I felt a little sorry for the Kawasaki on this test, for what is essentially a cracking all-round bike it left me a little underwhelmed in the company of the other two. The ZX-10 derived engine and gearbox needs to be worked hard and the soft suspension doesn’t inspire confidence when pushing hard on road and track. It’s not all doom and gloom… I spent a lot of time with this bike over the three days and really enjoyed its effortless touring capabilities. Back off a smidge from balls out riding and the Z1000SX starts to deliver. A good value, comfortable and reliable sports tourer that shouldn’t be overlooked. Leave it in full power mode, set the screen in the high position and it will serve you well.