January 5, 2017

The 2017 Kawasaki Z1000SX

Kawasaki have just taken the wraps of the new 2017 Kawasaki Z1000SX, an update to their sport naked literbike Z1000. In addition to gaining a few letters on the name, the big news here is the addition of an Intertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which allows for a far greater range of electronic aides including a more precise traction control system and cornering ABS. It also gets a slipper clutch to both lighten clutch pull and reduce back-torque on downshifts, and the ECU gets new settings to help it meet Euro4 compliance.

The Z1000SX also gets a new fairing, which walks the looks back a little bit from that crazy face they gave it in 2012, as well as a new double-bubble shaped and taller windscreen, wider and thicker padded seat, and all LED lighting system that Kawasaki claims is 40% brighter.

The instrument panel is also new, featuring a large analog tach and LCD screen which contains info on gear position, shift light, and tach needle that glows from white to red as a shift indicator. Kawasaki also revised the pannier system as the current model's can be a little finicky to get on and off.

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