The big Kawasaki Ninja 1000 has arrived with new electronic rider aids, marginally wider fairings for increased wind protection, redesigned seats, an all-new dash and many other upgrades.
And all this for just $300 more than last year’s price.
It comes in a choice of Candy Lime Green / Metallic Carbon Gray, or Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Graphite Gray for $16,299 plus on-road costs.
The third iteration of the big Ninja makes this one very accomplished sports tourer.
The Ninja’s 1043cc 4-stroke inline four engine has revised ECU settings to meet stringent European emissions targets. Kawasaki says it also provides smoother power delivery.
It’s electronic rider aids, inspired by the WSBK championship winning Ninja ZX-10R, now include an Inertia Measurement Unit package with launch control and Kawasaki Cornering Management Function.
The Ninja 1000 also gets LED headlamps, a restyled front cowl, and slightly wider fairings for increased wind protection.
The new instruments feature a large analogue tachometer, gear position indicator, shift-up indicator and a multi-function LCD screen.
Kawasaki says they have redesigned the rider and passenger seats for more comfort and there are big grab handles for the passenger.
A new “Clean-Mount” pannier system allows optional panniers to be attached and removed very easily, leaving a clean look when removed.
The clutch lever is now adjustable and there is a host of touring accessories available.
These new features join a long list of existing features such as triple petal discs, radial-mount monobloc callipers and radial-pump front brake master cylinder, assist and slipper clutch, hand-adjustable remote preload adjuster and 19 litre fuel tank.
Meanwhile, Kawasaki has a $1500 cashback offer on their 2016 model Ninja 1000 until the end of February.
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Bore and Stroke
77.0 x 56.0 mm
DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
Forced lubrication, wet sump
Primary reduction ratio
Final reduction ratio
Assist and Slipper, Wet Multi-Plate Manual
Steering angle (left/right)
31° / 31°
41 mm inverted fork with compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged rear shock with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston with ABS
Single 250 mm petal disc
Single-piston with ABS
1,185 mm / 1,235 mm
235 kg (includes full fuel tank and all fluids at correct levels)