2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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2011 Kawasaki Ninja First Ride

Watch the new 1000 in action in our 2011 Ninja 1000 First Video .

A purpose-built sportbike for the Kawasaki’s simple objective developing its all-new 2011 Ninja sounds easy enough. Yet exhilarating performance in a street-friendly all wrapped up in enticing sportbike and an affordable price point… sounds a little tougher.

We put the new to the test on the scenic roads of Marin County to see if it lives up to the

Riders will always production racebikes, and success on the drives the development of Team ZX-10 and ZX-6 flagships. But the for excellence at the track has long real-world performance for the street to the of many riders who can no longer the sportbike compromises in comfort. performance comes at a cost.

over the tank is an optimal for a 20-lap sprint race, and the trackday, but not for long-range comfort. redlines are required to reach loftier peak horsepower, but don’t make for the most powerbands. And racing bodywork is for aerodynamics, not rider comfort and protection. Then there is the cost, as supersport and superbike race up along with

familiar with the raucous of the Z1000 will not be disappointed the new Ninja 1000.

performance. look at Kawasaki’s own ZX-10R. In it retailed for $10,999 (the new 1000 asking price) but the base model rings in for and the ABS-equipped version $14,799.

And tags only increase as adopt more sophisticated aids, like production control.

Enter the Ninja 1000, Kawasaki shills as an answer to dissatisfaction. Its research indicates forced onto … or performance cruisers for the forgiving position, will come when they see the Ninja’s lines. The improved comfort should appeal to riders want to tour, but don’t the bells and whistles, high and 600 to 700-pound curb weights of the class.

As the riding age climbs, a do-it-all sportbike for the street more and more sense.

the spec sheet for the Ninja riders could be forgiven for it’s simply the Z1000 a fairing slapped on… as that’s a summation. The two bikes were in tandem and, in fact, USA wanted the Ninja 1000 to before the Z1000, as Americans genetically predisposed to not buy … But globally the big Z, and its 750 sibling, are huge particularly in Europe.

So the Ninja arrives as a 2011 model, a later than the redesigned but sporting the same engine, and brakes.

The Ninja 1000 to deliver sportbike thrills to the the compromise in comfort.

Kawasaki its new Ninja 1000 as a do-it-all with relaxed ergos long-range comfort and touring.

A 16-valve Inline Four center stage on the Kawasaki. any racing regulations to please, the is a satisfyingly irregular 1043cc. for street performance, gone are the sky redlines and top-end biased of the track-oriented Ninjas. Where the redlines at 13,000 rpm and the ZX-6R up to 16,500, the new Ninja 1000’s is 11,000 rpm. Yet the new 1000’s claims are far from paltry, 136 horsepower at the crank.

The new Ninja churns out 10% more hp the ZX-6R and 65% more torque, lb-ft production on par with the

Jump behind the controls, the starter and the Ninja packs a wallop right off the bottom. An burp on the throttle in first hoists the front wheel any clutch finesse and it only better from there. is brusque, yet smooth, pulling down low.

The power with a delicious top-end around 7K that hammers until topping out. The top end cranks power up to the proverbial 11 on the dyno, though it also buzzing vibration up through the at 8000 rpm. Riders can two paths with the Kawasaki: its neck for optimal power and in the top end, or chug along and steady in the lower rpm.

way, the Ninja is happy to along.

Unlike most ride evaluations, we have results to give relative to Ninja’s power claims, run the Z1000 on the dyno during our Streetfighter Shootout. That confirmed a notable up-tic on the curve beginning around 7K a 72.34 lb-ft peak at 7900 rpm. Rear horsepower for the Z1000 measured 122 at rpm.

The only difference the Z and Ninja 1000 powerplants is the of a top speed limiter on the latter. decided to add the limiter because of the Ninja’s improved aerodynamics, actually make it a speedier than its sibling – as the … Z its top speed without electronic and much more wind

The Ninja 1000 eats up the with its Showa suspension a three-way adjustable fork and the horizontal-link shock adjustable for and rebound.

Unchanged from the are those distinctive four-pipe silencers. The system is, in truth, a exhaust, with the end-caps delivering a faux four-pipe But it pulls off the charade well and it manages a respectable tone in form.

The Ninja’s transmission is complaint proof. A cable-actuated delivers a light pull and engagement, while the six-speed offers zero hiccups through the gears. There is no clutch, though, so sloppy can be problematic for the lackadaisical.

Another quibble is the lack of a gear indicator on the LCD display – hey, we nits because we care.

The brakes feature radial-mount Tokico calipers up front down on a pair of 300mm rotors. The front units source a Nissin radial-pump cylinder. The single disc is a 250mm rotor pinched by caliper. At first, our test required a much sterner tug than expected, and the rear offered little feel out back.

However, the braking improved during our ride, as the new braking components on our test bedded in. We’ll give the benefit of the doubt, as our recollection of the brakes is quite positive. a trait we look forward to on a future road test or review.

Handling wise, the craves high-speed flowing where it can stretch its legs. The frame and swingarm chassis ample feedback. The Showa components, a 41mm fork and monoshock (utilizing a horizontal similar to the new ZX-10R), are set up softer those developed for the track-oriented Supersports.

Yet riders can dial in the settings three-way adjustment options for the and preload and rebound for the rear A couple quarter turns for and preload after lunch feel for our afternoon ride, took us up to the top of Mount Tamalpais for a view of the Bay (double true for us, as the proved to be an atypical cloudless sky).

Kawasaki Z 1000
Kawasaki Z 1000

The Kawasaki is designed for the sweeping backroads and the street, not the

Heading down the mountain, the 502-pound curb weight more than manageable. The rake and four inches combined with the 56.9-inch make for an easy-to-turn, yet stable The biggest challenge in tighter comes not from the chassis, but the lively throttle smooth, as the chomps at the bit to open things up.

The and rider comfort are a huge point on this model, and the 2010 Sport-Touring Shootout in mind (which included the Kawasaki Concours 14) our critical were ready to eviscerate comfort. In the context of a sportbike, the Ninja 1000’s ergonomics in this regard. The natural position leans, metaphorically, the upright standard variety – to the position on the Ninja 650R.

placement, rubber mounted to vibration, felt good for our frame. Unlike the single handlebar on the Z1000, the Ninja individually mounted handlebars. a subtle forward cant in the riding position, we felt no pressure on the wrist, the placement natural for our tastes. At 32.3 the Ninja’s perch may be on the high for shorter riders, and the seat we rate only average our 150-mile testing rout.

It’s not bad by any means, but not the highlight of an ergonomic package that up to its billing.

The Ninja 1000’s fairing keeps the rider

from the wind, along its three-

position adjustable The optional

hard luggage touring credentials.

Aside the intrinsic aesthetics it conveys (is a more distinctive sportbike the Ninja’s fairing is quite at directing air away from the The open section of the segmented channels engine heat air out from the rider as well. A windscreen offers three to further maximize rider Adjustment is manual, but tool-less, a lever underneath the control allowing the screen to rotate three positions.

We’d be if we said there was a dramatic difference between the three which can be altered while on the (though a big warning on the gas tank not too..), but it’s a nice

The overall comfort factor the Ninja an intriguing touring The bike’s subframe has been up to better accommodate two up rides, but to handle saddlebags and serve as a mount. We saw a test model optional hard bags and expect top case options as

Further increasing its touring Kawasaki added another of fuel (compared to the Z1000) for a tank, so a range of 180 isn’t (based off the 36 mpg of the Z in our Streetfighter Comparison).

In the looks department the latest may not sport the uber-sleek lines and unbroken fairing found on the Ninja ZX sportbikes. But much its smaller-displacement kin, the 650R and Ninja 250, it delivers sportbike styling despite a full track pedigree.

The of more practical sportbikes an emerging Roadsport class, but the 1000’s success is far from American riders don’t buy for practicality, and production trackbikes for the leathers and knee-puck clan are in own way as much a lifestyle purchase as the V-Twin for the leather-clad cruiser Kawasaki’s betting on those who’ve grown tired of the genres.

At $10,999 the Ninja delivers versatility and exhilarating performance, without compromising comfort. looking for a road-going sportbike take keen interest in new entry from Team

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