CBT was in Langkawi today for the official launch of the 2014 editions of Kawasaki Malaysia's Z1000 naked sports and Ninja 1000 (Z1000SX in Europe) Sports Tourer. The new 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 has a hard-to-define “streetfighter” style that is impactful enough to ensure everyone knows they’re seeing something special. In a significant departure from the concealing bodywork of its sportsbike predecessor, the new Z1000 strips-off unnecessary covers and bodywork to expose the superior functionality of its parts.
Despite being a fuel injected motorcycle, the new Z1000 is not ride-by-wire model, meaning it does not have traction control, which makes it a formidable bike. The new Z1000 is super quick, aided by final-drive gearing that’s shorter than the Ninja 1000’s. Moreover, the Z1000 is a bit more relaxed at highway speeds, thanks to a taller sixth gear. The bike is able to reach 112 km/hr in sixth gear with just 5,000 rpm on the Z1000’s new bar-graph tachometer.
For suspensions, the front uses Showa separate-function SFF-BP fork, with 41mm tubes and springs in both forks, with the spring-preload adjuster works on the left tube, whereas the compression- and rebound-damping adjusters are only on the right. According to Kawasaki, the main goal with this fork is to provide smooth initial travel for improved feel during braking. In back, a horizontal shock with stepless rebound damping and a remote preload adjuster is said to be unaffected by exhaust heat.
Unlike its predecessor, the 2014 Ninja 1000 offers street riding excitement wrapped in seductive full-fairing styling, with changes to the engine and chassis to give riders more direct response. Like the previous model, the new Ninja 1000 blends control and comfort, and the sportier handling does not come at the cost of ride comfort.
The well-balanced package further benefits from new, perfectly integrated panniers (available in Malaysia with or without) and the proven electronics technology found in the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R (ZX-636) which is the 3-mode KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control) and selectable Power Modes, which add to the Ninja 1000X’s versatile performance.
For 2014, the Ninja 1000 comes with a 1,043cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-line 4-cylinder engine, which allows it to rev exceptionally well at all rpm and does not let up before the redline. The engine delivers such a superb response that for most parts, the rider can rely on 6th gear most of the time when riding. Supersport-style brakes for the Ninja 1000 package includes triple petal discs, radial-mount monobloc calipers and radial-pump front brake master cylinder. The new monobloc calipers and new brake pad material contribute to a firmer initial touch, superb braking control and even more formidable stopping power. For Malaysia, the Ninja 1000 will be available exclusively with ABS, with or without the panniers system.
Other features are an adjustable windscreen with 3 positions, all adjustable by hand, a 19-litre fuel tank capacity to enable long travel distance between fill-ups and accessory dual panniers with a new mounting system that allows them to be better integrated into the rear section of the bike, and ensures the Ninja 1000’s sleek sporty looks are maintained when the panniers are removed.
The Z1000 has a sales price of RM76,900 while the Ninja 1000 is priced at RM82,900 without the panniers and RM87,900 w/panniers.