The Kawasaki Z1000SX Tourer combines high speed agility with the practicality of a sport tourer, being fitted with a stylish, colour-coded pannier system plus inner nylon bags. Each pannier has a capacity of 28 litres and can fit a full face helmet. Needles to say, the panniers can be attached and removed in a matter of seconds, thanks to a smart slots system.

The Kawasaki Z1000SX Tourer is propelled by a 1,043 cc, liquid cooled, 4 stroke in line four, DOHC engine which generates a maximum power of 104.5 KW (142 PS) at 10,000 Rpm and 111 Nm (11.3 KgfM) of torque at 7,300 Rpm. The engine’s power is kept under control by a 6-speed transmission.

The Kawasaki Z1000SX Tourer is available in three colours, namely Candy Lime Green, Metallic Graphite Gray and Metallic Spark Black.

Hit the jump for more information on the Kawasaki Z1000SX Tourer.

  • Kawasaki Z1000SX Tourer
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Engine:
    Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four DOHC, 16 valves
  • Transmission:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
  • Torque @ RPM:
  • Energy:
    Forced lubrication
  • Displacement:
    1043 cc
  • Top Speed:
    165 mph (Est.)


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Power to move you

The Kawasaki Z1000SX tourer version delivers the power to move you and your passenger The essence of the Z1000SX has now been further refined with a major upgrade programme adding a new stylish, colour-coded pannier system plus inner nylon bags creating yet more touring personality and a practical touches all set to deliver characteristic Kawasaki presence and performance in a wide variety of riding scenarios.

2014 Kawasaki Z1000SX Tourer Key Features:

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Top quality gel-resin self-adhesive tank protector. 1-part shape featuring the bike logo, semi-transparent allowing the original tank colour to show through.

Z1000SX Pannier system

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Monokey, 28 x 2 litres capacity, each pannier can fit a full face helmet. Colour-matched to the body of the bike the panniers feature the Kawasaki logo stamped into their covers. Mounting is as simple as sliding the panniers onto the slots on the grips and the pannier supports integrated in tandem footpeg stays.

Pannier Bags

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These Kawasaki branded zip up nylon pannier inner bags feature convenient carry handles allowing you to safely store your gear with 27 litres of capacity in each bag.

Dual Throttle Valves

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Late-model sport bikes often use large-bore throttle bodies to generate high levels of power. However, with large diameter throttles, when a rider suddenly opens the throttle, the unrestricted torque response is anything but gentle and often more than the rider can handle. Dual throttle valve technology was designed to tame engine response while contributing to performance. On fuel-injected models, throttle bodies generally have only one throttle valve per cylinder. On models with dual throttle valves, there are two throttle valves per cylinder: in addition to the main valves, which are physically linked to the throttle grip and controlled by the rider, a second set of valves, opened and closed by the ECU, precisely regulates intake airflow to ensure a natural, linear response. With the air passing through the throttle bodies becoming smoother, combustion efficiency in improved and power is increased. Like other Kawasaki engine management technology, Dual Throttle Valves were designed with the philosophy of "following the rider’s intention, while providing natural-feeling support." They are featured on many Kawasaki models.

KTRC (3-mode)

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3-mode KTRC combines the traction control technology of both 1-mode KTRC, which provides enhanced stability in slippery situations by preventing wheel slip, and S-KTRC, which helps maintain optimum traction in sport riding situations by predicting the rear wheel slip ratio during acceleration, into a single system. The convenient handle switch allows the type of traction control to be changed instantly by selecting one of the three modes, even while riding. Modes 1 and 2 maintain optimum traction during cornering, like S-KTRC. Designed with sport riding in mind, they enable sharp acceleration out of corners by maximising forward drive from the rear wheel. Modes 1 and 2 differ in the amount that they intervene. Mode 1, set for dry, good-grip road conditions, maintains the ideal slip ratio to ensure optimum traction. Mode 3 operates like 1-mode KTRC, reducing power to allow grip to be regained when rear wheel spin is detected. It is ideal when riding in slippery conditions or in the wet. Enabling riders to easily change traction control character, 3-mode KTRC is Kawasaki’s most advanced engine management system.

Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension

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Compared to Kawasaki’s traditional Uni-Trak rear suspension, which mounts the shock unit vertically, with Horizontal Back-link rear suspension, the shock unit is almost horizontal. Kawasaki’s original suspension arrangement locates the shock unit very close to the bike’s centre of gravity, greatly contributing to mass centralisation. And because there is no linkage or shock unit protruding beneath the swingarm, this frees up space for a larger exhaust pre-chamber (an exhaust expansion chamber situated just upstream of the silencer). With a larger pre-chamber, silencer volume can be reduced, and heavy exhaust components can be concentrated closer to the centre of the bike, further contributing to mass centralisation. The result is greatly improved handling. Another benefit is that the shock unit is placed far away from exhaust heat. Because it is more difficult for heat from the exhaust system to adversely affect suspension oil and gas pressure, suspension performance is more stable. Horizontal Back-link rear suspension offers numerous secondary benefits like this.

Power Modes

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Power modes offer riders an easily selectable choice between Full and Low Power. While Full Power is unrestricted, in Low Power mode maximum power is limited to approximately 75-80% of Full. Response is also milder in Low Power mode. Riders may opt to use Low Power mode for rainy conditions or city riding, and Full Power when sport riding. Available on the Ninja ZX-14R / ZZR1400, Versys 1000 and other key models, when combined with the 3-mode KTRC (+ OFF) traction control system, Power Mode selection offers a total of eight combinations (KTRC: Mode 1/2/3+OFF x Power Mode: Full/Low) to suit a wide range of riding situations. For example, an experienced rider enjoying sport riding on dry pavement might choose Full Power and Mode 1. On a wet or slippery surface, choosing Low Power and Mode 3 would yield the lowest chance of incurring wheel spin, and with the milder throttle response would offer a high level of riding safety.

Economical Riding Indicator

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Using high-precision electronic control for engine management, Kawasaki models can achieve a high level of fuel efficiency. However, fuel consumption is greatly affected by throttle use, gear selection, and other elements under the rider’s control. The Economical Riding Indicator is a function that indicates when current riding conditions are consuming a low amount of fuel. The system continuously monitors fuel consumption, regardless of vehicle speed, engine speed, throttle position and other riding conditions. When fuel consumption is low for a given speed (i.e. fuel efficiency is high), an "ECO" mark appears on the instrument panel’s LCD screen. By riding so that the "ECO" mark remains on, fuel consumption can be reduced. While effective vehicle speed and engine speed may vary by model, paying attention to conditions that cause the "ECO" mark to appear can help riders improve their fuel efficiency – a handy way to increase cruising range. Further, keeping fuel consumption low also helps minimise negative impact on the environment.


Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 1,043 cm3
Bore x stroke 77.0 x 56.0 mm
Compression ratio 11.8:1
Valve/Induction system DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump
Maximum power 104.5 kW 142 PS / 10,000 rpm
Maximum torque 111 N•m 11.3 kgf•m / 7,300 rpm
Transmission 6-speed, return
Final Drive Sealed chain
Primary reduction ratio 1.627 (83/51)
Gear ratios: 1st 2.600 (39/15)
Gear ratios: 2nd 1.950 (39/20)
Gear ratios: 3rd 1.600 (24/15)
Gear ratios: 4th 1.389 (25/18)
Gear ratios: 5th 1.238 (26/21)
Gear ratios: 6th 1.107 (31/28)
Final reduction ratio 2.733 (41/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Frame type Twin-tube, aluminium
Rake/Trail 24.5°/102 mm
Wheel travel, front 120 mm
Wheel travel, rear 138 mm
Tyre, front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear 190/50ZR17M/C (73W)
Steering angle, left / right 31° / 31°
Brakes, front Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs. Caliper: Dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston.
Brakes, rear Single 250 mm petal disc. Caliper: Single-piston
Suspension, front 41 mm inverted fork with stepless compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Suspension, rear Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged, with stepless rebound damping and remote spring preload adjustability
Dimensions (L x W x H) 2,105 x 790 x 1,170/1,230 (high position) mm
Wheelbase 1,445 mm
Ground Clearance 135 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 820 mm
Curb Mass 230 kg / 231 kg (ABS)
Colors Candy Lime Green, Metallic Graphite Gray, Metallic Spark Black
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