- Usable Torque
- Geared For Street Use
- Characterful Looks
- Limited Service Network
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- Showa Big Piston Fork
- Reflector-Less LED Headlamps
- Hydraulic Telescopic Forks
- Split Seats
- Comfortable Ergonomics
- Unique gull-arm style swingram
- Horizontal Back link Suspension
- Clutch and brake 5 way adjustment
- Horizontal Back link Suspension
- Short Gearing
- Slipper Clutch
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Kawasaki Z Overview
To the wide range of bikes offered by Kawasaki, also known as “Green Monsters”, has been added an altogether new and a little different series, called as the “Z Series”. The series comprises of 4 bikes: Z1000, Z900, Z650 and Z250. The bikes in Z series start from a price tag of about Rs. 2,00,000 and end at Rs. 16,00,000., starting from the most affordable street fighter, the Z250, and getting sportier as one heads towards the ultimate Z1000. In between comes the Z650, which gets a lot more sporty and wilder than the Z250. Next one is an update to the outgoing Z800, the Z900, which is a more muscular version of Z650 having more of everything.
Kawasaki Z Engine & Transmission
The Z250 carries the same 250 cc, twin-cylinder engine from the outgoing Ninja 250, producing 31.5 bhp of power at 11,000 rpm and 21 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm. The bike is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and a wet multi-disc manual clutch keeping the basic up to the mark.
Kawasaki Z650 develops 67.2 bhp of maximum power at 8000 rpm and 65.7 Nm of maximum torque @ 6500 rpm. All these figures are a consequence of a liquid-cooling parallel-twin engine tuned for low-mid range power &and torque. This power is transmitted through the 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch.
The Z900 is 21kg lighter than the outgoing Z800 pushing down the kerb weight to 208 kg. The 948 cc liquid-cooled in-line 4-engine produces a mouth watering 123.3 bhp of maximum power at 9500 rpm and develops a maximum torque of 98.6 Nm at 7700 rpm. All this is mated to a 6-speed gear box with a slipper clutch, which is pretty much similar to the Z650.
The Z1000 buttresses a 1043 cc, in-line 4-cylinder engine producing 140 bhp of maximum power at 10,000 rpm and 111 Nm of peak torque at 7300 rpm. The bike shoots from 0-100 kmph in just 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 258 kmph. Surprisingly, the 6-speed gearbox on this bike does not come with a slipper clutch but a manually-operated wet multi-disc clutch.
Kawasaki Z Mileage
The younger ones in the Z series, that is, Z250 and Z650, manage a mileage of 20-25 kmpl and the elder muscular sibling gives about 10-15 kmpl. All the bikes except for Z250 get ABS as standard, though the attractive and interactive digital instrument cluster is limited to the top 3 bikes and again the Z250 loses out on this one. The Z250 comes with a basic digital speedometer and analogue tachometer. As you go higher on the price, the instrument cluster becomes more futuristic and interactive. The Z1000 is the only one in the Z family with high-illuminating projector headlamps.
Kawasaki Z Performance and Handling
The brakes, chassis and suspension on Z250 have been carried forward from the Ninja 300 in a more naked form. The engine from the Ninja 300 has been tuned to a 250cc. The gears 4 and 5 on the Z250 are a lot shorted, leading to better acceleration. The Z250 manages to touch a top speed of about 155 kmph, which is like a Duke 390. So you can enjoy everything on this bike that you enjoy on a Ninja 300 but in a much easier way.
On the other hand, the Z650 is also lighter, which affects braking and handling in a big and positive way. The tall and flat handle bar allows the Z650 to change directions a lot faster. The bike pulls in such a strong manner that it reaches the 100 kmph mark in just 4.6 seconds from standstill. The Z650 stops as good as it goes because of its front dual and rear single discs with upgraded braking callipers. The Z250 comes with a single disc at the front and rear.
The shorter gears on Z900 make it crazy enough to hoist the front wheel in the air for first 3 gears. Since it has lost a great amount of weight, the perks that come along are changing direction in a flash from one side to another and hassle-free entrance and exit through corners. The 300 mm dual front disc and single 250 mm rear disc brakes perform much better due to the shed of kilos. Coming to the Z1000 now, starting with the comfort level, which has apparently taken a back seat on this one, the suspension is stiff and design makes for a forward bias posture. The foot pegs are set higher and a little towards the rear, making the bike feel compact between the legs.
The European rivals of Z1000, like the Aprilia RSV4 and the BMW 1000RR, which are much higher on performance and lighter on weight, cannot be put on the same boat as the Z1000. The bike is based on an aluminium twin tube frame, which gives this bike stability at high speeds. Its wheelbase of 1440 mm further enhances the racing style of this bike by adding stability around corners. Its adjustable suspension system and the rear fatty tyre (190/50) hold this bike firmly while you change lanes at high speeds. The Z family can be called a family of monsters that get more muscular with an increase in numbers.