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Suzuki GSX-S1000F Vs Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Comparison Review
Jun 13, 2017

Engine and Power Delivery

The heart of the Kawasaki is a 1043cc Inline Four with 77mm bore and 56mm stroke, the same mill used in the Z1000 streetfighter. Power output is managed by two engine modes, Full and Low, with the Ninja utilizing a three-mode Kawasaki Traction Control system. TC can also be turned off if the rider so desires. The engine is immediately responsive at the turn of the throttle, with impeccable fueling. The Ninja rewards riders with a linear and predictable power delivery from the early revs up to about 7000 rpm. Even in Full power mode the delivery in the lower revs is nicely manageable, no arm-yanking or front-end-popping unless you’re asking for it.

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Adjustability is a strong point for Kawasaki,” said Abbott. “The Ninja 1000 features both power mode and traction control adjustment, the rear shock has a remote spring preload adjustment knob that is easy to adjust when adding the available OEM saddlebags and the windscreen is easily adjusted in multiple positions.”