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Rode a 2020 Ninja 1000

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1 hour ago, keithu said:

If this all blows over and you decide to buy at Power Motorsports after all, let me know. I only live about 30 minutes away and it would be fun to ride up, say "hi," and maybe guide you on a couple local twisties. 🙂  

Will let you know for sure!

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Another very positive review of the 2020 Ninja 1000, courtesy of Ari Henning:  

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For those who still value performance...

“When it comes down to it, the Ninja 1000SX is a nearly ideal solution for those of you who, like me, are drawn to sport bikes but can’t stomach the compromise of a purebred supersport. From city streets to the open road to your favorite section of serpentine blacktop, the 1000SX excels thanks to a brute of an engine, sensible ergonomics, a well tuned chassis, and useful features.“

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On 3/15/2020 at 5:59 PM, dazzler24 said:

Just out of curiousity, what is the sitting position like when compared to the Tracers?  That is something I do like about the Yamaha and that is the upright position = no/little weight on the wrists.  The Ninja appears to be more sport orientated and I assume a more forward leaning position but interested in hearing what the experience was for those who've ridden it.

Is the Ninj on the cycle-ergo website?   If so, all your questions and comparisons will be answered...


Wordsmith - a 1939 model.   Previously owned a 2019 Tracer 900 GT, Midnight Black.   Since January 2020 - a BMW R9T Roadster.   Happily living near the sea in Redland Bay, SE Queensland, Australia.

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48 minutes ago, texscottyd said:

Another very positive review of the 2020 Ninja 1000, courtesy of Ari Henning:  

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For those who still value performance...

“When it comes down to it, the Ninja 1000SX is a nearly ideal solution for those of you who, like me, are drawn to sport bikes but can’t stomach the compromise of a purebred supersport. From city streets to the open road to your favorite section of serpentine blacktop, the 1000SX excels thanks to a brute of an engine, sensible ergonomics, a well tuned chassis, and useful features.“

When I test rode the '17 Ninja 1000 it was right after the FJ and Versys 650 and 1000, all with much more upright and relaxed ergonomics, almost like sitting on a chair.  I was trying to place my feet on the pegs and looked down and realized I had to go much further up and back to find the pegs.  Awesome bike in every other aspect but with a 33"-34" inseam I would need some aftermarket ergonomic help.  I would love to ride one that a taller rider has set-up for comfort and long distance riding.

Interestingly the Ninja H2 SX SE is also considered a long distance sport tourer...capable of riding 2-up? 🤷‍♀️  Give them an hour and they will be calling an Uber.

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX Priced at $19,000 for the USA - Asphalt & Rubber

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@Cruizin....do i detect another motorcycle forum for you??   I can't wait for the manufacture rides ...if they have them this year.  

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21 hours ago, stumpy said:

@Cruizin....do i detect another motorcycle forum for you??   I can't wait for the manufacture rides ...if they have them this year.  

Nah, I just ordered a Tenere 700, supposed to get here early June. I'll be way too busy riding the piss out of that and fixing the stuff I break on it to start a new forum. Plus, there is already a large ninja 1000 forum out there. 

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Has anyone done a comparison of the tracer gt and the kwacka 1000 tracer? Like what features including little bits. Thanks to all the people that put info on this site, makes good reading. 

 

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whoops! not many Kawasaki tracers out there. obviously meant the sx  .  

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A riding buddy just got a 2014 Ninja 1000 and let me ride it on a twisty road for about 15 miles.

Engine - made me realize I haven't ridden a 4 cylinder in 10+ years and I miss them dearly. What an engine. 

Suspension - stock suspension is better than the FJ. I was faster into corners on a bike I've never ridden not set up for me than my own FJ. I'm definitely redoing my suspension this winter. Can't believe what I accepted all these years!

Upper body - awesome ergos and good wind pressure. Lower body - I couldn't own this bike. My ankle and both knees hurt in just 15 miles. Less leg room than what I remember on my Ninja 600 20 years ago (probably not but really tight).

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37 minutes ago, 1moreroad said:

Suspension - stock suspension is better than the FJ. I was faster into corners on a bike I've never ridden not set up for me than my own FJ. I'm definitely redoing my suspension this winter. Can't believe what I accepted all these years!

I remember my revelation moment happened years ago riding a buddies Aprilia Tuono with Ohlins suspension over Lolo Pass...  After that ride I vowed to never accept stock suspension again, the bar had been set.


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2 hours ago, betoney said:

I remember my revelation moment happened years ago riding a buddies Aprilia Tuono with Ohlins suspension over Lolo Pass...  After that ride I vowed to never accept stock suspension again, the bar had been set.

I upgraded that 600 I wrote about with an Ohlins shock and a resprung fork with RaceTech gold valves. It was wonderful. In between I had a dual sport for 8 years so I got used to front end brake dive and a little pogoing. I haven't ridden anything so sporty as this Ninja 1000 to remind me what a sportbike should feel like. 

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