Kawasaki Z1000 Radically Awesome For 2014 |

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Published on July 23rd, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Kawasaki Z1000 Radically Awesome For 2014

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The new Kawasaki Z1000 is an exceptionally aggressive bike, both from a technical and an aesthetical point of view, but the house of Akashi is upping the ante with a Special Edition model which adds an extra dash of killer looks to an already awesome bike.

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If anything, the new Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition is a bike which commands respect even when the ignition is off. Kawasaki dropped the very cool black and black/orange liveries of the stick model (you can check them out after the jump) and went for a more elegant color combination of Golden Blazed Green and Metallic Graphite Grey, with the latter looking not unlike brushed titanium.

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On the tech side, the Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition seems to be unchanged from what the base model offers: a liquid-cooled 1043cc 4 in-line engine which can deliver 142 hp @10,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 111Nm at 7,300 revs, mated to a 6-speed transmission actuated by a wet multi-disc manual clutch.

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The fork comes from Showa and is a Separate Function Fork with big Piston architecture, with preload adjustability in the left tube and damping duties in the right tube. A Horizontal Back-link rear suspension frees up the clutter in the rear section of the bike for a more centralized mass, retaining full-performance. An Eco Riding light indicator is standard, just like the dual throttle valves, ultra-aggressive die-cast mirrors, full LED Lighting and the rim-striped, lightweight cast wheels.

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However, while the radial brakes are stock trim, the ABS isn’t. If you want full confidence under hard braking you’ll have to fork out some extra money.

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