‘Small changes, big difference’
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