Throttle response and TC issues aside, this is certainly the best Ninja to date. Complaints we had about the previous bike, including funky geometry and sluggish handling, a too-low seat, lack of a quickshifter, and crude wheelie control have all been remedied. On paper Kawasaki has pushed the Ninja back toward the front of the superbike class, and it did so without a huge price jump. The bikes we rode were ABS models with the pricier KRT paint scheme, so they carry a $16,299 price tag, which puts them within a few hundred dollars of a base-model Aprilia RSV4 or BMW S1000RR. In black and without ABS, the 2016 model can be had for $14,999, which is well below the price of all the other TC-equipped superbikes except the new Yamaha YZF-R1S. That bike goes for $14,990.