GiaMi Gives Kawasaki Z1000 a Sexy Cafe Racer Attitude
3 November 2020 - autoevolution
The Z1000 is a gorgeous entity, in stock form or otherwise. However, Italy’s moto artists managed to spice things up even further.
In the past, we visited GiaMi Motorcycles' glorious portfolio to analyze a fascinating masterpiece based on a 1997 variant in Suzuki's Inazuma 400 family. It goes without saying this bad boy does a wonderful job at demonstrating what the Italian workshop is capable of achieving!
Now, let's take a minute to drool over yet another remarkable project that revolves around a 2003 Kawasaki Z1000 – a spectacular undertaking that's been concluded in 2016. The donor in question is brought to life by a liquid-cooled DOHC inline-four leviathan, with four valves per cylinder head and a generous displacement of 953cc.
It boasts a compression ratio of 11.2:1 and as many as four carbs with 38 mm (1.5 inches) throttle bodies. At 10,000 rpm, this nasty animal will produce up to 127 hp, along with 70 pound-feet (95 Nm) of twist at 8,000 revs. A six-speed gearbox is tasked with handing this force over to a chain final drive.
The GiaMi team kicked things off by removing Z1000's stock bodywork to make room for their very own bespoke counterparts, including the front and rear fenders, as well as a magnificent wasp-style tail section, which is supported by a tweaked subframe. On the other hand, the standard fuel tank was retained and incorporated into the bike's new design.
Rear lighting is taken care of by an LED kit, while the vintage-style headlight hails from a Suzuki GS550. Additionally, the Italian moto pros went about installing a pair of adjustable clip-on handlebars that wear bar-end mirrors and aftermarket grips.
You will also find a set of reverse megaphone mufflers and a BCM air filter that allows Z1000's inline-four colossus to breathe with ease. The factory ECU was replaced with a Power Commander module. Last but not least, the bodywork was honored with a gorgeous color scheme that blends a lime base with black accents and intricate pinstripes.
Well, if this sexy beast doesn't leave you awestruck, then I honestly don't know what will!