THE GREEN MEAN MACHINE

THE GREEN MEAN MACHINE

KAWASAKI TELLS US ABOUT THE Z1000S

Since its launch, the Kawasaki Z1000SX has dominated the sports touring segment. Kawasaki’s number one best seller has been upgraded for 2016 with a number of customer-centric features including: an FCC Assist and Slipper Clutch, ABS as standard and new colour options.

16ZX1000S_EU_Action08_OP_R 2The 2016 Z1000SX now comes with a race-inspired FCC assist and slipper clutch – with a 30% lighter feel at the lever, the Slipper Clutch will appeal to both sports bike riders and those adjusting to the weight of a pillion and luggage.

Under normal riding conditions, the clutch functions as a self-locking mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the total clutch spring load to be reduced, thereby resulting a lighter clutch lever pull when operating the clutch. While the back torque limiting or ‘Slipper’ function works in the traditional way; where the clutch partially disengages or "slips" when the rear wheel tries to drive the engine faster than it would run under its own power.

All 2016 Z1000SX models will be ABS as standard. Along with additional features, three colour choices on the Z1000SX continue for the 2016 machines. The Candy Lime Green option has a sportier and more aggressive treatment and Candy Plasma Blue makes a welcome return to the Kawasaki colour charts with Metallic Carbon Gray completing the line-up.

Engine type: Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line 4

Displacement: 1,043 cm³

Bore x stroke: 77.0 x 56.0 mm

Compression ratio: 11.8:1

Valve/Induction system: DOHC, 16 valves

Maximum power:  104.5 kW {142 PS} / 10,000 rpm

Maximum torque: 111 Nm {11.3 kgf-m} / 7,300 rpm

Fuel system:  Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles

Ignition: Digital

Starting: Electric

Lubrication: Forced lubrication, wet sump

Transmission: 6-speed, return

Final Drive: Sealed chain

Clutch: Wet multi-disc, manual

Frame type: Aluminium twin-tube

Rake/Trail: 24.5˚ / 102 mm

Suspension, front: 41 mm inverted fork with stepless compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability

Suspension, rear: Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged, with stepless rebound damping and spring preload adjustability

Wheel travel, front: 120 mm

Wheel travel, rear: 138 mm

Tyre, front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)

Tyre, rear: 190/50ZR17M/C (73W)

Brakes, front Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs. Caliper: Dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston.

Brakes, rear: Single 250 mm petal disc Single-piston

Steering angle, left / right: 31° / 31°

Dimensions (L x W x H): 2.105 x 790 x 1.170/1.230 mm

Wheelbase: 1,445 mm

Ground Clearance: 135 mm

Seat height: 820 mm

Fuel capacity: 19 litres

Curb Mass **: 230 kg / 231 kg (ABS)

© COPYRIGHT ARABIA MOTORS AUGUST 2016

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