2014 Kawasaki Z1000 Naked Sportbike Debut InfoFor those hungry for fashion, Milan is the ultimate destination. But every November, Italy’s second largest city also becomes the place for those hungry for new motorcycles.
The show is the EICMA, or the Milan Motorcycle Show, which draws over a million visitors yearly. The EICMA is the perfect hosting grounds for manufacturers to release their latest creations. And this year, Kawasaki will use the show to unveil a revamped version of its popular naked sportbike, the 2014 Z1000.Kawasaki says the new Z1000, which arrived on the market in 2003, is designed with Kawasaki’s “Sugomi” approach, which “has created a machine with the palpable energy and appearance of a predatory animal stalking its prey.”Kawasaki says the new Z1000 focuses not on power or speed, but rather the “overall emotional intensity of the ride,” the new naked creating a balance between engine and chassis dynamics.Kawasaki is keeping all details hush, but the 2014 Z1000 should arrive with the 1043cc 16-valve inline four that powered the previous generation of the motorcycle, which last received an update in 2010.Keishi Fukumoto (Head of Motorcycle Design for Kawasaki) says: “The new Z1000 delivers an increase in overall performance combined with an emotional spirit which will appeal to riders looking for a motorcycle with a strong, discernible character in terms of both looks and riding feel.“We were delighted to be asked to take a ‘clean sheet’ approach to styling the new Z1000, a naked sportbike with a refined blend of unique Kawasaki spirit and bold ‘Sugomi’ emotion.“From a styling perspective, we wanted to capture and distill the look and feel of a crouching predator getting ready to pounce and combined them with refined engineering features and performance updates to reinforce the Z1000’s position as the class leading naked sportbike.”The bike will debut November 5 at the EICMA. Stay clicked to UltimateMotorCycling.com for further updates.
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