Kawasaki Ninja 1000

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Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX
ManufacturerKawasaki Motorcycle & Engine Company
Also calledKawasaki Z1000S/Z1000SX/Ninja 1000
Parent companyKawasaki Heavy Industries
ClassSport touring
Engine1,043 cc (63.6 cu in) liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-four
Bore / stroke77.0 mm × 56.0 mm (3.03 in × 2.20 in)
Top speed152.8 mph (245.9 km/h)[1]
Power103 kW (138 bhp) @ 9,600 rpm (claimed)[2]
93.3 kW (125.1 hp) @ 9,000 rpm(rear wheel)[3]
Torque98.54 N⋅m (72.68 lb⋅ft)(rear wheel) @ 8,800 rpm[1]
Transmission6-speed constant mesh
SuspensionFront: 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
BrakesFront: Four-piston caliper with dual 300 mm (11.8 in) discs
Rear: Single-piston caliper with single 250 mm (9.8 in) disc
TiresFront: 120/70-17
Rear: 190/50-17
Rake, trail24.5°, 100 mm (4.0 in)
Wheelbase1,450 mm (56.9 in)
DimensionsL: 2,110 mm (82.9 in)
W: 790 mm (31.1 in)
H: 1,230 mm (48.4 in)
Seat height820 mm (32.3 in) (2017-2019) 815 mm (32.09 in)
(2020-) 835 mm (32.87 in)
Weight228.0 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 capacity19 L; 4.2 imp gal (5.0 US gal)[6]
RelatedKawasaki Z1000

The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX (sold in some markets as the Ninja 1000, 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 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 was launched in 2011 and is based on the Z1000 naked bike, adding fairings, an adjustable windscreen, thicker rider and passenger seats, passenger grab handles, more fuel capacity (5.0 gallons), clip on handlebars, and rubber-covered foot pegs for rider and passenger.

The Ninja 1000 has a 501-pound wet weight and 56.9-inch wheelbase. The engine is a 1,043cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve-per-cylinder, in-line four cylinder that made a claimed 125.1 horsepower at 9,900 RPM, 74.4 LB torque at 8,800 RPM.


Main highlights of this series was the improved throttle response, and the addition of three-way traction control. These modes include power 3 (most intrusive), power 2, power 1 and 0 (to have it turned off). Additionally, there are two power modes as standard (mode A for 100% of the power, and mode B for 80% of the power). ABS was also offered as an optional extra. Brakes were changed to Tokico with more bite. Suspension received a revised damping rate with an option to customize the resistance, and shocks received heavier springs - both of which improve the ride quality. Other revisions included changes to the mirrors, seat, panniers and even some tweaks to the induction noise.


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 - all of which is now referred to as Kawasaki's KTRC and KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function). ABS now comes as standard. 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]

Other changes include a re-designed dash with gear position indicator, changeable rev limiter and ambient temperature sensors. The exhaust system was also changed to conform to the Euro 4 rules.

2020 -[edit]

Unlike previous versions which had 2 different names (Z 1000 SX or Ninja 1000) in different countries, the name Ninja 1000 SX now is used in every country. This new version has the following changes :

  • Single exhaust (on the right-hand side)
  • Colour TFT dashboard with Bluetooth connectivity
  • Up/down quickshifter
  • Euro 5 ready
  • Cruise control
  • Thicker seat padding
  • 4 riding modes : Sport, Road, Rain, Rider (configurable)
  • Shortened trail (98 mm [3.9 in]) to enhance handling even more
  • Revised fork internals to improve shock absorption
  • S22 tyres
  • Ride by wire (electronic throttle)
  • Revised camshaft profiles with reduced tappet noise
  • Two shorter 45 mm (1.8 in) intake funnels on cylinders one and four


2011 - 2013 2014 - 2016 2017 - 2019 2020
Engine Type 1,043cc Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Bore x Stroke 77.0 x 56.0 mm
Compression Ratio 11.8:1
Valve System DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel System Fuel injection:φ38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
Ignition Digital
Starting System Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump Forced lubrication, wet sump with oil cooler
Brakes & Suspension
Brakes Front: dual semi-floating 300 mm (12 in) petal discs dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston

Rear: single 250 mm (9.8 in) petal disc single-piston

no longer of petal design
Front suspension 41 mm (1.6 in) inverted fork with stepless compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Rear suspension Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged, with stepless rebound damping and cam-style spring preload adjustability
Performance & Transmission
Drivetrain 6-speed, return, wet multi-disc, manual, sealed chain
Maximum Power 101.5 kW (138 PS) @ 9,600 rpm 104.5 kW (142 PS) @ 10,000 rpm
Maximum Torque 110 N⋅m (11.2 kgf⋅m) @ 7,800 rpm 111 N⋅m (11.3 kgf⋅m) @ 7,300 rpm 111 N⋅m (11.3 kgf⋅m) @ 8,000 rpm
0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) 2.5 sec 2.5 sec
0 to 14 mi (0. to 0.4 km) 10.5 sec 10.4 sec
Fuel economy 5.8 L/100 km
CO2 emission 159 g/km 135 g/km
Frame & dimensions
L x W x H 2,105 x 790 x 1,170/1,230 (high position) mm 2,100 x 790 x 1,185/1,235 (high position) mm 2,100 x 825 x 1,190/1,225 (high position) mm
Frame type Aluminium twin-tube
Trail 102 mm 98 mm
Wheelbase 1,445 mm 1,440 mm
Wheel travel front 120 mm
Ground clearance 135 mm 130 mm 135 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 820 mm 815 mm 835 mm
Wheel travel rear 138 mm 144 mm
Tyres Front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)

Rear: 190/50ZR17M/C (73W)

Curb Mass 228 kg / 231 kg (ABS) 230 kg / 231 kg (ABS) 235 kg
Steering angle 31° / 31°


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