This means plenty of performance, without having to miss out aspects such as style, comfort and practicality. And in order the bike to line up to what its competitors have to offer, it will likely benefit from a host of accessories meant to enhance the long journeys, such as hard panniers and a top box, among others.
Debuting at the 2010 Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, the 2011 Z1000SX weighs 231 kg with ABS and is fitted with a 1043cc inline-four that produces 138 hp at 9600rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 7800rpm.
Offering a host of rider-friendly additions compared to the Z1000, the SX includes full fairing, adjustable windscreen, a dual seat, six-speed gearbox, chain drive, adjustable 43mm fork and adjustable horizontally-mounted rear shock. Just like the model it is based on, the SX features the same cast alloy frame, twin exhaust system and 300mm petal-style twin front brakes with four-piston radial calipers.
The sporty instrument panel features a large analogue tachometer and multi-function LCD screen. The design is based on that of the Ninja ZX-6R, but features original font and colouring. Functions include speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, odometer, clock, dual trip meters, and warning lamps.
Also, the lightweight supersport-style 6-spoke wheels contribute to the Z1000SX’s sporty image while offering lower unsprung weight. The bike is offered in a range of two exterior colors, namely Candy Lime Green and Ebony.