Kawasaki played (and succeeded) a very nice shot with its bubbling Z roadsters. Proud of a devastating aesthetic, a tip top chassis and hot-blooded engines, the 750 and 1000 made a remarkable entry into the motorcycle landscape. . The youngest of the line sees his field of action widened thanks to the adoption of a fork head. A new face, a new rear end and presto: here is the Z 750 S.
On this new road roadster, the factory has taken care to keep the best and to equip it with more than friendly attributes. The frame and the engine are kept (so much the better), which will allow us to have as much fun riding this little devil. The tiny fork crown of the standard version is replaced by a voluminous top of the fairing with a singular style. The optic offers a striking look while the bubble bodes a beautiful protection.
And that butt … have you seen that rump? A subtle evolution of that of the ZX-10R, redesigned to accommodate a unique saddle and elegant passenger handles. It will quickly be necessary to remove the infamous bib to enjoy a magnificent butt.
It’s not just plastic that we can applaud. The dashboard has also evolved, and in a good way. High-tech fans will regret the disappearance of the futuristic but not very readable counter initiated by the ZX-6RR. In its place is embedded a classic double needle counter with 2 small digital windows. Simple, readable, practical.
The images make water on the palate – the discovery promises to be captivating.
One of the big assets of the Z 750 S compared to its mid-displacement rivals is precisely its larger cubic capacity. We will say what we want but the more torque there is, the better; especially since we have it earlier. It is this advantage that gives the Z 750 more trunk compared to its rivals. The injection revised for this S version has not changed the endearing character of this machine. The mill gives from 5,000 revs then gradually gains in power by reaching 8,000 revs. This is where the Kawa character is revealed: The 4-cylinder takes off with rage until it approaches the red zone. The ZX-9R’s re-bored engine is still brilliant and offers a wider range of use than the competition. No need to use the gearbox every 5 sec to get the most out of it.
The grafting of the front aerodynamic appendage has not changed the qualities of the Z. Still efficient and precise, the 750 S however makes some subtle differences. First of all, stability, which is even better on very fast sections of the road thanks to the fork crown. Then, the dynamic character. The S seems wiser than the standard Z. She seems a little less incisive, more tempered in her actions. It suffices to accompany her a little more to find the player side of Z. In fact, she no longer laughs on her own, you have to tickle her a little..
It’s not from the firmer fork springs but more from the rider’s position. On the S, it is less sporty in favor of a "relaxation area". As the handlebars are raised and brought closer to the pilot, the position is more natural, relieving the wrists and tackling the big courses.
We can now drive more than 150 km / h very well because the screen honestly protects a driver of standard size. The legs will be worse off in the event of rain. The side lines of the fork crown hug the tank (it’s classy) and spray your knees with float when the celestial locks open (less cool). Remember that after each ride in the rain, the chain must be lubricated. Too bad the 750 S does not have a center stand – it would have been practical.
With this half-fairing, the Z 750 is more road. The exercise is delicate for a motorcycle with a sporty character and the S is doing quite well; only a few shadows limit its claims. The saddle does not provide much more comfort than that of the naked Z, the passenger footrests are too high and you can complain about the protection in "halftone". These practicalities aside, the S can claim to be one of the best roadsters in the mid-size class..
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Z 750 S 2005
Model marketed in
0 to 100: 3.60 s
medium: 5.60 l
235 km / h
The technical aspect
Kawasaki Z 750 S 2006
- Tank: 18 liters
- Width: 780 mm
- Height: 1,055 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,425 mm
- Dry weight: 195 kg
- Curb weight: 219 kg
- Train before
- Secondary chain transmission
- Rear axle
(50.9 x 68.4 mm)
at 11,000 rpm
at 8,200 rpm