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Owner Manual Kawasaki Z750 p2

The ultimate buyer’s guide to the Z750 written by the people who actually own the bike...

The nuts & bolts

Running costs
Like most Kawasakis, the Z750’s better on fuel than many rivals, especially Hondas. Owners replying to our survey achieved a best average of 60mpg and a worst of 32mpg. A typical figure would be in the high 40s – about 47mpg. Not bad for a comparatively un-aerodynamic machine with decent power. Fuel range
obviously varies according to use too but  the average is around 125 miles.

Servicing prices vary from £60 to just under £400. The typical bill is about £170 which is pretty reasonable. Servicing alternates minor / major every 3,500/4,000 miles. The biggy is at 15,000 miles when the valve clearances should be checked – expect to shell about £350 for that. Still, not too bad.

Maintenance – how much do owners do themselves?
None – 44%
Minor jobs like brake pads – 50%
Everything – 6%

Like all new bikes, the Z750 will corrode if you don’t look after it. The frame and swingarm seem quite prone to rusting. Exhausts are rot prone as is the case with so many Kawasakis. The gold coloured parts on the engine can suffer as well. Otherwise it’s the usual suspects: bolt heads and fasteners, brake disc inners and the heel plates depending on footwear and riding style. Keep the shock and forks clean, too.

How long a tyre lasts depends on how the bike’s ridden. Average tyre life is about 5,500 miles rear, 6,500 front but tends to be less from the OE tyres, with the hardest (or maybe heaviest!) riders getting through them in under 2,000 miles.

Continental Road Attacks get the thumbs up from plenty of owners. They grip well, last ages and can generally be bought for a few quid less than the more prestigious brands.

Michelin Pilot Power 2TCs work well as a trackday or summer tyre but Michelin’s more road orientated Pilot Road II are highly rated for all conditions. Bridgestone’s BT-021 and Avon’s Storm ST are also excellent sports touring tyres that cope with all conditions and last well too. If you’re keen to fit sporty rubber Metzeler’s Sportec M3 and the Avon Viper Sport are well thought of and offer more grip than the bike can use. Contis and Michelins are the nod.

Most owners are still on the original chain and sprockets which last 15,000-20,000 miles with the right care. Brakes aren’t that strong – they’re just twin piston sliding calipers at the front. Soft compound track pads beef them up a bit, with EBC’s HH being the most popular. the trade off is this increases disc wear but it’s a sacrifice many owners are willing to make. Braided steel hoses are quite popular too.

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Owner Case Study: "I’ve modded my engine"

Adam Evans has a 2004 Z750 with 11,500 miles on the clock, 7,500 of which he put on himself. He’s fitted a different flywheel and modified the airbox to give the bike loads more pep. What a lunatic!

"I did both jobs myself. They weren't hard. With the flywheel the hardest part was getting all the bits. It took me about a month looking on eBay to get them. Once I had everything it was a pretty quick job and only took about an hour. The hardest part was getting the old flywheel off. The genuine Kawasaki puller was expensive so I used a jet ski SeaDoo 800/950 one which was £35 rather than £140.

"I used a Pro Engine casing rather than a Kawasaki one as it's stronger – I’d dropped my bike and put a hole in the original casing so I knew they weren’t that durable. It works well. The flywheel's lighter so the engine revs quicker and it feels like it accelerates faster too. I've modified the airbox as well. It's a well known trick. You cut away most of the top half so there’s just the plastic that keeps the filter in place. I've got a Power Commander which helps the bike make the most of this mod but it shouldn’t always be necessary as the fuel injection seems to have plenty of its own adjustment and would compensate for it anyway."

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