The Japanese word sugomi describes the intense aura or energy given off by a person or object of greatness and felt by the viewer. Someone, or something, possessing sugomi inspires awe, leaves an indelible impression, is imposing in stature or ability, and commands respect.
Sugomi can be seen in the crouching form of a hunting predator as it gathers energy in preparation to strike, muscled tensing in anticipation, eyes locked onto its prey. The Z1000’s sugomi design borrows from the predator’s fiercely intense glare and a dynamic form that radiates with the promise of explosive action.
Positioning the head cowl as low as possible creates a continuous line running from the top of the tank along the top of the head cowl, similar to the muscular shoulders and dropped head of a crouching predator. Together with the compact new LED headlamp, all-new bodywork fits much closer to the engine and frame, reinforcing the condensed form. The dichotomy of the front-concentrated mass and the slim, sharp tail section creates a dynamic design.
With the headlamp unit positioned as low as possible, the image of being glared at by a predator about to pounce is very strong. Accentuating this fierce visage are frown lines designed into the cowl above the headlamps.
For a Supernaked model, being “the fastest” or “most powerful” is less important than the “exhilaration” of the ride. Sugomi performance ensures that your heart soars every time you twist the throttle, and you feel the blood coursing through your veins as you deftly guide the Z1000 along your desired path.
Direct throttle response worthy of a supersport model. An intake note like the howl of a predator on the hunt. And a voluptuous exhaust note that builds to a crescendo as the powerful In-line Four engine climbs through the rev range. The engine was thoroughly fine-tuned to ensure that acceleration would have the greatest possible impact for the rider.
The firm but supple character of the new SFF-BP (Separate Function Fork – Big Piston) significantly transforms the handling character of the Z1000. The chassis reacts much more quickly to rider input, creating a sharp, nimble handling character that stimulates the senses.