Intermot 2012: Kawasaki Z800 Revealed in Cologne

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

As expected, Kawasaki unveiled a new mid-sized model to its Z lineup at the 2012 Intermot show in Cologne, Germany. The new 2013 Z800 slots into Kawasaki’s European lineup replacing the Z750 below the Z1000. The Z800 also arrives as Kawasaki celebrates the 40th anniversary of the original Z1.

The Kawasaki Z800 is powered by a 806cc liquid-cooled Inline-Four engine. Kawasaki claims a maximum power output of 111 hp at 10,200 rpm and 61 ft-lb. at 8000 rpm. The engine is framed by a tubular backbone chassis and subframe.

Suspension is provided by a 41mm KYB upside-down fork with adjustable rebound damping and preload. The rear suspension system uses a KYB shock with a piggyback reservoir also offering rebound damping and preload adjustability.

New four-piston calipers grip the Z800’s two 310mm front brake discs while a single-piston caliper stops the single 250mm rear disc. ABS is available as an optional add-on.

Other features include an LED taillight and a triple split LCD screen with digital tachomoter, fuel gauge, range indicator and economical riding indicator. The fuel tank holds 4.5 gallons while Kawasaki claims the Z800 has a curb weight of 505 pounds. The 2013 Kawasaki Z800 will be produced in Candy Flat Brazed Green and Metallic Spark Black, Pearl Stardust White and Metallic Spark Black or Flat Ebony and Metallic Spark Black.

For the moment however, the Z800 is not likely to arrive on this side of the Atlantic.

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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