Ninja 1000/Z1000SX Owners' Thread (or wanna be's)

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by rhinoWERX, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. Toto

    Toto Been here awhile

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    Yep...that's a nice bike indeed!
    I have a CBF 1000 that is an excellent al lrounder like the Bandit.
    But I just read a review(can't remember where) that the new Ninja 1000 is the PERFECT all rounder...if such a thing exists.
    I had better not look at one or I will be in shit...
    Enjoy!:clap
  2. chadhargis

    chadhargis Too tall for sportbikes

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    I don't think perfect exists, but the Ninja 1000 is dang close. For me, it could be a little more roomy, but it's certainly not uncomfortable. For a 6 footer or below it'd be like sitting on a La-Z-Boy (except for the thin seat).

    The engine is the jewel in the crown here. It's really an amazing motor. Not in terms of sheer outright power, but as an all around package. You can putter around at a walking pace or you can run it hard...it happily complies with no lurching, surging, rough running, or other weirdness.
  3. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    you're preaching to the choir :nod

    I don't have mine any longer, but that's not a reflection on how good a bike it was as much as I tend to put on miles and shuffle the collection around.

    It does many things really well.

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    1600 mile weekend to southern New Mexico and back...
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  4. chadhargis

    chadhargis Too tall for sportbikes

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    Beautiful!

    Sweet pics!
  5. X1Glider

    X1Glider Been here awhile

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  6. nowheelies

    nowheelies loft the front wheel

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  7. fast4d

    fast4d Long timer

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    waiting for a used 2012 w/ABS for sale!

    50 state/CA smog or >7500 miles!!:D
  8. haknslash

    haknslash Been here awhile

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  9. chadhargis

    chadhargis Too tall for sportbikes

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    Got a few mods bolted on this week. Very pleased with them.

    Seat
    Fantastic! Big, wide, supportive, and the extra height combined with the peg lowering kit is awesome. Fit and finish are excellent! I had Loren add an extra 1" to the seat and remove the forward slope.

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    Peg Lowering Kit

    Another quality part. The Motowerk peg lowering kit was easy to fit, and dropped the pegs straight down. The brake lever didn't need adjustment (it's better now) but I had to lower the shifter down a bit.

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    12V and Powerlet Outlets

    Installed a standard 12v outlet and wired it into the switched accessory connection. I wired the Powerlet outlet under the tail so I can plug in my heated vest and battery tender. It's direct to the battery.

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  10. DeedsyDragon

    DeedsyDragon Moto Dragon

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    Aren't you worried about the pegs grinding?
  11. chadhargis

    chadhargis Too tall for sportbikes

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    I could remove the "feelers" and get back to near stock clearance, but I am not a peg dragger. I'm a big believer in proper body position when riding aggressively and will seldom ever find myself going fast enough on the street to drag anything.

    If I do a track day, I'll put the pegs back in the stock position. It only takes about 10 minutes to remove or replace them.
  12. JSharp

    JSharp Been here awhile

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    I'm surprised you could get enough adjustment from the brake actuator rod to make the lever comfortable with the peg lowering blocks. I have my lever about as low as it will go with the stock pegs.
  13. chadhargis

    chadhargis Too tall for sportbikes

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    The brake lever was actually too low with the pegs in the stock position. I had to slide my foot up quite a bit to reach it. Now it's better. Maybe a little too high, and I could adjust it down a bit, but haven't fooled with it. It's not too bad.

    Having a 36" inseam and bad knees, it's hard for me to find bikes that fit. With the taller seat and lower pegs, the bike is really comfortable. I'm able to move around on it a lot better now too, which makes ground clearance less of an issue. At 250lbs with long arms, I can hang off quite a bit. Heck, I've dragged a knee on my 125cc scooter without dragging hard parts. LOL!! :lol3
  14. JSharp

    JSharp Been here awhile

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    I guess that shows how people fit differently on the same bike. I'm 5'10" and 180lb but I have little flexibility thanks to multiple back and neck fusions. I can't hang off the bike much at all and the rear brake pedal is high enough I have to lift my foot to get it on the pedal initially.
  15. chadhargis

    chadhargis Too tall for sportbikes

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    Yes, it's amazing how some people can be comfortable touring on a sportbike while I have to stop every 150 miles on a Goldwing.

    My knees typically start feeling like someone is driving nails through them. Even in a car I have issues, only on a motorcycle I can stand up every now and then which helps.

    Since adding the mods to my N1k, I'm really very pleased with it. It's surprisingly very comfortable. Loren at Baldwin outdid himself on my seat. It's better than the one he made for my Versys.
  16. peteandheidi

    peteandheidi Been here awhile

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    i just added some shorter ones to mine, a bit less then 1cm and they hit down only a fraction prior to the exhaust shield on the right side and then the belly pan touch's.
    They definantly don't get in the way
  17. JSharp

    JSharp Been here awhile

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    It's the truth. Believe it or not I bought my Ninja because it and the Z1000 were the most comfortable bikes I sat on after trying about 30 different models.

    I need a relatively narrow tank, narrow across the footpegs, and a slight forward lean. Anything else is uncomfortable for me but these bikes fit perfectly. I get on mine after being off a few weeks and it's like putting on a well broken in pair of gloves.
  18. chadhargis

    chadhargis Too tall for sportbikes

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    Yeah...Kawasaki misnamed the Ninja 1000. First thing my wife said was, "that's a crotch rocket!". It's really not. It's a very comfortable bike with a nice spread of power over the rev range.

    It's a very, very good do it all bike. I'm looking forward to warmer weather so I can really stretch it's legs. I put 205 miles on it Sunday, never getting off the seat even at gas stops. Just pump and go. I didn't have an ache or pain when I got home.

    Longest day I've done on a motorcycle was when I rode a Goldwing from Raleigh, NC to Nashville through Deal's Gap. I swear, I was less comfortable on the Wing than on the Ninja. The Goldwing just didn't fit me or my riding style very well. The Ninja 1000 is much closer to my FJR1300, only lighter and more flickable.
  19. bumbeen

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    Next week I will be a real owner. First order of business is frame and fork sliders. Then Ivan's FCE. That's probably all I will do to it. I'm very excited!!
  20. Incredulous

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    I have said that a few times :lol3