Since taking delivery of my Kawasaki Ninja 1000 test bike I've logged almost 2000 miles and have come to...
...like the big bike for its well-rounded character and hard hitting midrange shove. While top-end is more akin to a proper 750 sportbike, the mid-tach punch is Hayabusa strong. Forget that extra down shift or two, just twist your wrist and you're gone.
Wheelies in the lower gears are just a poke of throttle away and the handling is more than acceptable for a proper streetbike. The fork is bit harsh and tends to dive a good bit on the brakes, but I think with some tweaking I can iron it out. If not, it's nothing Race Tech or Progressive can't fix. Stay tuned for updates.
The brakes are strong, but a move to some proper pads will do wonders and when I eventually burn through the stock tires a jump to some soft buns will also help in the corners.
On the daily commute the instant hit of power is nice, as is the sufficient wind protection and the 37-38 MPG I'm getting.
That's it for now, but check back soon for the host of mods I'll be throwing at the big Kawi.
Until then, here's more info: