Is the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 the Best Sports Tourer?
In one lane, you might not be able to afford the exact bike that you’re dreaming of having. In another lane, you might have a difficult time deciding what kind of motorcycle family is right for you. Do you want a sports bike, a cruiser, a touring bike? Don’t even get us started on trying to pick the right brand. While most motorcycle brands today are diving in and getting their tires wet in different areas, they all tend to excel at different flavors of riding.
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A motorcycle brand that has recently done an excellent job of doing just that? Kawasaki. Now, we appreciate the history of Kawasaki Motorcycles for a variety of reasons, and it’s not just because of their typically hilarious commercials. While they’re known for their speedy sports bikes with generally bright neon colors, their beefy and enormously popular Kawasaki Vulcan cruisers, and how they’re also trying to get their hands dirty in other styles of bikes. We can appreciate that which is why a 2017 release of theirs has not only interested us but everyone else.
We’re talking about the Kawasaki Ninja 1000. Yes, this bike looks like a sports bike, but it also is being classified as a tourer bike. Which, really, that seems to fit pretty seamlessly.
We’re totally on board with brands doing this, so here’s everything you need to know:
The Kawasaki Ninja 1000:
The engine on this thing is a liquid-cooled 1,043cc, with about 72.68 lb-ft of torque, so when it comes down to the bare bones of the bike, it’s a sport through and through. The fairing on this one was redesigned from its predecessor, and the Ninja 1000 can handle long road winds just a bit better, which is why it makes it a great tour option. They’ve made the seat wider than other Kawasaki counterparts so that it’s more comfortable for longer durations of riding time, and it’s designed in a way that prevents the passenger from gradually sliding forward during their ride.
What’s great about the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 is its traction system, which allows it to handle all kinds of pavement you might hit, regardless of if it’s wet or dry. This is perfect for both the sport and tour component, but in different ways.
When it comes to the visual appeal of the bike, everyone would be lying if they didn’t acknowledge that, yes, it looks sporty. I mean, come on, it’s Kawasaki. But they’ve designed it in a way where it never wanders off too far in that direction. The speed ability also gives another slapping hint to ‘sporty,’ but when you experience the comfort and space of the bike, that’s where it finally starts wandering into the ‘tourer’ area.
Overall, the Ninja 1000 is a very subtle transition that works surprisingly well. When it comes to the seat, you’ll have a slightly leaned forward position, but one that’s remarkably comfortable. You won’t be sitting pin-straight like cruisers would have you, but you also won’t be leaning far forward, so it’s a perfect compromise in-between, one we’re sure Kawasaki put a lot of thought into.
This bike has subtle confidence in it, which is appreciated. We have plenty of bikes and brands that are all about giving you this ‘punch’ of a visual appeal, but when it comes to sports bikes, this one is understated, and we can really appreciate that.
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