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.
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.
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.
2016 Kawasaki Z800 Specs
|Engine:||Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four|
|Bore x stroke:||71 x 50.9mm|
|Fuel injection:||DFI® with Keihin 34mm throttle bodies|
|Ignition:||TCBI with electronic advance|
|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|
|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|
|Curb weight**:||509.4 lb|
|Fuel capacity:||4.5 gallons|
|Color choices:||Metallic Spark Black / Flat Ebony|
|Kawasaki Protection Plan (optional):||12, 24, 36, and 48 month plans are available|