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Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Richard New­land

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.

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