The Kawasaki Ninja is the benchmark of sportbikes all over the world. Made famous in the silver screen with a young and handsome Tom Cruise aboard the fire-breathing Kawasaki Ninja GPZ-900R, today, the Ninja has diversified its portfolio into more than just an action star from Top Gun.
Today, the Kawasaki Ninja comes in all shapes and sizes. From the smallest, most beginner-friendly Ninja 250, all the way to the biggest, long-hauler Ninja ZX-14R, it’s safe to say that there really is a Ninja for everyone. Here in the Philippines, the two most popular Ninjas, as far as the bigger offerings go, are the Ninja 650 and Ninja 1000. Both these bikes are loved for their versatile platform, affordable price tag, and head-turning styling. Both the Ninja 650 and 1000 can be track bikes, daily riders, or even long-distance tourers, should you so desire.
While Kawasaki has already updated the Ninja 650 to feature fancy doodads such as LED lights and a TFT display, all these pale in comparison to what it has done with the new Ninja 1000 SX. Kawasaki’s liter-class sport-tourer now gets superbike-level features, making it an incredibly enticing option in the premium liter-class sportbike segment. For starters, the new Ninja 1000 SX does away with the bulky dual-exit exhaust in favor of a sleeker four-into-one exhaust setup. It gets slightly revised bodywork hinting at the bike’s willingness to engage in sporty riding. Additionally, for added touring amenities, Kawasaki has fitted the new Ninja 1000 SX with a cushier seat.
The new Ninja 1000 SX also gets as-standard luggage which boasts a total capacity of 56 liters—more than enough for you to store your necessities for a couple days long trip out of town. At the heart of the Ninja 1000 SX is an updated iteration of the 1,043cc inline-four-cylinder engine made popular by the now-discontinued Z1000. With 140 horsepower and 82 ft-lbs on tap, the Ninja 1000 SX is by all means a performance machine capable of traversing miles on end at a blistering pace.
To make things even better, the Ninja 1000 SX is now equipped with a sophisticated suite of electronic rider aids which consist of a six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) actuated setup. This means that features like traction control, cornering ABS, and front wheel lift controls are made even smarter as the ECU now accounts for lean angle, pitch, and yaw when making lighting-fast calculations as to how much electronic assist to input. For an even more engaging and exhilarating ride, the Ninja 1000 SX now gets a bidirectional quick-shifter mated to a slipper-assist clutch. The suspension has been improved, too, and now consists of a horizontal back-link monoshock with a full suite of adjustability.