Kawi’s Z1000 is the Rodney Dangerfield of the American streetfighter market. Its angular Japanese design doesn’t seem to translate to round-eye tastes, so it’s often overlooked by riders who are instead drawn to classier European streetfighter styling.
Get past the Transformers styling and you’ve got one of the best bangs for the buck among performance motorcycles. Its upright ergos are relatively comfortable and allow considerable weight transfer for your wheelie pleasure. Its four-cylinder engine pumps out more than 120 horsepower to its rear wheel, but more important to the wheelie mission is its wide range of power and bountiful 74 ft-lb torque peak that’ll loft its anime-styled front end at will.