2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 — Motorcycle Magazine

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Kawasaki Z 1000

2011 Kawasaki Ninja

The Ninja’s dash is lifted off the ZX-6R, and includes an anolog and a well-lit, easy-to-read LCD panel for the and other functions

By Tricia – Photos By Adam Campbell and Jones

So, while I might that looks shouldn’t they do — particularly in America. used the same track-inspired, hardware on the Ninja as is found on the that was introduced last (May 2010). But the Ninja in that we get some added touring comforts, as well as the sportbike styling and some modifications.

The upright seating on the Ninja is similar to the Z1000. But of the Z’s tubular handlebar, we get individual that are high and perfect for comfort. (Thank goodness the didn’t go the route of sportbike and rearsets, in keeping with the sportbike marketing theme.) The are cushioned with rubber, and the heel guards include an weight block to reduce A larger, 5-gallon fuel increases the Ninja’s range to than 200 miles, and real comfort is achieved with from louvered front an aerodynamic adjustable windscreen, and a pillion pad.

The windscreen to three positions in a splitsecond


The Z1000 and Ninja 1000 actually developed side by and share the same strong, DOHC, 16-valve 1043cc four power plant. The six-speed was retuned for the Ninja to tons of low and midrange torque, a power kick just 7000 rpm. EFI with 38mm Keihin downdraft bodies deliver smooth, throttle response, and real fun can be found in almost any gear 4000 and 11000 rpm.

The 81 ft-lbs. of torque peaks at 7800 rpm, but you don’t need to get there before the sh*t-eating grin is plastered all your face.

The 4-into-2-into-1-into-2 is a mouthful, but works to enhance the appearance by way of a prechamber, which helps centralize the weight. A valve in the right muffler reduce noise and tunes waves for enhanced low-end response. The small triangular mufflers are placed so that plenty of clearance whether mounting side bags or the maximum lean angle, or

If you prefer a more traditional look, aftermarket options are available (See Showcase page TK).

The chassis of the same advanced aluminum spar frame as the Z1000, to the Ninja ZX-10R’s. The lightweight curves over the engine, it from above, using the as a stressed member, and bolting to it in three places with one mount that helps to vibration and add rigidity. This keeps the bike’s waist for a comfortable, sporty, controlled

A secondary engine balancer, off the crankshaft, reduces engine and creates a stiffer chassis for better handling. The lightweight, swingarm is attached to the main with its pivot points right into the frame. keeps unsightly welds to a

Eccentric chain adjusters the aesthetics clean and offer tension adjustments.

The Ninja’s engine and stable chassis are complemented with its fully sport-inspired suspension components. Up the 41mm Showa inverted is spring preload- rebound- and so you can just dial in your style preferences. The damper-mounted shock features a single link inspired by the ZX10R and on the Z1000.

It’s horizontally above the swingarm, away hot exhaust components, providing mass centralization. The gas/oil is adjustable for both spring and rebound damping. But the Ninja’s gets a seven-step cam adjuster of the double locknut threaded found on the Z1000.

The Ninja’s brake calipers are a direct from MotoGP-tested technology The radial design uses mounting points at the top and bottom of the which offer more and improved brake feel traditional side/front mounting. The four-piston calipers up front dual 300mm petal-type

A radial-pump front brake cylinder contributes to the race-spec The rear brake gets a piston, pin-slide caliper a 250mm petal disc. All braking feel and response is

To date, there’s no option for ABS on the 1000.

rear shock adjustable preload and rebound

Comfort Zone

Putting the 1000 to the test, the official introduction was held in Marin California. Having just one day to try fun, sporty ride on roads that can’t be where I come from good enough. So, after the I slapped on some soft and spent another three 1,000 miles, and about 30 exploring California’s coastline, delivering the bike back to headquarters in Irvine.

Testing the bike through as riding situations as I could — including fresh gravel, long inclines and descents, sweepers, cities, and highways — I was satisfied with my steed. despite all the efforts Kawasaki put into reducing vibration, I felt a lot of buzz in my hands and especially at lower rpm; I a deep, nearly intolerable under 3500 rpm. It as noticeable in the higher range, — especially when my attention was on corner-carving.

But the big engine’s power was strong and smooth, no matter the so long as the rpms were above that annoying, level. Despite the sit-up position, the Ninja feels a sportbike. Taking off with a of throttle on some of California’s less-traveled roads was simply Shifting quickly from to second, I’d reach illegal before even thinking third.

From fourth or I’d run out of road or nerve once I saw digits on the LCD speedo. On the freeway, I with sixth, but found it to be a too close to fifth gear and saw no use for it. At a cruising highway speed of 80 mph, shifting from to sixth only dropped the rpm 300 to 400 not enough to notice a difference in or power at all.

Kawasaki Z 1000

But passing other vehicles and through traffic was easy, without downshifts, due to the extra-wide

My knees and back were after the fourth consecutive day of six rides. I attributed the lower to my Nelson-Rigg top case shifting into my back, especially on bumpy descents. Even adjusting my tie-downs, it didn’t much, and I was constantly pushing the bag with my body.

I would’ve much happier if the hard Kawasaki plans to have for the Ninja by the time you read had been ready for my ride. of the optional accessories include hard side bags and a top as well as heated grips and a protector. The only catch for tourers who need tons of room, though, is that the bags and top case cannot be together.

Kawasaki engineers going to approve the conjunction of all heavy equipment, as the weight adversely affect handling.

The hard bags now available lockable storage. But you’ll to choose between either bags or a top case; you can’t them all together

Soft mounting points on the Ninja are a bit of a to find. The grab rails serve as bungee points, as only attach to the bike in the if you attach any kind of strap to it simply slides off the open My Nelson-Rigg soft saddlebags cleanly to the rear peg mounts in the and to each other through a in the taillight assembly in the rear.

Then, my top case connected to the via built-in quick connectors. a better setup would’ve the bag on its perch.

But perhaps the best to the Ninja that makes for comfort is the windshield. It’s to three positions, and pivots the bottom, away from the bringing the height up. Positioned at its the windshield looks odd when the is parked, but that was my preferred for the bulk of my seat time, as it the wind up from hitting me in the I felt no head buffeting in this position.

The thick has an interesting curvaceous shape, and quite a bit of dancing at the top when all the way up and you’re moving along at a clip. But that’s okay, you’re not looking through it. height adjustments is a two-handed, affair. A lever sits on the right side of the fairing. got to get your hand down the upper clamp and the fairing to a lever down, while your other hand to the windshield.

Obviously, it’s to adjust the shield while the is at a stop. But if you’re moving with the shield either or all the way up, pushing the lever will the latch while the wind it to the downward position. You’ve got to be putting your hand in though, even a slight turn will get you into trouble, as there’s not enough for your hand and the bars in a

Slap A Sticker On It

I’ve documented on camera (Kawasaki review ) as giving the Ninja a “10 out of 10” rating in the fun factor. While people have looked at me challenging this notion, I by my words. Track-inspired technology the Ninja 1000 the kind of that offers an unlimited of adrenaline. In addition to being a toy, it’s an affordable, package that I’d have no touring the country on or making commutes with.

That’s my of the perfect motorcycle, no matter how you it. RB

Story as it appeared in the May 2011 of RoadBike .

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