2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS Review

2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS

2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS


2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS Review on Total Motorcycle:

​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. ​

Find the power to move you in the new Z1000SX with seductive styling, latest electronic rideraids plus practical touring features. Available in dealerships across the UK from October 2017 this machine is guaranteed to satisfy your desire for distance in comfort while feeding your sporting soul. The new Z1000SX -POWER TO MOVE YOU.

The 2018 Kawasaki Ninja® sport motorcycle range offers the ultimate choice for riders seeking real-world performance. Available in two engine displacements, the Ninja sport lineup is infused with an aggressive sportbike spirit and speed-minded technology and engineering, but with the comfort of a touring motorcycle. The relatively upright positioning offers both control and comfort.

The Ninja® 650 ABS encapsulates the passion and peformance of a modern sportbike while delivering the efficiency and agility of an urban commuter. It’s built for the street rider who wants the performance of the Ninja® family, but with more street-focused ergonomics and control. The Ninja 650 ABS has a twin spare-frame, 650cc paralell twin engine, and sharp styling that resembles its older sibling. The Ninja 650 ABS is also avalible without ABS.

For 2018, both the Ninja 650 and Ninja 650 ABS models will be available in Pear Storm Gray/Ebony and Candy Plasma Blue/Ebony. The Ninja 650 ABS will also be available in the special KRT edition Lime Green/Ebony colors.

With its powerful 1000cc, inline 4-cylinder engine, the Ninja® 1000 ABS has a crisp and strong pull from all rpm. Thanks to a rigid, lightweight aluminum frame and compact engine design, the weight is not only low and centered inside the motorcycle, but the overall profile is also slim. Its radical race inspired appearance and comfortable ergonomics means riders can spend the day in the saddle without undue strain and roll the miles on with eye-catching ease. The Ninja 1000 ABS is a powerful and reliable motorcycle with phenomenal all-around performance that simply delivers, whether it’s commuting on the street, carving up canyon roads or taking on the racetrack.

For 2018, the Ninja 1000 ABS will be available in two color options: Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Graphite Gray and Metallic Matte Fusion Silver Metallic Flat Spark Black.



2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features





2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits



ERGO-FIT is an interface system that allows a wide range of riders to feel at one with their machine.



KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System) is a high-precision brake system designed specifically for supersport models, offering highly efficient braking while maintaining natural feel.



ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) ensures stable braking performance by preventing wheel lock during braking.


Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension

Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension arranges its shock unit horizontally, greatly contributing to efficient use of space and mass centralisation.



Combined with Kawasaki’s proprietary dynamic modelling program, input from the IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) enables even more precise chassis orientation awareness, the key to bringing Kawasaki’s electronics to the next level.



KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function) monitors engine and chassis pnarameters throughout the corner.


Assist & Slipper Clutch

Based on racing technology, the Assist & Slipper Clutch acts as both a back-torque limiter and a self-servo mechanism that enables a lighter clutch lever pull.


KTRC (3-mode)

3-Mode KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control), Kawasaki’s most advanced traction control system, offers a selection of modes to suit a variety of riding situations, from sport riding to touring.


Power Modes

Power Mode selection allows engine power delivery to be changed to suit the riding situation.


Dual Throttle Valves

Dual Throttle Valves offer increased power and greater ease of use care of a second set of ECU-controlled throttle valves.


Economical Riding Indicator

The Economical Riding Indicator is a mark appearing on the instrument panel to indicate favourable fuel consumption, encouraging fuel efficient riding.



2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS – 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® with 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)
Rake / Trail
24.5°/4.0 in
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/5.7 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
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, Metallic Matte Fusion Silver/Metallic Flat Spark Black
12 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)
12, 24, 36 or 48 months





2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $14,299 CDN



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




2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £9999 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

Performance & Transmission
Maximum power
104.5 kW {142 PS} / 10,000 rpm
Fuel consumption
5.8 l/100 km
CO2 emission
159 g/km
Maximum torque
111 N•m {11.3 kgf•m} / 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
Wet multi-disc, manual

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

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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