2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS Review

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS


2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS


2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS


2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS


2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS



2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS Review


2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS on www.Totalmotorcycle.com




Modern aggressive styling with sharp and edgy lines makes it unmistakably Ninja®. The ultimate sport tourer infused with superbike technology makes it the Ninja 1000 ABS motorcycle. From the daily urban commute to back roads and 2-up touring, the Ninja 1000 ABS offers open-class thrills, everyday comfort and enhanced touring performance.


The Kawaskai Ninja® 1000 ABS has been thoroughly refined with key chassis updates and the addition of an IMU from the Ninja ZX™-10R, enhancing both its sporting character and sport-touring capabilities (with the addition of KQR saddlebags and other genuine Kawasaki Accessories) to create the dream combination – Ninja and touring.


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The roar of a pack of superbikes echoes through the rolling hills of Northern California. The world famous Laguna Seca Race Track is alive with another race weekend. The lead group climbs the backstretch headed for the corkscrew. Atop the adjacent hill is a lone sportbike parked overlooking, watching as the laps tick away with lightening speed. The checkered flag waves signaling the end of the race, but the beginning of your adventure.


The kickstand snaps up, as you roll onto a two-lane twisty road. You head west, towards the coast. You’re many miles from home, but you still decide to take the long way back. You’re a racer at heart, but you’re not on the track-at least not today-instead, you’re riding many miles to watch the race up close. Now, it’s time for you to have your fun.


Introducing the 2017 Ninja® 1000 ABS, infused with Ninja sportbike spirit, speed-minded technology and engineering, but with the comfort of a touring motorcycle.


The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS motorcycle:
” NEW enhanced chassis orientation awareness technology featuring Bosch IMU
” NEW Kawasaki Cornering Management Function
” NEW Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-Lock Brake System (KIBS)
” NEW Windshield and fairings
” NEW Lower more ergonomically comfortable seat
” NEW ECU tuning


Kawasaki’s flagship, open-class sport touring bike with power and comfort, the Ninja 1000 ABS returns for 2017 with added electronics, normally reserved for race models. Built for riders wanting sporty handling and smooth, powerful acceleration, the Ninja 1000 ABS has all of that, but in a relaxed, comfortable riding position-creating a motorcycle with liter-bike performance, but a level of comfort and versatility that allows the miles to roll on with ease. Now, with the added electronics, the 2017 Ninja 1000 ABS will give riders increased confidence on their next ride.






2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features





NEW FOR 2017


Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)(KP)
The IMU measures inertia along 5 axes: acceleration along longitudinal, transverse and vertical axes; roll rate, and pitch rate. The yaw rate is calculated by the ECU using Kawasaki’s patented software to provide six-axis chassis attitude input of lean angle and acceleration/deceleration force for more precise management of the electronic riding aids.
With the addition of the IMU, KTRC now incorporates more precise feedback to help provide smoother acceleration over a wider range of conditions and maximize acceleration when exiting corners on the track.
Addition of the IMU now enables Corner Management function to be added to the electronic rider’s aid suite.


Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS)(KP)
The same base system used on the Ninja H2™ and Ninja ZX-10R with revised programming settings to suit the performance parameters of the Ninja 1000.
Supersport-style high-precision system with smooth feedback for added braking confidence.
The engine ECU communicates with the ABS ECU (which monitors wheel speed and front caliper hydraulic pressure) to regulate brake pressure. The high-precision control provides a more consistent lever feel than conventional ABS systems.
Back torque limiting clutch system suppresses ABS function during downshifts for optimum performance.


Kawasaki Cornering Management Function (KCMF)
New Cornering Management Function monitors both KIBS and KTRC to assist riders trace their intended line through a corner by helping to smooth braking and acceleration forces. The IMU helps the system maintain optimum hydraulic pressure based on the bike’s lean and pitch angles.


Revised ECU settings contribute to smoother power delivery, facilitating control and adding to rider comfort and confidence. The new settings also deliver cleaner emissions.


Sportier, More Wind Protective Bodywork
New front cowl with chin spoilers below the new compact LED headlights more closely resembles the overall Ninja supersport motorcycle image.
A new windscreen is 15mm taller and provides increased wind protection. The windscreen can be adjusted to three positions by hand with no tools required.
New two-piece fairings are up to 28mm wider on each side to reduce wind blast and the amount of hot air reaching the rider’s legs. The fairings also cover a portion of the frame for a smoother rider interface and improved ergonomics.


Bright LED Headlights
In addition to adding to the more aggressive look, the dual LED headlights also provide significantly increased brightness over a wider and longer distance while drawing approximately 50 percent less power than the 2016 bulb headlight.
On the low-beam setting, lateral illumination is 1.3 to 1.5 times brighter, with a wider light projection area. On the high-beam setting, forward projection distance increases 1.4 times.


All-new Instrument panel features analog tachometer and LCD multi-function meter that is easy to read. A gear position indicator and upshift indicator light are new and the tachometer needle complements the upshift light, changing colors in three stages as the chosen shift point nears.
The LCD negative display (white characters on black background) also contains the speedometer, odometer/dual trip meters, clock, ambient/coolant temperature, fuel level, fuel range and average/instant fuel consumption, plus an Economical Riding Indicator(KP) that displays when fuel consumption is most favorable.


Rear Brake
Revised brake pad material helps provide better brake control and improved overall performance.
Reduced tension on the brake pedal return spring provides more linear action for increased control, especially just prior to stopping.


Rear Suspension
New shock settings for more linear movement while the revised Horizontal Back-link ratio provides more supple suspension action, improves shock absorption for a more planted feeling, and contributes to a 5mm lower seat height.


A new seat shape has a larger seating area and added support for increased rider comfort.
The new passenger seat is 25mm thicker at its thickest point at the front to help prevent the passenger from sliding forward. The entire seat is also 3mm thicker and 25mm longer for added comfort.
Both seats have cold-resistant, high-elasticity covers that contributes to comfort and reduces wear cause by temperature fluctuations.
New passenger grab bar is easier to reach and provides a better grip, plus allows a clean mount for Accessory Kawasaki KQR saddlebags without changing grab bars.
New five-way adjustable clutch lever can be set to suit the rider’s hand, contributing to comfort.
The mirrors are positioned 20mm farther outward and have a greater range of movement for better visibility and easier adjustment.










2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits


The Ninja 1000 is loaded with the latest technological systems that Kawasaki has to offer. Its traction control and ABS system now incorporate input from the new IMU for a higher level electronic riding aid assistance.
Kawasaki Traction Control System (KTRC)(KP)
3-mode system covers a wide range of riding conditions, offering either enhanced sport riding or rider assurance by facilitating smooth riding on slippery surfaces.
Modes 1 and 2 control ignition timing like S-KTRC, which uses complex analysis to predict when traction conditions are about to become unfavorable and act before wheel slippage exceeds the range for optimal traction. Mode 3 has higher sensitivity and controls ignition timing, fuel and air for ultra-smooth operation.
The system distinguishes between smooth, power front wheel lifts and sudden lift, allowing smooth lift if acceptable acceleration is maintained.
A switch on the left handlebar switch housing gives the rider the option to turn the system off.


Power Mode
Allows riders to set power characteristics to suit riding conditions and style. Riders can choose between full power operation or low power, which is approximately 70 percent of full with a milder throttle response.


1043cc 4-Cylinder, DOHC Engine
Cylinder block connecting passages between cylinders reduce pumping loss and increase high-rpm performance.
Tuned to deliver abundant low- and mid-range torque, with a distinctive power kick around 7,000 rpm.
Low crankshaft and five-degree downward engine tilt help the engine to maintain its compact size.
Secondary engine balancer is gear-driven off the crankshaft and helps eliminate engine vibration, which allows a stiffer chassis for improved handling.
To decrease engine weight and improve heat transfer, the cylinders have linerless, chrome composite plated(KP) aluminum bores.


4-Valve Cylinder Head
Camshaft profiles enhance low-to-mid-range performance.


Digital Fuel Injection(KP)
38mm Keihin throttle bodies help provide superb low to mid-range response.
Oval sub throttle valves help reduce overall throttle body width and contribute to keeping the intake package narrow and compact.
Sub throttle valves(KP) are controlled by the ECU to provide precise response and make DFI performance similar to constant velocity carburetors.
Low-friction throttle grip barrel provides smooth operation with less fatigue.


Cool Air Intake System
Secondary air passages and resonator enhance intake howl for auditory pleasure.
Velocity stacks in airbox are all the same length for enhanced throttle response.
High-flow air cleaner element design is similar to ZX™-10R.
Air intakes are located high on the motorcycle so that engine heat has minimal effect on performance.


Exhaust System
Unique quad muffler design is revised for a more striking appearance and a more dramatic exhaust note.
4-into-2-into-1-into-2 exhaust utilizes a pre-chamber to help centralize the weight.
The pre-chamber allows smaller mufflers for enhanced appearance and less weight.
Honeycomb catalyzer in each exhaust pipe meets emissions regulations without adversely restricting power.


6-Speed Transmission
High sixth gear maintains a comfortable cruising rpm for more relaxed touring potential.


Assist & Slipper Clutch(KP)
Using the rotational forces of the clutch hub and pressure plate, the clutch is forced together during acceleration (Assist function) so that fewer and lighter clutch springs can be used for a lighter feel at the lever. During high back-torque, such as when too low of a gear is selected during downshifting, the Slipper function allows some clutch slippage to help prevent engine lock-up, stalling and rear wheel hop.
Judder spring component helps prevent judder when the clutch is disengaged.


Aluminum Twin Tube Frame
Engine is used as stressed frame member with a mounting point at the front of the cylinder to help add rigidity.
Main spars and swingarm brackets are a single die-cast piece and are welded to the cast aluminum steering stem. Cross brackets attach to the inside of the spars so that there are fewer external welds and a better overall appearance.
Die-cast aluminum sub-frame combines form and function so that side covers are unnecessary, resulting in reduced weight and narrower mid-section so that it’s easier for riders to reach the ground.
The frame uses four engine mounts, three rigid and one rubber for the upper rear crankcase mount. This mounting, and using the engine as a stressed member, helps the frame provide the excellent handling characteristics.


41mm Inverted Cartridge Front Fork(KP)
Fully adjustable inverted fork resists flex for superb handling.
Settings match frame stiffness to enhance handling.


Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension(KP)
Remote preload adjuster knob allows preload to be easily changed to suit tandem riding or the addition of Kawasaki’s optional luggage system.
The linkage is placed atop the swingarm for better mass centralization and to make room for the exhaust pre-chamber.
Fully adjustable, lay-down shock absorber is further away from the exhaust so that its operation will not be affected by exhaust heat.
Free piston in shock enhances damping characteristics.
Pressed aluminum swingarm is lightweight and rigid. Eccentric chain adjusters add visual appeal.
Linkage ratios offer smooth and linear suspension response.


Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) assists braking under certain conditions.
Fluid pressure sensor added to ABS hydraulic unit to help suppress rear end lift during heavy braking for more precise control.


Radial Mounted Monobloc Brake Calipers
Radial-mounted Tokico monobloc front brake calipers utilize integrated mounting points at both the top and bottom of each caliper, which make the caliper more rigid for improved brake feel and performance.
Monobloc caliper is machined from a single aluminum block that contributes to superb feel, increased heat dissipation and lighter weight.
Radial pump front brake master cylinder improves brake performance and feel at the lever.


Lightweight Petal Brake Discs
Dual 300mm front discs with 4-piston calipers provide exceptional stopping power.
Single 250mm rear disc with single piston caliper is lightweight.
Petal design improves cooling and warp resistance.


Full Fairing
New aggressive appearance provides visual impact and sufficient wind protection suitable for sport touring.
Leading edge of fairing designed to direct air outward so that the bodywork can be slimmer in the mid section and rear flairs help direct hot air away from the rider’s legs.


Adjustable Windscreen
New double bubble easily adjusts to one of three positions without the use of any tools.


Saddlebag design integrates with the tail section and are large enough to hold a typical full-faced helmet.
Similar in design to the Concours® 14 mounts, the saddlebags can be easily removed and there’s no supporting framework to detract from the motorcycle’s design.
One-key lock system is convenient. Customized saddlebag locks are matched to the vehicle ignition key so that one key operates all locks on the bike.
Each bag is close to the motorcycle’s centerline for a narrow profile.
New 47-liter top case also available for increased carrying capability.









2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $12,199 USD


4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve, Liquid-cooled
Bore x Stroke
77.0 x 56.0mm
Compression ratio
Fuel System
DFI® w/38mm Keihin throttle bodies (4) and oval sub-throttles
TCBI with digital advance
6-speed, return shift
Final Drive
Sealed Chain
Electronic Rider Aids
Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS), Power Mode, Kawasaki Corner Management Function (KCMF)
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel
41mm inverted cartridge fork with stepless compression and rebound damping, adjustable spring preload/4.7 in
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel
Horizontal monoshock with stepless rebound damping, remotely adjustable spring preload/5.4 in
Front Tire
120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire
190/50 ZR17
Front Brakes
Dual 300mm petal-type rotors with radial-mount 4-piston monobloc calipers and ABS
Rear Brakes
Single 250mm petal-type rotor with single-piston caliper and ABS
Frame Type
Aluminum backbone
24.5°/4.0 in
Overall Length
82.7 in
Overall Width
31.1 in
Overall Height
46.7 / 48.6 in
Ground Clearance
5.1 in
Seat Height
32.1 in
Curb Weight
516.0 lb**
Fuel Capacity
5.0 gal
56.7 in
Color Choices
Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Graphite Gray
12 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)
12, 24, 36 or 48 months







2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $14299 CAD


Displacement 1,043cc
Type 4-stroke, In-Line Four
Bore and stroke 77.0 x 56.0 mm
Cooling Liquid
Compression ratio 11.8:1
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves (4 valves per cylinder)
Fuel system Digital fuel injection with four 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles
Ignition Digital
Lubrication Forced lubrication (wet sump)
Front: type Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Front: calipers Dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston
Rear: type Single 250 mm petal disc
Rear: calipers Single-piston caliper
Overall length 2,100 mm (82.7 in.)
Overall width 790 mm (31.2 in.)
Overall height 1,185 mm / 1,235 mm
Wheelbase 1,440 mm (56.7 in.)
Ground clearance 130 mm (5.1 in.)
Seat height 815 mm (32.3 in.)
Curb mass** 235 kg
Fuel capacity 19 litres (4.2 gal.)
Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Sealed Chain
Primary reduction ratio 1.627 (83/51)
Gear ratio: 1st 2.600 (39/15)
Gear ratio: 2nd 1.950 (39/20)
Gear ratio: 3rd 1.600 (24/15)
Gear ratio: 4th 1.389 (25/18)
Gear ratio: 5th 1.238 (26/21)
Gear ratio: 6th 1.107 (31/28)
Final reduction ratio 2.733 (41/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Type Aluminium twin-tube
Wheel travel: front 120 mm (4.7 in.)
Tire: front 120/70-ZR17
Wheel travel: rear 144 mm (5.7 in.)
Tire: rear 190/50-ZR17
Caster (rake) 24.5°
Trail 102 mm (4.0 in.)
Steering angle (left/right) 31° / 31°
Maximum Power‡ 105 kW {143 PS} / 10,000
Maximum Torque‡ 111.0 N.m {11.3 kgf.m} @ 7,300 rpm
Suspension, front 41 mm inverted fork with stepless compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Suspension, rear Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged rear shock with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Warranty 12 months warranty














2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £TBA GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)


Engine type
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
1,043 cm³
Bore x stroke
77 x 56 mm
Compression ratio
Valve system
DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system
Fuel injection: Ø38 mm x 4 with oval sub-throttles
Starting System
Forced lubrication, wet sump
Brakes & Suspension
Brakes, front
Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs. Caliper: Dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston
Brakes, rear
Single 250 mm petal disc. Caliper: Single-piston
Suspension, front
41 mm inverted fork with stepless compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Suspension, rear
Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged, with stepless rebound damping and remote spring preload adjustability
Performance & Transmission
Maximum power
104.5 kW {142 PS} / 10,000 rpm
CO2 emission
Maximum torque
111 Nom {11.3 kgfom} / 7,300 rpm
Final drive
Sealed chain
Primary Reduction Ratio
1.627 (83/51)
Gear Ratios 1st
2.600 (39/15)
Gear Ratios 2nd
1.950 (39/20)
Gear Ratios 3rd
1.600 (24/15)
Gear Ratios 4th
1.389 (25/18)
Gear Ratios 5th
1.238 (26/21)
Gear Ratios 6th
1.107 (31/28)
Wet multi-disc, manual
Frame & Dimensions
Frame type
Twin-tube, aluminium
102 mm
Wheel travel front
120 mm
Wheel travel rear
144 mm
Tyre, front
120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear
190/50ZR17M/C (73W)
L x W x H
2,100 x 790 x 1,185 (1,235 mm high position screen) mm
1,440 mm
Ground clearance
130 mm
Fuel capacity
19 litres
Seat height
815 mm
Curb mass
235 kg






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