2012 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Review
Max Street Performance Meets Max Rideability and Control
Like the original – and highly acclaimed – Ninja 1000 of 1986, the 2012 version delivers a dominating mix of power, handling, looks, technology and rideability. This system offers confidence-inspiring braking action on all types of surfaces.
Ninja 1000 is based. At seemingly every rpm level, the Ninja 1000 engine produces smooth, instant-on thrust many hardcore sportbikes simply can’t match.
Kawasaki’s perfectly calibrated electronic fuel injection helps make this so. Like the superb-handling Z1000, the Ninja 1000 features an advanced aluminum frame similar in design to the Ninja ZX™-10R’s. The wheels, brakes and suspension bits that allow the Ninja to move so gracefully and swiftly are truly state-of-the-art. The single-shock system features a damper mounted nearly horizontally above the swingarm for optimal mass centralization and heat resistance. On the Ninja 1000, you’ll always know what’s happening at the contact patches.
Stopping power is provided by race-spec brakes – 300mm petal-type rotors up front squeezed by ultra-rigid radially mounted calipers fed hydraulic pressure by an equally race-spec radial pump master cylinder. The wheels working with those brakes – lightweight six-spoke supersport-style units – are also the latest in lightweight production technology. Designed with an eye on Kawasaki’s race-ready ZX-6R and ZX-10R, the Ninja offers a thoroughly radical look, but one that’s unique and memorable. A manually adjustable, 3-position windscreen helps, allowing riders to pick just the right setting for their height and riding style.