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Old 02-24-2015, 05:51 PM   #1
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Talking Sport Tourer Project

I promised I would do this in a previous post last year. So this year, all the ducks are lining up in a row and I'm going to do it. This will be a long term project so please be patient.

I have a 2014 Kawasaki Ninja1000SX. Straight off the showroom floor the Ninja1000SX is a very capable machine. I couldn't believe how user friendly the bike was. For someone who has been around trail, enduro and dual sport bikes, the thought of a motorcycle that could spit you off or pull your arms out of their sockets, not to mention its name and its reputation was quite daunting.

As any perspective bike owner who is worth their grain of salt does, I done my research. YouTube, Google searches, magazines and even local riding groups, I left nothing to chance and asked what people's thoughts were on the Ninja1000SX. Not many could fault it. The price was good, the gadgetry was Kawasaki, the looks were very Ninja, the gearing unbelievable, the genuine accessories extensive and the ride... well you guessed it.

I had to give one a spin. I went to my local dealer and they organized a demo model. I was all smiles from ear to ear. I put down a deposit that afternoon and within two weeks, a brand new Ninja1000SX was waiting for me.

Taking the bike on day trips and overnighters, I was soon creating a list in my mind (as we all do) of what we would change, add or remove from the bike. Basically, I broke these into three parts:

1 - Comfort
2 - Luggage
3 - Distances

During the next few posts, I'm going to cover these three in finer detail with pictures, product reviews and the overall usability of the Ninja1000SX. I hope you enjoy the thread and I look forward to any positive ideas and remarks.
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:49 AM   #2
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Looking forward to seeing how this progresses. The Ninja 1000 is on the short list to replace my VFR either this summer or early next year, along with the Yamaha FJ-09.
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Old 02-25-2015, 01:15 AM   #3
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I would think with a Ninja 1000 a set of factory panniers, a Corbin or Sargent seat and a top case and the bike would be ready. The Ninja 1000s are extraordinary.
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Old 02-25-2015, 03:32 AM   #4
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I was about to ask how you got a demo ride but then I noticed you were in Oz. Very very rare to talk a dealer into a ride on a Japanese bike in the US. BMW, Harley and Triumph are the only ones to let you most times.

Anyway...Continue on with pics please!
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:04 AM   #5
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I would think with a Ninja 1000 a set of factory panniers, a Corbin or Sargent seat and a top case and the bike would be ready. The Ninja 1000s are extraordinary.


even less than that

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Old 02-25-2015, 03:05 PM   #6
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I think a buddy of mine ran into you last September in Durango. We had just gone thru Colorado and were heading to Albuquerque. Met in a taxi at the Hampton as we were going downtown to eat. Was that you?

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Old 02-25-2015, 03:21 PM   #7
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Look forward to reading more. I didn't even notice the N1K with factory panniers until after I made the deal on my C14. For just me the N1K would probably be the better bike, I even contemplated making the switch. My wife wants to try touring 2 up so now the C14 makes more sense. Still, that N1K is a sweet looking machine.
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:20 PM   #8
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In. Please replace the Lobster Claw exhaust with something attractive!
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Old 02-26-2015, 09:06 AM   #9
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In. Please replace the Lobster Claw exhaust with something attractive!
Aftermarket, my friend . Aftermarket.
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Old 02-26-2015, 10:14 AM   #10
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In. Please replace the Lobster Claw exhaust with something attractive!
I consider it a non issue, as any modern bike I buy will have the exhaust replaced.

On the other hand, I've always gotten along fine with stock seats and never had to replace one of those. Hmmm.
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