Kawasaki has unveiled the new 2020 Ninja 1000SX at Eicma Moto Sohow, this bike has been refined to provide an even better platform for experienced riders to enjoy sport riding combined with touring capability.
Rider aides have also been added including Electronic Cruise Control and Intergrated Riding Modes that combine KTRC and Power Modes in one easy selection. The electronics can now be monitored through the new 4.3” all-digital TFT color instrumention screen or with Kawasaki’s RIDEOLOGY THE APP using Bluetooth smartphone connectivity.
A powerful 1,043 cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke in-line four-cylinder engine pulls strongly from all rpm. Adding to rider exhilaration, the engine delivers superb engine response, a strong mid-range hit and an powerful intake howl. New electronic throttle valves were added to enable the ECU to control the volume of both the fuel through the fuel injectors and air through the throttle valves delivered to the engine providing smooth response and ideal output. The electronic throttle valve system locates the accelerator position on the handlebar, eliminating the throttle cable.
The Ninja 1000SX features many enhancements that allow for a smoother engine feeling. One major feature is the secondary balancer on the engine crankshaft, which helps to reduce vibration.
An all-new exhaust system has a header pipe configuration, which contributes to a sportier appearance. Joint pipes linking the exhaust headers merge into the single collector contribute to increased feeling and response at all rpm. Three-way catalyzers in the exhaust collector complement the revised engine mapping.
Complementing the transmission is an Assist & Slipper clutch, race-inspired technology that offers both a back-torque limiting function as well as a light feel at the lever.
The Assist function is noticed by the lighter pull at the clutch lever, helping to reduce rider fatigue especially in stop and go traffic situations.
The Slipper function is noticed when excessive engine braking occurs as a result of quick or accidental downshifts. The slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart, which relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and help prevent the rear tire from hopping and skidding.
Thanks to a rigid, lightweight aluminum frame and compact engine design, the weight is not only low and centered inside the motorcycle, but the overall profile is slim. This centralization allows for sharp handling, neutral steering and a light turn-in. Lightweight and highly rigid, the frame uses the engine as a stressed member.
The Ninja 1000SX features 41mm inverted front forks with stepless compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability. New for 2020, a low-speed slit was added to the damping pistons to help relieve negative pressure that builds up during compression and results in a smoother fork action over bumps. Fine-tuned settings offer both sporty performance and comfort, which contribute to light handling on city streets and on winding roads.