Naked bike exposed as smooth ride

Forget the iPod, the Trio, the Palm, the BlackBerry, and focus on the indispensable tool for every communications need: the Kawasaki Z750S.

Forget the iPod, the Trio, the Palm, the BlackBerry, and focus on the indispensable tool for every communications need: the Kawasaki Z750S.

Why do you need this motorcycle? You don't. But I pledge that, along with a helmet, leather jacket, and road grit in your teeth, you'll arrive at client meetings with a look of ecstatic bliss. And that's good for business.

The K belongs to a class of motorcycles that used to be called, well, motorcycles. But with the road-bike market dividing into faring-bound dropped-bar sport bikes for performance seekers, and into cruisers for statement makers, the traditional motorcycle is now called a naked bike. Such bikes look great and offer sporty performance, handling, and comfort.

The Z750S is an inline four-cylinder motorcycle with a ride as smooth as lightly buttered taffy.

Ty Van Hooydonk, who directs communications for the industry group Discover Today's Motorcycling, cautions that the very "ride-ability" of such a bike can deceive inexperienced riders into thinking it's the perfect beginner's motorcycle. But if you are experienced, this could be the perfect ride. Enter smiling.

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Price $7,099

Available at Kawasaki.com

Specs Four-stroke, transverse inline, four-cylinder engine; maximum torque of 55 lb.-ft. at 8,200 rpm; 748 cc displacement

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