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Old 05-07-2014, 11:45 PM   #1
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Talking Modding the Kawasaki Z1000... My StreetFighter Story

Modding the NEW Pashnit Z1000

Our story begins with a 2010 Kawasaki Z1000.... Welcome to our build project! Come along!

Meet our new addition to the Pashnit Family! The Kawi Z1000 bleeds aberrant hooliganism - riding it is pure sex! Giggles! Power, handling, light! Yet this bike has a meaty thick look that's all motor. AND... this bike will be used to lead Guided Motorcycle Tours all over California, Oregon & Nevada. I have a rather unusual job traveling professionally on a bike 12,000+ miles a year. During the course of a riding season, I'll spend well-over a month aboard my two motorcycles. So our Bike Build objective is two-fold, bolt on all sorts of tasty bits, and show you how to make any bike a sport-touring capable machine.

The plan is to build a Pashnit Theme Bike. Thus far, we've made an inventory of everything the former owner did to the bike so far & it's an impressive list. See below...!

And... we're compiling a new list.

Picking her up!




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Old 05-07-2014, 11:46 PM   #2
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Home with the family - I call it the Absolute Polar Opposite of the Hayabusa. Best or both worlds really.

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Old 05-07-2014, 11:47 PM   #3
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Been thinking about a naked standard for years actually... this aforementioned job I have allows me to ride many different bikes & get a taste for different ride styles, feel, power, you name it!

Recently, my buddy Mark showed up for a Pashnit Tour with this. Well, that didn't help.




One of my favorite all time bikes was the first gen Aprilia Tuono. Love this bike. My bud Jeff had one & loved riding his.




Jeff & I had the best of times riding the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Northern California Trinity Alps. Jeff went off and married a real life ballerina, had a kid & that was the last of the Aprilia Tuono on our Pashnit Tours. Or so we thought...




Years later, Norm shows up on a Pashnit Tour with this one. Well smack! Same exact bike.

Chomped on the bit all weekend until I could finally get a chance to ride his Tuono over Monitor Pass. Pure magic.




And don't forget the Ducati Streetfighter. Awesome bike! I followed Fran on Hwy 36 with the Hayabusa & couldn't keep up with him.

Then we switched bikes. Okay, now I get it. Amazing one-finger Brembo brakes!




Rode the Rockster, fun lil hotrod & all Boxer! But BMW didn't do too well with this & you rarely see these.

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Old 05-07-2014, 11:48 PM   #4
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I also had a BMW K1200R for awhile - loved it.

Great feel, sport-touring AND knee-dragging machine, low-center 55 degree tilt motor, Wide bars, ESA, tele-lever front end, 163 HP, smooth shaft drive...






It made for a great camera platform too!






And then a BMW K1200R popped up on Craigs List nearby. Tempting! But no.

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Old 05-07-2014, 11:49 PM   #5
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Narrowing down my options, this was very high on the list- top three!

I even wrote an article about the Speed Triple nearly 15 years ago when the first bug-eye versions came out.




The other Triumph option is the Tiger which I'd also ridden for awhile.

It's tall, great handling, long travel suspension + excellent wind protection of a standard. And 1200 cc. But no.

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And of course the most unusual option of all would have been the Buell Ulysses.




I was handed a Ulysses to road test when they first came out. Road test, huh? ZERO miles on the clock. I'll have it back Monday. Just take it around the block. Promise.

Rode 1600 miles on it in 4 days & loved the bike. But not the motor. Read Full Article here...




Explaining my intent to find the Absolute Polar Opposite of the Hayabusa - my buddy Andrew suggested the Z1000.

I had never even seen one, had to Google Image it to see what it looked like... Thick. Muscular. Angular. Predator drone style, refined Street Fighter.

A trip over to Good Times Kawasaki & they had last years model on the floor for just $8500. Brand new. What a deal. After riding all those miles on so many different types of standards, my search would take me to the one bike I'd never ridden, or even seen in person.




Time to head over to CraigsList. Well, I'll be, what do we have here.




So after a decade-plus of sport-touring on the Suzuki Hayabusa, why a standard??

Quite simply, riding the Z1000 feels like this.

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Old 05-07-2014, 11:51 PM   #7
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Clean Slate - a blank canvas !!

It's an unusual bike - at least to me. As mentioned, I'd never even seen one in person - at least that I can recall. We've never had one ride with us in 10+ years of Pashnit Motorcycle Tours - and I thought we had pretty much ridden with everything under the sun. So that alone gives illustration to its rarity & exclusivity.

A long-distance Iron Butt touring machine? Not really, but then again we always say you can tour on anything. The former (& only) owner used it for daily commuting into San Francisco every day for years.

So we'll build upon what he's already done & show you what you can do to your own motorcycle...

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On with the story...
Modding the NEW Pashnit Z1000

The list of mods already done to the bike is impressive! I added in retail prices of the nibbly bits in case you've got a Z1000 or Ninja 1000 also & want to follow suit.

Previous owner did these:
  • 110 Axle Protectors, Front, Rizoma
  • 25 Bar End Mirror- CRG
  • 50 Bar Ends - Rizoma
  • 50 Bolt Kit - ProBolt
  • 94 Brake Lines - Stainless Steel - Front
  • 53 Brake Lines - Stainless Steel - Rear
  • 10 Cable Adjuster - Gold
  • 170 Carbon Fiber - Side Panels
  • 40 Carbon Fiber - Injection Cover
  • 122 Engine / Fairing Guards - Rizoma Shape
  • 275 Engine Guard Set - Rizoma
  • 476 Exhaust - M4 Megaphone
  • 169 Levers - Pazzo Set
  • 19 License bracket - Targa
  • 96 Remote Reservoir - Rizoma
  • 200 Seat - Solo Cover - White
  • 45 Swingarm Sliders - Rizoma
  • 85 Taillight - Integrated
  • 25 Tank Protector
  • 20 Valve Stems - Grenade
Total: $2134


Our first Mod List:

Luggage - Kriega Tailpack 20/10L Combo
Racer Tape
Pazzo Gold Blades Swap
Headlight Modulator - SDC or Kisan
Brake Light Modulator - SDC Back Off XP
Throttlemeisters
Heated Gloves - Warm-n-Safe
Wiring - Coax outlet - PKT-064
Wiring - SAE outlet - PKT-001-24
RAM ball mount
Luggage - rear bracket


Ready to start working through our Mod List?

We'll start with something simple like a Brake Light Modulator... More Later!!

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Old 05-08-2014, 06:34 AM   #9
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I'm curious as to why you picked a Z1000 over a Ninja 1000 for touring use.
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Old 05-08-2014, 07:37 AM   #12
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Yes I'll be glued to seeing what comes.

My route was, start with an 05 ZX-10R, and modify the "race" stance to sit on the bike like a Z-1000.
Also send the suspension to Race Tech, and have them do the internals for my rough roads,
and of course, add Scotts Stabilizer Damper, for calming outrageous behavior that can occur (wink wink).

Main point though...The rider has to do the finishing touches, to their bike, for their own likes.
The factory doesn't do it...They don't know you, and they didn't build the bike for you.
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