I used to be taking a look at all the brand new Kawasaki bikes and was a bit puzzled by the very fact that there’s a Ninja 1000 and a Z1000 Ninja. They’re each Ninjas, proper? So what is the distinction? Why two?The distinction, I used to be informed, is night time and day.”What kind of riding do you do?”I am largely a touring form of man. I like heading out on the highway for per week at a time.”Then you should test ride the Ninja 1000.”So I did.Thoughts you, I had by no means ridden a Ninja of any sort earlier than and I had all the time been a bit skeptical about them as one thing you’ll spend any severe time on. And but I had learn a number of instances within the moto magazines about how the Ninja–some Ninja, I do not recall what mannequin(s)–are in truth fairly good for all-day outings.My eyes have been opened.The fact is that I’d name the Ninja 1000 a modern-day normal. It has a really upright driving place that’s comfy, not the tight crouch of a devoted sportbike. The bikini windshield supplied ample safety from the wind, although I had some minor buffeting on the helmet. It stands a bit tall however no extra so than different bikes I’ve ridden and been completely comfy on.
As for energy, you’d higher imagine it is a scorcher. That massive, large energy tears off the road and you might be gone. Plus, the suspension is excellent, so if you encounter the imperfections within the typical metropolis street–such as manhole covers–the Ninja simply eats them up and also you glide proper over. The bike is mild and flicks rapidly and simply back and forth, making it superbly maneuverable.As for hitting the highway with it, it is nonetheless a bit iffy. When you’re accustomed to a sport-touring bike just like the Concours 14 it’s possible you’ll really feel a bit cramped for carrying capability on the Ninja. Plus, whereas the Connie has arduous luggage as inventory gadgets, you would want to buy baggage for the Ninja, and it in all probability would not carry as a lot.My one criticism with the Ninja 1000 was the mirrors. They’re small and just about provide the selection of seeing what’s behind you or what’s within the lane subsequent to you, however not each. Kawasaki actually must do higher.And the Z1000?After all, driving the Ninja 1000 solely whetted my urge for food to see the way it compares to the Z1000 Ninja. So I did. Hey, it is all within the title of analysis, proper?The Z1000 is certainly extra sportbike-oriented than the Ninja 1000. That stated, it nonetheless affords a surprisingly upright driving place that would definitely be comfy for day rides with the blokes, although maybe not for lengthy days on the freeway. The fairing is even smaller than the one on the Ninja 1000 and did little or no to dam the wind blast.And belief me, you will get the wind blast. This bike is a rocket ship, with acceleration that makes that of its sister bike appear tame as compared. Between the torque and the wind, every time I’d twist that throttle the bike would lunge ahead and I’d be thrown backward. I took to crouching down a bit towards the tank earlier than cranking the throttle in order to reduce the jolt.
The Z1000 has very extensive gearbands that made driving up close by canyons clean and straightforward. I hardly needed to shift gears in any respect and it was so mild and simply to toss back and forth that it gave an entire new which means to the time period “canyon carving.”Just like the Ninja 1000, the Z1000 doesn’t include baggage however on this case you’ll in all probability simply go for a backpack or some small saddle luggage. You are not going to go touring on this one. And likewise just like the Ninja 1000, the mirrors come up brief. However hey, that is what the aftermarket is for, is not it?So sure, two Ninjas, each 1000cc. And actually, not so totally different as night time and day. Perhaps dawn and midday.