2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000: MD First Ride -…

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2011 Kawasaki Ninja MD First Ride

The concept simple enough. Take top components designed for a pure bike, including adjustable radial-mounted disk brakes, twin-spar chassis, and a take–no–prisoners and combine these elements real-world, comfortable ergonomics for the Simple, but surprisingly rare production motorcycles.

Kawasaki claim to be the first to do this, as and Ducati certainly have this formula in the past, but the Japanese manufacturers the new Ninja is something special.

The Ninja shares an awful lot with its sister, the Z1000, but this is not a bad We praised  the Z1000. as did virtually other journalist. The suspension, and engine on this bike put a … on the same playing as the pricier European exotics above.

Moreover, the Z1000 and the 1000 were developed The Ninja 1000 is not a Z1000 bodywork slapped on it as an afterthought. machine was designed from the to serve two purposes, both and clothed.

Before we get into our impression of the Ninja 1000, of a romp through the beautiful of Marin County, California this week, let’s about the essence of this particularly, its engine.

The thoroughly 1043cc four-cylinder powerplant is fed by injection and produces awesome for the street. This is not a de–tuned bike engine, it is an engine built to provide more street power to the rider either 1000cc sport or 600cc sport bikes. right, nine times out of this bike is faster on the than the latest 1000cc

Most of those superbikes do 100mph, or more, in first meaning peak horsepower those engines probably beyond legal speeds in gear. Will you use that horsepower on the street? Generally no, rare exceptions.

Take a at this comparison between own sport bikes with the 1000. As our riding confirmed, the 1000 has power virtually you will use it on the street… no waiting.

about peak power? to Kawasaki, the Ninja 1000 10% more peak horsepower the ZX-6R, and 65% more torque. At the time, although the Ninja is down on the high RPM horsepower by the ZX-10R, it produces the same torque at lower RPM.

The suspension components are slightly and softer than sport units, providing a better on the street, but still allowing the to stiffen up the units for a track The 300 mm front disc brakes get brake calipers and a radial-pump cylinder, state-of-the-art for the sport class.

Nothing on this looks cheap or acts The swingarm is where many save money on a …, but the 1000 gets an aluminum with a built-in eccentric adjuster. Unlike a …, of the Ninja 1000 offers wind protection along a full fairing reminiscent of a bike.

That fairing a distinctive slat in front of the that helps direct hot air from the rider. During our we did not notice any significant heat from the engine, but the weather was and hot weather testing would be

That bodywork and simple, windscreen, provide surprising protection, without buffeting. The assumes one of three positions by pushing a button in front of the panel and manually selecting the desired. No tools and no waiting.

You can change the position of the windscreen at a if you desire.

Along with the and suspension elements derived the world of sport bikes, you get wheels and sport bike The instruments are taken from the with different fonts and Included is a very legible, analog tachometer next to an LCD that includes a speedometer, gauge, clock, dual meters and assorted warning

The fuel gauge is easily at a glance, it is appreciated when with the comfort and long-distance capabilities of this bike.

The position is just about for this 5’10″ test The bars are higher and closer many found on sport The seat is thicker and more than that typically on a sport bike.

The pegs are a bit compared to many sport but still much lower those found on a pure bike.

Those pegs special comment. It is always to note whether a manufacturer attention to the important details. along with the smooth Kawasaki took great to eliminate any unwanted vibration through the footpegs to the rider’s Both the front and rear are rubber-coated, but the front pegs are rubber mounted and feature a weight on the heel guard to reduce vibration.

The result is an extremely smooth experience that was even a bit when we first pulled out of the lot for our test.

Kawasaki even the passenger seat thicker, and wider than those found on a sport bike, so a passenger can experience something of the torture-rack found at the back of super sports.

Although the is virtually the same as that in the Z1000, rated at 138 PS at the crank, it has taller final gearing (41 rear sprocket versus 42 on the This change reflects the likelihood that the Ninja will be used for highway but it is not enough of a difference to blunt the acceleration offered by the bike.

As you expect, Kawasaki is working on of accessories for this bike. We saw a 1000 with saddlebags but those are not yet available. Kawasaki they would be available however, and you can expect pricing to be to the pricing of this accessory on the since they are the same

Different windshields, heated and a trunk are also under

What is it like to ride the 1000? Not surprisingly, it is similar to a Z1000, with the added provided by the windscreen and fairing The bars are in a similar position, but are angled a bit more towards the

The result is a seating position was hard to criticize. Sporty but offering comfort worlds a super sport. Most of the we ran the windscreen in the middle position.

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The photos you see typically have the in its lowest position, but we found the position to provide excellent upper wind protection without at the helmet level.

Wind for the lower body was also Combined with the low vibration this bike could easily be on, and Kawasaki knows it. Our only would be the fact that the seems to push the rider onto the tank more it should.

As we have previously the Z1000 test, engine is outstanding. The fuel injection is well dialed in, and transitions closed to open throttle are smooth. The bike will from under 3000 RPM and provide decent forward above 4000 RPM.

exits above 5000 RPM are strong, allowing the rider to the throttle on as he stands the bike up, and feel a bit of a power bump at RPM as the Ninja 1000 squirts the next corner.

The handling of the 1000 was, perhaps, the surprising thing about our The upright ergonomics and relatively bars, coupled with the light weight, and well mass (which the horizontally-mounted shock contributes to), results in a that changes directions effortlessly relative to other bikes. This nimble is coupled with excellent and confidence from the front

Although the front wheel can get light on exits, and we sometimes found slightly crossed-up when hard on the gas.  we never anything remotely resembling shake, and really learned to the front end of this bike.

The performed its duties without and without requiring much from the rider. The brakes are and progressive, although we could used a bit more feel the powerful front binders.  Our bike came with Bridgestone  sport bike

The Ninja 1000 is an excellent After just one day of testing, with our knowledge of the Z1000 from tests, we can confidently say the Ninja is an outstanding motorcycle, and one of the most motorcycles we have ever There is very little in this machine.

Can it run with bikes in the twisties? No question it, and it will exit corners than most sport without paying too much to where the tachometer is pointing when you the trigger. Does it  work droning in a straight line on the super Absolutely, and rider fatigue be much different than the experienced on a modern sport

  Touring, commuting, play on the weekends. the Ninja 1000 can do all of these things, and do them well. The 5 gallon fuel (1 more gallon than the provide plenty of range we didn’t take fuel figures at the press launch, we hard riding miles refueling, and the bike seemed to have a amount of gas left).

Will the 1000 sell well in the States? That is hard to but American attitudes certainly against it. Younger riders pure sport bikes, of the fact that these are generally slower on the street.

These riders won’t think the fact that they live above 10,000 RPM on highways. Nevertheless, there to be emerging a more …, American consumer for motorcycles.  could be the Ninja 1000′s grace.

These consumers get an extraordinarily versatile motorcycle. They get a motorcycle at a price significantly the price of the latest-and-greatest, open-class while benefiting from of the same top shelf components and capabilities. Oh yeah, and they also save some on chiropractor visits and Advil

The Ninja 1000 will be in dealer showrooms in the two colors shortly after you read at an MSRP of $10,999.  Visit web site for additional details.

Daily attended a manufacturer-sponsored to which selected members of the were invited, to facilitate report.

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