Like its predecessor, the new Ninja 1000 offers street riding excitement wrapped in seductive full-fairing styling. Changes to both engine and chassis for more direct response allow riders to feel even more connected to their ride. Like before, the Ninja 1000 blends control and comfort, and the sportier handling does not come at the cost of ride comfort. The well-balanced package further benefits from new, perfectly integrated panniers (accessory) and flagship-level technology like 3-mode KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control) and selectable Power Modes, which add to the Ninja 1000’s already highly versatile performance.
For 2014, the more refined Ninja 1000 offers riders even more of a good thing.
Aggressive full-fairing Ninja design
The Ninja 1000’s well-integrated full-fairing styling offers a good indication of its sporty character. The sensuous styling is both audacious and subtle at the same time. The aggressive design gives the Ninja 1000 an appearance that is instantly recognisable as a Kawasaki, yet ensures it retains its own distinct identity when lined up next to other Ninja models.
Maximum riding excitement: chassis
Like its predecessor, the Ninja 1000’s highly rigid aluminium frame offers a high degree of mass centralisation, ensuring a balance of sharp turning and firm handling. The more direct handling of the new Ninja 1000 can be largely attributed to its revised suspension settings. The bike responds more quickly to rider input as a result, and the Ninja 1000’s ability to soak up bumps and ruts is still excellent.
Maximum riding excitement: engine
Powerful liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 1,043 cm3 In-line Four engine pulls strongly from all rpm and does not let up before the redline. Revised engine tuning focused on the feeling the rider gets when opening the throttle. The strong torque feeling and mid-range hit of the previous model remains, but changes made to the engine and ECU settings result in a more direct throttle response, adding to the Ninja 1000’s sporty street riding potential.
Enhanced intake note
Designed specifically so that acceleration could be enjoyed aurally as well as physically, the carefully crafted auditory note of the intake is a key component of the street riding exhilaration offered by the Ninja 1000.
Rigid 41 mm inverted fork
41 mm inverted fork is adjustable for compression and rebound damping and spring preload. Sportier settings deliver quicker handling while maintaining excellent ride comfort, ensuring the response and handling for enjoyable street riding both in town and in the hills.
Radial-mount monobloc calipers
The supersport-style brake package includes triple petal discs, radial-mount monobloc calipers and radial-pump front brake master cylinder. The new monobloc calipers and new brake pad material contribute to a firmer initial touch, superb braking control and even more formidable stopping power. Models with ABS available in some markets.
- 4-stroke In-Line Four
- DOHC 16-valve
- Digital Fuel Injection
- 1,043 cm3
- 230 kg / 231 kg (ABS model)