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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-07-2011, 10:07 AM
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Memory check......

If I remember correctly, they were quite enthusiastic about the bike!
Thank you, sir!

It's the British mag, BIKE, that's given it lukewarm reviews. They are doing a multipart series called Bike for Britian where 5 bikes (GSXR600, CBR600F, BMW R1200R, Tiger 800, and the Z1000SX) go through a series of trials to determine the best allround bike. The Kwak is doing poorly in last place. Other mags have found it quite a good ride.

I subscribe to too many magazines to keep them straight!

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Thank you, sir!

It's the British mag, BIKE, that's given it lukewarm reviews. They are doing a multipart series called Bike for Britian where 5 bikes (GSXR600, CBR600F, BMW R1200R, Tiger 800, and the Z1000SX) go through a series of trials to determine the best allround bike. The Kwak is doing poorly in last place. Other mags have found it quite a good ride.

I subscribe to too many magazines to keep them straight!

CJ
I've seen the write up in the British magazine as well. Surprising result compared to most other magazines reports.

BTW, this is from the final paragraph of the Motorcycle Consumer News test of the bike:

If it sounds like we’re running out of superlatives, you’re right.
Except for its seat, the Ninja 1000 is a stellar motorcycle that ranks
high on our list of all-time favorites. If you are in the market for
an all-around street bike that could easily pull long-distance sporttouring
duty, give it a close look. You’ll be glad you did

John in AZ
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I've seen the write up in the British magazine as well. Surprising result compared to most other magazines reports.

BTW, this is from the final paragraph of the Motorcycle Consumer News test of the bike:

If it sounds like we’re running out of superlatives, you’re right.
Except for its seat, the Ninja 1000 is a stellar motorcycle that ranks
high on our list of all-time favorites. If you are in the market for
an all-around street bike that could easily pull long-distance sporttouring
duty, give it a close look. You’ll be glad you did
I would totally agree with above, apart from the seat this bike is awesome, have mentioned before but I have no problems with my stock Versys seat so the Ninja seat needs attention so you do not have a numb bum after 2 hrs, I will do the cheaper option first and try to soften the stock seat.
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People need to stop saying good things about this bike. Makes me pout a little that I can't get one. But seeing as you're getting yours broken in now, any eco feedback? One of the riders in the Cycle World Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Experience (a mouthful, no?) tracked fuel consumption, managing an average of 45mpg, with outliers at 35 and 62. If those numbers are achievable, I may consider the N1K instead of a Sprint in a couple of years.
Will be happy to answer any questions on the Ninja 1000 as they call it in Aust/USA and in the UK/NZ they call it the Z1000sx as honestly as i can.

Summing up, if I could only have one bike it would be the Versys but since we are selling my wifes cruiser the Ninja 1000 is the dream bike for me. I am not one for trying to incease power of a stock bike so the 1000 gives me that day ride power and the Versys is my reliable long trip, comfotable, full givi bin system, twisty fun, very forgiving safe horse. If you can afford to have the Ninja 1000 and the Versys its a great combination in my opinion
Kiwi, is this still an accurate assessment of your comparison between the Versys 650 and the Ninja 1000? I've been eyeing a 1000 and looking for feedback on it, from someone who has ridden both.

I read somewhere that the Ninja 1000 provided a harsh ride, in comparison.

Your thoughts? If only one bike for you, would you still opt for the Versys 650?

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Kiwi, is this still an accurate assessment of your comparison between the Versys 650 and the Ninja 1000? I've been eyeing a 1000 and looking for feedback on it, from someone who has ridden both.

I read somewhere that the Ninja 1000 provided a harsh ride, in comparison.

Your thoughts? If only one bike for you, would you still opt for the Versys 650?

Thanks.
Im on my 2nd Ninja 1000 now, traded in the 2011 for 2016 version with slipper clutch, powers settings, and full touring model that comes with bins. The newer Ninja with the real cool bin system so as when you take bin off no ugly rack is great. If I could have only one bike then maybe the versys 1000, best of both worlds, V1000 is more comfortable, better for two ups, long distance but in my opinion the Ninja looks better and has a bit more thrust, I can ride my 650 more briskly through very narrow twisty NZ roads than both those litre bikes.
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