2011 Kawasaki Z1000SX pics and specs

Has Kawasaki built a winner for 2011? We think so

FAST BUT comfortable, sporty, aggressive and stylish - that's what we made of Kawasaki's new Z1000SX when we visited the Cologne Motorcycle Show earlier this week.

Based on the company's existing Z1000 naked, the SX features a host of rider-friendly additions, including an aerodynamic full fairing with adustable screen, optional ABS and sportsbike styling coupled with, what looks like, all day comfort.

No firm news on UK pricing but we're estimating around £9500 when it goes on sale early next year.

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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


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


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, 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, front Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston
Brakes, rear Single 250 mm petal disc


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


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