Kawasaki India is facing a tough competition in the growing big bike market in the country. However, they do have some tricks up their sleeves. 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 just got launched in India, priced at Rs 9.98 lakh (ex-showroom). Moreover, the pricing of the recently launched Kawasaki Z900 has been dropped to Rs 7.68 lakh (ex-showroom). Earlier, the Z900 was launched at Rs 9 lakh (that’s some serious price cut). Let’s discuss each of these bikes-
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000
The third-generation Ninja 1000 is brought to India via SKD import route ( Semi Knocked Down). Therefore, the company has been able to price it quite aggressively at Rs 9.98 lakh. In the first lot, only 20 units will be arriving, so you should rush to the dealership if you are serious about buying it.
Meeting the emission norm requirement of India, the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 is now upgraded to Bharat Stage-IV norms. The new Ninja 1000 gets redesigned body that now looks sportier than before. It offers a great level of rider position adjustability with three-way adjustable Windscreen, Adjustable brake lever and five-way adjustable clutch lever.
The 2017 Model continues to use the chassis parts from the previous model. This includes frame, engine and suspension. The motorcycle is powered by a 1043cc, inline-four cylinder engine that churns out 140PS of power @ 10,000 rpm and 111 Nm of torque @ 7,300 rpm. The engine, however, do get improvements like secondary counterbalancer on the crankshaft for a buttery smooth engine. The ECU of the Ninja 1000 is also loaded with a new engine map.
The instrument cluster of the bike is now redesigned to combine analog tachometer with digital LCD information readouts including gear position indicator. The Ninja 1000 is loaded with rider aids like Kawasaki Corner Management System, Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), Inertia Measuring Unit (IMU), and Anti-lock braking system (ABS).
In term of competition, there is not any real threat to this motorcycle except Suzuki GSX-S1000F. However, the pricing of Rs 9.98 lakh on the Ninja 1000 is far aggressive that the Rs 12.70 lakh pricing of the Suzuki GSX-S1000F. Some customers might also consider the Triumph Tiger 800 XR (Rs 10.55 lakh) even though it doesn’t fall into the exact category.
Watch 2017 Ninja 1000 official video-
The Z900 replaces the Kawasaki Z800, carrying huge improvement over what was already a great bike. The all-new 2017 Kawasaki Z900 was launched recently in March this year with a price tag of Rs 9 lakh. Now, the base variant of Z900 without any accesories is offered at Rs 7.68 lakh ex-showroom. Accesories taken out of the base variant include fork sliders, frame protector, 12v power socket, radiator gaurd, pillion seat, tank pad, visor and carbon fibre finished dash. Unfortunately, one can’t add select accesories to the base Z900. You can have the fully loaded version or the basic Z900. That said, there are numerous aftermarket accessories options for the Z900.
The 2017 Z900 is powered by a 948cc inline four cylinder engine that pumps out 124 PS of power @ 6000 and 98.6 Nm of torque @ 7,700 rpm. So, this is more of a litre bike than a middleweight naked motorcycle. Compared to the Z800, the Z900 not only has more power but it’s also 20.5 kg lighter with a kerb weight of 210.5 kg.
The Base variant of the Kawasaki Z900 does not misses out on the essentials like a slipper clutch and ABS. There are 2 colour options: Green/Black combo or Pure Black. Its competition includes bikes like Triumph Street Triple 765 and Monster 797