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post #1 of 171 Old 10-10-2019, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Ninja 1000: Gone For 2020

Kawasaki has uploaded their carryover models for 2020 along with some of the brand new models. The existing Ninja 1000, Z650, and Z900 models are no longer listed for 2020. The ZX-10RR also doesn't carry over, but a new version is all but certain for next year.

On the website are shown five bikes hidden under covers, two to be revealed on October 23 at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show and the remaining three at EICMA in November. I think we can safely say the new supercharged Z H2 is one of the Tokyo mystery bikes, and an upgraded ZX-10RR is one of the remaining four. So that leaves three unknown new models to debut in the coming month.
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Those models were all updated around the 2017 model. The Z900 came out in 2017 I believe. It's entirely possible they don't want to release the bold new colors of 2020 until the first half of 2020? After all it's only October 2019.

Or they only plan to have the Versys 1000 carryover the fantastic liter motor.
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The carryovers with bold new graphics are now uploaded at Kawasaki.com. Based on years of watching new model year updates I think we've seen the last of the models no longer listed.

It's possible the Ninja 1000 will be re-launched with substantial updates, and it's one of the "mystery bikes" they'll show soon. Apart from that, do not expect a 2020 Ninja 1000.
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I heard that there will be an updated Ninja 1000 and that it will be a global name, no more Z1000SX. Not a verifiable source though.
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It may be supercharged.....
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Wow, I hope it's not discontinued for 2020...what rotten timing that'd be. I was all set to pull the trigger on a '20 to replace the FJR1300 I have now -- want a lighter, nimbler touring(ish)-w/-fairing bike. I know there will be leftover '19s available, but I wanted something other than black and was hoping for a few model upgrades (TFT, etc.). If true, this really throws one heckuva big monkey wrench into my plans. :-(

I'm still going to remain optimistic, that maybe it's one of the mystery models still uncovered on the site.
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Yep looks like the N1k is a boat anchor now, at least they kept the ZX- 14 for next year. I’m sure sales of a particular model has a lot to do with them moth balling a peticular model. Evidentially some people are still buying the ZX-14.

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Good news rc65, Kawasaki has 2 versions of an improved Ninja 1000. Ones called the Versys 1000 se. It has the electronics, electronic suspension, but the color choice is limited. The other improved ninja 1000 is called the h2sx se. I think you can get that one in green.

Before those two bikes were available, it made sense.
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Anyone who thinks the Versys is an improved version of the Ninja is out of their mind. It's not even remotely in the same class. It's an ADVENTURE bike, tall, bulky feeling, heavy, dumbass adventure styling, etc. Left me cold. Yeah, I've read the rave reviews but it certainly isn't for me.


H2 maybe fits the bill if they cut the price and weight into the Ninja range.


Really glad I just picked up a new '18. I can live with black and it'll last me a long long time. In my looking there are lots of '19s around and now I know why they aren't being discounted.
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Good news rc65, Kawasaki has 2 versions of an improved Ninja 1000. Ones called the Versys 1000 se. It has the electronics, electronic suspension, but the color choice is limited. The other improved ninja 1000 is called the h2sx se. I think you can get that one in green.

Before those two bikes were available, it made sense.
I’ve looked at the Versys pretty closely, but the ADV segment just isn’t for me...and not looking for a H2 supersport-type bike. The Ninja 1000 checked all the right boxes--relatively upright seating, sport-like profile and handling, touring option, etc. If the ninja 1000 isn’t available for 2020, I’ll either need to look at a leftover ‘19 and live with black (and apparently a mothballed model), or change my plans altogether, plans that probably will no longer include Kawasaki, unfortunately and disappointingly.
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