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Digital Subscriptions > Fast Bikes > Issue 322 January 2017 > THE JOY OF SX


Looks familiar? It should do. The 2017 version of Kawasaki’s hugely successful Z1000SX (Essex) mirrors its predecessor with the new bike using the last model’s frame, engine, wheels, and much more. So what's new?
Are miles and smiles a priority? This could be the machine you’re after...

At the top of the list of the Z1000SX’s new bits was the addition of a Bosch Inertia Measurement Unit (IMU), which we were told took feeds from six axis of input to master the bike’s three-stage traction control system. Then there was the new Cornering ABS technology, along with a taller screen, wider fairings (28mm each side), a sportier and more aerodynamic nose cowl and the introduction of fresh LED headlights. Add to that bundle new clock features (such as gear selection), comfier seating for the rider and pillion, and tweaks to the suspension and you’ll get a fuller picture of how different the new bike actually is to the model it replaces.

Oh, and it’s also now Euro 4 compliant, with the best news being some clever green-coated Kawasaki folk managed to mirror the previous SX’s 140bhp output despite having to strangle the exhaust’s flow to meet tighter emissions regs. The bad news is in doing so, along with the other features that have been bolted-on, the new Kwak weighs in 5kg heavier than before; now hitting the scales at 235kg wringing wet.

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