Kawasaki’s new Z H2 could be a supercharged super naked missile with nearly 200bhp and over 100ftlb of torque on tap.
At the heart of this arm wrenching weapon is the H2 SX’s super-smooth 998cc motor, although it’s been retuned for the Z to give more mid-range thrust, making its whopping 101ftlb of torque at just 8500rpm (1000 fewer revs the H2 SX requires).
The new Z also weighs a significant 17kg less than its H2 SX brother (239kg claimed kerb weight against 256kg for the SX) with much of that saving coming from the obvious lack of bodywork.
A new exhaust design now houses a larger catalyst while Kawasaki claims new, longer manifold tubes improve low-down power. These modifications, as well as a smaller exhaust end-can, have also helped with the Zed’s diet.
The steel trellis frame looks similar to the H2 SX’s but has been redesigned to accommodate a shorter (by 35mm) wheelbase and a double-sided swingarm.
On the new 2020 Ninja 1000 SX there’s now a neater, lighter, single end can (instead of the current bike’s ungainly twin silencers), an up-and-down quickshifter, new LED lights, cruise control and also a revamped colour TFT dash.
To help make Kawasaki’s affordable and now Euro5-friendly sports-tourer even more comfortable over long distances there’s also now a thicker and wider seat, too.
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