2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000F vs Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Comparison Review

Kawasaki’s Ninja 1000, winner of our 2014 Middleweight Sport-Touring Shootout, faces a direct challenge in 2016 from Suzuki’s all-new GSX-S1000F. These two Inline-Four powered literbikes both deliver sporty performance but in a more street-friendly package than their track-focused Superbike siblings. They represent an enticing option for sportbike riders willing to trade top-end horsepower for a broader more usable powerband, as well as ditch cramped track-biased riding positions for more relaxed upright ergonomics. These bikes are versatile too, capable of carving up canyons, tackling commutes and running up the odometer during an extended weekend away from home. And it doesn’t hurt that they’re several thousand dollars less expensive than their Superbike analogs either. Practical and affordable, we’ve been eager to compare the Ninja 1000 and GSX-S1000F side-by-side where their similarities and differences were revealed out on the open road.

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