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2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 - COOL WALL VOTE: AWESOME

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:55 am

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2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

Naked Bike? Super Standard? Modern UJM? Who Cares What It’s Called: The Futuristically Retro and Super-fast Z1000 Is an Absolute Blast to Ride

It’s a rare thing: a new from the ground up motorcycle that feels so right and works so well right out of the crate that it has the press swooning and owners crooning. These well-sorted but rare bikes are often described as “happy motorcycles,” and it’s become crystal clear during the last year that Kawasaki’s Z1000 – completely redesigned in 2010 – is a very happy machine. It’s a realization that comes after just a mile or two in the saddle, and it’s one that confirms the fact that this motorcycle’s design team worked a special bit of magic during development.

The Z1000 thrills before you even jump aboard, with some of motorcycling’s most rakishly stunning lines and body shapes. The aesthetic showcase begins with a low-mount front cowl that slopes back radically, highlighting the Z’s prow and, behind it, an adjustable instrument cluster featuring a multifunction LCD display covered by a trick-looking orange lens. The headlight represents Kawasaki’s first-ever use of a line-beam unit, the guts of which are integrated nicely into that angled cowl. Moving rearward, you come to a shapely fuel tank that’s flared on the sides to let you grab it with your knees and that’s trim at the back for a snug fit. The seat is low and narrow at the front to make ground contact easy, and flows beautifully rearward to end in a futuristically retro LED taillight behind a red lens. It’s a thoroughly athletic shape, one sure to garner attention wherever it’s ridden.

Totally redesigned just last year, the Z features a wide range of new-think moto technology, including an aluminum frame similar to the ZX™-10R’s that curves over the engine, cradling it from above. The design allows a narrow mid-section, which fosters a high degree of rider comfort and feedback in addition to keeping weight low and chassis rigidity high. The engine bolts solidly to the frame in three places, stressed-member-style, and there’s also a rubber mount at the upper rear crankcase area for added vibration damping and torsional rigidity. The main frame and swingarm pivot elements are cast as a single unit, with welds eliminated wherever possible for a more aesthetically pleasing look. And the subframe is a lightweight aluminum die-casting, which is light, smooth and beautiful.

Suspension at both ends is thoroughly modern and wickedly functional: a beefy, fully adjustable 41mm inverted fork up front and a spring preload and rebound damping adjustable horizontal back-link shock is mounted above the swingarm to shield it from exhaust heat and foster an added degree of mass centralization. Wheel control is simply superb, and the substantial feedback sent to the rider makes it easy to know exactly what’s going on at the bike’s contact patches.

The heart of every naked bike is its engine, so Kawasaki engineers paid special attention here for maximum, arm-straightening impact: Dual cams. Sixteen valves. 1,043cc. Liquid cooling. High compression. A long stroke – 56mm – for instantaneous thrust. Six speeds. And digital fuel injection. It’s all there.

The result? This inline-four packs impressive horsepower combined with the sort of flexible, mid-range-heavy power delivery that pastes a silly grin on the face of anyone lucky enough to be aboard. From nearly any rpm, rolling the Z1000’s throttle provides the kind of instant gratification most sportbikes just can’t quite muster, all with silky smooth, highly intoxicating response.

There’s more, of course. Check out the Z’s five-spoke wheels, with spokes machined near the rims for a custom look. We carried forward the quad-pipe theme from the last Z1000 (and the first Z-1), but an under-engine pre-chamber lets engineers use shorter mufflers for great looks and better mass centralization. A solid-mount handlebar and aluminum footpegs lifted from the Ninja® ZX-10R contribute to the Z1000’s quality, top-shelf feel. Brakes? Totally modern: Radially mounted calipers, Ninja-spec 300mm petal-type rotors and a radial-pump master cylinder all provide the latest in braking feel and feedback.

Conventional wisdom says many of today’s motorcycles lack soul, or are all too much alike. The Z1000 proves otherwise – and happily.


2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 - Specifications
MSRP: $13,699.00 CDN / $10,999 USD


ENGINE
Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 1,043 cm3
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

DRIVETRAIN
Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Sealed chain
Primary Reduction Ratio 1.627 (83/51)
Gear Ratios: 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 1.136 (25/22)
Final Reduction Ratio 2.733 (41/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual

FRAME
Type Aluminium twin-tube
Wheel Travel: Front 120 mm
Wheel Travel: Rear 138 mm
Tires: Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tires: Rear 190/50ZR17M/C (73W)
Caster (Rake) 24.5°
Trail 102 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 31° / 31°

SUSPENSION
Front: Type 41 mm inverted fork with stepless compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Rear: Type Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged, with stepless rebound damping and cam-style spring preload adjustability

BRAKES
Front Type Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Front Caliper Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston
Rear Type Single 250 mm petal disc
Rear Caliper Single-piston

DIMENSIONS
Overall Length 2,105 mm
Overall width 790 mm
Overall height 1,170 mm
Wheelbase 1,445 mm
Ground clearance 135 mm
Seat Height 820 mm
Curb mass 228 kg
Fuel Capacity 19 litres

PERFORMANCE
Maximum Power 101.5 kW {138 PS} / 9,600 rpm
Maximum Torque 110 N.m {11.2 kgf.m} / 7,800 rpm
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Re: 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 - COOL WALL VOTE: In progress

Unread post by ZRex » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:02 am

I voted Awesome, this is the first bike on the cool wall I would actually buy. The Ninja 1000 has to be Awesome, it is fast, it has good handling, it is comfortable and it's not too expensive.

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Unread post by SlingVTR » Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:14 am

I voted cool, it isnt awesome enough to be awesome, just cool, it provides more ability than 97% can use, will be reliable, handle, wheelie etc etc etc.....the problem I have with it is the big screen and fairing, is it trying to be all things to all men....oh and apparently some women ride bikes too....cool.
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Unread post by Johnj » Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:48 pm

Awesome
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Unread post by rayian » Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:16 pm

Definitely awesome. It just is. That's all

I'll take the black one.

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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sat Apr 02, 2011 1:04 am

Stratch, tour, track, commute, whatever. Awesomely versatile, awesomely competent, and just plain awesome.
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Unread post by sunshine229 » Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:47 am

This is a gorgeous bike!

It is nearly the same as the Z1000 just with all that extra plastic up front. For me, the additional fairings make the bike look too chunky and a bit unbalanced. I would buy the Z1000 before I bought this version.

I voted cool. 8)
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:50 pm

I really like Kawaski's idea of bringing back the UJM... I love the UJM concept! But my modern UJM just can't include a full fairing! UJM's are naked, not dressed. :naughty:

So, while I really want to vote Awesome it has too much plastic on for me to vote that, so it's Cool till it's takes it's plastic off. :D

Also I don't understand why Kawasaki is calling this a "Retro Z1000".. The Ninja 1000 name IS retro, but the bike looks too modern to be called anything Retro. In 1988 the ZX1000 came out and the 2011 Ninja 1000 does take some of it's styling cues from it, so I guess it's "retro" in that way... What do you think?


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One other thing that bugs me about this is the muffler/exhaust design... what's it modeled after?

I'd test ride it if given the chance, maybe I'd love it, it does have a really nice power to weight ratio and a comfortable looking position... I bet you it's a blast to ride... just don't call it a Retro UJM! (Kawasaki please bring back the ZRX1200R please if you want a Retro UJM). If given the choice, I guess I'd go with the Z1000 (like Sunshine229) if I had to buy either new, but I'd rather go with the last ZRX1200R and get a real retro UJM.

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Unread post by Markg1 » Sun Apr 03, 2011 5:07 pm

I was on the fence with this one. Ten years ago it would have earned an awesome but I gave it a cool vote. After my V65 I wanted a zx-13 but it never happened. Now a little older I like the muscle bikes. But definitely awesomely-cool!!!
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:41 am

Markg1 wrote:I was on the fence with this one. Ten years ago it would have earned an awesome but I gave it a cool vote. After my V65 I wanted a zx-13 but it never happened. Now a little older I like the muscle bikes. But definitely awesomely-cool!!!
Funny enough, I'm in the same mindset it seems. Now a little older I like the muscle bikes. (But have always loved the naked standards). Drooled after the V65 when I was younger. :D
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Unread post by JVRR » Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:14 am

I voted cool. As others said it is cool, but lacking anything that makes it awesome. I actually like the exhaust, but what is the deal with that fender?
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:44 am

JVRR wrote:I voted cool. As others said it is cool, but lacking anything that makes it awesome. I actually like the exhaust, but what is the deal with that fender?

Interesting, I didn't notice that before... you are meaning the front fender right?

Yes, it looks like 1/2 a fender! And the rear passenger grab bars are strange too. But the front fender seems to not have a back piece, which won't be good for your engine as all the road rocks/stuff will get thrown into it!
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Unread post by JVRR » Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:48 am

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JVRR wrote:I voted cool. As others said it is cool, but lacking anything that makes it awesome. I actually like the exhaust, but what is the deal with that fender?

Interesting, I didn't notice that before... you are meaning the front fender right?

Yes, it looks like 1/2 a fender! And the rear passenger grab bars are strange too. But the front fender seems to not have a back piece, which won't be good for your engine as all the road rocks/stuff will get thrown into it!
Actually mean the rear fender, in a day where so many are cutting their fenders down, it looks like Kawasaki decided to extend it and make it hang awkwardly low and narrow...
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:55 am

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JVRR wrote:I voted cool. As others said it is cool, but lacking anything that makes it awesome. I actually like the exhaust, but what is the deal with that fender?

Interesting, I didn't notice that before... you are meaning the front fender right?

Yes, it looks like 1/2 a fender! And the rear passenger grab bars are strange too. But the front fender seems to not have a back piece, which won't be good for your engine as all the road rocks/stuff will get thrown into it!
Actually mean the rear fender, in a day where so many are cutting their fenders down, it looks like Kawasaki decided to extend it and make it hang awkwardly low and narrow...
LOL, well then, you are right there. I don't really know what that rear fender is going to do for dirt/water/etc with it being so narrow. It's quite long as well, they must have needed to meet legal requirements for length but really didn't want it there so they made it narrow I'd hazzard a guess.

Lots of people do cut their rear fenders, but they are there to save your back from spray... You can tell a rider who cut their rear fender off from the Rooster tails on their coat! lol. But it does look more streamlined cut.

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Unread post by jstark47 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:01 pm

Awesome. Sat on this thing at the New York show, most comfortable sportbike I ever sat on. I'm impressed that Kawi developed a new engine for this and the Z1000, instead of the normal strategy of using a detuned previous-gen engine for the "lower spec" sportbike. A sportbike actually meant for enjoyment in the real world, instead of only at Ludicrous Speed on the track. Awesome.
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Unread post by Markg1 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:44 pm

totalmotorcycle wrote:
Markg1 wrote:I was on the fence with this one. Ten years ago it would have earned an awesome but I gave it a cool vote. After my V65 I wanted a zx-13 but it never happened. Now a little older I like the muscle bikes. But definitely awesomely-cool!!!
Funny enough, I'm in the same mindset it seems. Now a little older I like the muscle bikes. (But have always loved the naked standards). Drooled after the V65 when I was younger. :D
I agree...gotta love the V65!
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Unread post by Wrider » Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:35 am

The front fender is back there. On most modern sportbikes it's skinnier behind the forks than it is in front.
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As for me, I voted Awesome. It's like a fully faired FZ1 with a better engine IMHO.
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:33 am

Wrider wrote:The front fender is back there. On most modern sportbikes it's skinnier behind the forks than it is in front.
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As for me, I voted Awesome. It's like a fully faired FZ1 with a better engine IMHO.

Great photo in big size... I was going to ask "Where did you get it?!" then I hit "Quote" and saw it's from Total Motorcycle of course!! DUH. :D

Sure looks pretty awesome in that shot.

jstark47 Awesome. Sat on this thing at the New York show, most comfortable sportbike I ever sat on. I'm impressed that Kawi developed a new engine for this and the Z1000, instead of the normal strategy of using a detuned previous-gen engine for the "lower spec" sportbike. A sportbike actually meant for enjoyment in the real world, instead of only at Ludicrous Speed on the track. Awesome.


JS you are right on the money with that analysis. Most of the time the manufacturers do indeed take a sportbike engine, de-tune it for mid-range and pop it into a new chassis. As you said, the problem with that is it's really a half-butted solution as the engine really wasn't designed to be "lugged" around at 5,000rpm a typical street bike rider averages their RPM at (I have to run a poll on that).

Definately good for Kawasaki to create this engine for the Z1000 and the Ninja 1000, kudos to them.

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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:25 am

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Re: 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 - COOL WALL VOTE: AWESOME

Unread post by hera » Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:03 pm

I voted awesome!!!

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