The litre-class sports tourer segment has taken a hit from the flourishing middle-weight and entry-level motorcycles which offer more value for money while providing good amount of performance to keep the riders engaged. But the bigger sports tourers may not go extinct anytime soon.
If a recent report by Motorcycle News is to be believed, Kawasaki is working on a new litre-class sports tourer that will replace the Z1000SX. A patent of the upcoming motorcycle, and renders based on the patent, were revealed by the motoring portal which give us a glimpse into Kawasaki may offer in the future.
The motorcycle is said to be a replacement for the current Kawasaki Z1000SX sports tourer which does not comply with the latest Euro 4 norms. We may also see the new motor from the upcoming Kawasaki propelling the Z1000 naked roadster as its current version, similar to the sports tourer, does not comply with the Euro 4 regulations. The new Euro-4 regulations would come in to effect from January 2017.
The patent image uses a Ninja 1000 with refreshed motor and chassis from the current Z1000 and the Z1000SX. The headlight, as suggested in the render, is expected to draw design cues from the new ZX-10R.
But one of the biggest visual upgrades on this road-focused Ninja will be the addition of aerodynamic wings on the side fairing, something that we have seen on Kawasaki’s track-focused monster, the 300PS Ninja H2R. This one though, may continue to deliver the same power output that the current generation motorcycles churn out 140 bhp.
We hope Kawasaki will reveal more details about the upcoming sports tourer before the end of 2016. Meanwhile, let us know your views about the motorcycle through the comments section below.
Source: Motorcycle News