2017 Kawasaki Z1000 R revealed

Racy new 2017 Kawasaki Z1000 R streetfighter joins Team Green’s line up for next year.


The mighty Japanese green-liveried motorcycle marque that is Kawasaki just announced another new addition into its 2017 bike line up. Meet the racy new 2017 Kawasaki Z1000 R naked streetfighter that’s headed for debut at EICMA 2016 next week.

The new R version is based off the existing Kawasaki Z1000 naked model and gets an updated Euro 4-compliant version of its 1,043cc in-line four-cylinder. Kawasaki have also revised its ECU mapping, promising a smoother power delivery ¬– power and torque figure weren’t released at time of writing.


Besides that, the 2017 Kawasaki Z1000 R also boasts a number of new and updated hardware all-round. One novel addition here is a new and adjustable up-shift light that illuminates the rev counter.


Kawasaki also opted to prime the Z1000 R with a new set of anchors in the form of dual floating 310mm Brembo discs up front with range-topping M50 calipers and stainless steel braided hoses.


At the rear, the 2017 Kawasaki Z1000 R gains with a new Öhlins S46DR1S rear shock unit. It offers riders with remote pre-load adjustability and, together with a revised front fork setting, Kawasaki promises a much more refined and responsive handling abilities as well.


Lastly come the light visual changes. Kawasaki will offer the Z1000 R in two paint scheme options comprised of a new ‘Metallic Graphite Grey’ in addition to the existing ‘Metallic Spark Black’ scheme offered in the base model. New neon yellow accents and a ‘Z’ logo embossed in the seat caps things off.

Little else is known about the Z1000 R beyond this point, but expect more details come EICMA 2016 next week. Surely, the 2017 Kawasaki Z1000 R streetfighter and the new 2017 Kawasaki Z650 & Z900 models previewed earlier sees Kawasaki holding a strong line up of naked bikes for 2017 already.

Co-founder of Bikes Republic and a motoring journalist by night. He is a self described enthusiasts with a passion for speed but instead rides a Harley and a J300. A man of contradictions, he is just as passionate about time off in the quiets as he is about trail braking into turn one at Sepang Circuit on two or four wheels.

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