I bought my 2015 ninja 1000 April 2017 new in crate. It is my first bike and wanted something that was comfortable and didn't break the bank.
From the time of purchase till now I have put 17k miles on her with ZERO issues. The bike has been abused since day one. I probably have over 500 top speed runs on her. 300 logged in my Dragy app used for data logging improvements when street tuning.
The bike is extremely consistent and believe it to be a very solid/reliable platform.
1. I will start with saying that I was not very impressed with how the bike handled in stock form. This prompted me to try a 190/55 s21 tire and then was
curious to see what a 200/55 profile s21 would feel like. I really enjoyed the look of the 200/55 and handling aspects so I have been stuck riding on that
size since 8k miles. I go thru rears every 3k. Switching to the M7rr has proved to be well worth it and now am trying the Rosso III. The s21 IMO cannot
handle the extra weight of the bike in fast pace riding situations.
2. Next suspension mod was to change the ergonomics of the bike. I was not happy with how upright the BP was. It does not help when leaned over going
at a high rate of speed. For this, I decided to buy woodcraft universal clip ons with 1.5inch risers. These do work very well and will allow the levers to
clear the fairings with a 2005 zx10r front brake master cylinder. The master cylinder has PLENTY of braking power and will be no issue. Body position
roughly has moved forward by 2 inches and down 1.5 inches. I am 6 feet tall and have long arms so it has helped comfort for me aswell as offering
better control of the bike.
3. Last suspension mod that I have done was lower the front by 8mm. That requires you to lift the front forks up 8mm in the triple tree. did a
4. Power mods, outside of doing internal engine work/ race fuel, I have done everything possible to this bike to make the most power possible.
First most important mod that I can suggest anyone to do is to buy the akrapovic full system.
They have designed the system to work without a tune and make the most usable power. I have tested this and the bike runs awesome with no tune. My stock 1/4 mile times went from 11.1 at 125 to 10.8 at 130 with just the system using a 200/55 rear tire and 39T rear sprocket.
Second, I would suggest is to buy a DNA filter/ perform airbox mod and send your ECU to IVAN performance if you do not want to hassle with dyno/street tuning. The DNA filter offers more flow-able surface area then any other filter except MWR. MWR air filter flows alot of air and do not think Ivans flash would work well with it. DNA would be fine but he can verify with you. He is very knowledgeable. HOWEVER I did not go that route. I opted to buy Woolich racing DIY kit and tune my bike myself for reasons below.
so normal stuff that people wouldn't think to do for power enhancements below.
We all know that 2014+ bikes come with an intake cam that is not as aggressive as the 2010-2013 bikes. Bottom line is the 3rd gen cam has .012" more lift, lobe center of 107 vs 110 and has 6 degrees more duration. Lobe center being 3 degrees less = more power to be made earlier in the power band however with more duration and lift will allow for power to be carried for a much longer time. Ivan has dynoes to prove this.
I made the swap, and it is awesome! I shaved off a conservative half a second in my 60-130 pulls using dragy and 5mph gain in my 1/2 times. Overall ET have stayed similar but this is due to my riding skills that are not up to par yet in regards to launching the bike with the extra power. My 1/8th is suffering badly.
Next change I have done is take out the extremely long 3 inch velocity stacks that the 4th gens come with and put in 4 of the shortest stacks that the 3rd gen come with, being 2inch long. This did not effect low end TQ as I was expecting. The bike pulls like a freight train from 2k all the way to 11.5k with no sign of signing off. 4th gen cam signed off at 10.5k.
Next change I made was swap the NGK plugs for some Brisk Racing LGS plugs. In theory they should offer a better burn, and I did notice the bike responded better.
Next change, I lightened the flywheel by 10oz. This is done by going to a machine shop that can machine the existing OD of the flywheel down to 125 thou, stock is 245 thou in OD. This has helped with rev matching, as the motor responds quicker to throttle input. Bike also feels like it picks up quicker but I do not think its significant enough to see any real improvement on the dragy logs. All in all I recommend doing this if you like a bike to react more like a super sport bike in throttle feel and sound.
Next thing I did was compare DNA and MWR filters. MWR is king, it required more fuel and has helped pick up 1mph in my 1/2 consistently. The bike sounds louder and I love it. I did not buy their HE version.
Obviously the last thing is tuning. I am tuning the bike myself with Woolich and it has proved to work for me. Unfortunate they do not have their quick shifter available for it currently because of an update they are doing to the product. Tuning will make the most difference in Low/Mid range where we spend most of the day riding.
In summary, the over and beyond mods that this bike has compared to the rest of the ninja's that I have noticed is as follows.
1. Woodcraft clip ons
2. 200/55 rear tire
3. Lightened Flywheel
4. Brisk LGS racing plugs
5. 3rd gen Intake cam swap
6. 3rd gen 2inch velocity stacks
7. MWR foam filter
8. Self Tuned
I feel like the intake cam was the stepping stone to get to the next level of performance with the bike. With that being said, I am looking forward to the new 6th gen zx10r. This ninja is just not fast enough for me.
I run EBC HH pads, CRG shorty levers, Hotbodies windscreen (clears levers with clip-ons), Ninja 250 mirrors with 25mm spacers.
Feel free to ask any questions you may have. Pictures and video links are below.
I will have to update this to my current setup and review.
Best to date time for 3rd gen cam, (Still tuning)
Best to date time for 4th gen cam (tune was best I could do)
I will say this, from ONLY akra can to finished mod list and current tune my bike has shaved over more then a second off my 60-130 roll on times.
It's a pretty fast Ninja 1000,
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