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post #1 of 70 Old 01-14-2020, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for a change.

I had some smaller displacement Honda’s going back a number of years (hawk 400, cb 550). More recently Honda nighthawk 550, v-strom 1000, Kawasaki versys 1000 and currently have a KTM 1190 adventure. I do 7-10 day trips along with a few weekend trips annually (two year old has reduced it a bit lately). I love the KTM as it does well in the twisties and when you turn off the safety features you can pop the front wheel with throttle alone 1st thru 3rd gear and it’ll do 250 kmph. Not sure if I’m going to keep it for rougher road trips and add a ninja 1000 sx or sell it and get a ninja. Going to try to find a ninja to test pilot but thought I would ask all of you a question. I’m looking for something more nimble and perhaps faster. HP difference is about 10 more on my 1190 (150 vs 140) ninja is lighter. Anyone have experience on both bikes that can comment? Also any other differences between ninja 1000sx vs ninja 1000 sx se? Love the look of the ninja 1000, in green! Also been looking at the zx14.....
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post #2 of 70 Old 01-14-2020, 04:16 PM
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Judging by all your other bikes, a N1k won't offer you anything different except a sportier riding position and better front end feedback. It would feel way more sporty and you will certainly have more confidence pushing its handling limits.

Also I don't know exactly what you mean by "rougher road trips". Rough roads? Inclement weather? Third world countries? The N1k is reliable but it's not an adventure bike. The KTM and the VStroms would be better suited if any of these apply. By all intents and purposes, ADV bikes are the perfect road trip bikes if you're going to encounter rougher than normal riding situations.
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If you are comparing specs, its worth digging deeper for the real specs. Kawasakis hp and weight figures are way more accurate than what KTM offers. KTM claimed 1190 power levels are a perfect example of that.

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I mean keep the KTR for trips to Alaska, Glacier National Park, 4x4 roads etc. Use the N1sx or zx14r for trips that are pavement friendly. I want a step up in terms of speed and handling from the 1190. Just not sure if the N1 will be enough or if I need to go to the zx14 for that as I still want all day comfort.
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If you want speed and comfort, go fok the zx14. The Ninja is for people who want some of that, but dont want to deal with 600lbs. If the weight and size doesnt matter, its more comfortable.
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post #6 of 70 Old 01-14-2020, 06:44 PM
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Kawasaki H2 SX is your bike.
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post #7 of 70 Old 01-15-2020, 12:22 AM
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Kawasaki H2 SX is your bike.
The H2 SX is a little less upright than the N1K. It really depends on what you want.
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post #8 of 70 Old 01-15-2020, 11:56 AM
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Well he's also looking at the ZX14, which has an even sportier position. It seems sportier & more exciting is what he's after. He's already had the VStrom 1000 & Versys 1000, and is now on an 1190. I say go big or go home. LOL! Hell there's also the naked H2 now.
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post #9 of 70 Old 01-16-2020, 12:03 PM
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There is no Ninja 1000 SX SE. Need more clarity on what you are referring to.

You are all over the place, but I get that. I am too when I shop bikes. The Ninja 1000 is nimble, but itís all relative. I have a Superduke GT that is more nimble, but not enough that it would sway my decision on that and a Ninja 1000.

The ZX14 is a much heavier, longer wheelbase bike. Iíve ridden one, but only a short distance several years ago. So I cannot comment much on it beyond the obvious.

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post #10 of 70 Old 01-16-2020, 01:40 PM
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There is no Ninja 1000 SX SE. Need more clarity on what you are referring to.

There are still listings out there referring to a 2020 SE, sometimes as a special model, sometimes as the base model. But it does appear to have been scrubbed from more than few websites.


https://www.kawasakininja1000.com/fo...e-edition.html
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