Just in case you missed out, Kawasaki India has already started receiving bookings for the big brother Z1000 and deliveries are slated to start around Christmas time next month.
If you are the type who has those diligently pumped up biceps and if you love to be seen around the town in those body-hugging tees, you will love what the smaller sibling, Z800 has to offer. According to Bikewale.com, Kawasaki is also planning to launch the Z800 some time in coming February and initially it will be imported as a CBU (completely built unit).
The bike is expected to be priced around Rs.7-8 lakhs. Later on if the sales volume justify, Kawasaki might even go the CKD route to fulfil the demand. This might not have a bigger impact on the asking price because Kawasaki would loathe introducing the bike at a higher price and then lower it to make the initial buyers feel cheated. So, if you have been saving up for a naked middle-weight street fighter, don’t wait around too much for the prices to be slashed significantly.
When I said Z800 is a middleweight machine, I meant the engine capacity, not the vehicle mass, for the Z800 is heavier; around 11 kg heavier than its bigger brother the Z1000. This is because of the steel frame that the Z800 is built around. The bigger sibling uses lightweight aluminium. The Z800 scales at 229 kg and the bright side of this is that the bike feels planted and stable during all operating speeds as reported by international media.
The Z800 boasts of an 806 cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, in-line four cylinder engine capable of hurling its mass about in a rather impressive way. The bike revs up to 10,200 rpm delivering 118 bhp and the peak torque is achieved at 8000 rpm.
Watch out this space for updates on this bike, and yes, don’t miss those gym sessions.
– by Sufi