Kawasaki Z1000SX: A Little More Practical and Electronic

The very good “Road Sports Roadster” Kawasaki Z1000SX returns slightly modified. A larger optional luggage the arrival of electronic AIDS small modifications of engine and part-cycle. A Small preview is an upcoming test.

 Kawasaki Z1000SX 2014: a little more practical and electronic

Considered a Sports Road, the Kawasaki Z1000SX was already a well-born machine, despite a few flaws and gaps. For 2014, the Greens intend to sharpen sport motorcycles, while strengthening its practical aspects, and electronic AIDS complements the table.

The first option…

Surprisingly, it is above all on the evolution of luggage – optional! -that Kawasaki is communicating. Because, in addition to being by a “visually more compelling” brand (here better integrated with the line), the new design of the bags is expected to receive a full-face helmet, each element having a capacity 28 liters.

Kawasaki Z1000SX: More Practical and Sporty

 Kawasaki Z1000SX 2014: a little more practical and electronic

In addition to greater convenience, wants his new Kawasaki Z1000SX more efficient, approaching the best sports brand. To do this, work has been done on the engine, suspension, and braking. An upcoming test will allow us to judge whether the bike likes those promises.

Kawasaki Z1000SX: Larger Suitcases

 Kawasaki Z1000SX 2014: a little more practical and electronic

It is curiously an option, the kit bags, Kawasaki communicates first. These new elements, with a capacity of 28 liters each, enable to storage of a helmet while integrating the best line of the bike.

Kawasaki Z1000SX 2014: Preload Adjustment

 Kawasaki Z1000SX 2014: a little more practical and electronic

More than easy access, the new dial preload rear shock can easily be adjusted it depending on the use.

Kawasaki Z1000SX 2014: new calipers

 Kawasaki Z1000SX 2014: a little more practical and electronic

New Tokico calipers, branded Kawasaki, just pinch hard ‘petals’. Kawasaki Z1000SX 2014 will still be available with or without ABS.

Kawasaki Z1000SX 2014 adjustable windscreen

 Kawasaki Z1000SX 2014: a little more practical and electronic

The bubble is still manually adjustable in three positions.

Kawasaki Z1000SX 2014: Gray Version

 Kawasaki Z1000SX 2014: a little more practical and electronic

More restrained than the ‘Kawasaki green’, gray has a side discreet mat.

Kawasaki Z1000SX 2014 New Board

 Kawasaki Z1000SX 2014: a little more practical and electronic

The digital window on the left of the big tachometer needle includes information concerning new electronic AIDS: traction control and type of engine mapping.

Kawasaki Z1000SX: black version

Black is also more restrained than the ‘Kawasaki green’, with perhaps a touch of class and more compared to grey… Finally, it is a matter of taste.

Once in place, the Kawasaki Z1000SX does not exceed 925 mm wide; and once removed, their attachment is invisible, “which preserves the lines sharp machine. Small detail practice: one key is now responsible for operating the contractor and opening bags.

Engine and electronics

Without telling us, Kawasaki announced changes to the 4-cylinder unit in the beast, which ‘allow for maximum power faster and further improve its responsiveness.’ The airbox was also modified to include the bike to have a sound … To hope that this is not the only benefit of this change.

Embedded electronics side, the brand evokes the arrival ‘very expected variety of driver aids’, while not mentioning that both the traction control system KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control) and two power modes, a selectable handlebar.


On the front axle of the Kawasaki Z1000SX vintage 2014, we learn that “41 mm in diameter fork settings were completely redefined”, without more details there either.

We know however that the radial master cylinder front brake command now monoblock Tokico calipers, which clamp disc petals. New elements ‘still a little closer to the performance of the Kawasaki Z1000SX 2014 our sports best’ promises Kawasaki. That may palliate the lack of teeth (all relative of course) that we found on previous models. In addition, the bike is still with the ABS option.

For the rear axle, the shock absorber now has a separate preload adjustment knob. This will allow adjusting in a jiffy the suspension depending on the use: solo, duo, moto charged, driving sports or casting…

First verdict

Judging by the information provided by Kawasaki, we deduce that Kawasaki Z1000SX 2014 is not a revolution, but it brings some welcome changes to a machine that also suffered only a few defects. All that we have pointed however obviously not gone the bike still does not seem to accommodate a U-lock under the seat or have a center stand. Both of which, however, may seem to be lacking a machine that wants a road. Still waiting for the first test with relevance to judge this, visit an upcoming bikesdoctor.com!

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