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2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 arrives

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

The big Kawasaki Ninja 1000 has arrived with new electronic rider aids, marginally wider fairings for increased wind protection, redesigned seats, an all-new dash and many other upgrades.

And all this for just $300 more than last year’s price.

It comes in a choice of Candy Lime Green / Metallic Carbon Gray, or Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Graphite Gray for $16,299 plus on-road costs.2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

The third iteration of the big Ninja makes this one very accomplished sports tourer.

The Ninja’s 1043cc 4-stroke inline four engine has revised ECU settings to meet stringent European emissions targets. Kawasaki says it also provides smoother power delivery.

It’s electronic rider aids, inspired by the WSBK championship winning Ninja ZX-10R, now include an Inertia Measurement Unit package with launch control and Kawasaki Cornering Management Function.

The Ninja 1000 also gets LED headlamps, a restyled front cowl, and slightly wider fairings for increased wind protection.

The new instruments feature a large analogue tachometer, gear position indicator, shift-up indicator and a multi-function LCD screen.2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

Kawasaki says they have redesigned the rider and passenger seats for more comfort and there are big grab handles for the passenger.2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

A new “Clean-Mount” pannier system allows optional panniers to be attached and removed very easily, leaving a clean look when removed.

The clutch lever is now adjustable and there is a host of touring accessories available.2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

These new features join a long list of existing features such as triple petal discs, radial-mount monobloc callipers and radial-pump front brake master cylinder, assist and slipper clutch, hand-adjustable remote preload adjuster and 19 litre fuel tank.

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

Meanwhile, Kawasaki has a $1500 cashback offer on their 2016 model Ninja 1000 until the end of February.

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

Price $16,299 (+ORC)
Engine Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 1043cc
Bore and Stroke 77.0 x 56.0 mm
Compression ratio 11.8:1
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump
Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Sealed Chain
Primary reduction ratio 1.627 (83/51)
1st 2.600 (39/15)
2nd 1.950 (39/20)
3rd 1.600 (24/15)
4th 1.389 (25/18)
5th 1.238 (26/21)
6th 1.107 (31/28)
Final reduction ratio 2.733 (41/15)
Clutch Assist and Slipper, Wet Multi-Plate Manual
Type Aluminium twin-tube
Wheel travel:
Front 120 mm
Rear 144 mm
Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear 190/50ZR17M/C (73W)
Caster (rake) 24.5°
Trail 102 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 31° / 31°

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

Front 41 mm inverted fork with compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Rear Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged rear shock with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Front: Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Caliper Dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston with ABS
Rear: Single 250 mm petal disc
Caliper Single-piston with ABS
Overall length 2,100 mm
Overall width 790 mm
Overall height 1,185 mm / 1,235 mm
Wheelbase 1,440 mm
Ground clearance 130 mm
Seat height 815 mm
Curb mass 235 kg (includes full fuel tank and all fluids at correct levels)
Fuel capacity 19 L
Maximum power 105 kW @ 10,000 rpm
Maximum torque 111 N-m @ 7,300 rpm

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000