This past weekend I was able to attend a Kawasaki Z1000 Press Ride. Kawasaki Motor Corp so gracefully asked 6 moderators from different moto-websites to spend 2 days testing out their new 2010 model. I unfortunately wasnt one of them but by stroke of good luck (and extremely bad for my buddy Hoser, sorry bud) I was heading to Cali on Friday night. The event kicked off that same night where some apparel was handed out and some technical data about the bike was provided. I missed it but in all honesty, all that technical mumbo jumbo bores me to death. I much prefer to tell you all what the bike feels like than what the specs of it are. Ill leave the marketing to Kawi. But to be quite honest, I dont even know why they would need to since this bike, once you ride it, you wont need anything else to want to own it. We headed out early Saturday morning to pick up the bikes from KMC. They all had shiny new tires. That was the first thing I noticed. The other was that when I sat on the bike I thought that I would probably be needing a steering damper as the front end felt really light and the rake steep. Throughout he day Id determine that unless youre riding really hard or at the track that one is not needed. The bike feels rock solid even when hitting an instant sweeping exit coming straight out of KMC and then riding through the absolutely horrible California freeways. For those who know me you know that I ride. I ride a lot. So what I look for in a motorcycle first and foremost is comfort. Thats why I bought my ZX6R and curiously enough, the reason I sold it as well when I started to ride even more than your typical weekend rides. The ZX was comfortable for a sportbike but not comfortable for riding back to back to back 500 mile days like I am known to do. So from what little I knew of this bike coming into this I already liked since it seemed to address my major gripe with streetbikes nowadays. Not sacrificing comfort for a more aggressive race-replica design to appeal to every wannabe Ricky Racer out on the street. The Zs ergonomics are spot on for a street bike. Kawasaki is strongly marketing this bike as a comfy supersport. And that, it quite certainly is. Theres no denying that this bike is a power plant. The engine is super smooth and even with the stock crap grips I didnt feel much vibration at my hands. It has handlebars so the upright position makes for a nice smooth comfortable ride. I didnt tinker with the suspension at all. Felt great both in the twisties and in the freeway. So at phase one, this bike was a winner. The other thing I really look for in a bike is for it to be flexible. Not only do I want it to go for days but I want it to go quick when the roads bend. We took a couple of passes through beautiful Ortega Highway where the roads massage the mountain with grace. And graceful was the Z, slicing through it. Mind you we are all on brand new bikes that do not belong to us. The pace was set and we howled along with big stinkin grins on our faces. After lunch we headed back and over Ortega and 3 of us were split from the rest of the group as we got caught by 2 red lights before heading up the mountain. This was an opportunity for us to see what the bike really had. After a couple of miles of nonstop twisty action we stopped at Hells Kitchen for a bit. The 3 of us couldnt stop talking about how fun that small stint of the ride was catching the rest of the crew. The engine is so strong that I didnt need to shift gears at all. I could park it either in 2nd or 3rd gear and throttle or chop as desired. Quite impressive for a completely stock bike. It really didnt didnt miss a beat. After hitting a few more spots we headed back to KMC and later to a Supercross event which Ill talk about on a separate ride report of the entire weekend. By the conversations among us I can tell you that Kawi really has something special with this motorcycle. Its actually quite a shame that theyve apparently been having a hard time selling it on the US market. IMO, all you have to do is take it for a spin and youll be wanting one in your garage ASAP. I sure as have been trying to figure out how to do so for the past couple days.