forks, featuring springs on both sides, with dedicated preload adjustability in the left tube and dedicated damping pistons and adjustability in the right tube  
 Big Piston design provides smooth action during the initial part of the stroke and contributes to excellent feel during heavy braking. The large-diameter damper piston is much bigger than those used in traditional “cartridge” forks.  
 Big Piston design allows the fork oil to act on a much larger surface area, so the damping pressure can be reduced without compromising effectiveness. Reducing the damping pressure allows the slider to react more smoothly, which is especially noticeable during the initial part of the stroke. The result is greater control as the fork begins to compress and very calm response during braking-induced weight-transfer, for greater chassis stability on corner entry.  
 Fork settings were tuned to cope with the extreme forces of aggressive use, while still providing a comfortable ride  
 SFF-BP design offers easy adjustability, by locating all adjusters in the caps at the top of the 2 fork tubes: preload on the left; compression and rebound damping on the right.  
Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension
 Rear suspension design positions the shock unit and linkage above the swingarm where it’s less exposed to exhaust heat and contributes to mass centralization  
 Stepless rebound damping adjuster allows damping characteristics to be tuned to match changes in spring preload and/or loads  
Rider Interface
 New a fat solid-mount tubular aluminum handlebar contributes to the Z1000’s quality, top-shelf feel  
 Double-taper grips, like those used on supersport models, offer a more direct feel than traditional designs  
 New intricately textured seat cover features a distinct Z-logo pattern  
 Ninja ZX-10R-style footpegs with knurled surfaces offer good grip, direct feel and control, and purposeful looks  
New Instrumentation
 New extremely compact dual-element digital instrumentation keeps the front of the motorcycle as compact and unobtrusive as possible, making the bike almost disappear from the rider’s field of vision  
 New dual element bar-graph tachometer with 0 - 4,000 rpm indicated vertically along the left edge of the lower display and a larger 4,000 rpm+ tachometer filling the entire horizontal upper display  
 New LCD functions include ABS and Economical Riding (ECO) indicators  
 Additional LCD functions include a unique digital speedometer, odometer, dual trip meter, clock, instant and average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, and low-fuel warning lamps  

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