Quite the opposite, you’ll be damn impressed with the Z’s brake package. Updated for 2014 by way of a more aggressive pad compound, different piston sizes (32mm upper, 30mm lower), 310mm brake discs, ABS, and (Kawasaki-badged) monoblock brake calipers, these brakes are not only drastically better than before but better than most any other brake setup in this comparison. Feel, power, and initial bite are all exceptional, and the only real difference between the Z’s brakes and the brakes on the Ducati or Super Duke R is a slightly firmer lever pull, a likely result of the master cylinder piston size. What’s more, the Kawasaki’s ABS unit doesn’t deprive you of feel at the initial part of the brake’s pull. This, as we’d come to find out, is a problem on the ABS-equipped 2014 Aprilia Tuono V4 R ABS.