KAWASAKI Z1000SX (2017 - 2019) Review

Highlights

  • One of the great sports tourers
  • Advanced rider aids, extremely comfy
  • Decent value as a used buy

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Annual servicing cost: £210
Power: 140 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.1 in / 815 mm)
Weight: High (518 lbs / 235 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £6,700 - £11,500

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. 

Our 2017-2019 Kawasaki Z1000SX owners' reviews show a few problems with thin paint and corrosion, but overall buyers are happy with their bikes. 

Value vs rivals

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

Pricing was impressive considering the amount of rider aids and new technology. ABS now comes as standard, panniers are an optional extra.

Rivals include the BMW R1250RS, the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT and the Yamaha Tracer 9

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 £96
Annual service cost £210
New price -
Used price £6,700 - £11,500
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)

27 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: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Engine: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Equipment: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Annual servicing cost: £210
4 out of 5 A very nice thing
02 September 2021 by Harry Caine

Version: Tourer

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £250

Ditch the OE tyres and crank up the rear preload and prepare for an explosion of sporty loveliness. The low gearing and ample torque make for an easy ride on the commute and the rather good lights help though the winter. Nimble and agile enough to ruin your tyres on a track day. All day touring is also spot on especially with the clever panniers which look neat on or off and close to a 200 mile range, the only downside is the awful, numb bum seat...that needs to go. The white on black LCD dash is often hard to read in the sun, rain etc. Loud, flash and showy, ah well no, but a great all round nice bike for those who want to get on and do stuff on two wheels.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

OE suspension a bit soft ,an extra 4-5 clicks on rear preload help loads on the sporty end of handling although you feel the bumps a bit more. Nice to have the ABS with cornering...never knowingly felt it kick in

Engine 4 out of 5

A very nice thing, a few vibes at some revs and 4-5th gear drops out occasionally if you are a bit less than positive on change up.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

A well made thing, thick paint and plastics, a few fixings showing a haze due to the winter weather. Like a faithful old dog it has never let me down.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Ignore the 3.25k miles service but even the 7.5 k miles is too soon. First chain dead at 12k miles. Considering the power and torque the tyres hold up pretty well 7k miles at least.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Just enough stuff but not too much as stock. Aftermarket heated grips are a nice to have. Extended front mudguard is needed to protect the radiator (as it is on most bikes). Aftermarket seat helps a lot over the hardwood plank Kawasaki fits. Many don't like the stock exhaust but from the rear view, which is how 99.99% will see you on the road they look mean.

Buying experience: Private purchase of a 15 month/ 1200mile bike knocks a £2k off new, and make it a complete bargain. Even new it is top value.

5 out of 5 Z1000sx tourer 2019
19 June 2021 by Phil

Version: SX tourer

Year: 2019

Great all rounder, tours very well & is sporty enough to keep up with most sports bikes

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Std seat can get uncomfortable after a few hrs & most get it modified or fit a gell insert

Engine 5 out of 5

Pulls like a train in all gears with loads of mid range

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

No problems to date

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Can get expensive with plugs air filter at 16k

Equipment 4 out of 5

OE tyres on early SX up to 2020 are not good, change them & transforms the bike, latest SX ninja tyres are good. Safety is good with good abs & traction control along with cornering imu feature, gearbox is generally good but fourth gear change at low revs is lumpy. Tail tidy a decent hugger & a rad guard are worth while accessories

Buying experience: Bought from a dealer & great experience

4 out of 5 Z1000sx Performance 2018
16 June 2021 by Chris

Version: Performance

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £5

I have come from a line of sports bikes and as with most riders getting on in age I wanted to ride something a little more comfortable and be able to do some distance on without neck ache, back ache and wrist ached - but I did not want to compromise to much on performance - so after looking at all bikes that suited I plumbed for the 1000sx Performance, so not to compromise on style as the bike looks great with the Akro cans on and sport seat cowl. Overall I am really pleased with the bike - the power delivery is good and on ride outs with friends with Ducati V2 and Ducati Supersports it keeps up without any issues - The only things that I found were slight gripes - weight - it is a tad heavy and could do with shedding a few pounds, particularly noticeable on a more spirited ride into corners - the other it has slight more engine vibration than other in line fours I have had, but that said the engine is rock solid and sweet and will pull from low down - lastly is those awful tyres Kawasaki fit which all riders complain about - on this area no manufacture should compromise and I will be changing - so hence 4 stars - otherwise it would have been a full 5 - but really happy with the choice I made.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

brilliant brakes - find the seat comfortable on long journey but that might be because I am 10 stone so lightweight - however for serious touring would upgrade

Engine 5 out of 5

sweet engine, tried and trusted - 140 bhp is plenty enough for road riding. pulls well from low down Can pull from 30mph right through in 6th

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

£165 for service - inc vat and parts £127.50 to fit supplied tyre and new chain and sprocket kit Overall think servicing cost very reasonable - check out Ducati servicing if you think this is expensive

Equipment 5 out of 5

I fitted heated grips, usb power supply and cruise control - all of which is being fitted as standard on the latest model. Electronic rider package is good Kawasaki just need to listen to riders re the seat and tyres - they have listened on other items - overall the z1000sx represents a really good bike at reasonable cost

Buying experience: bought from Kawasaki Bournemouth as second hand sales service 10 out of 10 and service team 10 out of 10 - have been amazing both in service and advise - highly recommend.

5 out of 5
12 June 2021 by Nick

Year: 2018

All in one bike

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

2 hours

Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5 All-rounder.
11 June 2021 by Pete

Version: Tourer.

Year: 2017

Positive: Super smooth engine and faultless power delivery, used to find myself hunting for another gear at first due to the gearing. Panniers are well thought out and easy to put on & take off. The styling is sharp and aesthetically pleasing. Worse feature is the seat, 100 miles then sore arse time. I get numb fingers due to vibration through the bars. The Bridgestone tyres don't do the bike justice, change them!

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Would have given 5☆ if it had a better seat that's suitable for distance, also the paint to the wheels could be better quality. Brakes are excellent, no complaints from me. Generally it's an adequate all round bike.

Engine 5 out of 5

Super smooth engine & box and faultless power delivery.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Well built, but, corrosion to some fasteners and screws. Thankfully it's never let me down and hopefully 🤞 this will continue.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Servicing costs are reasonable and the service at Doncaster Motorcycles is top notch.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Favourite features for me are the styling, engine & power delivery & ease of riding. Worst feature is the tyres.

4 out of 5
21 May 2021 by Rick

Year: 2018

Cornering not the best

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Hard seat

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

Excellent

Buying experience: New. Great experience

4 out of 5 Every bike you would ever need .
09 May 2021 by Ctr

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £150

If you could only own one bike this would be a contender. Great touring bike and track bike. Super smooth power delivery with plenty of punch. Great for the older ride as it is so comfortable to ride all day. Truely believe Kawasaki nailed it with this one.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Ride quality is very smooth , great suspension set up. Best I've owned.

Engine 5 out of 5

Creamy smooth engine , perfect fuelling.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Slight corrosion on some the the engine bolts. Not left out in the rain , so I wouldn't have expected that.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Slightly heavy on fuel compared to previous bike of simular cc.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Everything I needed apart from tailtidy .

4 out of 5 Do you really need the latest Ninja !000 or will SX an be good enough?
17 April 2021 by Fowlers Rides

Version: Tourer

Year: 2019

Bought my SX new for on £9000 with the touring kit, Making this a complete bargain. The current Ninja version would be £3000 more. You can still get a new SX for not much more than this if you look around. If you can't afford the new Ninja it's nearly as good. It really is a bike that can do most things. I came from a sports bike so it is a bit on the heavy side and I had to change the ugly end cans too but it has a nice upright riding position and still plenty of performance. Far more than I'll ever need on the road anyway. I'm still on the standard tyres but going to change them for something better as I find the low speed handling a bit strange. Maybe it's because I came from a Fireblade but have read different tyres makes a bit difference.So hopefully that might sort the issue.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

I've changed a few things on this bike but the seats are going to be the next thing as both rider and pillion seats are pretty uncomfortable after an hr or so. Not great for a sports tourer. Passenger grab rails are a bit low for my pillion to reach too. I think it's a bike that does most things well but nothing outstanding. I also find the dash hard to read sometimes. On the new Ninja they have a much better TFT

Engine 4 out of 5

It's a really good engine and you can be lazy with it and leave the bike in 6th gear most of the time. It did fell slow coming from a Fireblade to begin with but now used to it I don't think it's at all slow and it pulls well from down low too.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Not had a problem and it lives outside under a sheet. Having said that I've only had it through 2 winters. One of the main reasons I change bikes every few years is they start to corrode being outside all the time but so far so good as is the reliability.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Not sure on servicing costs as so far only had one service as only covered just over 2000miles mainly because of covid restrictions

Equipment 3 out of 5

I like the adjustable screen which works well and keeps much of the wind off me at speed. The big rear suspension adjuster is basic but easy to use. The panniers are also excellent. Although you can't have a top box as well. If you buy the sports version you get some akrapovic cans but you have to pay £1000 more for this version. I fitted some black widow end cans instead for less than £400 and I think they look just as good.

Buying experience: I travelled half way across the country to get my bike from Colin Appleyard as it was the cheapest new SX on sale at the time. I got a good price on my 8 year old blade too. All went well but I now have it serviced at Bristol Kawasaki

4 out of 5 Great value
10 April 2021 by MAW

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £200

Positives: Lovely smooth and powerful engine, pannier system really well thought out, enough electronics without being overly involved and good build quality at a great price. Negatives: The original tyres were absolutely awful, I changed them with less than 2k miles on, LCD display is generally difficult to see, the comfort is ok but not for 200 mile plus days in the saddle.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

I've lowered the footpegs and changed the seat to make it more comfortable for 500+ mile day's. It's fantastic on sweeping A road's

Engine 5 out of 5

Perfect, never short of power but will happily potter

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

No problems

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Around 180-200 mile tank range while touring

Equipment 4 out of 5

All round flexibility especially with the pannier system is great, always recommend Michelin tyres have had PR3, 4 and road5

Buying experience: Bought from motorcycles direct, it was £9999 minus £500 Kawasaki discount and included the panniers and a tracker

4 out of 5
29 March 2021 by Declan Brady

Version: standard

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £200

best bits comfy, easy to ride, enough power for the roads, easy to run worst bits no center stand, 3 box luggage not an option

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

OE tyres are rubbish, PR5's are way better, standard seat, all day comfy, arse gets a bit sore after a tankful, but a 10 minute stop allows for another tankful without stopping never had pillion on this one

Engine 5 out of 5

loads of power for the road, relatively easy on fuel,

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

nothing fell off or broke,

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

running costs are low, great service intervals, not bad on tyres, brakes, chain & sprockets

Equipment 4 out of 5

fitted a top box as it was more practical, cant fit panniers along with top box, i miss the luggage capacity when away on trips or carrying stuff for work no center stand, have to use a paddock stand for essential maintenance, the locating lugs for the paddock stand on the wing mean a lot of leverage is required to lift the bike

Buying experience: from a local dealer

4 out of 5 Z1000sx
12 March 2021 by Samuel steele

Version: Touring

Year: 2017

Annual servicing cost: £210

Vibration sometimes in hands...

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

7000 mile service expensive

Equipment 4 out of 5

Stock tyres not great...

Buying experience: Dealer...

5 out of 5 Kawasaki Z1000SX - huge bang for your buck!
18 December 2020 by Alan R

Version: Performance Tourer

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £250

On to my third Z1000SX and it remains a fantastic bike... could do with electronics adjustable shocks and heated grips but apart from that it's just a joy to ride on the road and track...

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

As mentioned, ride quality and shocks are excellent although to get the best you have to remove the Bridgestones as they do not like slippery scottish roads. Breaks are perfect for the road and I only ever changed them for track use as they would start to fade after a day of lapping donnington... but not a concern on the road and have done 10hours hard riding in a day and had nothing but perfect road feedback and quality stopping power.

Engine 5 out of 5

This bike is renowned for its engine and they have even managed to reduce the 7k vibration I had on previous versions. Power delivery is fantastic!! You can potter through a town in 6th gear at 30 and then take it all the way up to 150mph without changing gear but if u want to do some real track work it really comes alive at the top of the rev range... and sounds lovely without being stupidly loud...

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

I can't complain much as the bike is extremely well built , electronics work in harmony and shocks etc are all of good enough quality for most of us road users and track day mental.. over the years ive had very few issues with any of them. Latest version has fantastic lights compared to previous ones, and has thenupgraded in cornering ABS but on the down side the OEM chain is awful as it rusts even when its never seen rain but does give you the excuse to upgrade to a better one and replace the sprocket with a colour coded SuperSprox one.. also, the Bridgestone tyres that come with it give really poor grip and I always end up having to change them immediately to PR5s which bring the bike to life and drastically improves front tyre confidence....

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Local garage ive used for years so quality is good as kawasaki garage too far away....

Equipment 4 out of 5

Definitely got lots of positives but could do with electronic suspension for us not techies who want to do a little racing every now and again (remembering it weighs in around 235kg so mucking about with the suspension can be as rewarding as dangerous) also heated grips, comfier seat, better quality chain and always, I mean always, change those Bridgestones before u end up with a costly drop!!!..

Buying experience: Got it from Preston Superbikes and they were excellent from initial contact through to after care contact... highly recommend them and their prices were very competitive...

4 out of 5 Z1000SX Tourer
01 December 2020 by Wayne

Version: Touring model

Year: 2019

Smooth engine loads of tork and grunt. Great gearbox, can be in 6th gear at 30mph and it will still pick up and go.

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

Quiet and smooth throughout the rev range

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Good build quality.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

500 mile service £80 then annual service of around £225

Equipment 4 out of 5

Heated grips a must have! Tyres that bike was supplied with Awful. Changed them after less than 2000 miles.

Buying experience: Fantastic buying experience from Greenham Kawasaki

4 out of 5 Great value bike
27 November 2020 by Martin

Version: tourer

Year: 2018

Excellent engine, silky smooth with plenty of grunt and beautifully fuelled; great value for money bike with decent service and running costs; the handling is fine once you ditch the awful OE tyres; build quality, fit and finish are very good; the panniers are well made and there's no ugly fittings for them; there's a decent amount of electronics on the bike. The few minus points for me are firstly the digital dash is very difficult to see and brightness can't be adjusted; the OE tyres are vile, they made the bike fall into corners and very skittish over white lines, drain covers etc. I find it quite heavy manoeuvring in tight spaces and on slopes; the seat is not suitable at all for touring, after 100 miles I'm aching and after 500 plus miles in a day it's painful. Overall though it's a great bike.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

Brakes are fine; ride quality is also good, the seat however is, for me at least, far too uncomfortable when touring, after 100 miles it's taking my mind off my riding!

Engine 5 out of 5

Plenty of power and lovely delivery, very enjoyable.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

After 2 years and 7k miles it still looks very good and I'm not the best at keeping it clean! I've had no reliability issues at all.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

1st service was about £80 and the 1 year service around £170 I think; and that's reminded me thank you, I need to sort out the 2nd year service!

Equipment 3 out of 5

Panniers are very good and have a great fitting system; I had the 12v socket fitted too which I think is a must. There's a great selection of sport touring tyres these days which all get great reviews, so why they fit the dreadful OE tyres I've no idea, I ditched them with less than 2k miles on them, horrid things!

Buying experience: I paid less than £10k brand new including the panniers and a tracker from a dealer and got a fair trade in price for my old bike.

4 out of 5
13 November 2020 by Sam

Version: Touring

Year: 2017

Annual servicing cost: £150

Great all rounder

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

7500 service quite expensive

Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5 Only bike you would ever need
31 October 2020 by P W

Year: 2019

Super smooth 4 cylinder engine . Excellent brakes. Love the riding modes. Could ride all day Great paint.

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

Some nuts and bolts showing signs of age

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

Buying experience: Bought from Completely Motorcycles in Gloucester, great to deal with.

5 out of 5 The best of all
17 October 2020 by Mike

Year: 2017

Best feature engine the ride,brake and the look of it Worst no place to have your change and maybe glasses.

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

Love the color orange it was difficult to find a bike with this color

Buying experience: Brought privately it was for £7800 I paid£7250

5 out of 5 Kawasaki Z1000SX 2014 - 2019
10 October 2020 by Alan R

Version: Performance Tourer

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £200

Happily delivers as a tourer eating up mile after mile with ease while you head to a track day... remove the panniers, set up the suspension a little and you now have a peg scraping track bike that doesn't disappoint. best of both worlds and doesn't break the bank..

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Ride quality = 5 out of 5.... brakes = 5 out of 5 on the road but if you want to do track days they start to fade really badly so have had to upgrade them to Brembo and this totally solved the problem Nd I can do full day track sessions with confidence... but as I say, brakes are brilliant for roads as-is..

Engine 5 out of 5

Plenty of low end torque, tonnes of power away from the lights, 100 easily in 3rd, 6th gear poodles at 30 then drives all the way up to 150 (when allowed ;-)), still has excellent punch when cruising at 80 and you turn the throttle for a lot more, and limiter gives enough room for you to play without killing it... electronics are little lacking and the setup remains a little too manual to be brilliant but set it up once and away you go.......

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Only two things to report 1. The oem chain is awful and woukd rust after 2days in the desert, had to change ut and the rear sproket on all my Zs within a few months from new.. 2. The Bridegstone oem tyres are f'ing dangerous as they are lethal on slightly dam roads and, living in scotland, thats all we have!!! Front tyre is terrifying and regularly scares you on roundabouts at slow speeds.. Drop a pair of Pilot Road 4s on it before you even consider picking it up from the dealer and the bike becomes a planted missile with great feedback and front end confidence (I've head Methley and Dunlop give similar improvements) but the original tyres are a disgrace.. (ps. On the pre -2017 the lights were appalling and everyone has to change them to after market leds.. this has been resolved and now the lights are better if not amazing!)

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Owned different Zs over the last 5years and not had anything but normal services, new boots, chain & sproket and lots of mods that I chose to add... brilliant value although the first service can be nearer £400...

Equipment 4 out of 5

As discussed, the original bridgestones are far too hard and do not heat up easily in wet condition, leaving a scary front end and continuous flickers of the traction control light even at low speeds. But change them and the bike transforms... no heated grips or cruise control as standard which is poor and decidedly behind the competition in electronic goodies (no modes and manual setup!!!!) but does have incornering ABS and excellent traction control but I guess this is how they keep the price point good... and the after market buoyant..

Buying experience: bought all my Zs from dealers and experience has been excellent. Last two have been demonstrated with my current 2019 being the top of the range Performance Tourer work over £12k but had done 400miles and I negotiated a £9800 purchase which had already had its first service early (saving me £450), cam with 4years extended warranty and I took the train to Preston and rode it home saving me a few hundred pounds and giving me a chance to enjoy the bike and get to know it.....

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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