I finally picked up my beautiful machine last week. I've been waiting over one year for this and now slowly burning through my run-in period before I can unleash the beast!
I've been a member here since March 2015 and it's been interesting reading each member's accounts of praise and complaint in relation to the N1K. While there's still not much on the 2016 model, I already had a pretty good idea about the bike's characteristics before I rode one.
While I've only been riding the N1K for one week now (and keeping below 4K RPM) I have ridden various bikes over a 35 year period and have some initial comments on comfort, handling, etc if anyone is interest?
AUD$13,500 Ride away including 6 mounts rego. I am purchasing panniers and have been quoted AUD$1,268 including installation.
I can't mention much on power as I'm trying my hardest to keep the RPM under 4,000 during run-in. I know plenty of others just smash their machines right out-of-the-box with hard run-ins, but I'm taking a softer approach inline with the manufacturer's recommendations. There is much 'entertaining' conversation about Throttle Response of late and I've found the 2016 silky-smooth. All my N1K riding thus far has been urban / city riding that gives you plenty of throttle on/off opportunities. Letting go of the throttle completely, allowing compression breaking to slow the machine was much less than anticipated - especially since reading the abovementioned thread on Throttle Response with many riders considering it to be non-linear and are looking to smooth it out. Perhaps its something that has been rectified in the 2016 and since I've never ridden another N1K, I've got nothing to compare it to? But if I compare it to other super-sport bikes I've ridden in the past, it's very smooth in comparison. There is also an inherent millimetre or two of slack in the throttle which I appreciate!
After watching many YouTube reviews of older models, I was also expecting the steering/cornering stability to be much firmer than it was. Many riders were complaining about the force necessary to initiate cornering, but I find this bike turns so easily - it's extremely manoeuvrable and I just love corners on this machine!
SEAT / COMFORT:
About 1 hour into my rides I'm thinking about the pain in my ***. I will persist for now and see if I can just get used to it before making any decisions to acquire something more comfortable. One thing I did notice, is that I don't feel any tendency to slide forward on the seat. It feels rather neutral and I can happily choose my position which will remain that way until I choose to move back or forwards as the ride dictates. This might have something to do with my height/weight, being 178cm tall / 80kg? The overall ergonomics are perfect for my build and apart from the stock seat, this is an extremely comfortable bike. I can easily place both feet on the ground as well.
Yes, while city riding is perfect with the windscreen tucked into its lowest position, highway use is tiring. But with so many people exchanging the stock N1K windscreen, I was expecting a lot of buffeting at highway speeds in the highest position. I didn't experience any such thing at it's highest position. Apart from the aesthetic appeal of a tinted windscreen, I'm more than happy with the stock windscreen thus far.
Everything else about this bike is great and I'm so happy with my purchase. The only other observations I'll mention are that the brakes are fantastic, I like the stock exhaust because it's nice and quiet, but I'm really disappointed with the headlights! Seriously, why is Kawasaki still using these crappy old-tech lights on current models - I just don't get it? The last negative would be the fuel consumption, but I'm hoping this is primarily due to the fact that I'm running it in and the majority of riding is done in traffic / urban conditions?
I don't have any mods completed yet, but endeavour to install the following when I can afford it:
- LED headlights
- Airhorn (screaming banshee look like a contender?)
- Frame sliders
- Alarm (Scorpion)
- RAM Mount
- Front / Rear Axle Sliders
- Power Socket & USB Power Adapter
- Front Sprocket 16T
- Digital Gear Indicator
- Fender Eliminator
I will post additional updates on handling/performance or any other issues as I gain more experience on the bike, in case anyone is interested or for those whom plan on buying a 2016 model.