Motorcycle Racing News Kawasaki Highlights Ninja 1000 | Video

Kawasaki Highlights Ninja 1000 | Video

2011 Ninja 1000 Features

In this official Kawasaki YouTube video, the Japanese manufacturer highlight the main features of the all-new, 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000.

The bike offers a blend of capability and technology built from the latest racetrack components.

For the Ninja 1000, Kawasaki started with the core – frame, engine, suspension – of the Z1000 super-standard, a bike that’s been well received by both the press and customers alike.

Using the Z1000s new-think engine and chassis package as a starting point, engineers added radical, knife-edged bodywork along with a host of cool features that push the Ninja 1000’s performance, capability and flexibility envelopes to amazing heights.

Powering the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 is the open-class engine: a 1,043cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, 16-valve inline-four that features a long-stroke design for instantaneous power.

The Ninja 1000 engine is combined with a slick-shifting six-speed gearbox, and no-fuss electronic fuel injection for the "type of seamless throttle response – warm or cold – that makes short work of tricky traffic, higher-speed back-road situations and everything in between."

Concerning the chassis, the new Ninja 1000 features an advanced aluminum frame similar in design to that of the all-conquering Ninja ZX-10R sportbike.

Kawasaki says the lightweight cage curves over the engine, cradling it from above and bolting solidly to it in three places, with a rubber-backed fourth mount provided for added vibration isolation and torsional rigidity.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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