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Shopping for a 2014 Ninja 1000? Me Too!
Apr 16, 2014 - 4:43 PM - by blue cheer
On my quest to purchase a Ninja 1000 I've read just about every review there is and torn through multiple forums. This is what I've learned so far. Hopefully owners can chime in with their own anecdotes or corrections. Again this info I've gathered is based on reviews and forum perusal...

We've know about the updates so its of little use to dive into the 3 different TC settings or the dual mode power settings. We also know about standard ABS.

  • 1,043cc I4 is good as ever. Smooth and silently powerful, I've heard that its simply a slight hum (or what it seems to be ) all the way through the rev band
  • Power is linear and easy to use, shifts like a dream in typical Kawasaki fashion
  • Midrange is where the meat is, perfect for street riding
  • Higher speed cornering it flat, stable and predictable
  • Ergonomics are satisfying for a litre bike, much more standard than sport bike positioning.
  • Traction control can be defeated

  • I've read that the LCD readout can be prone to glare which can sometimes manifest potentially distracting reflections
  • No gear indicators
  • No ambient temperature gauge
  • Some test pilots have felt that the airflow direct too much air at the bottom half of their helmets making longer rides taxing on the ears, this is subjective of course
  • Longer tail geometry makes N1K a little reluctant at low speeds

Guys please feel to add, debate or outright discredit anything I've said here. Again, just a collection of common observations I've noted while doing my due diligence. Hopefully this thread will be not only of use to me but to many of the other shoppers I know are lurking about
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Kawasaki Ninja celebrates its 30th Anniversary
Feb 07, 2014 - 12:56 PM - by -VOID-
The Kawasaki Ninja family is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month. It first debuted in 1984 with the GPZ900R.

Kawasaki has unveiled a new ninja logo in at a press conference in barcelona Spain where the 2014 KRT Superbike team and machines were introduced to the press.

If you once owned, currently own or are simply just keen to discover more about the Kawasaki spirit then our Ninja 30 celebration plans are focused on you,” Toshiaki Tani, Sales Promotion Senior Manager added.

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Kawasaki Ninja 1000 vs. Suzuki GSX1250FA
Jan 31, 2014 - 11:16 AM - by -VOID-
Kawasaki Ninja 1000
Engine: 1043cc 4 stroke 4 cylinder DOHC
Fuel Capacity: 18.9 litres
Transmission: 6 speed
MSRP: $11,999
Compression Ratio: 11.8:1
Fuel System: DFI® with four 38mm Keihin throttle bodies, oval sub-throttles

The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 has always been a great bike and the 2014 model is no different. The 2014 model brings improvement in styling, traction control, hard panniers, more power and new top-spec brakes. The Ninja 1043cc inline-four engine has bolstered the Ninja 1000's low and mid-range power. The 6th gear is longer, which helps you reduce revs at freeway speeds for more smoothness. Brakes feature ABS, and a new one-piece "monobloc" radial-mount front calipers.

Suzuki GSX1250FA
Engine: 1255cc 4 stroke 4 cylinder DOHC
Fuel Capacity: 19 litres
Transmission: 6 speed constant mesh
MSRP: $11,899
Fuel System: fuel injection

The Suzuki GSX1250FA has gotten great reviews. It excels in both power and comfort, making it a perfect sports-tourer. The 1255cc engine provides plenty of low down torque and the bike has great ergonomics. And for the price that it is going for, the bike has amazing value as well.

The GSX12500FA has a cutting edge fuel injection technology. The Dual Throttle Valve and advanced fuel injection systems make for instant throttle response, linear power, easy starting and economical running.

Honestly, the two bikes are very competitive. The greater displacement of the Suzuki GSX1250FA at a slightly lower price than the Ninja makes it an attractive choice. The Ninja 1000 has plenty of upgrades from last year's model though, like its new ABS brakes, selectable 2-mode digital ignition, and KTRC Traction Control. Ultimately, it might come down to a test drive and personal preference as there is not much light between these two great sports-tourer bikes.
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