Like the Z1000, the SX features a horizontal rear shock and the 41mm inverted fully adjustable forks. But because the SX is 10kg heavier than the standard Zed, the suspension has been altered to compensate for the extra bulk, rake is also a fraction less. Considering the bikesn weight, it can be hustled along with ease, even offering loads of confidence at peg scraping angles of lean. It's always secure and planted and the larger, more touring oriented seat offers more comfort for both rider and pillion.
It’s the same 1043 inline four cylinder engine from the Z1000. Thankfully Kawasaki haven’t de-tuned the engine or water downed any of the fun factor, so you still get a claimed 138bhp. But its not all about peak power - there is real usable grunt from as little as 4000rpm and a lovely spread of mid range grunt. Towards the top of the revs there's a nice little kick at 7,000, which adda a bit of zest. Fuelling is excellent - one of the best motors around at the moment combining real world usability and top end rush.
The level of finish is really high, up there with the best. There is a quality feel about the bike, it fees robust and it's certainly eye catching. There are some nice touches like flush indicators, larger petrol tank and sporty mirrors - it seems Kawasaki have listened to customer demands. The SX shares the same engine as the Zed therefore reliability shouldn’t be an issue.
At just under £8,979, or slightly more for the SX touring model (which comes with panniers and ABS as standard), its starting to look pricy - especially when you compare it to the cheaper competition from Suzuki and Honda i.e the GSX1250 FAST and CBF1000. Yes, the Kawasaki is a better bike - but is it worth the extra cash? Find a Kawasaki for sale.
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Kawasaki have tried to make the SX as sporty as possible to attract sports bike enthusiasts. They’ve done this by giving the bike a sporty dash, but it lacks touring credentials and it's not adjustable from the handlebar, like say a BMW for example. The screen can only be adjusted manually too. However, the SX does boast radial brakes, petal racing discs, multi-adjustable suspension and sexy quad exhaust cans. The SX also features a larger fuel tank than the Zed - up in capacity from 15 litres to 19 litres. Compare and buy parts for the Z1000SX in the MCN Shop.