Kawasaki Z1000SX 2017

Now in its third iteration, an even more polished Z1000SX continues to offer outstanding comfort and convenience. This sporty, seductively styled machine enlivens the daily commute, enthusiastically encourages an afternoon attacking apexes, and is happy to accommodate a passenger and luggage for a weekend holiday.

But what is new, compared to the last-years-version?
Except for the sharper ''Ninja''-Design and updated Engine, we have also some other changes.


  • Increased wind protection Two-piece fairings are wider, offering increased wind protection for the rider’s legs.
  • A new, taller double-bubble windshield also contributes to the increased wind protection. As before, the windshield is adjustable by hand (without tools), with three available positions to suit rider preference.
  • LED headlamps In addition to contributing to the Z1000SX’s sharper looks, dual LED headlamps (each featuring low and high beams, as well as a LED position lamp) offer significantly increased brightness, casting their light wider and farther forward.
  • Stylish multi-functional instrumentation All-new sophisticated instrument design features a large analogue tachometer flanked by warning lamps on one side, and a gear position indicator and multi-function LCD screen on the other.
  • Relaxed riding position, which increases seat comfort Both rider and passenger seats deliver increased comfort. The redesigned rider seat has a wider seat area, offering greater support, and enabling longer riding stretches. A longer passenger seat with thicker padding features a design that swells at the front to help keep tandem riders from sliding forward, all contributing to increased passenger comfort.
  • Than we have a Clean-mount pannier system. The mounting system (now standard) for the accessory panniers allows the panniers to be attached and removed very simply, contributing to increased convenience. Seamlessly integrating the panniers with the rear of the bike, the clean-mount system positions the panniers close to the bike centreline, and, thanks to its clean clutter-free design, ensures the rear of the bike still looks good with the panniers removed.


  • KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function): Total Engine & Chassis Management Package Using the latest evolution of Kawasaki’s advanced modelling software and feedback from a compact Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) that gives an even clearer real-time picture of chassis orientation, KCMF monitors engine and chassis parameters throughout the corner – from entry, through the apex, to corner exit – modulating brake force and engine power to facilitate smooth transition from acceleration to braking and back again, and to assist riders in tracing their intended line through the corner. On the Z1000SX, KCMF oversees the following systems:
  • KTRC (including traction, wheelie and sliding control)
  • KIBS (including pitching and corner braking control)
  • KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control) Three modes cover a wide range of riding conditions, offering either enhanced sport riding performance or the peace of mind to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence. Feedback from the IMU enables more precise control.
  • KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System) Kawasaki’s supersport-grade high-precision brake management system take into account the particular handling characteristics of supersport motorcycles, ensuring highly efficient braking with minimal intrusion during hard sport riding. KIBS also incorporates corner braking control, modulating brake force to counter the tendency of the bike to stand up when braking mid-corner.
  • Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), that enables inertia along 6 DOF (degrees of freedom) to be monitored. Acceleration along longitudinal, transverse and vertical axes, plus roll rate and pitch rate are measured. The yaw rate is calculated by the ECU using Kawasaki original software. Additional feedback from the IMU gives an even clearer real-time picture of chassis orientation than the programming of the previous systems was able to predict. In addition to more precise management, feedback from the IMU enables KIBS to incorporate a new function. Corner braking control assists riders in tracing their intended line through the corner. Bosch’s latest IMU is highly compact and very lightweight, weighing only 40 g.


  • Revised ECU settings contribute to even smoother power delivery, facilitating control and contributing to rider comfort and confidence, and deliver cleaner emissions, ensuring various market regulations (including Euro 4) are cleared.
  • Non-North American models feature an evaporator, contributing to cleaner emissions.
  • A secondary balancer, driven off a gear on the 6th web of the crankshaft, eliminates excess vibration. Of course, a certain amount of engine vibration was desired as part of the bike’s character (vibration contributes to the feeling of acceleration, increasing linearly with rpm), so vibration was not totally eliminated.

Exhaust System

  • For non-North American models, revisions to the main and pre-catalysers contribute to cleaner emissions, ensuring Euro 4 regulations are cleared.

Inverted Front Fork & Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension

  • A revised rear brake pad material and an optimised return spring offer improved control and increased overall performance.
  • The caliper is mounted below the swingarm and features a torque rod. The arrangement adds to the racy image.
  • Supersport-style high-precision brake management system is standard equipment on the 2017 Z1000SX. Please see KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System) below.
  • ABS provides added braking reassurance in emergency situations.

Increased Wind Protection

  • A new double-bubble windshield is 15 mm taller at the centre, contributing to the increased wind protection.
  • Two-piece fairings are wider (up to 28 mm wider each side), offering increased wind protection for the rider’s legs. The fairing design also covers part of the frame, helping to protect the rider from engine heat for added comfort.

Comfortable Ergonomics

  • The 5-way adjustable clutch lever can be set to suit the size of the rider’s hands, contributing to rider comfort.
  • Mirrors are positioned 20 mm farther outward and have a greater range of movement, offering easier adjustability.
  • Both rider and passenger seats deliver increased comfort. The redesigned rider seat has a wider seat area, offering greater support, and enabling longer stretches at time without having to stop due to discomfort.
  • The passenger seat is longer (+25 mm), with 3 mm thicker urethane padding and a design that swells at the front (25 mm thicker) to help keep tandem riders from sliding forward, all contributing to increased passenger comfort. Dampers on the underside of the seat help reduce vibration.
  • Ergonomically sculpted passenger grips are easy to hold and naturally positioned, contributing to passenger comfort.
  • Seat material of both seats has superb elasticity, offering increased comfort and holding performance. The material is also resistant to cold, allowing it to maintain its suppleness when temperatures drop and reducing the chance of tearing/ripping when exposed to cold temperatures.
  • The fairing design also covers part of the frame, contributing to a good ergonomic fit and helping to protect the rider from engine heat for added comfort.


  • A Gear position indicator increases shifting precision and confidence, while also lending to the Z1000SX’s sporty image.
  • Complementing a new shift up indicator lamp, the tachometer’s needle changes colour (from white to pink to red) to indicate the rider-selectable shift-up timing.
  • During normal operation the shift indicator lamp is off, and the tachometer needle is white.
  • When engine speed is within 500 min-1 of the selected shift-up timing, the shift indicator lamp flashes, and the tachometer needle turns pink.
  • When the chosen engine speed is reached, the shift indicator lamp flashes rapidly, and the tachometer needle turns red.
  • Riders can set the shift-up timing between 5,000 and 11,000 min-1 in 250 min-1 increments. The shift indicator function may also be turned OFF.
  • LCD screen features a negative display, adding to the instrument cluster’s sporty, modern appearance.
  • In addition to the digital speedometer and gear position indicator (new for 2017), display functions include: odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range, current and average fuel consumption, external temperature (new for 2017), coolant temperature, clock and the Economical Riding Indicator.
  • Other new features include indicators for the IMU and KIBS.
  • The Economical Riding Indicator appears on the LCD screen to indicate favourable fuel consumption. Paying attention to conditions that result in the mark appearing can assist riders to maximise their fuel efficiency. This handy feature is active all the time, although to be effective, the rider must ride in a gentle manner: less than 6,000 rpm, less than 30% throttle, under 140 km/h.
  • JPN models are fit standard with an ETC unit (located under the rear seat). The ETC indicator is built into the instrument panel for clean, finished look.
  • A hazard switch is located on the left handlebar.