Kawasaki Z750S

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£5545
Available from
2005
Lovely engine and good handling for a commuter.
The seat is very uncomfortable and screen fairly crap.
Kawasaki sticks a fairing on the excellent Z750 in an effort to appeal to the more practically minded rider. Has it worked?

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Submitted by BIPOSTO on Sat, 19/04/2008 - 19:40

Overall Review

7/10

Strengths

Lightweight, good in the powerband, handle well on BT014. Lots of bolt on exchange goodies that improve how it is out of the crate.

Weaknesses

Finish on the bottom of the engine

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Overall Review

After 5 years I still love this bike, which has to be quite a glowing recommendation considering I change my cars every 6 months or so. Its plenty fast enough for me, the comfort is relative in comparison to a race-rep its ok, to a sports tourer its not. My planned upgrades are an adjustable ZX6R rear shock and complete front end. This should deal with the suspension and braking issues. Maybe a power commander and exhaust system if money wasnt a problem. I'm 5'6 and can get both feet down to a comfortable degree and also find the bike spacious enough to move my body around depending on the type of riding I'm doing. The competition when I bought it was limited and now that the market has moved on, you can pick up one of these, barely run in for less than 3 grand, which in the present financial climate should make it fairly attractive. The fairing makes long journeys much more comfortable than my previous bikes, however the seat encourages you to stop every now and then! The most I've managed is 13 hours (including ferry and tea and fuel breaks) from the Republic of Ireland to West Sussex in one day. Its fine to tour, to explore the back lanes or to commute on, its a UJM but with a bit of fire in its belly. If they did an 'S' version of the newer model I would get it.

Strengths

CHEAP and quite fast and fun. You can fit decent quality tyres for grip or mileage. Its basically a slightly sanitized Z750, the changes being the seat, passenger grabrails and the fairing. I graduated to this bike after a series of naked bikes CB750, CB400SF and a ZR7. This bike was a revelation designed for fun rather than functionality, the front will lift on hard acceleration and it has the power to keep you ahead of anything with 4 or more wheels. The suspension is adequate as is the braking, tank range is fine and the electric fuel guage is handy. The small fairing also does a good job.

Weaknesses

Before adjusting the rear shock the seat was way too hard even for short trips. The brakes lack a bit of bite and the suspension lacks adjustment. The bike is relatively heavy at over 200kg wet but onces you are going that isnt so much of an issue, there is no centre stand. The main problem I've found are the vibrations from the engine, they kick in at 80mph and will turn your fingers and toes numb especially on the m-way, although you barely notice them in other situations. The steering is a bit vague after getting off my CBR4.

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Submitted by Chewie2 on Thu, 01/08/2013 - 17:34

Overall Review

Traded my old ZZR600 in for this and am pleasantly surprised, the riding position is what really drew me to the Z750 and the S having the half fairing clinched the deal. Some people have talked about the uncomfortable seat, I'm just back from a 1000 mile tour of Scotland and the seat was fine, never felt I was sliding forward and crushed up against the tank, maybe the knee pads on the side of the tank gave me better grip, it had these on when I bought it, if so that is an addition I would recommend. Sore bum only set in after an hour and a half and I never ride longer than that without a break of some sort anyway so never minded, to put it in perspective; it's as comfy as my ZZR ever was, without the wrist ache. Handling needs sorting as it's a bit harsh when getting a move on, and the front brake is rubbish, I already have braided hoses ready to fit. I have a double bubble screen and experience absolutely no turbulence. Kawasaki have really worked on the build quality, my old ZZR would have been in a right old state after that many miles and the kind of thunderstorms I went through, the Z750 needed a wash down and all the fasteners look great, with only the chain in need of a bit more attention, pity it hasn't got a centre stand as that would make cleaning and luring the chain so much easier.

Strengths

Great engine Enough tank range to tour. Comfortable riding position Looks cool (in black) Good rear brake As it is based on naked Z750 there are loads of bolt on goodies. clock and Fuel gauge. Low running costs

Weaknesses

Weak front brakes Buzzing through bars beyond 75mph Rubbish mirrors. No centre stand,

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Submitted by Brian Rix (not verified) on Mon, 31/03/2014 - 09:54

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The worst bike I have owned for over 20 years. I wish I had ridden it before I bought. The vibration from the engine was horrible and occured most between 70 and 90 in top gear (just when you need it least). The vibration made the mirrors useless and went right through the handlebars, levers, footrests and seat. The seeling dealer told me that there is nothing wrong with it and that it is a charachteristic of the bike. I tried another and it was the same. Finish was poor with lots of corrosion evident after just 6000 miles. It put me off Kawasaki's for a long time despite the fact that their current products are generally excellent.

Strengths

Quick enough without being ballistic.

Weaknesses

Extreme vibration just where you don't need it. Poor finish Uncomfortable Poor handling

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