Kawasaki’s 2017 Z1000 “R Edition”

Check Out The Higher Spec 2017 Z1000 R Edition

Updated August 15, 2018

Kawasaki have certainly impressed us this year; but while our attention has been focused the awesome H2 Carbon, the homologation special ZX-10RR, or the upcoming supercharged R2 or Z900 models, we’ve let the 2017 Z1000 slip through our fingers. Thankfully, Kawasaki have given us a second chance to push the Z1000 into the spotlight, with a recently revealed “R Edition” for 2017. The 2017 Z1000 R, in essence, is an upgraded version of the base model, boasting higher spec suspension and braking, and a cool color scheme too.

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Like many of Kawasaki’s 2017 range, the 2017 Z1000 R Edition has been given a bit of treatment to bring into line with the new Euro4 regulations. However, Kawasaki insist that they’ve successfully managed to lower the emissions without compromising the Z1000’s power or torque figures from the 1043cc in-line-four engine. That’s unusual for the new breed of Euro4 bikes, with many manufacturers having to add weight here and there, and re-jigging the engines in a way that usually causes a power reduction. So, well done there, Kawasaki.

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However, it’s not the engine that makes the “R” model worthy of the “R” moniker. The new R Edition comes with some nice little upgrades. The first of these is a revised and upgraded braking system from Brembo. The new bike has Brembo 310mm floating front rotors, with heat dissipating lateral grooves, twinned with a beefy set of Brembo Monobloc M50 calipers. The upgraded arrangement is now fed by stainless steel braided brake lines.

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Naturally, the suspension got a nice upgrade too – in the form of a fully adjustable Ohlins S46DR1S shock at the rear. The front forks have remained untouched, although Kawasaki have said that they’ve given it a little revision to match the rear, giving the whole package a “more refined and responsive” system.

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The ECU has also been tweaked to ensure a “smoother power delivery.” The rest of the electronics are more or less the same as on the stock model, apart from a new digital gear position indicator, a cool and adjustable shift-light that promises to illuminate the rev counter when the revs hit a preset limit. It’s a cool feature, for sure!

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With the standard version of the 2017 Z1000 coming in Metallic Spark and Gold Blazed Green, and Candy Burnt Orange and Flat Ebony, the R Edition also comes with a new color option worthy of the “R” name. You can get a Z1000 R in Metallic Spark and Metallic Graphite Grey, which comes as a special “Graphite Package” including an embossed seat adorned with the Z-logo, and other little touches that set it apart from the mere base model.

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There’s no word on price or availability yet. However, price-wise, it needs to come with a competitive price tag, especially since the bar for new machinery has been set so high this year. As for availability, I’m sure we can expect to see it filtering into dealerships in early 2017. We should have some more information after it goes on display at the UK’s Motorcycle Live event at the end of November!


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