Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX: Grand Touring To The Grand Canyon

Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX: Grand Touring To The Grand Canyon

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Featured In the February 2021 issue of Roadracing World:  

          “There’s an appeal to a grand touring machine with a perfect blend of comfort and performance, all the while involving instead of isolating the rider. Especially when it delivers a visceral experience that doesn’t extract a toll on the rider’s body. Big but not too big, fast, and sophisticated, the Ninja 1000SX sport-tourer spoils the rider. It’s designed to cover a lot of miles in speed, style and comfort, as well as being capable and competent if there are more than a few twisty sections of pavement thrown in along the way. 

          “To put the mature Ninja through its paces, I rode it for weeks through the streets of Los Angeles, along the highways of much of Southern California, and then, needing a break from plague worries and wanting some fun too, pointed it towards Las Vegas and then the Grand Canyon…” 

—Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX, Grand Touring To The Grand Canyon, by Editor-At-Large Michael Gougis


Refinement would describe Kawasaki’s approach to the latest iteration of the Ninja 1000SX. It occupies a particular niche in the company’s sport-touring line-up, surrounded by the sportbike Ninja ZX-10R—which is not a bad bike at all for covering distances—the Concours 14 and the supercharged Ninja H2 SX SE+. The Ninja 1000SX falls toward the supersport end of the spectrum, its weight and overall size closer to a sportbike than a tourer. Editor-At-Large Michael Gougis put the bike through its paces in its natural habitat, while Racing Editor Chris Ulrich then took it to the track at Auto Club Speedway—with saddlebags! All in the latest issue of Roadracing World!

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