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.
Questions & Answers
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
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