Kawasaki introduces an all-new Middleweight naked, the 2016 Kawasaki Z800.

Awe, it’s a beautiful time in motorcycling. Manufacturers are developing bikes for all kinds of people, riding styles and wallet sizes. This morning, June 2nd, 2015, Kawasaki introduced a new mid-level streetfighter to add to its already stellar line up: the 2016 Kawasaki Z800.

If you love the Z1000, but don't like the price or the size, Kawasaki now has an answer. The Z800 retails for $8,399—that’s $3,602 cheaper than the Z1000’s MSRP. We’d assume the Z800 would be a lesser weight than the Z1000, but the Z1000 features an all aluminum frame, while the Z800's frame is steel with an aluminum subframe. The Z800 hits the scales with a 509 pound curb weight, and the Z1000 comes in at 487 pounds.

A New Middleweight Naked, the 2016 Kawasaki Z800
2016 Kawasaki Z800

A slimmed down naked, the Z800 features a 806cc inline four cylinder and KYB 43mm forks along with KYB suspension out back. It's supposedly skinnier than the Z1000 too.

Hot on the heels of the Suzuki GSX-S750 introduced at the end of last year, Kawasaki will sure give them a run for their money.

Competition

Suzuki’s mid-level naked retails at $7,999, while the Kawasaki is slightly more at $8,399. Both bikes share many similarities. We can only assume the Kawasaki will make a little more power thanks to the 50 extra cc's (hopefully a lot more power), and the adjustable suspension is a huge advantage the Kawasaki has over the Suzuki.

Does Kawasaki have what it takes to knock the king off of its throne? Yamaha’s Prince, the FZ-07,583jlsup93

comes in cheaper than all of them at $6,990 with its 689cc parallel-twin and the King FZ-09, comes in right in the middle at $8,190 with its 850cc triple. While the suspension on the FZ-09 has been known to fall short compared to the rest of the bike, it’s supposedly improved entering the 2015 model year.

A New Middleweight Naked, the 2016 Kawasaki Z800

 

 

 

2016 Kawasaki Z800 Specs

Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four
Displacement: 806cc
Bore x stroke: 71 x 50.9mm
Compression ratio: 11.9:1
Fuel injection: DFI® with Keihin 34mm throttle bodies
Ignition: TCBI with electronic advance
Transmission: Six-speed
Final drive: Sealed chain
Rake / trail: 24 degrees / 3.9”
Frame type: High-tensile steel backbone
Front tire: 120/70 ZR17 Dunlop Sportmax D214
Rear tire: 180/55 ZR17 Dunlop Sportmax D214
Wheelbase: 56.9”
Front suspension / wheel travel: 41mm inverted fork with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability / 4.7”
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Bottom-link Uni-Trak® horizontal monoshock with piggyback reservoir, stepless rebound damping, adjustable spring preload / 5.4”
Front brakes: Dual 277mm petal-type rotors with four-piston calipers, ABS
Rear brake: Single 216mm petal-type rotor with single-piston caliper, ABS
Overall length: 82.7”
Overall width: 31.5”
Overall height: 41.3”
Seat height: 32.8”
Curb weight**: 509.4 lb
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gallons
Color choices: Metallic Spark Black / Flat Ebony
MSRP: $8,399
Warranty: 12 Months
Kawasaki Protection Plan (optional): 12, 24, 36, and 48 month plans are available