‘Small changes, big dif­fer­ence’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test -

Mi­nor changes have made a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence, and thankfully Kawasaki haven’t tried to fix what wasn’t bro­ken by com­mis­sion­ing a root-and-branch over­haul. The older Z1000SX re­mains an ex­cel­lent sports tourer, while the new ma­chine sim­ply re­flects the changes re­quested by Z1000SX own­ers.

Given that the en­gines pro­duce the same power and torque – the older bike man­aged marginally bet­ter fuel con­sump­tion in our test – a larger af­ter­mar­ket screen and a com­fier seat will bring the 2016 bike close to the new one.

How­ever, it still won’t have the ex­cel­lent new elec­tron­ics pack­age, sleeker de­sign and in­for­ma­tive clocks. The SX still comes in at un­der £10,000, which makes it even more tempt­ing for a trade up, and should have the com­pe­ti­tion very wor­ried.

The SX just got bet­ter.

■ Thanks to: Wheels in Peter­bor­ough for used 2016 model. www.wheelsmo­tor­cy­cles.co.uk

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