Picture 1News of the 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 is, in the ‘Net age, kind of old news already. Yet we’ve not even seen it close up and I’m now more eager than ever to ride this nutter!

During the U.S. intro of the new Concours 14 I had a little chitchat about the ’10 Z with some of my buddies at Kawi. Although I don’t think they’ve seen the attached Euro market video, from what little they told me about the bike’s performance, the opening minutes of this video seem to corroborate what the Kawi staff here said after they rode the bike.

Get the Flash Player to see this player.

In case you’re not readily familiar with the history of the Z in the U.S., we have it here largely at the behest of management at Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA, as the bike is primarily for the European market. And we only have ourselves to blame. The Z, despite being a sales dominator in Europe, is a sales eliminator in the States.

Nevertheless, Kawasaki U.S. A. has once again gone out on a sales limb and asked that the Z1000 be delivered to America after having seen what the new Z is and what it’s about.

I know there’s a lot of pissing and moaning on the Net about the new style of the Zed (for ma’self, I like it!), but remember that it really isn’t made for us, but for Europe, ‘cause apparently, for some silly reason, we don’t buy naked standards in the same volumes as cruisers and repli-racers.

Stepping down of my soapbox now…

I rather enjoyed the most recent iteration of the Z, so I’m even more geeked to ride the new one. I’ll be slipping ol’ Duke man some sleepy time pills in his Diet Coke just to ensure I get the invite to the U.S. launch of the new Z, and not him.

For youz bitchin’ about the Z’s new colors, turn your head away near the end of the video when a quick glimpse of a secondary Euro color of what looks like a very sultry and subtle deep maroon with a crazy faux snakeskin seat cover. That seat can go in a minute, but the alternate color is sharp!

  • NGagne

    To bad it only 138hp…
    With a look like that a was expecting 150++ to chalenge the Ducati Streetfighter… I wish for next year!!!

  • After chasing one of these on my hayabusa, i have a deep respect for the Z1000. It doesn’t have the top end (obviously), but has an seriously impressive acceleration into illegal speed venues. Ducs are okay, but if not the Boose give me one of these.

  • Gurney

    lol…”needs 150+ HP to challenge the Duc SF”..c’mon. Look at the price of the Duc, can you imagine a naked Kawasaki being similar in price? This bike looks to make power on par with the overwhelming majority of the other bikes in the segment.

    I’ll also ask folks that whinge regarding power of nakeds, “have you ridden a naked bike”? The lack of wind protection will be an honest to goodness eye opener to many folks. Naked bikes truly suck at 120mph and above, I’ve ridden one for years and although I blast it up there every now and then, now tend not to bother going above 100mph much any more…it’s just not worth it and it doesnt enhance your enjoyment when your fighting to keep your head from being ripped off your straining neck.

    Below speeds where an excess of wind resistance is not an issue they are some of the best fun you can have on a bike, certainly more fun and sense than any repli-racer I can think of.

    I currently have a naked that I am quite happy with and not looking to change but I do like what Kawi has done, hope it does well out there in the marketplace.

  • Finally Z1000 that’s worth buying. That is one mean looking bike. It would be perfect if it wasn’t for the exhaust.