The 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX packs several styling and feature upgrades over its predecessor. The changes aim to improve its touring capabilities and comfort levels over the outgoing model. The biggest styling upgrade is visible from the rear of the motorcycle. Unlike the outgoing model, the 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX features a single-sided muffler.
The revisions also include new LED headlights and taillights and a supersport-style front fender. Other changes to the front fascia and bodywork include a new windshield and a three-piece side fairing construction. A new, thicker and wider seat design is aimed to offer better comfort levels.
The new 2020 Ninja 1000SX also benefits from a revised cockpit that now features an all-new 4.3-inch TFT colour display with Bluetooth smartphone connectivity. The system works with Kawasaki’s RIDEOLOGY THE APP. The electronic rider aids benefit from the addition of Electronic Cruise Control and Integrated Riding Modes. The 2020 iterations come with enhanced chassis orientation awareness tech that works with Bosch IMU. The addition of Bosch IMU brings Kawasaki Cornering Management Function (KCMF) to the Ninja 1000SX. An Economical Riding Indicator is available on the instrument console.
Mechanical specifications continue to feature a 1,043 cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, in-line four-cylinder engine that is tuned for linear performance throughout the rev-range. The motor pumps out 142PS of peak power at 10,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 111 Nm at 8,000 rpm. The 2020 model gets new electronic throttle valves. An Assist & Slipper clutch and Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS) are also part of the package. The Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC) and Power Mode selection further enhance the safety net.
Braking hardware includes 300 mm, dual semi-floating discs with dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston callipers at the front and single 250 mm disc with a single-piston calliper. The anchoring setup is governed by the Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS).
The motorcycle is built around a twin-tube, aluminium frame that uses the engine as the stressed member. The Ninja 1000SX rides on 41 mm inverted fork with compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability at the front. The rear shock absorption setup includes horizontal back-link, gas-charged mono-shock with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability.
The 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 with BS-VI compliance is likely to reach the Indian market next year. The Indian arm of the Japanese brand is yet to make any announcements about the launch details for our market.
While we await more details on that front, a report from last month claimed that Kawasaki India had commenced the booking process for the 2020 ZX-14R.