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post #1 of 12 Old 04-14-2019, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, I'm interested in getting a used N1k. There's a 2011 available nearby, with 8k miles. Have there been major updates since the '11 model? Anything that would make a later year more desirable? I've been a Kawi lover since my first one, a '73 900 z-1. (yes, I'm that old, lol) I've been without a Kawi for several years now, and really need to return to my first true love! So anyhow, any reason to avoid a 2011?
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-14-2019, 12:26 PM
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I'm sure there are others who may be able to compare/contrast the first gens with subsequent models better, but here's my understanding: the engine remains the same across all models; the major upgrades are standard ABS (2011 model had optional ABS), rider modes, traction control, and revised bodywork/ergonomics. As a 2011 owner with 12k on the clock, I can say that the bike is very reliable. Look for the usual things: condition of tires and brakes, condition of chain/sprockets, did the owner keep service records, etc. If the bike is located in a damp climate or where roads are salted, look for rust/corrosion. Overall it's a solid sports tourer with great handling and plenty of power. As long as it was taken care of, it should provide you with many miles of fun. The only upgrades I have done are stainless hydraulic lines, a PUIG screen, and a Sargent seat (whoops, forgot the R&G tail tidy and Motodynamic taillight). I am kind of jealous of the revised bodywork (not only because it looks much easier to remove lol); the new models are very good looking IMO.

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When did the change in bodywork occur? Every one I've seen so far all look the same? I did just read about all the electronic wizardry of the 2014 update. Being retired, I'm really looking mainly for a low price. $5100 for this 2011, seemed cheap, but I haven't seen it yet.
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Looks like 2017 was the first year of the revised bodywork.
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Looks like 2017 was the first year of the revised bodywork.
ok, thanks for all the info.
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I have a 2012. The 2011-2013 were the same. ABS was not THAT common during the first few years. 2014 was the first big update. That included abs on all bikes as well as traction control. 2016 was when it got the updated clutch. 2017 for the new bodywork and the cornering abs.

Theres no reason to avoid any of them, but the newer bikes really are a better buy. Especially the 2017-2019 and the cornering abs. Then again, thats not really a fair comparison when we start comparing a 5000.00 used bike to a 10,000+new bike.
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I do believe ABS wasn't an option on the 2011, then 2012 it was an option and then as has been mentioned it became standard in 2014,,. So something to look out for when looking at the pre 2014 models,,. Personally I would want the ABS,,. Perhaps another change was the slipper clutch introduced in 2015/16 model years,,. And yes they will all have the same body work through to 2017 model year,,.

All indication is that the N1K is pretty reliable,,.

My second Kawasaki in eight years and never a mechanical issue yet,,.

Just saying!!!!!
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I would offer $4800.00, I believe they would take it if it’s a private seller and not a dealer, then if they said yes I would jump all over it for that price. I have a 2012 with abs which can be handy at times but also can be problematic if the pump goes out like mine. Now on the other hand if money is no issue you could probably find a 2014 and up with every thing for around $7,000, but the low mileage bike your looking at would make a good one at that price.

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you could probably find a 2014 and up with every thing for around $7,000, but the low mileage bike your looking at would make a good one at that price.
There was a '14 on Ebay this morning, with 2400 miles..... for 5999 BIN. Unfortunately someone got it already.
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I see the bike is gone now. But just to add to the differences: The rear subframe was revised after 2014. It's what allows you to use the Kawasaki OEM saddlebags (as opposed to an aftermarket solution)
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