Kawasaki Ninja 1000

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Kawasaki Ninja 1000
Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS right-side 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.jpg
Manufacturer Kawasaki Motorcycle & Engine Company
Also called Kawasaki Z1000S/Z1000SX
Parent company Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Production 2011–present
Class Sport touring
Engine 1,043 cc (63.6 cu in) liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-four
Bore / stroke 77.0 mm × 56.0 mm (3.03 in × 2.20 in)
Top speed 152.8 mph (245.9 km/h)[1]
Power 103 kW (138 bhp) @ 9,600 rpm (claimed)[2]
93.3 kW (125.1 hp) @ 9,000 rpm(rear wheel)[3]
Torque 98.54 N⋅m (72.68 lb⋅ft)(rear wheel) @ 8,800 rpm[1]
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Suspension Front: Inverted 41 mm (1.6 in) telescopic fork with stepless compression and rebound damping, adjustable spring preload
Rear: Swingarm with horizontal monoshock with stepless rebound damping, remotely adjustable spring preload
Brakes Front: Four-piston caliper with dual 300 mm (11.8 in) discs
Rear: Single-piston caliper with single 250 mm (9.8 in) disc
Tires Front: 120/70-17
Rear: 190/50-17
Rake, trail 24.5°, 100 mm (4.0 in)
Wheelbase 1,450 mm (56.9 in)
Dimensions L: 2,110 mm (82.9 in)
W: 790 mm (31.1 in)
H: 1,230 mm (48.4 in)
Seat height 820 mm (32.3 in)
Weight 228.0 kg (502.7 lb) (2011–2016)[4](wet)

231.1 kg (509.4 lb) (2011–2016(Abs Equipped))[4](wet)

235 kg (518 lb) (2017– )[5] (wet)
Fuel capacity 19 l; 4.2 imp gal (5.0 US gal)[6]
Related Kawasaki Z1000

The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 (sold in some markets as the Z1000S or Z1000SX)[7] is a motorcycle in the Ninja series from the Japanese manufacturer Kawasaki sold since 2011. Other than its name, it is unrelated to the Ninja 1000R produced from 1986–89, or to other Ninja motorcycles.

It is generally characterized as a fully faired sibling of the Z1000 streetfighter, sharing the same 1,043cc liquid-cooled, electronic fuel-injected, 16-valve four-stroke inline-four engine and aluminum twin-tube backbone frame,[8] but with ergonomics, storage, larger fuel tank and other design elements more oriented to the sport touring market.[9] The Ninja 1000 is also fitted with an electronic speed limiter,[10]not because it is capable of exceeding the 300 km/h (186 mph) agreed to in the gentlemen's agreement but apparently to keep its top speed the same as the unfaired and unlimited Z1000.[6]


Kawasaki has positioned the bike as a "sport bike for the real world."[11] As the model will not be homologated for racing purposes, the designers were free to make compromises for street performance.[3] The Ninja 1000 thus has an upright seating position, large fuel tank, and adjustable windscreen among its features, as well a transmission geared for street-riding as opposed to racing.[2] Nevertheless, it retains the large engine and aggressive styling of a sport bike, and its performance characteristics remain on the sport end of the spectrum, placing its sports-touring type more in competition with bikes like the Honda VFR1200F or Triumph Sprint GT as opposed to the Kawasaki's Concours or Yamaha FJR1300.[3]


The updated 2017 bike received a wider front fairing and a taller wind screen, also the addition of a brighter LED headlight replacing the previous halogen light. New high level electronics include the addition of a six-axis IMU that works with ABS and traction control. The new addition results in a new claimed wet weight of 518 lb (235 kg).[5]Compliant with Euro 4 rules, furnished with new styling and capable of competing with Suzuki GSX-S1000F, KTM 1290 Super Duke GT, MV Agusta Turismo Veloce and the Ducati SuperSport of 2017, the bike will contribute to the regained strength of the sports-touring class.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b "Performance Index Winter '12/'13 Edition" (PDF), Motorcycle Consumer News, Bowtie Magazines, January 2013
  2. ^ a b Carrithers, Tim (October 29, 2010), "2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 - First Ride", Motorcyclist, retrieved 2011-02-08
  3. ^ a b c Drevenstedt, Greg (June 2011), "2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000-Road Test Review", Rider, retrieved 2011-02-08
  4. ^ a b Kawasaki, Ninja 1000 Sport, archived from the original on August 23, 2011, retrieved February 2, 2011
  5. ^ a b "Kawasaki's New-For-2017 Ninja 650, Z650, Z900, Ninja 1000, and ZX-10RR". Motorcyclist. November 13, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Kunitsugu, Kent (January 31, 2011), "2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000: The Gentleman's Ninja", Sport Rider Magazine, retrieved October 31, 2016
  7. ^ Vielhaber, Martin (October 25, 2016), "Kawasaki Z1000SX Test 2017 mit Bildergalerie und Video!", 1000ps.at (in German), retrieved October 29, 2016, das Kürzel SX im Namen steht ja auch für ′Sports Crossover′
  8. ^ "Ninja 1000 ABS", Kawasaki Motors Australia, retrieved 2011-02-08
  9. ^ Beeler, Jensen (October 5, 2010), "2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 – The Fully Faired Z1000 Tourer", Asphalt & Rubber, retrieved June 23, 2016
  10. ^ Madson, Bart (October 29, 2010), "2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 first ride", MotoUSA, retrieved December 16, 2016
  11. ^ Bayly, Neale (January 12, 2011), "BIKES: 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000", NASCAR.SpeedTV.com, archived from the original on March 17, 2012, retrieved 2011-02-08
  12. ^ Downes, Andy (July 14, 2016), "World Exclusive: Secret new Ninja 1000", MCN, retrieved July 26, 2016
  13. ^ Newland, Richard (October 4, 2016), "Intermot: Improvements made to Kawasaki Z1000SX", MCN, retrieved October 7, 2016
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