Kawasaki announced a new R Edition version of the Z1000 for Europe but the future of the naked roadster remains unclear with a new Z900 model on the way. Kawasaki Europe will still offer the base model Z1000 for the 2017 model year but the R Edition may turn out to be a final production run special edition.
The R Edition offers some refinements over the Z1000. The petal-style dual brake rotors have been replaced by Brembo discs with heat-dissipating grooves and M50 calipers paired with stainless steel braided lines.
The rear shock was swapped out for an Öhlins S46DR1S rear shock offers remote preload adjustments, necessitating a modified rear suspension linkage ratio. Up front, the Showa Separate Function Fork-Big Piston’s settings were revised, with Kawasaki claiming more refined and responsive handling.
The 1043cc Inline-Four engine is the same as found on the regular Z1000 but with revised ECU settings for smoother power delivery. The R Edition’s instrument cluster also receives a gear position indicator and an adjustable shift-up light that shows when the engine reaches a desired speed for an upshift.
The 2017 Kawasaki Z1000 R Edition comes in a Metallic Spark Black and Metallic Graphite Gray color scheme with yellow-green accents. Other special edition touches include a Z logo-embossed seat and tank pads.