Kawasaki has taken the wraps off their 2014 Ninja 1000, and it’s getting some significant upgrades this time around.
In an age where litre-bikes (in this case, a 1043 cc inline-four) are silly-powerful, all the technology designed to speed them up can also be used to slow them down, and the Ninja is just the latest big-bore superbike to take advantage of this.
The Ninja 1000 comes with the three-mode KTRC Traction Control System; riders can combine that traction control with a choice of either full power (140 hp, 82 ft-lb of torque), or 70 per cent power. The traction control system can be turned off by a handlebar switch. Ain’t technology wonderful?
Other changes to the powerplant include work on the intake cams, intended to boost torque in the low and mid range. There’s also been changes on the breathing system to accommodate the mechanical tweaks. Engineers have also threw in a taller sixth gear.
Brakes have been upgraded as well. Up front, there’s monobloc-style radial-mount calipers and 300 mm discs, and of course, ABS. There’s a 260 mm disc in back.
Kawasaki revised the subframe on this machine; it’s a bit slimmer, and that makes the optional 29-liter panniers able to fit more snugly. For riders interested in touring on their Ninja, these clamshell-opening hard bags are supposed to conveniently come off the bike in seconds. The rear suspension is also remotely adjustable for preload, which is convenient for touring.
Of course, the bodywork has been restyled again.
The new machine is supposed to weigh about 231 kg. We don’t have Canadian pricing yet.
Check out all the pics that go with this story! Click on the main sized pic to transition to the next or just press play to show in a slideshow.