Kawasaki introduced a slew of high performance motorcycles for the Indian market last year. The list comprised of three litre-class machines: the naked Z1000, the sports tourer Ninja 1000 and the track tool ZX-10R. We compare the technical specifications and the nature of these Japanese siblings to help you decide which suits your need best.
The Kawasaki Z1000 is a naked superbike with a predator like look. Minimalistic, yet aggressive looks are the USP of this Japanese motorcycle. This Z1000 is a blast to ride on the open road and feels at home in traffic too. The motorcycle packs in loads of torque and is quick… scarily quick. With revised ECU settings and camshaft timings, connectors between the header pipes and new cylinder connecting passageways, the Z produces improved punch in the mid and higher rev range.
The Ninja 650 is famous amongst the touring community of motorcyclists and the Ninja 1000 takes the game a notch higher. The 1,043cc engine is super-smooth and a treat on highways. The tall fly-screen protects you from wind blasts and you can easily cruise in three digit figures throughout the day. The high placed clip-on handlebars provide a comfortable riding position while the switchgear performs duties like toggling between power and traction control modes.
And then comes the race bred warrior, the ZX-10R. The ZX-10R is not only quick, but brutally fast. This is one of the most powerful litre-class motorcycle which churns out 198 stallions out of its 998cc engine. You will run out of courage before the motorcycle runs out of its ability. It’s not only fast on straight roads but also ridiculously planted around the corners. You can select from the three riding modes: Full (F), Medium (M) and Low (L) giving the rider 9 set of modes to choose from.
Here is the comparison list of these three offerings from the land where the sun rises.
|Engine||Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four||Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four||Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four|
|Power||140 bhp @ 10,000 rpm||140 bhp @ 10,000 rpm||198 bhp @ 13,000 rpm|
|Torque||111 nm @ 7300 rpm||111 nm @ 7300 rpm||112Nm @ 11,500 rpm|
|Bore X Stroke||77.0 x 56.0mm||77.0 x 56.0 mm||76.0 x 55.0 mm|
|Fuel System||DFI® with four 38mm Keihin throttle bodies, oval sub-throttles||DFI® with four 38mm Keihin throttle bodies, oval sub-throttles||DFI® with four 47mm Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles, two injectors per cylinder|
|Ignition||TCBI with digital advance||TCBI with digital advance||TCBI with digital advance and Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC)|
|Final Drive||Sealed Chain||X-ring Chain||Chain|
|Frame Type||Aluminum Backbone||Aluminum Backbone||Twin spar, cast aluminium|
|Front Tyre||120/70 ZR17||120/70 ZR17||120/70 ZR17|
|Rear Tyre||190/50 ZR17||190/50 ZR17||190/55 ZR17|
|Front Suspension/Wheel Travel||41 mm inverted SFF-BP fork with stepless compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability / 4.7 in.||41 mm inverted cartridge fork with stepless compression and rebound damping, adjustable spring preload / 4.7 in.||43mm inverted Big Piston Fork (BPF), adjustable stepless rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability / 4.7 in.|
|Rear Suspension/Wheel Travel||Horizontal back-link single shock with adjustable preload and stepless rebound damping / 4.8 in.||Horizontal monoshock with stepless rebound damping, remotely adjustable spring preload / 5.4 in.||Horizontal back-link with gas-charged shock, stepless, dual-range (low-/high-speed) compression damping, stepless rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload / 5.5 in.|
|Front Brakes||Dual 310mm petal-type discs with radial-mount four-piston monobloc calipers with ABS||Dual 300mm petal-type rotors with radial-mount four-piston monobloc calipers and ABS||Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Braking (KIBS), dual semi-floating 310mm petal discs with dual four-piston radial-mount calipers|
|Rear Brakes||Single 250mm petal-type discs with single-piston caliper and ABS||Single 250mm petal-type rotor with single-piston caliper, with ABS||KIBS-controlled, single 220mm petal disc with aluminum single-piston caliper|
|Fuel Capacity||17 litre||19 litre||17 litre|
|Curb Weight||221 kgs||231 kgs||201 kgs|
|Length X Width X Height||2045mm X 790mm X 1054mm||2106mm X 790mm X 1171mm||2075mm X 714mm X 1115mm|
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