Following on from the Z750, Kawasaki officially presented the newest model in the Z family back in October of 2012.
40 years after the birth of the original Z, the Z800 has been designed to take the Z in a more ‘aggressive’ aesthetic direction. Created in Kawasaki’s Paris design studio, the designers and engineers have collectively formulated a middleweight motorcycle with a hard-edged personality.
While the appearance of its predecessor may now be considered somewhat reserved, for the Z800 head designer Keishi Fukumoto was given considerable freedom in order to pursue a more expressive statement of the Z brand for the mid-size class.
Chief engineer Hidehiko Yamamoto was equally less constrained when it came to engine and chassis design. With a larger engine displacement and increased chassis performance, the Z800 has been set up to offer a more dynamic choice of ride. The tubular backbone chassis design with engine sub-frame, new connecting pipe and revised chassis rigidity all offer improved feedback to the rider.
The Z800’s futuristically shaped instrument panel features a triple LCD screen with a level-meter-style tachometer, fuel gauge, remaining range and the Economical Riding Indicator.