KAWASAKI Z1000SX (2017-on) Review

Published: 03 November 2016

The award winning SX just keeps getting better

KAWASAKI Z1000SX  (2017-on)

The award winning SX just keeps getting better

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Kawasaki got the mixture right with the original Z1000SX back in 2010 and they’ve just continued to improve the model over the years, culminating with this latest version. The new SX is littered with advanced rider aids, is sharper looking and comfier than before. Kawasaki have simply listened to customer feedback and made small changes which have made a big difference. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Kawasaki have lowered the rear by changing the shock linkage and modified the suspension at both ends. The lowered rear has slightly reduced ground clearance and slowed down the steering slightly compared to the previous model. The steering is ok, just not as neutral as I was expecting. But the feedback is actually impressive, more so from the rear.

Engine 4 out of 5

As the old saying goes ‘if it ain’t broke don't fix it’, which is why Kawasaki have left the motor untouched from the old 2014 model. The bore and stroke and all internals are the same as the old 1043cc Z1000-derived motor. Kawasaki have been forced to clean up the fuelling for Euro 4 and added an eco-friendly exhaust, but essentially it’s the same with near identical power and torque. 

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Kawasaki have retained a high quality feel while keeping costs low. The clocks now feature a gear position indicator, changeable rev limiter and ambient temperature. 

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

Prices haven’t been confirmed yet but are expected to be below £10,000 - only a few hundred more than the current model. Impressive considering the amount of rider aids and new technology. ABS now comes as standard, panniers are an optional extra.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Kawasaki have added traction control (KTRC), controlled by an integrated Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). This is also partnered to the new Kawasaki Cornering Management Function (KCMF) which modulates braking force, meaning the SX’s traction control and ABS are both lean angle sensitive for the first time; a very similar system to the current ZX-10R. Panniers don’t come as standard and are an optional extra. 

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £10,000
Used price £7,400 to £18,100
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost -
Max power 140 bhp
Max torque 82 ft-lb
Top speed 165 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 49 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Engine size 1043cc
Engine type 16v DOHC in-line four cylinder, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin tube
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 235kg
Front suspension 41mm inverted forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension Horizontally mounted rear shock, adjustable preload and rebound
Front brake 2x300mm petal discs. Tokico four-piston radial calipers
Rear brake 1x250mm petal disc, Tokico single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70ZR17
Rear tyre size 190/50ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

2010: Model introduced

Other versions

Kawasaki Z1000: Super naked version

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