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<br /> NAKED<br /> While the other Japanese<br /> manufacturers have long<br /> since given up on the<br /> naked-bike segment,<br /> Kawasaki finally shows<br /> how it's done with<br /> the new Z1000<br /> BY KENT KUNITSUGU<br /> PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEVIN WING<br /> FULLTEST<br /> BY KENT KUNITSUGU<br /> PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEVIN WING<br /> FULLTEST<br /> THE LANDSCAPE OF MOTORCYCLE SALES IN THE USA IS LITTERED WITH THE<br /> carcasses of past naked bikes from the Japanese manufacturers. Naked versions of Suzuki's<br /> best-selling SV650 had very short life spans compared to the half- and full-faired versions<br /> that have sold like hotcakes for years. The naked version of the Bandit 1200/1250 quickly<br /> gave way to half-faired editions; even the Hayabusa-engined B-King never really caught on<br /> with American buyers. Honda has made numerous attempts with bikes such as the 599 and<br /> ELECTRONICALLY REPRINTED FROM MAY 2010<br /> 919 that quickly faded into histo<a title="2010 Kawasaki Z1000 page 1" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e95aa52a?page=1"> NAKED While the other Japanese manufacturers have</a> <a title="2010 Kawasaki Z1000 page 2" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e95aa52a?page=2"> ELECTRONICALLY REPRINTED FROM MAY 2010</a> <a title="2010 Kawasaki Z1000 page 3" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e95aa52a?page=3"> 919 that quickly faded into history. </a> <a title="2010 Kawasaki Z1000 page 4" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e95aa52a?page=4"> Eccentric rear axle adjusters not only ease chain</a> <a title="2010 Kawasaki Z1000 page 5" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e95aa52a?page=5"> 2010 KAWASAKI Z1000 MSRP: $10,499 ENGINE Type: Li</a> <a title="2010 Kawasaki Z1000 page 6" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e95aa52a?page=6"></a>