Well.. I managed to get almost 200 miles on my 2011 z1000 since I took delivery in mid Nov in spite of all the snow.. I have been able to ride it 5 times total. Not many miles I know, but I am really liking the motor, frame and suspension. It's so similar to the 919 in seating position and feel.. yet so much tighter and more precise. Imagine everything lacking in the 9er fixt. That said, and sharing the same frame, lump and footing as the Ninja 1000, I'd totally buy one if I needed a full dress sport tourer. IMO it's the perfect upgrade for the VFR 800 guys wanting more punch.. Perfect for Busa, zx-14 riders wanting a lighter package. Perfect for naked rider trying to make a sport tourer out of a 1200 Bandit, 919, SV1000, FZ1, zrx, or any other upright seating position bike with no real wind protection. When KMC announced the Ninja 1000, I seriously considered it over the z1000 at only another $500.. probably only would have been $300 more with the discount I managed to get on the zed. Ultimately, I was after a replacement for my 919, which I use in short bursts around town and day trips to twisties... basically as a street fighter. I have a zx-14 to handle the sport tourer duty once a year or so. Didn't make sense to have a zx-14 and Ninja 1000... but it certainly seems to be a perfect mix of a lot of coolness right off the show room floor. The additional gallon of gas over the zed alone makes it a winner for a commute machine tasked on weekends to find back roads and twisty adventures. I fully believe Kawasaki has a winner here and hope it sells well both in USA and in Europe as the z1000sx. The platform it's built on, already has 1 year in the wild and I have read/heard of no major issues with this new 1043cc motor or frame. Add to that, it's nice to look at. In fact, I was considering swapping my z1000 fork covers for the Ninja 1000 front fender. I like seeing forks on bikes. Still on the fence with that one. I am sure the ebony Black fender for the Ninja will bolt right up but would set me back $140 at least.. and just to try it out.. eh.. we'll see? Anyway.. for not having ridden it, or even seeing in the flesh I am a huge fan!
- Rev. CYCHO -
tires.... it's what's for dinner!