In an era in which adventure-styled motorcycles seem to be taking over the sport-touring class, the 2017 KawasakiNinja 1000 ABS stands out as a great example of a traditional sport-tourer. Kawasaki has taken the heart of a sportbike and wrapped it with a package that can tackle almost any task a rider could want, from commuting to canyon scratching to touring to the occasional track day. Outfit it with the optional $1165 saddlebags, and you’ve got a mount that would be a great multi-state companion for less than $14,000.
Touring the spec sheet
At first blush, one might be tempted to say that not too much has changed functionally in the 2017 update. Well, that’s both partially right and wrong. Yes, whole sections of the motorcycle remain mechanically the same, which points to the overall strength of the platform prior to the update. However, the changes were designed to improve specific areas of the Ninja 1000’s utility.
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