Kawasaki started with the kernel – chassis, engine, suspension – standard super-Z1000, a bike that was well received by the press and customers. Kawasaki Z1000 said using the new engine and chassis package-think as a starting point, engineers have added radically knife blade body with a number of cool features that push the performance capabilities of the Ninja 1000 envelopes and flexibility at heights incredible.
This 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.”
The power is designed to be smooth across the RPM range. Kawasaki says Digital fuel injection helps, and the quartet of 38mm Keihin downdraft throttle bodies slam the perfect mix of fuel and air into the combustion chambers with help from an advanced ECU, oval sub-throttles and a cool air intake system that routes fresh air to the airbox via ducts at the front of the bike.
The Ninja 1000 features a balance shaft driven off the crankshaft that keeps the solidly mounted engine as smooth as possible, while a radically designed 4-into-2-into-2 catalyzer-equipped exhaust system offers a pleasing growl without being overly loud along with the cleanest possible emissions.