Kawasaki Z1000SX Overview
This original motorbike was released in 2010 to rave reviews and, because there were hardly any issues, Kawasaki have simply just improved the model each time. Now, the Z1000SX has sharper lines, exudes comfort and has a whole range of rider aids for the more advanced motorbike enthusiasts, proof that Kawasaki listen to their customers’ wants and needs.
Kawasaki began their little tweaks to the Z1000SX by altering the suspension at the front and the back and by converting the shock linkage; this has made a little impact on the steering and has slightly decreased ground clearance but it isn’t a massive issue.
The engine has been left alone, at the end of the day it was very successful in the 2014 model so why change it? The only change that Kawasaki had to make was to the make the fuelling cleaner and to change the exhaust that complied with EU regulations but, apart from that, it is pretty much identical to the older model.
The 1043cc machine is the child of the z1000 and the ZX-10R, with the attempts to create the perfect mongrel of a naked track styled machine. Taking the character and looks of the Z1000 and pairing it with the thrill of ZX-10R in a practical package.
It was hard to find fault with the Z1000SX original engine but Kawasaki have spent the time fine tuning it attempting to give a sharper throttle response, pushing peak performance levels and not forgetting the addition of new power modes and traction control.
The one thing about this bike is that it is completely jaw-dropping; the lines are sharp and sleek and it is a real head-turner. It comes in three different colours, all as stunning as each other, and the quality is, of course, of a high standard. Amazingly, Kawasaki have retained the quality it is so famous for and kept the price point under £10,000 which is staggering considering all the add-on rider aids it comes with.
2017 saw the release of the updated version of the Z1000SX; the brand new SX model is complete with lots of extra rider features like the Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), an integrated Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). Other optional extras include panniers.
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Kawasaki Z1000SX Spec
- Top speed165mph
- Average fuel consumption49mpg
- Seat height815mm
- EngineLiquid cooled, four-stroke, 16v
Kawasaki Z1000SX Insurance
sports and tour
Very easy bike, very stable.
Power when need instantly.
Fuel cheap at the min.
Brakes are a little soft could be sharper.
Took me a while to find a good suspension setting and the OE tyres leave something to be desired
Peach of an engine. Beautiful linear power delivery
Sports bike territory but acceptable
Excellent so far
Haven't tested the lean angle abs yet. Hope not to.
Very smooth. Can be a bit heavy on sharper corners but generally excellent.
More than enough power for the use I give it.
Cheap to run. Good fuel economy. Averaged 54 MPG on my recent trip to Austria
100% reliable with sublime build quality
Heavy bike but easy on powering out of corners . Enough grunt.
Depends on the settings
A full tank will only do about 100 miles, depends on how you ride
A little to much plastic, but frame is very strong.
ABS brakes are fabulous. Smooth brake system specific