The third version of the Z1000SX continues to build on the bike’s vast popularity. It still uses the same 1043cc motor and twin-spar frame that the bike has had since 2011 but for this year, Kawasaki spruced it up with a considerable cosmetic overhaul and smarter rider aids. It now has LED headlights, a larger screen and a wider fairing, while its ABS and traction control use lean-angle information supplied by an IMU. The regular SX costs £10,139 while this Tourer version (with its 28-litre hard panniers, inner bags and a GPS bracket) is £600 more.
SPEC Price £10,739 Engine 1043cc 16v dohc inline four, l/c Power 140bhp @ 10,000rpm Torque 82lb·ft @ 7300rpm Transmission 6-speed, chain Chassis aluminium twin-spar Front suspension 41mm forks, 120mm travel, adjustable preload, rebound and compression Rear suspension monoshock, 144mm travel, adjustable preload and rebound Front brakes 300mm discs, four-piston calipers Rear brake 250mm disc, single-piston caliper Front tyre 120/70 ZR17 Rear tyre 190/50 ZR17 Wheelbase 1440mm Rake/trail 24.5°/102mm Seat height 815mm Kerb weight 235kg Fuel capacity 19 litres