Midweight Marvel
CAR|October 2018
Midweight Marvel

After 6 months of varied use, the Z800 established itself as a versatile all-rounder.

Peter Palm

IF you’re looking to avoid rush-hour traffic chaos and save on fuel bills, a 125 cm3 runabout makes a huge amount of sense. You can get one for about R20 000 and they sip less than 4,0 L/100 km. The problem, however, arises if you wish to keep up with 120 km/h traffic. And we’re not just talking about cars but more scary machines such as taxis, buses and trucks with the fake-news stickers on their rear bumpers claiming they don’t go faster than 80 or 100 km/h. At the other extreme of the bike spectrum, you find long distance machines costing a fortune and aren’t exactly nimble in peak-hour traffic.

What you need is something in the middle. A sweet spot. A well-priced bike of between 400 and 800 cm3 capacity that can make its way to the front of idling traffic and use no more fuel than a small hatch yet still be capable of comfortably covering longer distances at highway speeds; one like this Kawasaki Z800.

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October 2018