Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 2003 Kawasaki Z1000. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
Kawasaki first introduced the Z1000 in 2003 as a celebration of its legendary Z1 from the 1970s. An all-new model, the bike combined a classic naked platform with modern, angular styling — a marked departure for the company whose lineup had otherwise begun to stagnate.
The Z1000’s sporty looks were penned by Shunji Tanaka, a former Mazda designer responsible for the Miata refresh. When paired with a set of paint-color-matched wheel and a similar tail to the ZX6R, it gave the bike a decidedly more euro-centric aesthetic.
Underneath Z1000’s fresh bodywork, Kawasaki opted for the same tried and true 900cc inline-four as used in the ZX-9R. Funneled through a pair of distinctive dual exhaust pipes, it put down 127hp at 10,000rpm with its 70.5lb-ft of torque coming in slightly earlier at 8,000rpm. An inverted front fork, aluminum swingarm and good geometry made the bike a very sharp handler, especially in tighter city conditions which made it a very popular choice as a daily rider and commuter.
As VisorDown said in their review: “From speedy backroad hustling and stunty showboating to crosstown moody posing and even a bit of distance or two-up trundling, all of these are within easy reach on the big Z.”
Manufactured in March of 2003, this example is VIN: JKAZRCA103A013636. The seller acquired the bike three years ago from a seller in San Diego.
During his ownership, the seller has covered approximately 2,000 miles. The odometer shows 6,344 miles.
The seller reports that he has performed “an oil change and fixed the rusted tank.”
Delkevic dual exhaust.
Aftermarket license plate bracket.
It is riding on Michelin Pilot Power tires that have aged out.
Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Kawasaki is offered on a clean California title with registration current through December 2023.
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