The 2017 Ninja 1000 continues to offer the comfort and convenience to enable sport riding enthusiasts to take their seductively styled machines touring. Complementing the even smoother power delivery and extremely composed handling, the new model features increased touring performance care of improved wind protection, greater comfort and the clean-mount pannier system. All-new Ninja family styling deepens its sporty image. And loaded with the latest electronics technology that Kawasaki has to offer, the new Ninja 1000 is even better equipped to meet a wide range of rider needs.
ADVANTAGES OF 2017:
Engine and chassis tuned for maximum riding excitement are complemented by even sharper styling inspired by Kawasaki’s Ninja super sport models.
Sharp Ninja styling
All-new bodywork includes a much sharper front cowl with a decidedly closer resemblance to Kawasaki’s Ninja super sport models. The more aggressive visage is complemented by fierce new LED headlamps. The dynamic and sporty bodywork reflects the Ninja 1000’s exciting street riding potential.
EVERYDAY VERSATILITY & ENHANCED TOURING PERFORMANCE
An upright riding position, manageable power delivery, and surefooted handling offer the versatility for daily riding, while increased touring performance and numerous accessories make it even easier to accommodate a passenger and luggage on weekend trips.
Increased wind protection
Two-piece fairings are wider, offering increased wind protection for the rider’s legs. A new, taller double-bubble windshield also contributes to the increased wind protection. As before, the windshield is adjustable by hand (without tools), with three available positions to suit rider preference.
LED Head Lamps
In addition to contributing to the Ninja 1000’s sharper looks, dual LED headlamps (each featuring low and high beams, as well as a LED position lamp) offer significantly increased brightness, casting their light wider and farther forward.
Stylish multi-functional instrumentation
All-new sophisticated instrument design features a large analogue tachometer flanked by warning lamps on one side, and a gear position indicator and multi-function LCD screen on the other.
The Ninja 1000 is equipped with KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function), Kawasaki’s latest IMU enhanced electronics package.
KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function): Total Engine & Chassis Management Package
Using the latest evolution of Kawasaki’s advanced modelling software and feedback from a compact Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) that gives an even clearer real-time picture of chassis orientation, KCMF monitors engine and chassis parameters throughout the corner – from entry, through the apex, to corner exit – modulating brake force and engine power to facilitate smooth transition from acceleration to braking and back again, and to assist riders in tracing their intended line through the corner. On the Ninja 1000, KCMF oversees the following systems:
- KTRC (including traction and wheelie control)
- KIBS (including pitching and corner braking control)
- KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System)
Kawasaki’s super sport-grade high-precision brake management system take into account the particular handling characteristics of super sport motorcycles, ensuring highly efficient braking with minimal intrusion during sport riding. KIBS also incorporates corner braking control, modulating brake force to counter the tendency of the bike to stand up when braking mid-corner.
Engine tuning focused on the feeling the rider gets when opening the throttle. Strong torque is complemented by direct throttle response. Revised engine settings offer even smoother power delivery and cleaner emissions. Revised ECU settings contribute to even smoother power delivery, facilitating control and contributing to rider comfort and confidence, and deliver cleaner emissions, ensuring various market regulations (including Euro 4) are cleared.
Exhaust System For non-North American models, revisions to the main and pre catalysers contribute to cleaner emissions, ensuring Euro 4 regulations are cleared.
Revised shock settings and linkage ratio offer suppler suspension action for improved bump absorption and firmer cushioning. The new linkage also results in a lower seat height (820 mm >> 815 mm).
Revised rear brake pad material and optimised pedal return spring offer improved control and increased overall performance. Super sport-style high-precision brake management system is standard equipment on the 2017 Ninja 1000.
Increased Wind Protection
A new double-bubble windshield is 15 mm taller at the centre, contributing to the increased protection. Windshield has three available positions spanning approximately 20o and ranging from sporty to maximum wind protection, to suit rider preference.
Adjustment can be done by hand (no tools required) by depressing the release button below the instrument panel. (Windshield adjustment should be done with the bike stopped.) Two-piece fairings are wider (up to 28 mm wider each side), offering increased wind protection for the rider’s legs.
In addition to contributing to the Ninja 1000’s sharper looks, dual LED headlamps also offer increased brightness while drawing less power. Each headlamp unit features low and high beams, as well as a LED position lamp.
The lamps offer significantly increased brightness, casting their light wider and farther forward. On the low-beam setting, lateral illumination is 1.3 to 1.5 times brighter, with a wider light projection area; on the high-beam setting, forward projection distance increases 1.4 times.
The efficient LED bulbs also draw approximately 50% less power. 5-way adjustable clutch lever can be set to suit the size of the rider’s hands, contributing to rider comfort.
Mirrors are positioned 20 mm farther outward and have a greater range of movement, offering easier adjustability. Both rider and passenger seats deliver increased comfort. The redesigned rider seat has a wider seat area, offering greater support, and enabling longer stretches at time without having to stop due to discomfort.
The passenger seat is longer (+25 mm), with 3 mm thicker urethane padding and a design that swells at the front (25 mm thicker) to help keep tandem riders from sliding forward, all contributing to increased passenger comfort. Dampers on the underside of the seat help reduce vibration. Ergonomically sculpted passenger grips are easy to hold and are naturally positioned, contributing to passenger comfort Seat material of both seats has superb elasticity, offering increased comfort and holding performance. The material is also resistant to cold, allowing it to maintain its suppleness when temperatures drop and reducing the chance of tearing/ripping when exposed to cold temperatures.
Front foot pegs are rubber-mounted to reduce vibration transmitted to the rider. Further, vibration-absorbing weights on the back of the foot guards minimise fluttering of the floating pieces.
Both front and rear foot pegs feature rubber pads.
The fairing design also covers part of the frame, contributing to a good ergonomic fit and helping to protect the rider from engine heat for added comfort.
Now that the standard tandem grips are compatible with the clean-mount system, mounting the panniers are as simple as sliding them onto the slots on the grips and the pannier supports integrated into tandem foot peg stays. (Installing accessory tandem grips is no longer required.)