Kawasaki announced it will import its Z800 middleweight streetfighter to the U.S. for the 2016 model year, slotting in below the Z1000 in the company’s lineup for $8,399. Unfortunately for residents of the Golden State, the Z800 will be a 49-state model and will not be available for sale in California.

The Z800 is not a brand new model; it has been available in Europe since 2013 where it replaced the Z750, and is only now coming to the U.S. In this manner, the Z800 is similar to Suzuki‘s GSX-S750 which was also only available in Europe (under the name “GSR-750“) for years before finally coming to the U.S.


Powered by a 806cc four-cylinder 16-valve engine, the Z800 claims strong mid-range performance suitable for street use. Fuel is injected by 34mm Keihin throttle bodies with sub-throttles, promising a smooth response across the rev-range. The Z800 also uses two different length intake funnels to optimize airflow for different engine speeds. Equalizer tubes connect header pipes one with four and two with three to improve engine response at low-to-mid rpms. A six-speed transmission offers short overall gearing for strong acceleration while a tall sixth gear helps the Z800 maintain a comfortable engine speed for highway cruising.

The engine is mounted in a high-tensile steel tubular backbone frame and cast aluminum engine subframe. The subframe connects with engine mounts located behind the cylinder, close to the engine’s center of gravity to reduce engine vibration, especially to the handlebars. Rubber mounts also help quell the vibrations and improving feedback.

060215-2016-kawasaki-z800-engineThe front wheel is suspended by a 41mm KYB fork with adjustable rebound and preload, offering 4.7 inches of travel. At the rear, a KYB shock with a piggy-back reservoir offers adjustable rebound damping and spring preload and 5.4 inches of travel.

Dual-opposed four-piston brake calipers stop the 277mm front discs while the 216mm rear rotor is paired to a single-piston caliper. The Z800 comes standard with a Nissin anti-lock brake system. The six-spoke wheels similar to those on the Z1000 come with Dunlop Sportmax D214 radial tires.

The Z800's headlight offers an aggressive scowl but is not as squinty as the Z1000's lamp.

The Z800’s headlight offers an aggressive scowl but is not as squinty as the Z1000’s lamp.

Like the Z1000, the Z800 adopts a forward-leaning stance. A flat handlebar offers a wide grip position, providing more steering leverage while risers give the Z800 a more upright riding position.

Other highlights include a 4.5-gallon fuel tank, digital display with three LCD screens, LED taillight, luggage hooks on the license plate holder and behind the passenger pegs and an electronic immobilizer. Kawasaki claims a curb weight of 509.4 pounds.

2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS Specifications
Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four
Displacement: 806cc
Bore x stroke: 71 x 50.9mm
Compression ratio: 11.9:1
Fuel injection: DFI® with Keihin 34mm throttle bodies
Ignition: TCBI with electronic advance
Transmission: Six-speed
Final drive: Sealed chain
Rake / trail: 24 degrees / 3.9”
Frame type: High-tensile steel backbone
Front tire: 120/70 ZR17 Dunlop Sportmax D214
Rear tire: 180/55 ZR17 Dunlop Sportmax D214
Wheelbase: 56.9”
Front suspension / wheel travel: 41mm inverted fork with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability / 4.7”
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Bottom-link Uni-Trak® horizontal monoshock with piggyback reservoir, stepless rebound damping, adjustable spring preload / 5.4”
Front brakes: Dual 277mm petal-type rotors with four-piston calipers, ABS
Rear brake: Single 216mm petal-type rotor with single-piston caliper, ABS
Overall length: 82.7”
Overall width: 31.5”
Overall height: 41.3”
Seat height: 32.8”
Curb weight**: 509.4 lb
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gallons
Color choices: Metallic Spark Black/Flat Ebony
MSRP: $8,399
Warranty: 12 Months
Kawasaki Protection Plan (optional): 12, 24, 36, and 48 month plans are available


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  • Craig Hoffman

    The bike sounds technically really good from it’s specs, but the Japanese need to stop looking to bad Godzilla movies for styling inspiration.

    • randy the great

      I never thought of it that way… but, yes, haha!

  • Bruce Wayne

    This is great news!

  • Josh

    500 lbs? That’s pretty heavy for a middleweight naked!

    • Tinwoods

      Yep, too heavy. Not going to be available in CA, so it’s a moot point for me anyway.


    So it’s more or less a 2003 Z1000.

  • JMDonald

    This bike weighs more than a Z1000 I believe.

    • Strat

      And the Ninja 1000 too. Would hope it’s just a mistake. Steel frame makes a difference of course, but good lord.

  • Sentinel

    As others have said, it’s just too damn heavy, and what a shame, because otherwise I would have been interested.

    • Reid

      Couldn’t agree more.

      • Craig Hoffman

        Kawasaki must have made this new bike from the same reprocessed spent uranium rods as the old ZRX models. Those puppies were dense and compact like this bike and they had some road hugging weight to them.

  • Alexander Pityuk

    Wow, 231 kilos… Bloody K1300R weights 12 kilos more.

  • Shlomi

    I think it’s 500 curb weight which probably means 460 Ducati weight I.e. No fuel, no oil, no water in the radiator, no battery, no air in tires. Poor marketing decision to state curb weight

    • Michael

      From the Kawasaki website: **Curb weight includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90 percent capacity) and tool kit (if supplied).

      • Shlomi

        exactly. I used to own a Ducati and I don’t believe any of their numbers. They have the 13 Multistrada at 415 lbs. but in test magazines weighted it at 515 lbs. I can’t believe the Street Fighter Curb weight is less than 470. So the Kaeasaki is 40 Lbs havier

    • Michael

      The Ducati Streetfighter 848 is 373 lbs dry and 439 lbs wet. So, the Ducati is 70 lbs or 13.75% lighter than this Kawasaki.

    • Kevin Duke

      Curb weights are the only reliable weight. Dry weights are pure fantasy and have nothing to do with how a bike is when ridden.

      • Y.A.

        Lol, they discount any metal that was heated to the liquid phase in the manufacturing process.

        Damn shame this thing is so heavy. My naked Ninja 650R is like 430lbs fueled up. No reason this thing should be more than like 460-470. I would love this with a fairing.

        • Kevin Duke

          The last Ninja 650 we tested weighed 465 lbs full of fuel.

  • Rob1963

    Try riding the bike, it is a lot better than the figures suggest

  • Rich

    First glance…looks like a “white(bald)-faced hornet”! Sorry to read all the over-weight comments; those white-faced hornets are big, but they’re light, nimble and provide a nasty sting….

  • Rich

    At first glance, it looks like a White(Bald)-Faced Hornet! Too bad it won’t be as nimble and quick with the “sting” if it weighs as much as comments suggest…..

    • KLRJUNE .

      So far all the road tests say it has a great motor and handles beautifully.

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  • Nathan Heitzinger

    I don’t care what the weight is, I only care what it FEELS like the weight is. I can’t wait for a full review! Could be a great bargain bike at this price.

  • I love the new style of kawasaki Z800 ABS i hope the price is not too expensive.


    So far all the road tests I’ve read (and videos) rave about the motor’s torque, great handling and how well it hides it weight.

    • Kevin Duke

      Our own Troy Siahaan just finished testing it at the Z800’s launch. Details on Friday…