If you’re wondering what the new 2011 Kawasaki Z1000SX is, then just picture a naked Z1000 with some pretty flash fairings. If you’re wondering what it goes like, then just picture a naked Z1000 – ie, it’ll be on one wheel before you know it.
Some tiny changes have been made to the motor, but they’re almost inconsequential. That means that you’ve got a whole stack of power and grunt on tap, all easily accessed thanks to the improved protection from behind the new fairings and adjustable screen.
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Having tazzed about southern Spain for the last day and a half, we’re happy to report that the new fairing works on a number of levels. It makes the bike look good, it keeps the wind and rain off much better than nowt and it turns the machine into a supersporty machine. Of course, this is no ZX-10R, but it does a decent impression. The SX is so easy to ride, easy to stunt and easy to do decent miles on. If there’s any justice in the world, Kawasaki should sell these by the bucketload, as it’s head and shoulders above the competition.
It’s expected to be priced in the £9,200 region and the first bikes should be in the shops in November. These will be followed by a ‘touring’ edition with ABS and panniers.
Read all about the launch report in next month’s mag, or head to Kawasaki’s website for more details from the man.