2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX: a fairly substanial upgrade

With new drive modes and extra options like cruise management, a lengthy journey down a winding street may be fairly snug on the brand new Ninja 1000 SX

The Ninja 1000 SX is certainly one of Kawasaki’s hottest massive bikes in India.

This sports activities tourer, which has obtained a fairly substantial upgrade for 2020, together with a Euro 5/BS6-compliant motor, has a set of thicker, greater and comfortable seats paired with a 19-litre gas tank; it additionally weighs in at a hefty 238kg kerb weight. The open using place and beneficiant turning radius additionally makes it a lot simpler to reside with. There is a half diploma discount within the steering rake angle, which has resulted in a entrance finish that doesn’t really feel fairly as heavy and requires noticeably lesser effort on the bars.

The Ninja 1000 SX’s motor feels virtually electrical at low RPMs; at mild speeds, the Ninja simply hums alongside. The new ride-by-wire throttle system works easily whatever the totally different using modes. Delivering 142hp and 111Nm of torque, the spec sheet nonetheless reads just about the identical as earlier than.


  • Engine 1043cc, in-line four-cylinder, liquid-cooled
  • Power 142hp at 10000rpm
  • Torque 111Nm at 8000rpm
  • Kerb weight 238kg
  • Wheelbase 1440mm
  • Ground clearance 135mm
  • Seat peak 820mm
  • Fuel tank 19 litres
  • Suspension (f/r) 41mm USD fork/ monoshock
  • Tyres (f/r) 120/70-R17 / 190/50-R17

But Kawasaki has put in a lot of labor — just like the addition of recent camshaft profiles, redesigned consumption funnels and a fully new exhaust system (with one massive exhaust changing the earlier dual-exhaust design) — to get the 1,043cc motor Euro 5/BS6 compliant. The redline is about at 10,500rpm and the motor packs a walloping mid-range. It can be very nice to journey a bike that doesn’t conceal its true velocity like many 1,000cc machines are likely to do; 100kph seems like 100kph on the Ninja 1000 SX.

When you do get onerous on the fuel, the bike accelerates with ferocity. But regardless of the way you select to journey, the brand new up/down quickshifter is a welcome addition: the upshifts are nice however downshifts can often be hesitant.

What additionally makes this bike gel with our using surroundings is the suspension setup. The {hardware} is identical. So you get a totally adjustable 41mm USD fork and a rebound/preload adjustable rear shock. However, Kawasaki has labored on the damping setup throughout the fork leading to a bike that feels actually plush. There is softness to be felt all through, be it the suspension, seat, quickshifter, and even the preliminary chew from the twin-disc Nissin entrance brakes.

Keeping the rider protected all through is a refined, IMU-aided digital help package deal that now brings three using modes along with the earlier three-stage traction management, two energy modes and cornering ABS. With the swap to ride-by-wire, Kawasaki has additionally included a cruise-control function. A substantial addition, for many clients, is the brand new 4.3-inch TFT color show, which may be related to Kawasaki’s Rideology app to entry a variety of Bluetooth-enabled options. The indicators, switchgear and aspect fairing have all been redesigned; the mirrors and windscreen, in addition to the top and rear lights, are new, too.

At ₹10.79 lakh, the Ninja 1000SX has made a sizable leap in worth, however it stays one of the best VFM proposition within the big-bike area.

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