The evolution of the Ninja 1000SX

POSTED: 02/05/2022

The Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX - Evolution

Ninja by name, Ninja by nature

One of the last remaining pillars in the authentic sport-touring category, the Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX takes centre stage as one of the best sport-touring models ever made. The bike from the factory came with brilliant technology, enhanced power and a breathtaking price point - making it the ideal model within Kawasaki's range.

Take a trip down memory lane with us as we discover how far the model has come since its birth and why you should really consider this beast as your next pride and joy.

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The Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX - Evolution
The Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX - Evolution 2011 model side

2011 - The legend is born

The Ninja 1000SX burst onto the market with not much competition from other manufacturers. Taking inspiration from the Z1000 (2010), there were some key features that riders wanted from this new model - which Kawasaki catered for. Firstly the bike had substantial power of 136hp and 110Nm of torque, enough for even the sportiest of riders. The model also showcased fully adjustable inverted forks, a 19L tank and a mixture of LCD & analogue riding displays.

The Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX - Evolution 2014 model side

2014 - Rider enhancements here we come

There were a number of significant changes to the model in 2014 that we still see on the model today. Kawasaki added three-stage traction control and two power modes as standard, they enhanced braking with ABS too as an optional extra. As well as these main headline points, there were improvements made to the gears incorporating a taller sixth gear. Monoblock radial-mounted calipers were added, the rear shock was made 3% stiffer and a remote rear pre-load adjuster was utilised. This was sure to be a model they'd be keeping in their range for a long time to come.

The Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX - Evolution 2017 model side

2017 - One of a kind

The third generation of the model brought some revolutionary changes too. A six-axis IMU was added allowing cornering ABS - a feature we saw more regularly on high-end sport bikes. In addition to this, Kawasaki revised the display, lengthened the windscreen and utilised KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent ABS) which riders agreed was a smoother system. As for styling, the bike was redesigned to look a little more like a contemporary H2 and LED headlamps were added.

The Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX - Evolution 2020 model side

2020 - Turning up the comfort dial

At last, the birth of cruise control on this model! This remastered version featured more comforts like cruise control, a two-way quick-shifter, a slipper clutch and a custom riding mode. Electronics were reworked to full ride-by-wire with electronic throttle valves and the TFT display took another upgrade, this time including Bluetooth connectivity with a dedicated app. Comfort was everything, so a larger more comfortable seat for both rider and pillion was added and a taller four-way adjustable screen too. Kawasaki goes one deeper into the sports-tourer category here, enhancing both sport and touring features on the model.

The journey continues

The model is now sitting at the high end of its category with even more upgrades made to the latest version. The rider now receives a clean-mount pannier system, Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tyres, KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter), and a new exhaust system. The list of features is endless on this model and the level of engineering brilliance is outstanding.

The Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX - Evolution 2022 Model Close ups
The Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX - Evolution

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