Meet The “Little Zee”
Or ‘zed’ if you are of the British/Commonwealth persuasion, pronunciation aside, the Kawasaki z750 is a smaller version of its big bro, the Z1000 and came to life in 2004.
The Kawi team has stripped the fancies of the Z100; the USD fork has gone; as has the 4-4 exhaust system, replaced by the 4-1. Also gone are the hollow-spoked wheels. The windscreen is smaller and lacks the clearer vision of Big Z. There are a lot of comparisons between the Z1000 and Z750, but it is a matter of ‘horses for courses’ – what suits the rider best.
Mechanically, the Z750 has a smaller bore 68.4 in lieu of 77.2. The fuel injection still retains the butterfly system, but the throttle bores have been reduced from 36mm to 34mm.
Comfort, especially for long haul riding is paramount and there was an issue, with one reviewer, regarding the seat; he claimed he slid to the gas tank each time he braked, putting a big strain on the lower back and discomfort in the ‘family jewels’.
The Little Z is designed for serious high performance street riding and its slim, compact chassis gives it maneuverability and precise handling when given a wide range of riding situations. Some of the chassis highlights include the new 41mm upside down fork and this is made to cope with heavy-duty sports riding and yet improves quality and feel. Even if it’s a top class bike, it’s always smart to have a motorbike breakdown cover just in case!
If you’re looking for perfect balance, look no further than the Z750; it gives you sharp handling, quick revving power and looks good too.
Estimated top speed of the Little Z is 149 mph (240 km/h).
The 2011 model will be known as the Z750R. It’s much the same as the 2007 – 2010 models. Next year’s model has an upgraded front suspension – that’s going to enhance the steering.
The rear suspension is to feature a piggyback nitrogen reservoir; radial front brake calipers; aluminum swinging arm and black instrumentation.
For a much sportier look, the Z750R will offer redesigned headlight cluster, front mudguard and front and rear indicators.
The Kawasaki Z 750 came in with an average rating of 4.5 stars.