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

Though it inherits its underpinnings from the Z1000, the Ninja 1000 is an entirely different motorcycle.

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

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 81.1 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.

Kawasaki Motor Corp.
9950 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618

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

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