Intermot: Improvements made to Kawasaki Z1000SX

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For 2017 the SX gets Euro4 updates, and changes to its styling as well as improvements to its sporting and touring capabilities.

The overall look is now closer to the Ninja family, while the fairings are wider, and the adjustable screen is now taller and double-bubble shaped. The headlamps have been replaced with all-LED new ones which Kawasaki claim offer 1.4 times the light intensity of the current model’s.

The dash gets an upgrade with new instrumentation featuring a large analogue tacho, and an LCD screen for everything else you need to know. This now includes a gear indicator, shift light, and a tacho needle that goes from white to red as an additional shift reminder.

Both rider and pillion seats have been treated to a slightly wider bum-print, and both get thicker padding too, offering more support.

The pannier system has been revised to make it easy to mount and remove the cases – it was a little fiddly on the current model – and options for luggage include 28-litre Givi-made panniers, and a matching 47-litre topbox, if desired. There are plenty of other creature comforts available, from Ergo-fit low seat to heated grips, DC outlets, crash protection and more. 

More exciting is the addition of an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which controls the new Kawasaki Cornering Management Function, which drives the SX’s traction control and cornering ABS, both of which are invaluable in a two-up sports-tourer. The ECU has new settings to match the revised 1043cc Euro4 engine, and is claimed to deliver smoother power, while revisions to the shock settings and linkage mean a lowered seat height of 815mm and better ride quality. 

The new model will be available in Candy Lime Green, Metallic Spark Black and Candy Burnt Orange. 


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Richard Newland

By Richard Newland