2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS Hands-On Review

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By Gerry Cote


The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS is a sport touring bike that I was wanting to review for a while. I like the aggressive styling of the bike and after sitting on it in the showroom, I know I wanted to take this Motorcycle for a test drive.

I really like the way the bike feels when you are sitting on it. The handlebars are just back enough that you are sitting in a semi-upright sport touring position and it just feels right.

I would like to thank Blackfoot Motosports in Calgary, Alberta for giving me the opportunity to take this amazing machine out for a romp. Please check out their website at Blackfoot Online.


  • Engine: 1,043cc 4-stroke inline four, liquid cooled, DOHC 16 valve with digital fuel injection
  • Front Brakes: Dual Semi-Floating 300mm petal discs with dual radial mount monoblock opposed 4 piston
  • Rear Brakes: Single 250mm petal disc with a single piston caliper
  • ABS Standard
  • Seat Height: 815mm (32.3 inches)
  • Fuel Capacity: 19 liters (4.2 gallons)
  • transmission
  • Wet Multi-disc Manual Clutch
  • Front Tire: 120/70-ZR17
  • Rear Tire: 190/50-ZR17
  • Maximum Power: 105 kW (140.8 Hp) / 10,000 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 111.0 n.M (81.9 ft-lb) @ 7,300 rpm
  • Front Suspension: 41mm inverted fork with stepless compression, rebound damping, and spring preload adjustability
  • Rear Suspension: Horizontal back-link, gas charged rear shock with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
  • Curb Weight of 235 Kg (516 lbs.)
  • Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC)
  • Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS)
  • Power Mode
  • Kawasaki Corner Management Function (KCMF)
  • Final Drive: Sealed Chain
  • MSRP at time of review: C$14,299 US$12,199

First Impressions

My first impression of the Ninja 1000 ABS was that it was a very nice looking bike. It has the look of a racer and the feel of a touring bike. The bike has a very nice stance, I am 5’9” and the seat was perfect for me.

The handlebar position was not too far forward and did not feel awkward. The footpegs …read more

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