Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Central Kentucky
Bikram makes a good point about the Ninja 1000 being more sport than touring and I agree. It is still very capable of touring but never lets you forget that it is on the sport side of the equation. The bars are just high enough to be comfortable but you are not quite fully upright. There is just enough leg room that it does not feel like a super sport. I have owned two, a 2011 which I totaled, and am still riding my 2013. I am approaching 58 years of age and have a 34 inch inseam but still find the bike to be comfortable enough for some touring.
I do wish the final gearing were taller. The engine is smooth enough at highway speeds but with all the mid range torque this motor has they could have easily given it a taller sixth gear. The catalytic converter does throw off some heat and I felt it on my right foot on hot days in traffic, but soon had a full exhaust on the bike which deleted the cat. One thing I have to say about this bike is that it may be the most reliable and most solidly built of all the bikes I have owned. Mine has 30,000 miles and feels like it did when new and has required very little to keep it this way.
When buying a sport touring bike it comes down to where along the ST equation do you want to be. If you desire to be more on the touring side there are others you should consider. If you want to be a little on the sport side of the equation and still tour occasionally there may be no better choice in my humble opinion than the Ninja 1000. Just be sure to replace the 190/50 rear tire with a 190/55...….much improved handling. Why they still sell this thing with a 190/50 is a mystery to me.
2013 Ninja 1000.....Osram Nightbreakers, Pazzo levers, Vesrah pads, Puig screen, R&G frame sliders / case covers / axle protector, Sargent seat, PC5 with Ivans fuel map and ECU reflash, Akrapovic full exhaust, forks and shock rebuilt by Traxxion Dynamics.
2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT.....ECU reflashed by Ivan.