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2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 gets improved styling & electronics

Written by Parichay Malvankar

For 2020, Kawasaki has improved their litre-class tourer model, the Ninja 1000. The 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 which was revealed at the recently concluded EICMA show in Milan has received improved styling and electronics package. The bike is also known as the Ninja 1000SX in some markets, and the updated model is expected to arrive in Indian showrooms by early-2020 with pricing expected to increase marginally.

The new & improved model of the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 now gets an adjustable windscreen (4-way) and an optional taller windscreen as well. Both the rider and pillion seats have been improved and contoured for comfort while touring. Electronics addition includes a traction control and riding modes along with cruise control as well. The bike will now get a full digital colour display speedometer cluster with smartphone connectivity. The same can be connected to the Kawasaki Redeology app as well. The bike will come to India will new colours and livery. Other features of the bike include ECO indicator, slipper assist clutch, ABS, IMU-chassis orientation, cornering management, USD front forks and rear monoshock. The full size exhaust end can has also received a new design and the brand has retuned the motor to meet the noise and emissions requirements. The bike gets full LED headlamps and even the body work has been slightly reworked.

Powering the motorcycle is the same 1043cc, in-line 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC motor which is expected to produce slightly lesser power and torque figures than before due to the emissions compliance and will be matched to a 6-speed gearbox. The new bike has a kerb weight of 513.8 pounds.

The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 is a rival to the likes of Ducati Supersport and has immense street cred. It is a very capable high speed motorcycle, while being extremely comfortable for 2-up riding.