NEIL’S NEE­DLE

Fast Bikes - - TEST -

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.

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