We were the first ones to report about Kawasaki India taking bookings for the Z1000 street motorcycle. We also reported that the bike will be displayed at its exclusive showroom in Pune from December 25. Now, Kawasaki India has sent us an official email inviting BikeWale for the launch of a new product which we think is the Z1000. Its younger sibling, the Z800 will be launched in India in early 2014.
The Indian market will be getting the 2014 version of the Z1000 that was recently unveiled at the 2013 EICMA Milan, Italy. The 2014 Streetfighter gets many updates cosmetically as well as mechanically. The most obvious change to the Z1000 is that it gets a new headlight assembly which is an LED spec unit and is the first from any Japanese manufacturer. The 2014 Z1000 looks very mean and aggressive due to Kawasaki’s new ‘Sugomi’ styling.
The 2014 Z1000 is powered by a 1,043cc inline-four liquid-cooled engine that churns out 142bhp at 10,000rpm and a torque of 111Nm at 7,300 rpm. They have revised the ECU settings, made changes to the camshaft timings, fitted a new air box and have connected the cylinders to reduce pumping losses. The Z1000 gets a big piston fork that offers lightweight and excellent wheel control and also gets one piece monobloc radial-mount front brake callipers that offers superior braking. It also gets a new analog plus digital instrument cluster including a large tachometer and a digital display that offers information on current bike conditions and settings.
The Kawasaki Z1000 will be the first non-Ninja moniker motorcycle to be launched in India and is expected to be priced very aggressively. Stay tuned to BikeWale as we get you live updates of the Kawasaki Z1000 from the launch event.