Very nice.....perfect Bike.
I purchased the latest model Ninja 1000SX and just clocked up the first 1000k's. The bike has ticked every box so far and I am very happy with my decision to buy one. Sold my FJR1300 and DL1000 and wanted something completely different and that is what I got. Very quick and nimble with the latest technology and an amazing blend of power and handling. Has a high quality build in my opinion, without breaking the bank. The interesting thing is it looks like a typical sports bike, but has an upright riding position which makes it very comfortable. ...Most of my rides are long distance, so comfort was an important factor and having cruise control is a real benefit. There are a few things I add or change, such as the fitting a radiator guard and changing the can to a Yoshi Alfa. Had to purchase the OEM rear rack so I could fit a Shad top-box. The rack was expensive but I had no choice. The OEM top box or side cases are very expensive, which forces a buyer to look at aftermarket gear. Overall though, very happy with my new bike. Super smooth and the gearbox and shifting is exceptional.
Purchased in February 2021 at Brisans Motorcycles for $19,000.00.
Owners review - no regrets
I agonised for months about what bike to buy. I rode a V-Strom 1000, Yamaha Tracer, Ducati Monster 1200, Ducati 959, Suzuki Katana, BMW f850gs, Triumph Thruxton 1200r, Honda CBR1000RR - I wasn't sure what I wanted. I have no intention of touring, I like to ride through the hills mainly and will also commute.
All of them were really good bikes but I kept coming back to the Ninja 1000. I loved the combination of power, looks, electronics and ownership cost. I bought a second hand 2017 plate.
Looks are subjective but I think it's spot on. It's e...ssentially a comfortable sports bike that you can ride for much longer. The first time I rode one I thought it was a little slow to turn but the truth is you get used to any bike you own and I love how stable it is on the road and I find it plenty flickable. It does want to stand up in corners a little, so you need to hold it on it's line but it's definitely not an issue. Mirrors are very good, you can pull them in on the fly if your filtering as they do make the bike wider. I usually grab the the left one when filtering and then push it back out. It's actually very easy to do. The breaks are brilliant, the front brake is very powerful and not grabby. I actually use a lot of back break and this one is very good. The clutch is light and easy to modulate, I've never stalled it. Neutral is very easy to find and gear changes are positive and easy to do. The remote pre-load knob is really handy. I occasionally have a pillion and it's great to up the pre-load. The suspension overall is terrific. Fuel economy is ok, not bad but not great however I do like to pull on the accelerator. I mainly ride through the Adelaide Hills so it's not the ideal route for economy. I get about 250km from a tank before the fuel light comes on. It would probably do around 300km.
Purchased in August 2020.
This is one fast bike
The first review is completely accurate and objective. I just got a new black one and I'm very impressed. The running in period teaches you a bit of self control and slow, speed limit riding. After run in these things are too powerful for anyone who is a maniac at heart. Even with the rider aids you could easily kill yourself.
They are well made and long term reliability is reportedly excellent. I'd say ride it for a few thousand kms before modifying anything or adding anything to it which changes performance or design. Maybe a radiat...or guard and heated hand grips in cooler areas. There is a review on the net in which a tester bags the cornering. Ignore it, he is wrong. Some tester christened these as a gentleman's sports bike. This is in reference to the more upright seating position and reduced power at the top end. The torque is fantastic, as is the gearing. You can sit on 60 kmh in 6th gear and still accelerate away. This low down torque capability is great riding the twisties. The fuelling is smooth if you know how to control a throttle without jerking it. 10,000 kms and bike is still perfect. Even better with new tyres rather than the OEM ones. Added a sheepskin, Puig screen, heated grips, storm guards and a throttle lock to improve things over winter and they are great accessories.
Perfect Bike If You only Have One
Purchased 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 (green) a couple of months back, I have now completed the run in period and have done 1850 km and I'm very pleased with the bike at this early stage with no problems at all (I don't expect any problems as the bike looks to be very well built & with a great finish, but time will tell).
I find the bike to be very comfortable with a more upright riding position yet still sporty and with enough leg room, making it ideal fit as I'm 178cm and I'm in my early 50s.
My previous two bikes were Honda Blackbirds 2001 & 20...
Purchased in May 2017.
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Whats the price on this
You would be best to contact your local Kawasaki dealer or visit there web site to get pricing on this bike, what I can tell you is with the arrival of the new 2020 Ninja 1000 Kawasaki are offering cash back deals on the 2019 models.
I hope this helps you
Thanks for the review. Just wondering if you considered any other bikes when you bought the Ninja. I just rode the V Strom 1000 which was excellent and the Ninja is also on my radar.
Do you happen to know the cost of major services for the Ninja?
Yes I narrowed it down to 2 bikes, The Triumph Tiger Sport 1050 and of course the Ninja 1000.
It was very difficult decision as Triumph was a very impressive bike and I’m sure if I had purchased It, I would have been happy.
In the end I preferred the power delivery and look of the ninja and went with my gut instinct and I couldn’t be more please with the bike.
As far as servicing I’ve only done 4000 km so haven’t had a major service as yet.
I’m sure if you contact a Kawasaki dealer they will give an estimate of cost
Thanks Brett. Hope the bike serves you well.
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