Kawasaki Z750 Review from Canada

2002 Kawasaki Z750

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance1500 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha Maxim 400

Summary:

Good all-purpose low priced crowd pleaser, suited for the non-mechanically inclined

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with it. Mine is the ZR7S model, 4-in-line, 738cc known as the Z750.

The 1000km routine recommended adjustments cost $310 Can-Dollars (70% labor), which I thought was expensive, but was reportedly normal. This included valve-shims and high labor due to a factory glued top gasket. However, future gaskets will be easier to fit, as no glue is used.

The worst feature is the design location of the battery. To remove the battery, one has to remove the seat, then the air intake/filter box.

The side covers on the bike are tricky to remount after removal, and the hardware is not durable.

General Comments:

An excellent all-purpose bike. About a 1" longer wheelbase than similar bikes and a somewhat softer suspension gives it a nice highway cruising ride. Cornering is OK, but I cannot seem to keep up with the 1200cc bikers.

High seat height means you should be 5'-10" tall or over, but this adds to thrill in cornering.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2005

14th Mar 2006, 22:24

The ZR7S and the Z750 are two separate and different bikes. While the Z7RS may once have been known as a Z750, that is no more. Please don’t confuse them as being the same. Also produced by Kawasaki, the Z750 is a new model in 2004n which is based on the “naked” sport-touring platform. I own an 04 Z750 and I would highly recommend it.

5th Oct 2006, 10:56

Yes, the Z750 is based on the 03 Z1000 with a smaller engine. ZR7s use the KZ base engine from the 80s. Those two are completely different bikes. I used to own a ZR7 and now I ride a Z1000. What a difference in every way!

31st Oct 2006, 22:43

I have just bought a brand new '06 Z750. It's still in the run-in stage, but is fantastic to ride, and looks awesome. Totally black, it's a real head turner.

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 1 review