KAWASAKI Z1000SX (2017 - 2019) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Annual servicing cost: £270
Power: 140 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.1 in / 815 mm)
Weight: High (518 lbs / 235 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £6,600 - £9,500

Overall rating

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

The first Kawasaki Z1000SX had the mixture right back in 2010 and they’ve just continued to improve the model over the years, culminating with this latest version.

It has since been replaced, so follow the link for the 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX review.

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

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

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

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

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. 

Reliability & build quality

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

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. 

Value vs rivals

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

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 (5/5)

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. 

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 49 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost £270
New price -
Used price £6,600 - £9,500
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term -

Top speed & performance

Max power 140 bhp
Max torque 82 ft-lb
Top speed 165 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 180 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2010: Model introduced

Owners' reviews for the KAWASAKI Z1000SX (2017 - 2019)

9 owners have reviewed their KAWASAKI Z1000SX (2017 - 2019) 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 Z1000SX (2017 - 2019)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Engine: 4.9 out of 5 (4.9/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Equipment: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Annual servicing cost: £270
5 out of 5 Love It
20 July 2020 by Kev Bateman

Version: Sports Tourer with Performance Package

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £400

I have not had this bike long but has just what I need. I'm short legged (29" inside leg) but can put my feet on the ground and the bike isn't as heavy as some. It has a good smooth gear change and excellent braking. The best bit is that the acceleration is great and soon gets you passed that car or away from trouble.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

The ride is good but a sfter seat is called for. I've bought an air seat to ease the bum pain. As I've said earlier the brakes are good and gives you alot of confidence.

Engine 5 out of 5

I still haven't used my bike in the sports mode but am very happy for the performence as it is. Probably get 120 miles to the tank (15 - 17) from empty. I'm sure you could get more out of it if your ride was more conservative shall we say.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

I bought this second hand. I've only been a couple of thousand miles on it but have had no issues with it so far. The only thing that seem like it needs tightening is the rear light cluster but I'm told that's how it was designed.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

My next service is a major service at 7500miles. The service cost is from Kawasaki. This isn't cheap and should I need a tyre or pads it could be even more expensive. I will probably do around 4000 miles a year so it will be one service a year.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Sometimes hard to see the display when it's sunny but other than that it's great. Had fitted Sat Nav and heated grips.

Buying experience: Bought both of my bikes from J&S Oakmere (Northwich) and the service was great.

4 out of 5
06 June 2020 by Ninja rider

Version: Performance tourer

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £170

No centre stand no cruise control disappointing for a sports tourer seat gets uncomfortable after a couple of hours. Epic engine ride around in sixth gear all day long

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

Awesome engine epic airbox howl

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Sometimes gears don't engage you have to be firm with gear changes

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5

Buying experience: Bought new from a dealer

5 out of 5 Z1000sx
15 May 2020 by Richard Turner

Year: 2018

Great bike as stock.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Brakes are good but poor initial bite

Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Paint stone chips easily.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 Sports-tourer, sports-commuter, lots of fun, lots of bike.
07 December 2017 by HappySXer

Year: 2017

More power than I'll ever need, brakes to match, every electronic rider support going, comfy to ride, lots of bike up front so weather-proof for year-round riding, great lights, integrated pannier system a joy and she's oh so pretty.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Loves the bends, devours the straights. Even with panniers filtering is easy. I've needed a pee before I've needed to stretch my legs. Commuting on busy roads into Oxford a pleasure, taking the long way home a treat. I ride year-round in all weathers and am enjoying the extra weather protection of the substantial fairings and screen. I am degrees warmer than on the GSR750.

Engine 5 out of 5

140bhp. Smooth at all revs in every gear. Very forgiving in busy traffic. There's no-one going ahead of you at the lights. Overtaking from 60-90 even in 6th before you know it, drop a gear and she's there before you've even thought about it.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Very early days of course but the finish is superb. Paintwork (burnt orange is the fastest colour) is gorgeous, plastics solid and sturdy, all exposed metal seems well protected.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Purchase seemed excellent value to me, such a lot of bike for the money. MPG varies depending on how good a time I'm giving myself from 30ish to 50ish. Not yet at first service which is just a 'nut-check' at 4500.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Electronic rider supports can be as helpful as you want or not at all. Still on the supplied tyres which are OK, I will change to PR4 when ready I think as I've always enjoyed those. Kawasaki panniers solid. Easy to remove, capacious. No top box option with them so looking for something post-Christmas for when I'm not carting much stuff to and from work. Standard exhausts are a bit of an odd look maybe but I don't really mind and they sound good to me.

Buying experience: On Yer Bike Aylesbury gave a decent deal on a six month old ex-demo with 1000 miles on clock, which they put up to full tourer spec for £9k. Customer service top notch.

5 out of 5 Class
25 November 2017 by Tony

Year: 2017

Annual servicing cost: £350

What is there to say apart from what a bike, handling and grip is awesome. And the sound of that exhaust is just wicked when you open it up, blistering speed that will put a smile on your face. You can tour on it or be a hooligan when the time is right.

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

Love it

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

6000 miles so far from new and hasn't skipped a beat

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

Michelin pilot 4's and heated grips, what more is there

5 out of 5 Just keeps getting better.
02 November 2017 by Philmak73

Year: 2017

Annual servicing cost: £136

I like its stance, handle bar positsion, and the mirrors are better positioned, not just ornaments. The panniers, how they attach and detach, no ugly mounting frames on show. All the traction and suspension gadgets. I've had this bike over seven months and never tire just taking its cover off and seeing its overall looks, and colour.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

The longest l have rode it was approx two hours, back was a bit stiff when l got off. Very lightweight easy to take bends, seems wide, but still easy to filter. City and country roads are not a problem.

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

Starts first time every time, usual Kawasaki quality, build and finish.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Had to get checked at 600 miles.

Equipment 5 out of 5

How it looks and rides.

Buying experience: Bought from M&S motorcycles in Newcastle, shopped around most of the country and glad to say l got the best deal on my doorstep. Gary was first class, l got the bike at the retail price, but got offered the best part ex value.

5 out of 5 Upgraded from 2014 model after a test ride.
01 November 2017 by Grippy

Year: 2017

Annual servicing cost: £300

Massive improvement over previous version

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Great ride supple and well balanced, handles all roads, this best improvement over the old model. Brakes are top notch for road use. The riders seat is more comfortable now but its still not a two up long haul bike, pillion seat is just to small compared to a proper tourer.

Engine 5 out of 5

Lovely smooth power delivery,not as vibey as my old model much easier to ride at higher revs. Still got a good top end rush. 140 hp is good enough for most situations.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Lovely paint, finish on other parts not as good as some European brands but that is reflected in the price. No issues with reliability so far.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

not much difference to any other 4 cylinder 1000.

Equipment 4 out of 5

New clocks are good, no helmet lock, the std Bridgestone tyres seem to work much better than on the old bike, but i will still try some other brands when worn out

4 out of 5
12 August 2017 by Shaun Brown

Year: 2017

Excellent bike with one or two issues

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

Great engine but gearbox needs better refinement when going down in the gears.

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

Cruise control on longer trips.

4 out of 5
06 April 2017 by Pibi

Version: Tourer

Year: 2017

This is my second Z1000SX. I loved the first one and I wasn't even going to swap it. But when I read about the improvements on the new Z, it was as if they asked me to write a things they could possibly improve. Head lights, wind protection, seat comfort, gear indicator, outside temperature ... I must say however, I am still slightly disappointed with seat comfort. It is claimed by Kawasaki to have been improved with this new version, but I really can't feel any major difference from previous version. Apart from that, I can't fault it. Amazing bike.

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