Kawasaki Z750

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Kawasaki Z750
Z750.jpg
ManufacturerKawasaki Motorcycle & Engine Company
Parent companyKawasaki Heavy Industries
Production2004–2012
SuccessorKawasaki Z800
ClassNaked
Engine748 cc (45.6 cu in), liquid cooled, DOHC, inline four with digital fuel injection
Compression ratio11.3:1
Transmission6-speed
RelatedKawasaki Z1000

The Kawasaki Z750 is a 750 cc (46 cu in) inline-four engine standard motorcycle made by Kawasaki from 2004 to 2012. It is a smaller version of the Kawasaki Z1000.

The Kawasaki Z750 was launched in 2004 as an economy model, after its bigger brother, the Z1000 in 2003. It uses a 750 cc sleeved down version of the Z1000 engine, a cheaper front suspension and a conventional exhaust. Like the Z1000, which is considered[by whom?] a modern version of the Kawasaki Z900/Z1, the Z750 is considered[by whom?] a modern take on the Kawasaki Z750RS Z2. In 2007, Kawasaki launched a revised version of both the Z750 and the Z1000, with many stylistic and mechanical changes. In 2011, alongside the standard Z750, Kawasaki launched the Z750R, which has upgraded suspension and brakes components and a lightly revised styling.

Modified Z750

Variants and timeline[edit]

  • In 2004, Kawasaki launched the first model of the Z750. This was considered as Kawasaki's new middle-weight conceived to rival the Honda Hornet, Yamaha FZ6 Fazer and Suzuki SV650, but with extra performance from the larger displacement engine.[1] Kawasaki Europe's Kenji Nagahara stated: "Our strategy was to make a budget bike, but we wanted something different. Manufacturing a 750 isn't really any more expensive than building a 600. And with many parts common to the Z1000, we were able to offer the 750 at the right price. In essence, the 750 is a sleeved down Z1000 using some cheaper, lower-spec components.".[1]
  • In 2005, Kawasaki launched the Z750S, a touring variant. This version has a single long seat instead of the two-part seat on the Z750, half fairing for wind protection, and excludes the rear tire hugger fender found on the unfaired Z750. The S version uses an analog speedometer and tachometer taken from Kawasaki's super sport ZX-R models instead of the digital instrument cluster. Other differences include a slightly lower seat, grab rails and ZX10 style rear brake lights.
2008 Kawasaki Z750 ABS
  • In 2007, Kawasaki launched a newer version of the Z750 with a bikini fairing. The engine has less vibration and is revised for more low-end torque. The front suspension is an upside down fork. The front and rear disk brakes use a petal design.
  • In 2011, Kawasaki launched the Z750R alongside the standard Z750. This model resembles the 2007 to 2012 Z750, with upgraded front suspension, a rear suspension piggyback nitrogen reservoir, radial front brake calipers with metal-braided brake lines, an aluminum swingarm and black instrumentation. The headlight cluster, front mudguard and front and rear indicators were also redesigned for a sportier look.
  • In 2012, Kawasaki introduces the Z800 which replaces the Z750. The Z800 has an increased bore size and body styling changes and was introduced to compete with the Yamaha FZ8.

Specifications[edit]

Model Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Z750
(Z750R)
2012
Z750
(Z750R)
Type ZR750-J1 ZR750L/M
Engine
Engine 748 cc (45.6 cu in), liquid-cooled, 4-stroke inline four
Bore × stroke 68.4 mm × 50.9 mm (2.69 in × 2.00 in)
Compression R\ratio 11.3:1
Valve Train DOHC, four valves per cylinder
Carburetion Digital fuel injection, Ø 34 mm × 4 Keihin throttle bodies Digital fuel injection, Ø 32 mm × 4 Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles
Ignition Digital CDI
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump
Drivetrain
Transmission 6-speed, return, manual with multi-plate clutch
Final drive Sealed chain
Chassis/suspension/brakes
Frame Diamond, high-tensile steel Tubular backbone (with engine sub-frame), high-tensile steel
Front suspension 41 mm telescopic fork non adjustable 41 mm upside down telescopic fork with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Wheel travel : 120 mm
Rear suspension Bottom-Link Uni-Trak (adjustable preload and rebound) Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock Stepless 7-way
(Bottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock with piggypack reservoir, stepless rebound damping and stepless spring preload - Z750R)
Wheel travel : 125 mm (134mm - Z750R)
Front brakes Dual semi-floating 300 mm discs with dual twin-piston caliper Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs with dual twin-piston caliper
(Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs with dual radial-mount opposed 4-piston caliper - Z750R)
Rear brakes Single 220 mm disc with single-piston calliper Single 250 mm petal disc with single-piston calliper
Front tire 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear tire 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Dimensions
Length 2,080 mm (82 in) 2,085 mm (82.1 in)
Width 780 mm (31 in) 805 mm (31.7 in)
Height 1,055 mm (41.5 in) 1,100 mm (43 in)
Dry weight
Wet weight
Wheelbase 1,425 mm (56.1 in) 1,440 mm (57 in)
Ground clearance 165 mm (6.5 in) 155 mm (6.1 in)
(165 mm (6.5 in) - Z750R)
Seat height 815 mm (32.1 in),
(825 mm (32.5 in) - Z750R)
Fuel capacity 19 l (4.2 imp gal; 5.0 US gal) 18.5 l (4.1 imp gal; 4.9 US gal)
EU emission limit EURO 3
Rake 24.5°
Trail 103 mm (4.1 in)
Steering angle 31 degrees left, 31 degrees right

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kawasaki Z750 First Ride by Chris Moss. Motorcycle Sport & Leisure, January 2004, pp.042-046. Accessed January 8 2020

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