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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The 2014 Kawasaki Z1000SX is a clever, considered and very worthwhile update of an already excellent machine. The Z1000SX was already something of a connossieurs’ choice: fast, effective, decently equipped, involving, good value and yet understated and unshowy too. Kawasaki hasn’t lost any of that. It hasn’t thrown the baby out with the bath water. Instead it has corrected or improved what it genuinely needed based on feedback of the old model, enhanced what it didn’t and then added a bang up to date technical cherry. Simply put, Kawasaki has made an already great bike even classier.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

There was nothing much wrong with the old model’s engine – it was already reckoned to be one of the best around thanks to its combination of excellent fuelling, massive range of useable grunt and true top-end zest – but here Kawasaki has aimed to improve it by delivering even sharper throttle response without affecting peak performance. They have accomplished their goal. The motor feels fresher and the addition of traction control and power modes brings a missing level of sophistication to an already excellent experience as well as peace of mind in the wet.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Conceived to fit between the naked Z1000 and the track-focused ZX-10R, the Z1000SX is an almost perfect mongrel – delivering much of the excitement and character of the Z1000, performance of the ZX-10R yet all in a more comfortable, upright and practical package. The new Tokico brakes have more bite while the suspension’s revised damping rates and the shock’s heavier spring improve the ride quality. The revisions to the mirrors, seat, panniers and even induction noise all mount up to make this a vastly improved machine.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The SX comes with three-way traction control, two power modes, optional ABS for £400 extra and panniers for £800.

Kawasaki Z1000SX (2014-current)

Detail Value
New price £9,199
Dealer used prices
£8,090 (2014) - £8,900 (2014)
Private used prices
£7,280 (2014) - £8,010 (2014)
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Engine size 1043 cc
Power 140 bhp
Top speed 165 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The SX has a high level of finish and the engine is as solid as they come.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

ABS costs a £400 premium while a ‘Touring’ version comes with panniers for £500 extra.


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Model History

2011 Z1000SX launched, updated in 2014.

Other Versions

Z1000SX ABS £9,699, Z1000SX Touring £10,199


Top speed 165 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 140 bhp
Max torque 82 ft-lb
Weight 230 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption 49 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 1043 cc
Engine specification Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 16v inline four
Frame Aluminium twin tube
Front suspension adjustment 41mm inverted forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Horizontally mounted rear shock, adjustable preload and rebound
Front brakes 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

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • Upgrade from ER-6f


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    And what an upgrade it has been... I had the ER for 2 years after a 23 year break from biking, but 2 years on and 14K miles I was ready for an...upgrade. I passed the IAM test and have been on and continue to book track days to help curb my boy racer/speed demons, as well as improve my riding overall! I still wanted the upright riding position. I can only ride SS machines for 20-30 mins before I get wrist/hip/back and neck ache/s (Ol' man now at 43! lol) I bought the 2014 ABS Tourer; it's the perfect move forward in the absence of a Z800SX for the ER. Its practically twice the price, twice the power, twice the quality - it feels like TWICE the bike. It's an ER on steroids, but with class and refinement that you wouldn't necessarily expect. It's very easy to ride. Comfortable, smooth gearbox, beautiful (licence losing) power delivery, as well as capable cruising ability returning low 50mpgs, if you stick to road legal speed limits. The 2014 updates for power modes/traction control, tool free rear suspension pre-load and a roll bar fee (SOoo tidy) pannier system you can take on & off the bike in under 30secs make an already good bike GREAT (IMO) If you want something sensible, yet AMAZING fun, great looking and sounding; this could be the bike for you!

    01 July 2014


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