Kawasaki Z1000SX (2011 - 2013) review

A seriously competitive all-rounder. Well done Kawasaki

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By Niall Mackenzie on Thu, 26 Sep 2013 - 12:09

Details
Manufacturer:
Kawasaki
Category:
Sports Tourers
Price:
£ 9299
Overall
4
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the ‘S’ stands for for special and the ‘X’ stands for extra and after two days with the bike I wouldn’t disagree
Superb looks, great engine character, tracks days mid week, touring the Trossachs with the missus at the weekend?
The three way adjustable screen looks pants in the highest position. (Easy to fix, move it down)

Niall Mackenzie delivers his verdict on Kawasaki's new all-rounder.

Whatever the reason, sales of high performance sports bikes are in freefall so Kawasaki have fought back by building an all rounder that they believe ticks boxes in two sectors. The marketing people tell me the ‘S’ stands for for special and the ‘X’ stands for extra and after two days with the bike I wouldn’t disagree .

One thing‘s for sure; unlike some of the competition the SX doesn’t look like some naked bike pulled from the range then covered up with some unsuitable bodywork. We also know the Z1000 is a well loved motorcycle in its own right so this combination could well be a hint of the future.

Although very capable in both areas, after my first glimpse of this bike in the flesh, I was soon thinking more ‘sports’ than tourer’.  The design department have got this one bang on as the SX is pleasing on the eye from every angle, and I reckon, although it has to be in lime green, probably the best looking sports tourer to date. The torquey 1000cc motor makes all the familiar, raspy Kwacker noises, pulls smoothly from nothing before taking off at 7000rpm to the 10500rpm red line.

That said, it’s equally as happy being ridden at a brisk pace all day long between 4000 and 5000 rpm in top gear, the choice is yours. The overall gearing is now a tooth longer (41t rear sprocket) to give a smoother engine response, however this also helps with the now more aerodynamic, high speed touring. The 2010 Z1000 also suffered from vibration through the foot pegs so both the rider and pillion pegs have been rubber mounted to eliminate this problem. On our test routes through southern Spain I found the general handling was both nimble and positive with my only complaint being an aching bum after roughly a hundred miles.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-first-rides/first-ride-kawasaki-z1000sx/15264.html#ixzz14s3aHq6o

Niall Mackenzie delivers his verdict on Kawasaki's new all-rounder.

Whatever the reason, sales of high performance sports bikes are in freefall so Kawasaki have fought back by building an all rounder that they believe ticks boxes in two sectors. The marketing people tell me the ‘S’ stands for for special and the ‘X’ stands for extra and after two days with the bike I wouldn’t disagree .

One thing‘s for sure; unlike some of the competition the SX doesn’t look like some naked bike pulled from the range then covered up with some unsuitable bodywork. We also know the Z1000 is a well loved motorcycle in its own right so this combination could well be a hint of the future.

Although very capable in both areas, after my first glimpse of this bike in the flesh, I was soon thinking more ‘sports’ than tourer’.  The design department have got this one bang on as the SX is pleasing on the eye from every angle, and I reckon, although it has to be in lime green, probably the best looking sports tourer to date. The torquey 1000cc motor makes all the familiar, raspy Kwacker noises, pulls smoothly from nothing before taking off at 7000rpm to the 10500rpm red line.

That said, it’s equally as happy being ridden at a brisk pace all day long between 4000 and 5000 rpm in top gear, the choice is yours. The overall gearing is now a tooth longer (41t rear sprocket) to give a smoother engine response, however this also helps with the now more aerodynamic, high speed touring. The 2010 Z1000 also suffered from vibration through the foot pegs so both the rider and pillion pegs have been rubber mounted to eliminate this problem. On our test routes through southern Spain I found the general handling was both nimble and positive with my only complaint being an aching bum after roughly a hundred miles.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-first-rides/first-ride-kawasaki-z1000sx/15264.html#ixzz14s3aHq6o

DRIVETRAIN

Transmission 6-speed, return
Final Drive Sealed chain
Final reduction ratio 2.733 (41/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual

FRAME

Frame type Aluminium twin-tube
Wheel travel, front 120 mm
Wheel travel, rear 138 mm
Tyre, front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear 190/50ZR17M/C (73W)
Rake/Trail 24.5°/ 102 mm
Steering angle, left / right 31° / 31°
SUSPENSION
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 cam-style spring preload adjustability

BRAKES

Brakes, front Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston
Brakes, rear Single 250 mm petal dischttp://www.visordown.com/views/default/modules/sitemagic/legacy/loader.aspx
Single-piston

DIMENSIONS

Dimensions (L x W x H) 2.105 x 790 x 1.170/1.230 mm
Wheelbase 1,445 mm
Ground Clearance 135 mm
Seat height 822 mm
Curb Mass 228 kg / 231 kg (ABS)
Fuel capacity 19 litres

PERFORMANCE

Maximum power 101.5kW {138 PS} / 9,600 rpm
Maximum torque 110 N?m {11.2 kgf•m} / 7,800 rpm

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news-new-bikes/2011-kawasaki-z1000sx-pics-and-specs/14472.html#ixzz13SUIewOC

2011 Kawasaki Z1000SX specs

Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 1,043 cm3
Bore x stroke 77.0 x 56.0 mm
Compression ratio 11.8:1
Valve/Induction system DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection:φ38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump

Score Breakdown
Overall
4

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