Recently, Kawasaki launched its liter class monster, the Ninja 1000 in India, that was exactly what all Ninja die-hards in the country wanted. The all powerful machine to take you to all high-ends on road. Kawasaki introduced the Ninja 1000 in 2011 and it took almost 3 years for the Japanese builders to make the machine available in the world's largest motorcycle hub. Well, better late than never. The firm found this as the right time to submit their best one liter machine into India. Thanks to Kawi group and Bajaj Auto, who is the official dealer of Kawasaki in India. Now let's check out the green monster entirely.
Oh! It's dashing. The Ninja 1000 looks sharp as sword and shines as sun. Its hallmark shade green ensures an epic entry to the bike, especially the machine is noticeable from remote and gives a pleasing sight to eyes, which makes anyone to stare at it at least until it clears the track. The Ninja 1000 shares platform with its brothers Z1000, and the Ninja ZX-10R. In other words, the Ninja 1000 is a faired version of the Z1000.
Engine and Performance
The world loves this machine for this reason – performance. Powered by a 1043cc, Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four, DOHC, 16 valves engine, the machine delivers a peak power of 142 PS at 10,000 rpm and a tremendous torque of 111 Nm at 7,300 rpm. The heart is coupled with a 6-speed, return transmission. Having Fuel injection with oval sub-throttles ensures better flow of fuel and provide best in class performance. Of course, you can't complaint the machine for anything in terms of power.
The Ninja 1000 is capable to clock a top speed of 300 kph. The bike hits 0-60 mph in just 2.91 secs and 0-100 mph in 6.28 secs.
The machine is loaded with a lot of features and accessories. Of course, they are needed unless how can we call it a high-end motorcycle. Its 1,043 cm3 liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-line Four heart is the prime focus. Followed by integrated panniers that give space to carry your stuffs when you want to explore roads to the fullest. The aluminium frame on which the bike is moulded out ensures a high degree of mass centralisation which gives stability to the bike even in high speeds and quick turns.
The slim and elegant LED tail light, Inverted fork for better handling, pre-chamber and short silencer for next level performance, lightweigh racing style wheels, Aluminium rear frame, radial-mount monobloc calipers, adjustable windscreen, aluminium passenger grips, Economical Riding Indicator, Power Modes, KTRC (3-mode) (Kawasaki TRaction Control), Dual Throttle Valves, and Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension are the added features.
Handling and Riding Comfort
Everyone praises Kawasaki for its uncompromised handling. The bike Ninja 1000 itself gives everything what a rider wants for stress-free ride. That's ergonomics – it's way smoother than anyone expects. With relaxed riding position, and inverted front fork, you enjoy like anything while riding then machine. Mass centralization is the other epic feature hosted by the system, which helps rider to be stable all the while.
Meanwhile, the split seat and horizontal back-link, gas-charged rear suspension makes the ride even more comfortable. The aluminium twin-tube frame and aluminium rear frame are the other connies give more confident to the riders. Its light weight weight wheel moves sharply in turns and bumps.
And to add more confidence, Kawasaki has used Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs at front and a Single 250 mm petal disc. Caliper: Single-piston at rear. Above all, there is ABS.
Apart from this, the machine features power modes- Full Power mode and Low Power mode. The Full Power mode is unrestricted and lets you to throttle the whole power, whereas the Low Power mode gives you only up to 80% and the machine is controlled.
The Ninja 1000 gives back attractive figures. The machine is capable to deliver a run of 14.75 kms in a liter petrol under standard conditions, which is a good number for a motorcycle in this class.
The ex-showroom price of the Ninja 1000 is Rs. 12.5 lakhs. But, it is never limited to few more pennies to roll on-road since the bike is CBU (Completely Built Unit), that attracts 75% tax. Kawasaki should have come up with CKD (Completely Knocked Down) units which demands only 10% tax.
Everything is all right with the Ninja 1000 except its on-road pricing in the counrty. Since it comes via CBU route, it comes around Rs. 22 lakhs on-road, which is a mammoth total. This will certainly cause the sales of the Ninja 1000 in India. Let's see who all millionaires rush to Kawasaki stores to own one.
Unfortunately, CBU route makes the machine unbearable.
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