2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 – The New Sport Tourer

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The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS is a faired ‘sports tourer’ based on the updated Z1000. Designed for being able to cart you, your pillion and your luggage around the world in relative comfort and still have enough turn of speed to give you a fright or to make those long highways (or autobahns) feel that bit shorter.

Kawasaki market it as a ‘sports bike for the real world’, although in truth, the power is a little short and the transmission ratios aren’t that well suited for true sports bike performance; it gives away as much as 40 BHP to true performance bikes.

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Release date

You can order the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS right now, either through your local dealer or through the Kawasaki website.

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Price

The Ninja 1000 is competing in a strong market; it seems that lots of people don’t want a full-on sports bike, much of them preferring the softer versions like the Ninja. This means that the Kwak is priced to sell – $12,199 before dealer discounts (of which you can rely on).

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Changes

Kawasaki have some strong competition from the likes of Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki (the big four), they need to keep the updates coming for the Ninja to remain a viable sales prospect. New for 2017 are the color combinations of Candy Lime Green / Metallic Carbon Gray and Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Graphite Gray. Although let’s be honest; Lime Green is the only color that should be on a big Kwak.

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Specs

Power comes from a 1,043cc inline four, which creates almost 140 BHP and 72 lb/ft of torque, enough to push the bike a far bit north of 150 MPH (although that top speed is limited so as not to exceed its sibling – the Z1000).

The 2017 model has been fitted with a wider fairing, along with a taller (adjustable) screen and wider seats, both for the rider and pillion. It also has updated lighting; an LED headlight means approximately 1.4 times the light of the old halogen version. We also have the Kawasaki IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) system fitted, which basically looks after the traction control system and the ABS while cornering and under hard load – a great plus point for when relaxed touring is the order of the day – you don’t want to be fighting traction issues when you’re fully loaded up and admiring the scenery!

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