IRVINE, Calif. - Kawasaki today announced that it will unveil the next generation of the Z1000 in November at the EICMA exposition in Milan, Italy.
The company has been teasing the introduction since its 2013 dealer meeting in San Diego.
The Z1000 reflects a "radical new design philosophy," according to Kawasaki. Keishi Fukumoto, head of motorcycle design for Kawasaki, said, “The new Z1000 delivers an increase in overall performance combined with an emotional spirit which will appeal to riders looking for a motorcycle with a strong, discernible character in terms of both looks and riding feel.
"We were delighted to be asked to take a “clean sheet” approach to styling the new Z1000, a naked sportbike with a refined blend of unique Kawasaki spirit and bold “Sugomi” emotion."
The Japanese word sugomi describes the intense aura or energy emitted by a person or object of greatness. Sugomi, according to Kawasaki, inspires awe, commands respect and is daunting in stature or ability.
“From a styling perspective, we wanted to capture and distill the look and feel of a crouching predator getting ready to pounce and combined them with refined engineering features and performance updates to reinforce the Z1000’s position as the class leading naked sportbike,” Fukumoto said in the OEM's press statement.
Posted by Mary Slepicka. Press image courtesy Kawasaki