KAWASAKI NINJA 1000SX (2020 - on) Review

MCN AWARDS
Best All-rounder 2020
WINNER

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Annual servicing cost: £260
Power: 140 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.9 in / 835 mm)
Weight: High (518 lbs / 235 kg)

Prices

New £11,145
Used £10,000 - £11,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Before this 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX, the Z1000SX was a phenomenal success for the firm: their biggest-selling bike in the UK for the past decade, and Europe’s top-selling sports-tourer for at least the past three years.

The Ninja 1000SX carries over the Z’s magic mix of sporty style, plentiful power and undemanding versatility, then fixes a few of its shortcomings. The biggest single improvement is handling – the Z1000SX had horribly heavy steering at low speed and flopped reluctantly into turns, especially on its OE tyres.

But all that’s been fixed for the Ninja. From mini-roundabouts in town to tight mountain roads to wide open countryside sweepers, the new 1000SX steers as easily and accurately as anything.

The improvement comes down to either the new tyres (a model-specific ‘G’ version of Bridgestone’s S22) and/or some small tweaks to steering geometry (the Ninja has half a degree less rake and 4mm less trail than the Z).

Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX side view

On top of that, the Ninja adds a few new hi-tech features, including cruise control, a two-way quickshifter and a colour TFT dash – and all come fitted as standard, not accessories or options that cost extra.

Last but not least, the Ninja’s more comfortable too, thanks to a thicker and wider seat that not only feels a plusher place to sit, but also lifts the rider up, creating a fraction more legroom.

So that’s sharper steering, more modern sophistication and a touch more comfort, without compromising the fundamental sports-touring recipe that made the Z1000SX so popular. And all this costs just £700 more than last year’s Z, meaning the Ninja continues to undercut rivals.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Z1000SX could feel a little harsh over bumps, but the Ninja seems more supple. Technical differences are only very slight – there’s an extra slit in the damping pistons inside the forks, which allows more oil to flow and softens low-speed compression.

At the rear of the bike, Kawasaki say they’ve "fine-tuned" the shock, but the unit itself is the same as before. Perhaps they’ve just had a fiddle with the preload and/or rebound damping adjusters…

Whatever the truth, the end result feels pretty good – plenty of support from the front while stopping sharply, no ungainly pitching around when cornering or accelerating hard, and generally pleasant bump absorption.

Brakes are unchanged from the Z1000SX, with a pair of powerful four-piston Tokico one-piece calipers up front. There’s plenty of feel for the front tyre too, and if it all goes wrong the backup plan is Kawasaki’s clever cornering ABS system, which adjusts its behaviour when you’re leant over to help you keep on your intended line.

Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX right side

Engine

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Many inline-fours have a revvy power delivery, needing to be worked hard to release their potential. Not so the Ninja 1000’s. It’s virtually identical to the long-stroke 1043cc motor from the Z1000SX (which itself dates back to the 2010 Z1000), with a fat, flat torque curve, loads of midrange, and close ratios giving any-gear, any-rev, any-speed flexibility.

On open roads you can sit in third, fourth, fifth or sixth gear and it all feels equally natural. In top, you can drop as low as 20mph and it still pulls cleanly. If you want to feel the Ninja’s sporty side, it’ll scream on to 11,000rpm and deliver a claimed 140bhp – which is more than plenty.

Technical changes are tiny. Camshaft profiles have been modified to reduce the engine’s mechanical noise, but don’t appear to affect performance. Intake funnels have been altered too, with shorter trumpets for the outer pair of cylinders – Kawasaki say this suits the new 4-into-2-into-1 exhaust and reduces emissions.

As before there are two power modes: Full, which does what it says; and Low, which has a milder response and limits output to 75% (105bhp). These are now paired to one of the traction control’s three settings and pre-packaged into four intuitive riding modes: Sport, Road, Rain and a customisable Rider setting.

Overall, the Ninja 1000SX’s motor won’t implode your brain and turn your eyeballs inside-out like a ZX-10R or H2 SX, but it remains an easier, more useful, more forgiving and more rewarding engine on the road.

Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX exhaust

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

There’s no reason to imagine the fundamental build quality will be any different from the previous Z1000SX, which scores exclusively four and five-star reviews from MCN-reading owners.

Paint looks deep, the engine has proven itself reliable over the past decade, and the general sense of fit and finish is excellent. Like the Z1000SX before it, the Ninja will continue to be built at Kawasaki’s Akashi plant in Japan.

We just need more time and miles to see how the new dash, switchgear and quickshifter hold up to long-term use before it deserves the full five stars.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Running costs should be a fraction lower than the Z1000SX, as service intervals have been extended. To be more specific, the Z’s (largely trivial) 3800-mile service has been dropped completely, leaving owners to deal with just an annual oil service, plus a mileage-based service every 7500 miles. Valve clearances are a generous 26,000 miles apart.

And as for the Ninja’s overall value? Given all the new gadgets (colour TFT dash, cruise control, two-way quickshifter) come included as standard, the £11,145 starting price looks pretty impressive.

That’s less than even the most bare-bones version of BMW’s R1250RS (£12,395) or Ducati’s Supersport (£12,141) and only £500 more than the revvier and less-complete Suzuki GSX-S1000F (£10,645). The only slightly cheeky catch is that the grey paintscheme in the pictures here is £200 more.

Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX vs Yamaha MT-10 Tourer

Kawasaki Ninja-1000SX vs Yamaha MT-10 Touring

Compare the Yamaha MT-10 Tourer Edition and new Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX Tourer at spec sheet level, and they’re doing the multi-purpose sport-tourer thing in exactly the same way. 

Both use a purposeful, potent four-cylinder engine of 1000cc, give or take, with identical claimed peak torque. Panniers, cruise control, ample screens and an array of electronics are standard on both.

They match physically too: seat height, bar width and screen height are all within an inch or two. Even their on-the-road prices are within a few hundred quid.

Yet the rigours of the UK's toughest test route, the MCN250, quickly remind us that there’s more to motorbikes than facts and figures.

There’s a sumptuousness to the updated SX, a hint of H2 SX luxury, from the supple ride quality and steadfast roadholding to the colour dash and multi-function switchgear.

Kawasaki Ninja-1000SX vs Yamaha MT-10 Tourer on the road

With a classic slightly-propped riding position and bulging midrange drive, it pours through rolling, darting open countryside; the road is turned into one long flowing motion, passing smoothly yet briskly as long-legged thrust is delivered with subtle roll-on throttle. Whoosh.

What a contrast the Yamaha is. Despite all the spec similarities, the MT-10 Tourer has a vastly different personality to the SX. You’re sat more upright, closer to the bars and on a flatter seat, with fully adjustable suspension that’s stiffer and supplies a sportier but less settled ride.

The gargling crossplane-crank inline four has a more assertive character and snappier throttle, its weightier clutch giving a sense of managing great grunt and emphasising the unmistakable feel of the super-naked at the model’s core.

The Yam feels like it weighs less than the Ninja to wheel about, though at very low speed has heavier steering. Handling becomes wonderfully light once properly on the move, though, the 25kg-lighter MT darting to a shove of its bars before launching hard out of turns and playfully lifting its front wheel.

This is the livelier and more exciting bike. It handles too, though on hedge-lined Bs induces a more aggressive style than the Ninja; it punches across the landscape, rather than streaming.

Both bikes settle into an effortless cruise on the motorway: screens deflect the blast (pressing a tab lets the SX screen be angled upright; the MT’s position is fixed), reasonably spacious riding positions allow you to wriggle into a just-so stance, and the big inline-four engines are barely awake at 70mph.

Surprisingly, despite its gruff feel and babbling exhaust racket, the Yam is just as smooth at sustained speed as the conventional four in the Kwak. The SX’s ride comfort is better, though. So is its screen.

Kawasaki Ninja-1000SX vs Yamaha MT-10 Tourer motorway

Thankfully both bikes also have cruise control for licence preservation on the camera-covered sections of M6 and M42. Whirring at a constant speed also means impressive multi-lane economy: the MT-10 gets up the 50s, while the 1000SX returns well over 60mpg.

A quiet straight gives the opportunity for a side-by-side comparison. Fourth gear, 40mph, nail the gas at exactly the same time… and they’re literally neck-and-neck.

The MT feels sharper, but the Ninja’s full-throttle performance is identical until the sort of speed where you worry about a court appearance. Only then does the Yamaha’s extra top-end fizz see it edge ahead.

And feel fizzy the MT does. The Kawasaki’s electronics cut in and keep things level, but over rollercoaster whoops in the later stages of the route the Yamaha readily points its nose at the heavens. It’s not about wheelies and being socially irresponsible; it’s about buying a 150-odd bhp bike that seems alive, exciting, powerful. And the MT-10 certainly does.

Unfortunately, it also feels like it’s trying to be something that it’s not. The rippled lanes in the final section are a reminder that despite its designation the MT is the less cosseting of the two. A super-naked with practical adornments. It’s a great bike… but after 250 miles, and as my kidneys are battered by another big bump, I’d rather be riding the Ninja 1000SX.

After comfort, usability and practicality, but don’t want to sacrifice excitement? Both these bikes deliver. They really are bikes that can thrill on a sunny evening blast, swallow a motorway slog and shrug off the trundle to work.

But if you want a pukka sports-tourer go for the Ninja 1000SX Tourer. Finest ride quality, smoothest power, adjustable screen, bigger tank and better economy, secure handling, proper pillion grab handles, heated grips, remote preload adjuster… The previous SX was the UK’s favourite sports-tourer and the new Ninja stays at the top of the game.

Kawasaki Ninja-1000SX vs Yamaha MT-10 Tourer cornering

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

Standard spec is high. Even the base-model Ninja 1000SX comes with cruise control, two-way quickshifter and a colour TFT dash with Bluetooth connectivity. And as it has since 2017, there’s also cornering ABS and traction control, as well as piercing white LED headlights.

If you want panniers (and the vast majority of Z1000SX customers did) then the Touring version of the Ninja 1000SX comes with them, plus a taller touring screen and heated grips, and costs £1000 more.

If you want a sportier look, the Ninja 1000SX Performance has a road-legal Akrapovic carbon silencer and a single seat cowl, for the same £12,145. And if you want both pose and practicality, the Performance Tourer version gets virtually the whole accessory catalogue (luggage, grips, exhaust, smoked touring screen, cowl and more) for £13,145.

Beware trying to compare ultimate gadget bragging rights with your BMW-owning neighbour, however. The Ninja 1000SX doesn’t yet offer electronic suspension adjustment, cornering lights, keyless ignition, hill-hold control or official plug-in microwave.

More seriously though, there are still two accessory oversights. The first is that there’s still no option to fit a centrestand – even though there is for the Versys 1000. And Kawasaki still don’t approve the use of three-piece hard luggage at once.

They’re happy for you to fit panniers OR a topbox, but not all together. For a sports-tourer, either of those could be seen as a fairly sizeable shortcoming.

Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX seat

Specs

Engine size 1043cc
Engine type liquid-cooled, 16v, inline four
Frame type aluminium twin-spar
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 835mm
Bike weight 235kg
Front suspension 41mm forks adjustable for preload, rebound and compression
Rear suspension Monoshock adjustable for preload and rebound
Front brake 2 x 300mm discs with four-piston calipers
Rear brake 250mm single disc with one-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 ZR17
Rear tyre size 190/50 ZR17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Annual road tax £96
Annual service cost £260
New price £11,145
Used price £10,000 - £11,000
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 140 bhp
Max torque 82 ft-lb
Top speed 155 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 180 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2011 Kawasaki Z1000SX – Fully faired sporty roadbike built around the frame and motor from the loopy Z1000 supernaked, but tamed and re-engineered to serve as a useable all-rounder.

High-rise clip-ons give a comfortable riding position, grunty engine has masses of useful midrange, but it still looks (a bit) like a ZX-10R (if you squint). No electronics, though ABS is an option, while wide accessory panniers need to be clipped to an external tubular steel rail. 136bhp, 81ftlb, 228kg and 820mm seat height. Steers stubbornly at low speed on OE Bridgestone tyres.

2014 Kawasaki Z1000SX – Generation 2 model gets heaps of nips and tucks, including new Tokico brake calipers, stiffer suspension, two power modes, three-level traction control, slimmer flush-mounting panniers, tiny tweaks to the intake cam’s lift and duration, thicker seat padding, a remote rear preload adjuster and more.

Power up to 140bhp, kerb weight up to 230kg. Still steers stubbornly at low speed on new OE Bridgestone tyres.

2017 Kawasaki Z1000SX – Third time lucky. Gen 3 inherits the ZX-10R’s IMU, which feeds information to the new cornering ABS and traction control. More suspension changes too, including a new shock linkage that drops seat height to 815mm, as well as damping changes at both ends.

New bodywork is an inch wider on each side and screen is 15mm taller for better weather protection. New LCD clocks finally get a gear position indicator. LED headlight is brighter and whiter than previous bulbs. Still steers stubbornly on OE Bridgestone tyres.

Owners' reviews for the KAWASAKI NINJA 1000SX (2020 - on)

19 owners have reviewed their KAWASAKI NINJA 1000SX (2020 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your KAWASAKI NINJA 1000SX (2020 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Engine: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Equipment: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Annual servicing cost: £260
4 out of 5 alcoholic fuel consumption and rubbish wind protection for a tourer
02 July 2021 by wade montague

Version: tourer

Year: 2021

2 worst features, the terrible wind protection windscreen, and dismal fuel consumption, and that's two up not at 9/10ths, and my gf is only 40kgs.For a tourer I want decent mpg and good wind protection. Love the way it rides, slickest gearbox I have had in a long time. We will be doing Europe on an RT

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5

Gearbox A+++changes. slick slick slick, surprised at criticisms I have readDrinks fuel like an alcoholic terrible.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 2 out of 5

fuel consumption so bad for a tourer, that it makes it not a tourer

Equipment 3 out of 5

factory luggage is nice but rear cutout V's waste space on panniers, no all 3 boxes at once if you obey the rules!!

5 out of 5
17 June 2021 by AM

Version: performance

Year: 2021

Now done 5K since getting her 1st march and no problems to report . Bike is a real all rounder and a joy to ride .

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Brakes are good. The Metzeler Roadtec 01 SE's I had fitted in place of Bridgestones have plenty of tread left and have ensured a silky ride and excellent handling/grip. I recommend this tyre it suits the bike so well . Preload rear adjustment is handy also .

Engine 5 out of 5

The way it puts its power down is very good . Grunt at all revs any gear . Prefer this to my ZX10r on the road . Addictive intake howl adds to the fun.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

No problems to report .

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Have performance pack plus TomTom rider, heated grips . as stated brought new with Metzelers as my tyre of choice and recommend .

Buying experience: excellent - greenham kawasaki

1 out of 5 Engine problem
18 May 2021 by Lee Janes

Version: performance

Year: 2020

so i have own this model just over six months after having the model before. had first service at 7500miles then at 1300 miles engine started to rattle. reported back to dealer who looked at it and found movement in the main bearing. After abit of too and throwing finding out my rights, i now have to have the engine rebuilt not replaced which is going to be the best part of three months. would i recommend a ninja 1000sx NO.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

was a good all rounder

Engine 1 out of 5

needed rebuild after 1300 miles

Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5

engine main bearing failure

Value vs rivals 1 out of 5

if i was able to use it but won't see it for another 2 months as still in the shop getting rebuilt

Equipment 5 out of 5

chose bike for the level of accessories as i was going touring but will not be able to trust bikes reliaibilty now.

Buying experience: Dealer Alfs motorcycles bought new

4 out of 5 Very good all rounder
11 April 2021 by Neil hodgkinson

Version: Black and green

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £50

Bit low bars for me

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Ok

Engine 5 out of 5

Wow pulls like a train

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Only had first service

Equipment 5 out of 5

Cruise control not used yet quick shifter ok going up not used down yet

Buying experience: Chris walker kawasaki, £11.200 on the road

5 out of 5 Superb Bike
19 March 2021 by Tim McD

Version: Tourer

Year: 2020

Excellent bike, comfy, fast, stylish, and loads of extras.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Smooth ride and stops well.

Engine 5 out of 5

Can’t find fault with it.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Only had it just under a year and everything seems good quality.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Economy seems good.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Like the Rideology app and experience.

Buying experience: Bought ex demo from Groombridge Motorcycles an excellent dealer who are super accommodating, friendly and helpful.

5 out of 5 Brilliant Bike with engine to please
08 March 2021 by AM hants

Version: Performance - 2021 model black/grey

Year: 2021

I have a ZX10R and had a Ninja 650 which I used for longer trips. It was good but needed more power so traded the 650 for the Ninja 1000SX. Had to wait as Brexit delayed the new model but it was worth it . Have already done 500 miles and very impressed , it is so smooth, comfortable and responsive . Compliments my ZX10R well

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Nice ride and brakes are good for non brembos . The handling is now sorted and she glides around corners with ease. Once moving the weight disappears and she feels very flickable , certainly confident enough for a track day

Engine 5 out of 5

Sooo smooth! The engine is the best thing about this bike. Pulls in any gear and is so smooth and refined . For the road I prefer it to my ZX10R lump . The smoothness of the engine also helps low speed stability . Torque aplenty , you really need to try this engine its that good

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Well put together and considering the the value is exceptional . I have had many Kawasakis and never had any reliability issues

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Servicing now 7500 so will be a lot cheaper as previous was every 3750 .

Equipment 5 out of 5

Got performance pack (akrapovic, seat cowl, tinted windscreen, sliders, tank protector) also had GPS fitted and heated grips . Overall price was excellent value . Only change I made was swapping the S22's for Roadtec 01SE as personally I prefer Metzeler tyres

Buying experience: Excellent . Greenham Kawasaki always a pleasure to do business with. Super helpful and look after their customers . 3rd Bike Ive brought from them and it wont be the last

5 out of 5 AWESOME NEW NINJA 1000 SX
13 February 2021 by Andrew David Henderson

Version: PERFORMANCE Tourer

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £275

Bought an 18 plate SX 8 months before,after 15years spent on an 96 VFR,and found it vibey,and very uncomfortable,so changed the seat,softened the rear shock,but hated the gearbox,as found it rough and vague! Compared to the old Honda's,so part exed for brandnew NINJA 1000SX,and did 8500 miles in first 7months,and totally love the bike,had it fully R@G'd,radiator guard,exhaust guard,bungs,and Pyramid hugger extender,plus luxury gel seat.Now have the perfect bike,and very capable of being a touring missile!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

You can ride a tankfull at a time,without a break! Around 180-200 miles at a time!

Engine 5 out of 5

Love the ample torque! @ the induction sound when she comes on song!?,"like a Vulcan bomber on full thrust!!!

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

No problems so far!

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Full kwacka service less than 300 sheets,bargain!

Equipment 5 out of 5

TFT dash,and quick shifter!

Buying experience: Bought from Pete Extance@Bournemouth KAWASAKI,great shop and experience,would highly recomend.Deal was a no brainer,cos of generous px offer on my 6k 18 plate sx.!

5 out of 5 Never fails too make me smile
27 November 2020 by Neil hodgkinson

Version: Gray and black

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £50

Nice looking comfy bike

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Maybe me but no confident in front brakes

Engine 5 out of 5

Wow just wind it back and hang on

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Lovely finish

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Only done first service yearly not to june

Equipment 5 out of 5

Quick shifter up is magic but maybe me don't like going down dont seems to work for me

Buying experience: Dealer chris walker kawasaki price £11.200 all in with 12 months road tax and I got £3000 for my 2008 zzr1400

5 out of 5 Best all round touring machine
29 October 2020 by Jeff

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £150

I would highly recommend this bike, easily the best bike I have owned.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

I will say that this ride is such a difference from any of my previous bikes. The roads on the east coast of Canada can be rough in sections but this bike glides over them with such ease. Gone are the days of sore kidneys and lower back pain. I can drain a tank of gas and get right back on this bike and drain another. The new seat makes such a difference as I have been on a previous model. This bike is the best of both worlds, cruising on the hwy or in the tight curves of a back road.

Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

I owned a Kawasaki ninja 650 before trading it in on the 1000sx. I had been in the market for something a bit larger but did not want to spend money on the BMW as I find they are to overpriced. Then Kawasaki gives us the new 2020 1000sx. My dealer delivered it to my door and I have not been able to stay home since. Never an issue with the Kawasaki, so reliable, such a beauty. Everything on this bike is made so well and in the right spot.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Cost of oil change and had the 12 v auxiliary power port installed.

Equipment 5 out of 5

No problem with power delivery. The new fly by wire throttle delivers power without hesitation. Put this in the full power mode with no electronic restraints to check out it capabilities, so much fun. The tires are great in good weather and bad. Worked very well in the downpour I drove into.

Buying experience: Bought this at a dealer in NovaScotia as they have great service and very reliable staff. The sales staff took the time to contact as many dealers they could to get me this bike. It is so popular that no one would give up the bike so they went directly to Kawasaki Canada. Two weeks later it was delivered directly to my front door. Signed a few documents and gave them my old bike as a trade in plus $3000 cash. Cost $14899 plus tax. After tax 17133.85 I paid 10000.00 Canadian.

5 out of 5 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX
09 October 2020 by Patrick Dunster

Year: 2020

Plus: equipment, value for money, performance, looks, brakes, engine, LED headlamps Minus: if I'm really picky, the exhaust muffler styling is not to my taste.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

The ride is fine, it's very chuckable, and leans into bends beautifully, and is very stable. The brakes are extremely powerful, and very reassuring. The riding position is good for me, and the saddle seems comfortable.

Engine 5 out of 5

The fueling is perfect, and given it has a 10,500 rpm red line, the way it pulls from 2,500 rpm is nothing short of remarkable.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Not a speck of corrosion anywhere that I could find. Reliability: early to say, but it's Japanese, so it'll probably be bulletproof.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Difficult to tell, but the 600m first service was under £150, which is perfectly acceptable.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Very well equipped at any price, let alone for the money. The up and down quickshifter is great (as long as you have more than 3,000 revs on the clock), the full colour TFT screen is very clear and has all the info you want, although I would actually prefer an analogue rev counter. I recommend the 'Touring' version, which includes panniers, satnav mount, slightly bigger screen, and sliders. I've added the accessory socket, which is good to have, although expensive. An aftermarket one from Amazon would be just as good.

Buying experience: Bought from a dealer. Very good experience, and I got optional colour and 4-yr warranty thrown in.

4 out of 5 I really love this bike!
08 October 2020 by Martin Sheffield

Version: Performance Tourer

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £143

This is my second bike since passing my test in May 2019 and although it's a step up in power, comfort and weight, I'm really enjoying it. Best features: IMO it looks great in metallic green with akrapovic end can and no panniers; powerful, flexible engine; comfortable; handles well; strong brakes; powerful headlights; quickshift - good going up the gears; mirrors. Worst features; heavy to manhandle; low speed manoeuvrability; quick shift- not so good going down the gears; engine noise is a bit sewing machiney; heated grips are only ok.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Ride is comfortable with good damping front and rear. I ridden 3 hours at a go without feeling I need to stop and stretch. Much better on a long journey or poorly surface B roads than my previous Triumph Street Triple R because it is less physically demanding to ride. The suspension is well up to hustling the bike on A and B roads; at street legal speeds, of course

Engine 5 out of 5

Lots of Power available from low down and smooth delivery through the power range Gearing is a bit short in first 4 gears. Flexible around town High frequency vibration felt through the seat at 4500 to 5000rpm which is around 70-80mph in 6th. Engine and exhaust note is a bit bland

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Robust and well made; green metallic paint is bright and well finished. Some welding on the frame looks a bit agricultural Good quality plastics to the fairing and belly pan

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Free oil filter on 600 mile service if you answer the Kawasaki owners club survey. Around 50mpg average in a mix of motorway, A and B road riding. But more like 40 mpg if you make the most of 3rd and 4th gear. With one year NCB, I paid £420 for fully comprehensive insurance

Equipment 5 out of 5

Lots of equipment on this model but, bizarrely, a USB point is not standard. Absolutely no storage space anywhere on the bike- you need the panniers on to carry a spare pair of gloves Standard 'Tool kit' is a misnomer. Bridgestone s22's great in dry I think the £200 for the black and green optional colour scheme would be money wasted as the standard green metallic paint is standout.

Buying experience: I bought from Via Moto Clay Cross on a 4 year lease just as lockdown ended in July. Very limited ability to haggle as they only had the 1 bike left. I took a test ride on a demonstrator with about 200 miles on it and I was immediately hooked. They gave me a good deal on my trade in 2015 Street Triple. Overall the experience was friendly and painless, although some parts in the Touring and Performance packs were not available due to stock shortages until September. Just had the 600 mile service carried out Clay Cross Kawasaki (change of dealer ownership) at 1400 miles: no issues.

5 out of 5 Went for a coffee,bought a ninja
26 September 2020 by Andrew David Henderson(Skandi andi)

Version: Sports,tourer,plus

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £385

Replaced my old VFR,with this quality ride. Done over 8,000 miles since march 1st! And no issues,great allround bike with plenty of go,and extras!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Easily do a tank of fuel between rest stops.

Engine 5 out of 5

Love the technology,ride modes,settings,gives you lots of confidence in wet weather!

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Well made and engineered

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Just had 7500mile full service,@Bournemouth Kawasaki,nothing to report.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Cruise control,rider modes.

Buying experience: From Bournemouth Kawasaki,only popped into see when demo would be coming,and had a coffee,and a chat with Pete who made me an incredible offer for my briefly owned z1000sx18 plate with 6000miles on it. It was a no brainer 3days later i put order in cash plus part ex.

3 out of 5 Ninja 1000sx review
30 August 2020 by Darren k

Version: Tourer

Year: 2020

Looks good but vague turn in to bends gives no confidence,going to change to pilot road 5 if that don’t work I’ll be going back to honda

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5

To much intake noise,makes you think you need to be in a higher gear

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

Got the tourer but power socket doesn’t come as part of the tourer pack

5 out of 5 Ninja 1000SX 2020
17 August 2020 by Tim McD

Version: Touring

Year: 2020

Superb bike, easily the best I've ever owned. It is both fast, and very comfortable, with a much better riding position than previous bikes. Although heavier than my previous VFR800, as soon as you move the weight goes, and it's easy to flick around.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Ride is very good, have had pillion on back and bike was comfy for the whole journey. Handling is really good, and stable ( lean angle gauge is fun). At very low speeds I personally find it heavy to manoeuvre, probably because the seat height is more than my old VFR.

Engine 5 out of 5

Pulls like a horse when you want it to, and can easily be ridden sensibly when needed. Quick-shifter is excellent, and makes hard acceleration a whole new experience (to me anyway - my first Q/shifter experience), absolutely love it. Still does feel a bit low geared, which i see other people say too, but then the cruise control takes care of that if you are on a long run, which is another excellent feature on this bike.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Only done 1,500 miles so no comment here, but with history of high sales for years, that says something. Excellent finish on the paintwork especially on the (very) metallic Green.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Only had its first service recently £165 at J.W. Groombridge in East Sussex, who did the service. (Although I felt the cost of the first service was on the steep side, at £160). Cant say much about running costs, as haven't done enough miles.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Panniers on this model are really good - from the small amount I've used them. New TFT dash is really clear - cannot fault it and with the addition of the Kawasaki "Rideology" app that adds something interesting.

Buying experience: Bought from J.W.Groombridge in E.Sussex, and really cannot praise them highly enough, the service was excellent. Very impressed.

5 out of 5
31 May 2020 by emaxt6

Year: 2020

Nice overall package in a not so crowded sport touring classic market.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Steering is improved compared to '17. S22 are much better than the pathetic S10 of the '17 model. It is strange that now that the new model is out, only now MCN says that '17 had an "horrible steering"....

Engine 5 out of 5

140hp are sufficient for the road...

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 New kawasaki ninja1000sx
22 May 2020 by Neil Hodgkinson

Version: Gray and black

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £500

Very easy to ride ,pulls in every gear ,i love the quick shifter,very comfortable on long distances

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Very good brakes

Engine 5 out of 5

Pulls very good loads of bottom end grunt

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

The 600 mile service is 150 a bit expensive for an oil and filter change

Equipment 5 out of 5

Tft clocks ,quick shifter,cruise control 4 power modes

Buying experience: I got mine from Chris walkers kawasaki, I dealt with Kim there i went in beginning Dec's for the deposit, and payed the rest end Dec they delivered it end Feb, I would recommend them to anyone there that good ,very nice experience

4 out of 5
10 April 2020 by Ben

Year: 2020

Very good bike only thing is the insurance companies in the OK changing so much more because of the word ninja in it.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

It the insurance that get it marked down as I was quoted £400 less for a z1000sx on a 20 plate then the ninja 1000sx just because its called a ninja.

Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 Cracking bike
03 April 2020 by Neil Hodgkinson

Version: Standard

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £500

Cannot fault it lovely ride very comfortable

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Love the look and quality of finish

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 Mean Green Speed Machine!
18 February 2020 by Pierre from Vancouver

Version: Standard

Year: 2020

Cracking bike, perfect for roads here on the West Coast of Canada (Vancouver, BC). Limited time on the saddle so far, but very enjoyable. Not as heavy as it looks, even with the panniers; easy to move around. Love the new clocks, the quickshifter (still getting used to that...) and the cruise control! Seriously, for the money, Kawasaki Canada should install the LED turned signals...

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Brakes are powerful, especially coming from a 2015 Tracer 900. Suspension is good, not too soft.

Engine 5 out of 5

That's a lot of fun, but nothing really compares to a Yamaha CP3 ;-) Getting used to the lack of low RPM torque.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Absolutely perfect finish. Very visible clocks. Feels solid...

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

No service yet, but a tad expensive to insure. Goes with the 1043cc territory, I guess.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Panniers are pricey, but reasonable quality. Didn't add anything else so far. Could REALLY use a better windscreen.

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