Kawasaki Z800 is a second motorcycle from Kawasaki’s ‘Z’ family after the Z1000 and sixth from the company’s portfolio to be officially launched. Let’s get into its detail.
Specifications of Kawasaki Z800
Engine and Transmission
|Engine Description||806 cc (49.2 cu in) liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-four|
|Total Displacement||806 cc|
|Max power||111 bhp @ 10500 rpm|
|Max Torque||83 Nm @ 9000 rpm|
|No of cylinders||4|
|Cooling System||Liquid Cooled|
|Transmission||6-speed constant-mesh, chain final drive|
|Number of gears||6|
Chassis and Suspension
|Chasis Type||Tubular backbone (with engine sub-frame), high-ten|
|Front Suspension||Inverted 41 mm (1.6 in) telescopic fork with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability|
|Rear Suspension||Bottom-link UniTrak horizontal monoshock with piggyback reservoir, stepless rebound damping and adjustable spring preload|
Dimensions and Capacity
|Fuel Tank Capacity||17 ltrs|
|Seat height||834 mm|
|Ground clearance||150 mm|
|Kerb weight||231 kg|
Battery and Electricals
|Head light||Bulb And Multi-Reflector Type|
|Turn Signal Lamp||LED|
Tyres and brakes
|Front Tyre||120/70ZR17M/C (58W)|
|Rear Tyre||180/55ZR17M/C (73W)|
|Front brake||4-piston caliper with dual 310 mm (12.2 in) petal-type discs|
|Rear Brake||Single-piston caliper with single 250 mm (9.8 in) petal-type disc|
Performance and mileage
|Top speed||256 km/h (159 mph)|
About Kawasaki Z800
Offered by the Japanese manufacturer, Kawasaki Z800 is the premium naked bike that comes fitted with a 806cc, in-line four cylinder, four stroke engine churning out 111bhp of power with 83Nm of torque. Promising a power packed performance and coming in three attractive dual shades of Candy Flat Blazed Green, Metallic Spark Black and Candy Burnt Orange, it has a super style. This motorbike is a middleweight performance street bike from the Japanese bike maker with the 806cc, inline 4 engine on the Z800 is good for 111.3 BHP at 10200 rpm and 83 Nm at 8000 rpm carrying a high 834 mm of seat height while its ground clearance is pretty normal at 150 mm. It claims a top speed of 233 kmph while its overall weight is bit more on the heavier side at 231 kg.
Review of Kawasaki Z800
Taking the Z750’s inline four as a base, Kawasaki increased its capacity from 748cc to 806cc through a 1.6mm wider bore extending it out to 71mm while leaving the 50.9mm stroke unchanged. To alter the engine’s characteristics and add a bit more zest, longer intake ducts (up from 36.5mm to 41.5mm) and revised exhaust ports were combined with intake funnels of varying lengths (the two inner are longer than the two outer funnels) and larger 34mm throttle bodies. And, as if this wasn’t enough, the bores received a plating finish, a new aluminium head added and the pistons reduced in weight by 10%.
Kawasaki Z800 gained 6bhp in power to 113bhp with 3.7ftlb of peak torque, however peak performance was only the headline and it was throughout the entire rev range that the differences were really noticeable. Then, as a final touch, Kawasaki added two teeth to the rear sprocket, increasing it from 43 to 45-teeth to help boost the Zed’s acceleration.
A tweaked Z750R’s unit, the Z800’s chassis is essentially following the outgoing Zed’s model Using the R’s tubular backbone steel frame, as well as shifting the shock 20mm to the left of centre (it was previously 3.8mm to the right!) to make more room for the exhaust, the swingarm was extended in length by 7mm. A new cast aluminium subframe section was also added that runs down each side of the engine and connects across the front via a tube, increasing the chassis’ overall rigidity for improved handling.
Unusually for a middleweight, the Z800’s inverted 41mm KYB forks feature spring preload as well as rebound damping adjustment (but not compression). The piggyback KYB shock can have its preload and rebound adjusted, but also lacks compression adjustment.
Brakes and wheels
The Zed’s wheels are a pretty standard affair, however its twin 310mm front discs are 10mm bigger than the Z750’s and are gripped by four-piston Nissin calipers. The rear is a 250mm disc with single piston caliper. ABS was an optional extra on the Z800 but was standard fitment on the lower-powered ‘e’ model.
The Zed is typical upright and comfortable naked bike. The small nose fairing does a little to deflect wind, but in truth it’s more a styling feature than anything else. Owners report the Kawasaki is comfortable, however there are a few intrusive vibrations which spoil its relaxed nature slightly.
Kawasaki z800 offers an impressive mileage of 18 kmpl and the top speed of 256 km/h
The starting price for Kawasaki z800 in Nepal is estimated Rs. 10,00,000 but prices may vary according to the cities and for India the estimated price is Rs. 7,00,000.
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