Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Kawasaki Z 1300

Kawasaki Z 1300
The Kawasaki Z 1300 is one of a rare breed of motorcycle to sport six cylinders.  By definition, such an engine packs impact.  In the case of the Z 1300, though, not quite so much as you would think.  The culprit?  The radiator grille plastered across the front of it!  Sideways on, it is an impressive piece of kit.  But, visually, the Z 1300 did pay a price for water-cooling.

Top speed for the big Z was 135mph - which it reached with effortless ease.  That, from a capacity of 1286cc, and an output of 120bhp.  A bike with a wet weight of 670lb was never going to be exactly agile!  Though, saying that, the handling was adequate, at least.

Though there have been other '6-pots' since, the Z 1300 will always be bracketed alongside Honda's CBX1000Z.  That was another Seventies siren - radiating 'six appeal', as it did!  The CBX, though, was a brash brute of a bike - more muscular than the Z.  The Kawasaki Z 1300 blended power with refinement.  In many ways, the perfect motorcycle ... apart from that pesky grille!

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