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Kawasaki have revealed an R Edition of their naked Z1000, which achieves Euro4-compliance without any reduction in power or torque.
The new model gets some superbike-level trinkets to spice it up, too. First is the addition of a set of 310mm Brembo floating front discs, with lateral grooves for improved heat dissipation. They’re gripped by a pair of fat Brembo M50 monoblock calipers, fed fluid by a set of stainless steel braided brake lines, for improved performance.
Adding a little more finesse to the Zed’s suspension is the addition of a flash of gold and yellow – in the form of an Öhlins S46DR1S fully-adjustable shock, with remote preload adjuster. While the hardware is unchanged at the front, Kawasaki say they’ve introduced revised settings to ensure the forks match the rear Öhlins’ action.
In terms of electronics, there are revised ECU settings to deliver smoother power, a new digital gear position in- dicator, and an adjustable shift-light that illuminates the rev counter display
The R Edition gets its own Metallic Spark Black and Metallic Graphite Grey paintscheme, with a special graphic package, seat material embossed with the Z logo and further individual touches adding up to an incredible visual appearance.
The standard Z1000 will also still be available in 2017, and will come in two new colours: Metallic Spark Black and Golden Blazed Green, as well as Candy Burnt Orange and Flat Ebony.
Pricing is due to be announced at Motorcycle Live (November 19-27), where showgoers will be able to see the bikes for the first time in the UK. R Editions are expected to arrive in dealers from January 2017 onwards.