2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 | First Ride

The bike you've been waiting for--you just didn't know it yet

By Tim Carrithers, Photography by Adam Campbell

tech SPEC

Evolution
Though it inherits its underpinnings from the Z1000, the Ninja is an entirely different motorcycle.

Rivals
Honda Interceptor, Kawasaki Z1000, Suzuki Bandit 1250, Triumph Sprint, Yamaha FZ-1.

TECH

Price: $10,999
Engine type: l-c inline four
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
Displacement: 1043cc
Bore x stroke: 77.3 x 56.0mm
Compression: 11.8:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Claimed horsepower: 138 bhp @ 9600 rpm
Claimed torque: 110 lb.-ft. @ 7800 rpm
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension: 41mm Showa fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Showa shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Tokico four-piston calipers, 300mm discs
Rear brake: Tokico single-piston caliper, 250mm disc
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone Battlax BT-016
Rear tire: 190/50ZR-17 Bridgestone Battlax BT-016
Rake/trail: 24.5°/4.1 in.
Seat height: 32.3 in.
Wheelbase: 56.9 in.
Fuel capacity: 5.0 gal.
Claimed curb weight: 503 lbs
Colors: Ebony, Candy Fire Red
Available: Now
Warranty: 12 mo. unlimited mi.

Contact
Kawasaki Motor Corp.
9950 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618
949.770.0400
www.kawasaki.com

Verdict 4 out of 5 stars
The best sportbike $11K can buy for sporting around in the real world.

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