Become a Member: Get Ad-Free Access to 3,000+ Reviews, Guides, & More

The 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Debuts at EICMA

2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX

Missing No More

Kawasaki released its lineup for 2020 and the Ninja 1000 was missing from it. Now it isn’t. The company unveiled a new Ninja 1000SX. The bike has been mostly reworked to provide riders with an even better experience on two wheels. The addition of this bike fills a hole in the Kawasaki lineup. 

The Ninja 1000 features a new face and bodywork. The bike looks a little less aggressive and more like a sport-touring machine. It also gets a single-side exhaust unit as opposed to the two options previously used. The windscreen is a little larger and should provide more protection from the wind and elements, and the seat has been reworked to give the bike a more upswept look.

The motorcycle has a new color TFT screen allowing access to all the information needed and to the different riding modes. They include sport, road, rain, and rider (a customizable one). The screen also gives the rider access to the traction control modes. That not enough tech? The bike also gets the Kawasaki Rideology smartphone app that allows you to record ride data and adjust settings.

The engine is the same as before. It’s a 1,042cc inline-four. That said, Kawasaki made some internal adjustments to make it good from an emissions standpoint. Overall, the changes are good, and I’m looking forward to seeing this bike in action.