From a Press Release issued by Kawsaki.
The Ninja 1000 is targeted at riders looking for the aggressive styling of the Ninja but with a comfortable riding position, excellent ergonomics and Kawasaki dependability. So the motorcycle has a taller sixth gear for cruising, large fuel tank to reach the destination and remote rear spring preload adjuster to help ensure they arrive in comfort.
Chief among its attributes is the powerful inline-four cylinder 1,043cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, 16-valve engine. It is governed by Kawasaki’s perfectly calibrated electronic fuel injection that utilizes four 38mm Keihin downdraft throttle bodies that inhale through equal-length velocity stacks to provide crisp throttle response. Engine breathing was further improved by a vented airbox that is fed by additional front intakes, along with oval sub-throttles that all contribute to strong performance in the mid-to-high rev-range.
For those days in the saddle when road conditions are less than ideal, Kawasaki’s dual selectable Power Modes allow the rider to reduce engine output to 70 percent, matching the motorcycle’s performance to the prevailing conditions. This allows the rider to have confidence in any situation, especially when allied to the other attributes of the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS, such as its ABS braking system and KTRC three-mode Traction Control system.
The braking system uses radially mounted “monoblock” callipers for strength and stability. Using a radial pump master cylinder, the callipers clamp the brake pads onto 300mm wave-style rotors to give the rider feel and control. The precisely calibrated ABS system then helps to ensure the shortest stopping distances in slippery conditions, giving the rider greater stability and confidence to continue his ride.
The same wheel speed sensors used for the ABS system feed information to the KTRC Traction Control system, with its three different modes to allow maximum performance, regardless of the riding conditions.
The first two KTRC modes are intended to maximize acceleration, while the third is tuned for low traction or wet/adverse conditions. The traction control system can be turned off completely if the rider chooses.
The KTRC and Power Mode settings are selected via the bar-mounted switch. The chosen mode can be viewed at-a-glance on the LCD instrument display, along with the ABS and Economical Riding (ECO) status.
The Ninja 1000 sportbike features an advanced aluminium frame similar in design to the Ninja ZX-10R. Its lightweight assembly curves over the engine, cradling it from above and bolting to it solidly in three places for torsional rigidity, but with a rubber-backed fourth mount to isolate vibration.
The design allowed Kawasaki’s engineers to keep the bike’s waist narrow for superb rider interface, along with maximum comfort and control. The main frame and swingarm pivot pieces are cast as a single unit, with welds eliminated wherever possible for seamless aesthetics.
The Ninja 1000’s subframe design eliminates the need for side covers, allowing a narrower midsection, which will make it easier for most riders to reach the ground. It also allows for dealer installation of Kawasaki Genuine Accessory Quick Release (KQR) 28-liter hard saddlebags. The KQR bags also feature distinctive styling that is well suited to the Ninja 1000.
Suspension is handled by fully adjustable 41mm inverted front forks. In the rear, the single-shock system is adjustable for preload and rebound, with a remote preload adjuster allowing riders to dial-in the perfect setting for weight, riding style or passenger and luggage.
The horizontal back-link suspension system features a damper mounted almost horizontally above the swingarm for optimal mass centralization and heat resistance. The gas/oil shock offers superb wheel control whether you’re hammering along backroads or navigating potholed city streets. On the Ninja 1000, you’ll always know what’s happening at the contact patches.
The lightweight six-spoke wheels are supersport-style and offer the latest lightweight production technology. Not only do they reduce unsprung weight, allowing the suspension to function better, but they also carry the latest radial tire technology. The result is superb grip, precise handling and extended tread life.
Designed with in the spirit of Kawasaki’s race-ready ZX-6R and ZX-10R, the Ninja 1000 offers a radical look that is edgy but aerodynamically efficient so that it is both stable at high speed but also creates a quiet cocoon in which to work. It is also available in two new colours for 2015: Candy Lime Green/Metallic Spark Black and Metallic Carbon Gray/Metallic Spark Black.
A manually adjustable, three-position windscreen helps tailor the protection to the rider, allowing riders to pick the right setting for their height and position. Integrated front turn signals, a ZX-6R-style front fender, stylish tail-section and full-featured instrument panel complete the look.
With such a radical appearance, the Ninja 1000 offers surprisingly comfortable ergonomics. The handlebars are mounted higher than on race-oriented supersports, and the rubber-topped pegs are lower, making the Ninja 1000 a capable sport tourer, yet it remains a sportbike you can spend the day aboard without undue strain.
Passenger comfort and security are paramount and include grab-rails mounted to the subframe. And to sweeten the deal, Kawasaki offers a line of touring-oriented accessories, including color-matched hard-case saddlebags and top trunk, seat cowl, axle sliders and so much more.
In addition to all the comfort features, riders who intend to use their Ninja 1000 for touring duties will enjoy the additional range from the taller sixth gear. Its function is to reduce engine revs, making it more relaxing for the rider and allowing you to travel even further on the large 5-gallon fuel tank.
It’s rare to find such all-around functionality in a sporting motorcycle today. But the 2015 Ninja 1000 is a different beast – one with wide-ranging talent in sport, sport-touring and commuting roles. As a leading magazine wrote recently: “In the real world we ride through every day, it doesn’t get much better than the Ninja 1000.”
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