Kawasaki Z1000SX (2011 - 2013)

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MrThunderFactory
Reviewed: 25 July 2014

Outstanding Sports Tourer.. It does what it says on the Tin.... It's Sporty & Tourie...

Ferociously quick motor..
Good riding position for day long fun.
It can tour and does not bore to tears when the road opens up or tightens up for that matter...
170 mile Range.
PRICE...
Suspension is definitely budget end of the market. Is capable and fast, edge to edge on the tyres but is a little crude when pushing on..
Finish ain't Honda but then neither is the price tag.
Had CBR's, FZR'S, GSXR'S, Naked's, Hypersports.....
This is the most accomplished all rounder I've ever owned....
Riding 20+ years and just looking for any excuse to get out..
5000 miles old in 10 months and didn't ride for 6.
LOVE IT...
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Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
3.0

MrThunderFactory would recommend this product
gearbox
Reviewed: 12 March 2014

great bike,just not exciting

comfortable,good power range,handles ok with better tyres.
crap pannier system,very bad fairing fittings,to clean air filter all fairings have to come off!!! crappy rear seat for a touring model
does it all but,with some faults{come on Kawasaki,get it right before you release}
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Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
3.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
2.0

gearbox would recommend this product
whyhaveone
Reviewed: 03 March 2014

Great all rounder

Looks, performance, seating position, handling, sound.
Hard seat - but otherwise the seating position is very good. OK'ish screen - easy enough to replace with an aftermarket one.
2013 model owned for ten months with 5000 miles. What a bike, great acceleration, more than enough top end, and pulls way down low in any gear.

With it's performance I get an average of 47mpg - yes I know that other MCs will beat this, but as part of the overal package its good.

Great for touring and scratching, it does everything that I want in a MC.
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Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
5.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
4.0

whyhaveone would recommend this product
GAZ1000SX
Reviewed: 07 July 2013

The new ZX9R

Comfort (with aftermarket seat), sporty, all day riding, handling, GREEN, always gets nice comments from passers by when parked up, goes like a steam train when you open the tap.
I personally didn't get on with the stock seat so bought a Sargent and now it's sorted. I was always looking for another gear so bought a gear indicator, Kawasaki should include one on the dash in the next revision IMHO. Doesn't look as pretty with the screen raised but it does work on the motorway (when I remember to raise it - It's quite 'interesting' trying to raise it on the move).
Love it to bits. I never thought I'd find a replacement that ticks all the boxes like my old ZX9R(s) did (I had two, 83 yo in a Vulvo destroyed the first). Wasn't happy with the handling at first but a new set of tyres and a visit to Kais suspension in Atherton absolutely transformed it. The bike feels very light and I love chucking it around. I don't carry a passenger so can't comment on that. The exhausts are love em or hate em affairs. I stuck a pair of slip-ons on I got cheap on Ebay, (Danmoto) from China (£130). Nobody can tell especially with the 'Scorpion' metal badges on I had lying around! It will never be loud of course due to the CAT however these cans do make the sound deeper and you get some nice bubbling and pops on overrun. My mates say they can hear me now when before they couldn't. I would like a complete system to sack the CAT but they are far too expensive (Akrapovic £900+ !). I keep waiting for somebody to come up with a link pipe to do away with the CAT. I have the ABS model but without panniers. The framework for the panniers is rather ugly. As it's just me I get away with a top box on a rack together with a tail pack on the pillion seat. The model must be due an upgrade soon, be interesting to see what Kwak comes up with. I think it will be a headache for them to improve!
Score breakdown



Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
5.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
4.0

GAZ1000SX would recommend this product
2011sxmark
Reviewed: 14 May 2013

A great all rounder

A very responsive ride with bags of Kawasaki character. Panniers are typical Givi and work well on this bike. Does almost everything you could want solo, perhaps not so 2up, certainly on the sports side of sports touring
A very hard seat that has to be upgraded. Heel guards prone to scratching on a £10K bike - come on Kawasaki!
A great bike and cannot see any reason to change it.
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Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
3.0
Build Quality:
4.0

2011sxmark would recommend this product
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