My local dealer has a black one that actually looks very nice except for those goofy pipes. It seems no bigger than my Sv650 to sit on so it must really haul with THAT motor. I think with some nice aftermarket pipes it would be
quite a hell-raiser. Unfortunately I need my bikes to have a certain amount of utility and like so many others (monsters, 919s, superhawks, speed triples) it has gone totally to the other extreme. But if I had the means to have a bike just for going out and making a fool of myself, the Z1000 sure would be tough to beat.
I think this one looks kinda cool, pipes too. I'm not sure i would pay retail though when you could get say, a new Honda 600RR or a Fireblade at a seriously reduced price. Guess thats not the point though.
No mention of the green so far - is it a Canada-only colour? Its by far the best colour for the Z1000. The orange is just plain LOUD, and the black with the red seat and the gold pipes reminds me of the Lexus luxo-boats with the gold trim that the old farts are buying. Tacky.
Make mine green, even looks nice with the gold pipes!
John Burns says in the article that the Kawi made 124 hp at the rear wheel on the MO dyno, and the dyno chart says over 128. Which is correct (if either)? Personally, I like the pipes, but the fact that each one has a catalytic converter in it makes me think that the heat output will be tremendous. Althought well written, I didn't find this article very informative.
Best write-up I've seen on the z1000. Your test bike absolutely stomps the one dyno'd at http://www.mcnews.com.au/ Why is that? Their test shows the FZ1 whoopin' the Z1000. Is the U.S. model more powerful? I could understand a little difference between dynos but 14 hp is nothing to sneeze at, specially seeing another bike (FZ1) tested with their dyno that M.O. had somewhat similar results with. I'm not *****ing, just curious.
I think the mufflers are cheesey looking, a little too x-wing fighterish, but the gold heat treatment is pretty cool.
I like the orange one! - just hate black bikes I guess. The pipes look like a leftover from the Balius parts bin - if you're gonna have four pipes then HAVE FOUR PIPES - proper ones . I prefer this bike to the FZ1....and it fits me great.
I saw this bike and sat on it at the Long Beach show. I totally dig it in orange and I like the pipes too. At least Kawi is trying something a little different instead of the standard cookie-cutter UJM look.
And the caption for the photo could be,
"Eh Homes, check out my twice pipes."
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