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Thread: Kawasaki Z800 Ownership Experience

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    Default Kawasaki Z800 Ownership Experience

    Guys am not exactly new to xBHP but haven't posted in a while, just thought I'll share my experience of owning a Z800 for about 5 months now. A little back ground here, Iam into both bikes and cars have the following in my stable

    2003 Corolla M
    2008 Honda Accord 2.4 MT
    1986 RD 350 HT (Japanese Made)
    2016 Kawasaki Z800

    Vehicles owned in the past

    1999 Esteem MT - Sold
    1994 Aprilia RS 250 (2 Stroke) - Sold as spare parts were hard to come by.
    2001-Honda City V-Tech MT (Very short term sold it to upgrade to the Corolla)

    Of the list the 1986 RD 350 gets a special mention I've literally rebuilt the whole bike myself in 3 months, using online resources and limited knowledge while quite a beast, downside not reliable in wet conditions but that's mostly due to my enthusiastic modifications.

    Am the kind of person who likes to do things myself unless it goes terribly wrong, then I consult a friend of mine who is an automobile engineer.

    Coming back to the Zed, i was commuting via the accord to my work place which was initially about 4 Km one way for about 2 years and then I had to shift to a client location as I was the project manager, now my commute has increased to 18 Km one way and in Chennai traffic (BTW Am from Chennai) the accord wasn't cutting it. Sure it was comfortable but 1Hr on normal traffic and 1.5 Hrs in heavy traffic was just making me very impatient. So I tried the RD 350 for a few days but it wasn't very reliable as a daily commute plus it was a few days only because it started raining after and eventually everyone must have heard of the Chennai flood.

    Moving on I started looking at bikes with a little performance but didn't want to extend my budget too much. I started off with the N650, nice bike but after the RD 350 it didn't have the appeal. Then tried the Benelli 600i, for some reason or other I couldn't get a test ride, they said the test bike was punctured and the same story went on for about a month. I gave up on them. Till then I didn't know Chennai had an exclusive Kawasaki showroom. Anyway the last day I called Benelli and heard the puncture story for the umpteenth time, I ran impatient and I called Kawasaki and enquired if they had the Z800 and to my surprise they did. Went over took a test ride, loved the bike and lucky me they had one in stock at the showroom itself, got my finances in order paid up and got delivery in 2 weeks. Everything was smooth expect the registration. They misspelled my name and that got delayed by 4 weeks. My wife loved the way it looked as well, am not so much into looks but I prefer the classic styling. But the Zed's performance was good enough for me to overlook its futuristic look (besides once am out of the standard warranty I plan to change the way it looks ) The Mrs will not like it, but we shall see when the time comes.

    So coming to the Zed, few things I've added as listed below

    Frame sliders
    Wind shield
    Radiator guard
    Shorty adjustable/ foldable clutch & front brake levers
    Traction Pad for the sides

    Riding gear

    MT Race line helmet (Fixed wired speakers in to connect to my iPod)
    Also have an old ARAI helmet, the insides need replacing
    Zeus GP Air Jacket (Only on rides, nice ventilation)
    Aspida Pegasus Semi Gauntlets (Not water proof)
    Hyper Cool Skull Cap (Helps on those hot days)

    Fuel and Performance

    Generally, use SPEED (not SPEED 97) from BP, contemplation as to its RON value is there, some say 91, others 93 on the BPCL spec sheet on their website it says 95 if its a euro IV rated pump. Anyway the fuel is good, no knocking of any sorts. The Performance figures are decent on an average 100 Km/h comes in around 3.3-3.5 secs on 2nd gear may have done it in first but didn't want to push beyond 9k on the 1stgear (the GPS is not very quick on the android phone I used to check it), 160 Km/h is up in about 5.4 secs in 3rd gear you will feel need to shift up by this time, but hold her in 4th for a while the 200 Km/h mark comes up in 11.4 secs and finally 1/4th of a mile takes 11.24 secs @ 198 Km/h.These tests were done on closed roads wouldn't recommend trying it on public roads. You do feel some vibrations on the foot pegs and handle bar around the 6k-8k mark but once you cross 8k it disappears. Also these vibrations will subside reasonably over time as you gather more miles.



    Gas Mileage

    The Zed does have a fuel average calculation. So these readings are based on that.
    In the city commuting in traffic average is around 15 -16 Km/L.
    In the city commuting in the wee hours with minimal traffic 18-19 Km/L.
    On the highway around 19-20 Km/L
    The best I ever got was 22 Km/L but I had to keep her in top gear and under 140 Km/h.
    Red lining the Zed gave as low as 7.8 Km/L and Max 12.3 Km/L.

    Maintenance and Riding

    The bike is fairly solid following the regular maintenance schedule is more than enough, though a radiator guard is a must. Otherwise you are in for a lengthy insurance claim for radiator damage from small pebbles that the front tire throws without the protection of a full mud guard, as the Zed only has half a fender in the front as stock. Frame sliders are good too they protect the expensive casing for the clutch and engine in case of a drop at low speeds or in the parking. The fuel tank scratches up a lot don't have the faintest clue from what, could be shirt buttons, jacket zippers, jacket armour. Planning on getting a clear 3M film on it. Seats are OK, good for 150-200 km rides then your butt would start telling you to get off it for a few mins. The tires are good they are W rated which means they are good for a lot more than the Zed is capable of with the stock RPM limiter. The Zed is a dirt magnet in the rain, if you don't clean it and then ride it when it's not raining you will be spraying motorists with all the sand and dirt that is stuck on it (Am guilty of that once, learned my lesson). Maintain tire pressure at all times, make it a practise to check them every time you fuel, otherwise you will wear them out sooner. I always fill the tank to its brim since I will be riding at least 10 Km after a fill otherwise don't fill it all the way. The reason being if it's completely full when you park the bike on the side stand you will see fuel coming out of the drain pipe. If you are using a paddock then it's ok, else leave out at least half a litre. I generally fill about 12 litres when the all bars have gone (before the indicator Start's flashing), if it's flashing it takes about 14 litres Max 15. 2 litres are always in reserve haven't run dry yet, not sure how the electronic fuel pump will behave when I run dry. A full tank range in the city is about 220 km before it starts flashing, on the high way about 260 - 320 km depending on how hard you push.

    The engine heat is moderate you can feel it a bit on your shin and ankle in traffic. The rear seat is rather tiny but the Mrs felt it was good enough for a 200 km ride but I generally avoid all bumps and pot holes, I keep the Zed under legal speeds when my wife is with me. Don't want her hiding the keys . The Zed's pretty agile in filtering traffic can manure it like a normal bike provided you are moving above 15 Km/h anything lower needs a little skill on your part or you need to trail your rear brake, also trailing the rear brake helps you make sharp U turns at low speeds but if you are not comfortable doing that suggest you do the regular long ones, if you are not sure how to trail your rear brake look it up you tube has some videos.

    Concerns

    Only main real concern I have had is the bolts holding up the fuel tank fairing showed spots of rust, not all of them just 2 out of five, its not supposed to will probably swap them out in the next service. The horn is not too great; I have recently had a few issues with it. When the bike heats up over 80 degrees Celsius it does not function, dont know if it's a faulty piece or if the horn is not designed to operate at such hot temperatures.

    Shorter people may find it a bit difficult to manage the bike as the seat is about 36 inches from the ground. Lowering the seat is not a wise option. Suspension is fixed kits are available to lower but not a wise option. Handle bar could have been another 20-25mm higher for better longer rides but you will get used it and not much of a bother again raisers are available. Besides the bike wasn't built with long rides in mind.

    Overall

    I'm very happy about owing the Zed she is very comfortable once you get used to it and finally the main reason I bought her paid off. My office commute duration had reduced drastically about 30-35 mins in traffic including bike warm up time. Most things I've shared are from my perspective also this is my first review of sorts hope it's useful.

    Some Pictures below (Will add a few more once i download them from my camera)

    1st Pic Me & My Wife.

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    3rd The Test Ride

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    4th Taking Delivery

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    5th First day taking it to work

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    6th Pics from the service centre (1st Service)

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    7th Pics from a ride ( This is the pic where you can see the mods)

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    windscreen
    Sliders
    Break & Clutch Levers
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    8th Wife on the Z1000

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    9th Sunday Night Ride with a friend (Benelli 600i)

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    10th EFI Piggy Back System with Quick Shifter for the Z800 (Not mine belongs to a fellow rider) not yet installed waiting to perfect the fuel maps.

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    11th Me in riding gear

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    12th Wife testing the new camera

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    Post Re: Living with a Z800

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    Edit your post when you try to add pictures, so that it helps as a starter.

    Do post some pictures and continue your future posts from this thread.

    Kudos on your Zed acquisition.

    Cheers!
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    And the guy lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and watched sport on a big screen TV, went fishing and surfing, and played golf a lot, and drank beer and scotch and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up and farted whenever he wanted.


    THE END

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    Default Re: Kawasaki Z800 Ownership Experience

    Congrats buddy, Z800 is nice looking machine. Don't hide her beauty, post some pictures.

    Have safe rides ahead.
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    Default Early Morning Ride to Thindivanam

    Hey Guys, Had a weekend breakfast ride last Sunday. It was close to a 100 kms one way. Have posted some pics on the main thread. It was a big group for us normally it's around 5 or 6 this time it was close to 10. Of which 2 were ZX-10R's, 1 Ninja 1000,2 Z1000 the rest were Z800's. Started around 5:15 am the weather was perfect. It hinted as though it would rain but overall very beautiful. Started from Chennai and various rides joined along the way by the time we set off it was close to 5:40am. We rode close to an hr before we reached our destination. Traffic was a bit thick considering it was a Sunday morning. We had some nice stretches along the way to Thindivanam ,Haritam hotel which was our breakfast spot. Had a nice heavy breakfast and as we were about to leave saw a few other fellow riders who came in. Their stable mostly had the quarter liter bikes I think. Was nice to see some more riders we were not the only ones. After breakfast we clicked some pics and we were on the way back. Mid way we stopped at location to click a few more pics and we headed back. Most people headed back to Chennai using GST. I was heading back to my in laws place as we had camped there for the weekend via the Chennai Avadi by pass. Just as I was entering the by pass I was pulled over by the early bird traffic cops who were eagerly awaiting heavy vehicles. One cop asked me "where am I coming from", I didn't want to explain the whole charade to him and told him I was coming from the airport. If you are familiar with that road the entry point from the airport and GST were different , I had actually entered the airport road to say bye to our lead rider and took an U turn back into this bypass so he bought it. He also exclaimed " One more bike just went by without stopping were you both racing " to which I replied " Sir, it is very easy to assume anything in life may I know why have to asked me to stop". He said " We had reports of racing being done in that road so we stopped you". Then I asked him " So can I leave " Then his supervisor walked along and he asked " How much does this bike cost " Told him "Around 8.5 lakhs " Immediately he said "What about mileage?" Showed him the Avg indicator , it showed around 19 Km. Then he looked at his constable "You should get your son this bike when he grows up " obviously being sarcastic. The constable just stood there with a big smile. Just to speed things up I decided to show him my Airport ID card, Just a background my client is the Airports authority of India so everyone working there needs a Airport entry pass which is cleared by the police it has its perks. After I flashed that I could see a change in behaviour. Then the SI asked " Why are you wearing racing attire " Told him " This is just for my protection riding such a powerful bike demands for this, also went on to tell him the police should mandate safety gear for all motorcycle riders as a helmet alone in not enough these days and especially for traffic cops who ride all day in the sun and rain ". He then smiled and exclaimed "Don't joke , even a helmet our public is finding it so difficult to wear on hot days and you think this gear should be mandated " While this was happening the other constable was trying to take a photo of the bike told him he can stand near the bike and I will take it, He just smiled and gave the camera to another junior constable and posed near the bike.I couldn't take a photo as my phone was almost drained and my camera wouldn't come up otherwise it would have made an interesting picture. Once he was done i started wearing my gloves back on, bid them good bye and headed to my in laws place . It was an eventful ride though a short one. I've added some pics in the main thread .
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    Default Re: Kawasaki Z800 Ownership Experience

    Hey Buddy, Congratulations on your beast that's really some cool pics on your purchase and on the group ride.

    Ride safe, have fun
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    Default Re: Kawasaki Z800 Ownership Experience

    Quote Originally Posted by snap316 View Post
    Guys am not exactly new to xBHP but haven't posted in a while, just thought I'll share my experience of owning a Z800 for about 5 months now.
    Congrats buddy... The Kawasaki squad looks great.. Hope you guys had a great time...
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    Congrats man, thats a nice ride you have got there. Love the 12th pic especially, your wife testing the new cam, all whizzing past and motion captured in it.

    P.S. - Didnt know Shailesh is still working for Kawasaki
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    Default Re: Kawasaki Z800 Ownership Experience

    Thanks everyone.We had a good time it was fun.

    Quote Originally Posted by hari89 View Post
    Hey Buddy, Congratulations on your beast that's really some cool pics on your purchase and on the group ride.

    Ride safe, have fun
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    Congrats buddy... The Kawasaki squad looks great.. Hope you guys had a great time...
    Quote Originally Posted by TheArcher84 View Post
    Congrats man, thats a nice ride you have got there. Love the 12th pic especially, your wife testing the new cam, all whizzing past and motion captured in it.

    P.S. - Didnt know Shailesh is still working for Kawasaki
    @TheArcher84 - That pic came out nice ,Yeah the dude is still there
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    What is on road cost @Mumbai?

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    Default Re: Kawasaki Z800 Ownership Experience

    Hello guys,

    Hope everyone's doing good. I'm looking forward to get myself a pre-owned Z800. I'm not interested in the Z900 as I've ridden them both and found an instant connection with the Z800. So far, I've not seen any owner report any issues online for the Zed. Since the bike is in the market for long enough, can someone shine some light on any issues they've faced over time(easy to live with or critical). Also, it would be a lot more easier if someone could shed some light on the ownership costs and availability for stock/ aftermarket consumables like the oil filter, air filter, clutch plates set, accelerator cables, starter motor(if needs replacement), chain and sprocket set and any such parts which could have gone wrong or reach their end of life in the ownership term. Also, if any issues with respect to engine which anyone would have come across would be of help. It helps me look out for any issues while looking for a pre-owned Zed and also analyze the weight if any of these were to be handled by me.

    Thanks in advance!

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