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I live in Norway

Do someone have a answer way kawasaki don`t deliver quikshifter (up and down) on new Z1000 bikes? i will wait and buy the new 2020 Model when available.
Due to the new fee regulations Norway that make the Z1000 1300- 2000 Euro cheaper
Are quikshifter bad for gearbox?
 

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No! Quickshifters are not bad for the gearbox! :)
I have not heard any informations about Kawasaki adding quickshifters to 2020 Z1000 but that would be great!

Cheers from Sweden!
 

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Trebor4460 weak gearbox on the gen 4, good chance 4th gear dogs will get damaged, i know from bitter experience, and i know of 3 others who fitted a quickshifter and there 4th gear let go too...
 

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The reason the Z1000 has no down blipper is because of the manual (cable operated) throttle instead of electronic. Downblipper requires ride-by-wire throttle so that the computer can open the throttle body to increase RPM's for downshift, with cable throttle it cannot do that. Same goes for traction control, the ignition system is too old to integrate. The electronics on the current Z1000 are still essentially the exact same as those on the 2010 model year bike, and without a modern ECU and electronic throttle, none of these features are possible.

I would imagine that at this year's EICMA we will see a new 2020 Z1000 as the current model is over 5 years old (10 years techincally because the 4th gen is same as 3rd gen), and I would find it hard to believe that it would use manual throttle still, even if it uses the same engine as before.
 

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Hello

I live in Norway

Do someone have a answer way kawasaki don`t deliver quikshifter (up and down) on new Z1000 bikes? i will wait and buy the new 2020 Model when available.
Due to the new fee regulations Norway that make the Z1000 1300- 2000 Euro cheaper
Are quikshifter bad for gearbox?

Z1000 are no that desirable and they are not actual sport bikes, therefore quickshifter is not offered. If you look at ZX10, they have it from factory. No, quickshifters are not bad for the bike, I have HQ quickshifter on my 2016 Z1000 and it's fine, no issues, downside is that it's ONLY up-shifts, no auto-blip or downshifts.


I have to say this tho, every year more and more manufacturers putting quickshifters on the bikes now, it's same as paddle shifters on the car, you see them more now.
 

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The reason the Z1000 has no down blipper is because of the manual (cable operated) throttle instead of electronic. Downblipper requires ride-by-wire throttle so that the computer can open the throttle body to increase RPM's for downshift, with cable throttle it cannot do that. Same goes for traction control, the ignition system is too old to integrate. The electronics on the current Z1000 are still essentially the exact same as those on the 2010 model year bike, and without a modern ECU and electronic throttle, none of these features are possible.

I would imagine that at this year's EICMA we will see a new 2020 Z1000 as the current model is over 5 years old (10 years techincally because the 4th gen is same as 3rd gen), and I would find it hard to believe that it would use manual throttle still, even if it uses the same engine as before.
Thanks for great technical explanation :) this is a great forum to ask, i am werry happy for that. Then i will pay attention and hope that Kawasaki at EICMA i november will show a new Z1000 2020 model with new and update electronics
 

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I love my z1000 the way it is! If it comes with 10 different riding modes, I know I will put it in "sport" and not touch it. ever! You enter a corner too fast, no TC can save you. So more fancy electronics will do nothing but making bike unreliable and risky for long trips! Its just me. I am coming from dirt bikes. people are different.
 

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Ive got a HM QS on mine (from a zx10) - its been on there for over 3 years now - bolted straight in but, i had to go to the local bike shop to get a different length shift bar.

I highly recommend one. It really gives a marked improvement on acceleration.
 

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Ive got a HM QS on mine (from a zx10) - its been on there for over 3 years now - bolted straight in but, i had to go to the local bike shop to get a different length shift bar.

I highly recommend one. It really gives a marked improvement on acceleration.

I had Healtech Quickshifter, never had any issues, easy plug and play. However, one thing I didn't like was going from 1 -> 2 shifts, they were clunky, but I did the research and thats how its suppose to work, since 1 to 2 is the longest shift than any other gears.



I heard that IRC quickshifters are pretty good and HM shifters are not bad as well.
 

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I had Healtech Quickshifter, never had any issues, easy plug and play. However, one thing I didn't like was going from 1 -> 2 shifts, they were clunky, but I did the research and thats how its suppose to work, since 1 to 2 is the longest shift than any other gears.



I heard that IRC quickshifters are pretty good and HM shifters are not bad as well.
Never done a 1st to 2nd gear shift with mine - i wouldnt trust it!!
 

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Your right about 4th gear. Thought I was the only one! Mine has always had an intermittent sticking issue between 3rd and 4th where the lever would only shift half way like something was physically blocking the shfter. As I let the clutch out the dogs and slots would bang together as if they were barely engaged until I shifted down again. Needless to say after several years of this I no longer have a 4th that stays engaged. I do have a Q-shifter as well but it wasn't because of that. Now I have a shift indicator and shift though to 5th. I never miss having 4th gear. Someday I'll split the cases and replace them (I keep telling myself).:wink:



Trebor4460 weak gearbox on the gen 4, good chance 4th gear dogs will get damaged, i know from bitter experience, and i know of 3 others who fitted a quickshifter and there 4th gear let go too...
 

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Your right about 4th gear. Thought I was the only one! Mine has always had an intermittent sticking issue between 3rd and 4th where the lever would only shift half way like something was physically blocking the shfter. As I let the clutch out the dogs and slots would bang together as if they were barely engaged until I shifted down again. Needless to say after several years of this I no longer have a 4th that stays engaged. I do have a Q-shifter as well but it wasn't because of that. Now I have a shift indicator and shift though to 5th. I never miss having 4th gear. Someday I'll split the cases and replace them (I keep telling myself).:wink:
i went for months bi passing 4th but eventually bit the bullit and fixed it, right pain in the *** and of course Kawasaki aint interested..
 

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This is great information-my 2016 with only 900 miles is about to arrive any day now-fingers crossed the guy is selling it for reasons other than bad 4th gear.

Checking with Google the 2016 is a 4th Generation - was this an issue with every unit made or just some of them?

I never met the guy or the bike but by phone & email - he is Japanese & just 5.7 - he said he was selling the bike simply because it was too powerful & uncomfortable for him - when I saw that he had a Butt Donut on the seat I thought this is a great deal.

Is there a consensus yet on who makes the best quickshifter & does that eliminate the issue?
 

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This is the first I've heard of 4th gear issues. I wonder if the N1K's of the same year have this issue? ---Maybe RC Cannon can add to this thread?
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Personally, I don't need a QS. Having said that, I've never owned a bike with a QS. Unqualified to comment, I know :) ... but I don't mind pulling in the clutch :D

luv my fatty 3rd gen.
 
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