MEET THE BIG Z
The Z1000 is designed to be a ‘streetfighter’ style motorcycle – essentially a sport bike stripped of some bodywork and given a straight handlebar.
The earlier model had been described as a quirky bike with a ‘spunky engine personality’ and a sporty – yet relaxed riding position.
On the other side, some riders were not impressed with what they describe a peculiar handling, excessive engine vibration and “love it or hate it” styling.
The newer Big Z has improved the earlier flaws and produced a fast and easy motor bike to operate. Improvements were the front cowl – widened; and a double beam headlight in the center.
The exhaust system is handled by belly-mounted pre-chamber, allowing mufflers to be lighter and more compact.
Chassis improvements feature the engine hung in a lighter, aluminum frame, this via a four-point mounting arrangement. This is designed to increase chassis rigidity and as well, make it more stable.
Kawasaki Z100 is reasonably priced at $10,500 and gives you a bigger, more powerful machine, ideally suited for street life.
There is now a smaller version of the Z1000 on the market – The Z750, but that, as they say, is another tale to tell. After all, if you liked small stuff you won’t be reading this, but the Yamaha Aerox blog!