Kawasaki's Z750 has been a top seller in the French, Italian and Spanish markets for its great handling and low price. Triumph's Street Triple R and the Yamaha FZ8 have increased competition in the class, so Kawasaki has responded with a new Z750R variant. The big changes are new suspension at both ends plus radial mounts for the four-piston Nissin calipers for a price in the vicinity of GBP7250.

The bike will be seen at the Intermot exhibition in Cologne in October, then at the Carole Nash Motorcycle Live event in the UK in November.

Visually, the most obvious difference is in the styling, with the new 41mm highly adjustable front forks being the biggest functional difference. There's also an aluminum swinging arm and remote reservoir piggy-back rear shock, all designed to further refine the Z's excellent handling.

In the braking department there's new radial mounted front callipers gripping petal discs, a new brake reservoir and the brake lines are now braided steel.

Kawasaki will also support the new bike with a raft of genuine accessories planned including a Kawasaki Akrapovik slip-on silencer.