Kawasaki Z750

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Kawasaki Z750
Manufacturer Kawasaki Motorcycle & Engine Company
Parent company Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Production 2004–2012
Successor Kawasaki Z800
Class Naked
Engine 748 cc, 11.3:1 CR, liquid cooled, DOHC, inline four with digital fuel injection
Transmission 6-speed, return
Weight 195 kg (430 lb) (Models 2004 to 2006), 203 kg (448 lb) (Models 2007 to 2012)[citation needed] (dry)
226 kg (498 lb) (Models 2007 to 2012) (wet)
Related Kawasaki Z1000

The Kawasaki Z750 motorcycle is Kawasaki's model in the mid-end class of naked and half faired bikes. It is a smaller version of the Kawasaki Z1000.

The Kawasaki Z750 was launched in 2004, after its bigger brother, the Z1000 in 2003. Kawasaki kept it simple, using the same engine block and sleeving it down from 1000 cc to 750 cc, cheaper front suspension and using a conventional exhaust, making it a cut-down version of Z1000. Like the Z1000, which is considered a modern version of the Kawasaki Z900/Z1, the Z750 can be considered a modern take on the Kawasaki Z750RS Z2. A remodelled version of both the Z750 and the Z1000 was released in 2007, with changes both stylistically and mechanically. In 2011, alongside the standard Z750, Kawasaki launched the Z750R, which featured upgraded suspension and brakes components and a lightly revised styling.

Modified Z750

Variants and timeline

  • In 2004, Kawasaki launched the first model of the Z750. This was considered Kawasaki's new middle-weight sports-naked bike after the Kawasaki ZR-7.
  • In 2005, Kawasaki launched the Z750S version which is more tourer, and less streetfighter. This version has a single long seat instead of the two-part seat on the Z750 similar to the Kawasaki ZXR600R, half fairing for wind protection, and excludes the rear tire "hugger" as found on the unfaired Z750. The 'S' version also uses an analog speedometer and tachometer instead of the digital instrument cluster taken from Kawasaki's supersport ZX-R models of which some riders complain that the digital LCD tachometer was harder to read while riding. Other differences include a slightly lower seat, grab rails and ZX10 style rear brake lights.
  • In 2007, Kawasaki launched a newer version of the Z750. The styling was slightly changed and include a bikini fairing. The engine vibration was reduced and it was also revised for more torque. The front suspension was also changed to an Upside Down Fork. The front and rear disk brakes have been changed to a petal design. The exhaust design was also changed..
  • In 2011, alongside the standard Z750, Kawasaki launched the Z750R. This model resembles the 2007 to 2012 Z750, however with upgraded front suspension for excellent steering performance and the rear suspension feature a piggyback nitrogen reservoir, radial front brake calipers with standard metal-braided front and rear brake lines, aluminium swinging-arm and black instrumentation. The headlight cluster, front mudguard and front and rear indicators were also redesigned for a sportier look.
  • At the end of 2012, Kawasaki announced the end of the Z750 by introducing the Z800. The Z800 is essentially a Z750 with increased bore size and body styling changes and was introduced to meet the Yamaha FZ8 in the new 800cc category.

2008 Kawasaki Z750 ABS 2008 Kawasaki Z750 ABS at night


Model Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Type ZR750-J1 ZR750L/M
Engine Type 748 cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke inline four
Bore/Stroke 68.4 mm (2.7 in) x 50.9 mm (2.0 in)
Compression Ratio 11.3:1
Valve Train DOHC, four valves per cylinder
Carburetion Digital fuel injection, Ø 34 mm × 4 Keihin throttle bodies Digital fuel injection, Ø 32 mm × 4 Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles
Ignition Digital CDI
Starting Electric
Lubrication System Forced lubrication, wet sump
Transmission 6-speed, return, manual with multi-plate clutch
Final Drive Sealed chain
Frame Type Diamond, high-tensile steel Tubular backbone (with engine sub-frame), high-tensile steel
Front Suspension 41 mm telescopic fork non adjustable 41 mm upside down telescopic fork with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Wheel travel : 120 mm
Rear Suspension Bottom-Link Uni-Trak (adjustable preload and rebound) Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock Stepless 7-way
(Bottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock with piggypack reservoir, stepless rebound damping and stepless spring preload - Z750R)
Wheel travel : 125 mm (134mm - Z750R)
Front Brakes Dual semi-floating 300 mm discs with dual twin-piston caliper Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs with dual twin-piston caliper
(Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs with dual radial-mount opposed 4-piston caliper - Z750R)
Rear Brakes Single 220 mm disc with single-piston calliper Single 250 mm petal disc with single-piston calliper
Front tire 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear tire 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Length 2,080 mm (81.9 in) 2,085 mm (82.1 in)
Width 780 mm (30.7 in) 805 mm (31.7 in)
Height 1,055 mm (41.5 in) 1,100 mm (43.3 in)
Dry weight 195 kg (429.9 lb) 203 kg (447.5 lb)
Wet weight ??? 226 kg (498.2 lb)
Wheelbase 1,425 mm (56.1 in) 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
Ground clearance 165 mm (6.5 in) 155 mm (6.1 in)
(165 mm (6.5 in) - Z750R)
Seat height 815 mm (32.1 in),
(825 mm (32.5 in) - Z750R)
Fuel capacity 19 l (4.2 imp gal; 5.0 US gal) 18.5 l (4.1 imp gal; 4.9 US gal)
EU emission limit ? EURO 3
Rake ? 24.5°
Trail ? 103 mm (4.1 in)
Steering angle ? 31 degrees left, 31 degrees right

See also

External links

  • Kawasaki Z750 review Road tests of both the old and new shape Z750
  • Kawasaki Z750R review Road test of the Z750R
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