I presently own a Ducati Diavel 2011 and I am looking to add a second bike that complements my Diavel. The Ninja 1000 would be a nice fit so I am trying to learn as much as I can by joining the forum. Glad to be here.
Why are you considering the N1K? That might help people give you some helpful advice. I am multibike owner and will be taking delivery of mine next week. I can't add a lot of in the saddle experience but I did a huge amount of research before pulling the trigger.
If you want a pretty fast, good handing, sport touring (more emphasis on sport than touring) then the N1K is a pretty good option. Based on my test ride they really focused on very usable power but geared the bike a little too short for optimum highway cruising. One of the first things I'll do is go up a tooth on the front sprocket to give it a bit longer legs.
I really like my Diavel because it has ABS, ride modes and traction control- all of which are adjustable for specific ride set-ups. I also like it for its looks and performance.
I never had an inline 4 and would like get one at some point for their performance. The N1K, has ride modes, traction control and ABS so that ticks those boxes. I like the fact that it has a full fairing and of course a comfortable riding position without the forward lean of a true sport bike- my lower back could not withstand a full on sport bike. I would be using the bike more for single day riding and not touring but that is nice option to have which I currently don't have that with my Diavel.
So the N1K has the sport bike performance and tech and easy ergo riding position. It is looking like a very good option.
I think you've hit most of the key points of the N1K. Factor in it has good, solid low-end to mid-range and enough top end rush to be fun. There aren't a lot of bikes much stronger than the N1K below 8k RPM. It is pulling very hard. Other bikes have a better top end rush but by then you are way into lose your license category.
Find one and take it for a ride if you can. I found it fit quite nicely between my K16GT and some very fast V-twins I have (one more race spec than streetable). It also has excellent brakes as well. All in all it is quite a bargain for what you get. I bought mine to use a commuter.
I have also the privilege of ownership of a 2015 diavel. It was stolen 3 months ago. But I would say the best advantage of the n1k would be the in line 4 because we both know the vibrations of that v twin devil can be a bit harsh. Ps if your looking forward to the safety features of the n1k, I recommend the 2016 model. It has the slipper clutch wich helps with smoother downshifs aND a lighter clutch pull. welcome to the club!!!
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