There’s no doubt about it, this has been a great year for tech laden sportsbikes, as manufacturers seem to be entering a game of one upmanship with plenty of fancy updates to their flagship models.
Whilst all that is very nice, sometimes it’s nice to get back to a simplistic brute of a bike – and the 126bhp naked Kawasaki Z1000 fits that description very well indeed.
This year, Chris Newbigging of Performance Bikes has been testing the big Zed, most recently fitting a new performance exhaust, adding a claimed further 10bhp, and allowing him to wheelie the bike a gear earlier than when using the stock pipe.
Chris has also recently changed from trackday tyres to the ContiSportAttack 2 hypersport tyre as the cold and wet weather sets in.
“The more rounded profile and more versatile compound instantly feels happier on the wet roads” says Chris in their December 2015 edition. “And when the roads dried out, the combination of tyres and pipe have made the bike feel the best it has all year. Really, the Dunlops were overkill – the Continentals are much more a match for the sporty roadster and work at all levels of effort.”
Chris goes on to state that “the Continentals are warming up better, and Conti’s unique surface preparation meant there was not skating around scrubbing them in – they’ve felt safe and grippy from the off. Best of all, they’re about to be superseeded by a SportAttack 3.”
The unique surface preparation used on a number of premium Continental tyres including the ContiSportAttack 2 and ContiSportAttack 3 is our Traction Skin technology. It allows us to remove a new tyre from the mould in the factory without the need for a release agent, which often makes brand new tyres look shiny. This micro rough surface on many new Continental tyres provides more grip from the moment the tyre is fitted, reducing the need for scrubbing in as you’re not having to get rid of that shiny black coating.
The ContiSportAttack 3 is due to arrive in the UK in early 2016.
You can find out more about the ContiSportAttack 2 tested by Chris here.