Standard Features


Max Street Performance Meets Max Rideability and Control

From the earliest days of Japan Inc.'s legendary chokehold on the open-class streetbike category, Kawasaki has been right there, building motorcycles that have blown away the press, the public and nearly every performance record of note. From the original Z-1 to the ZZR®1200, these do-it-all motorcycles combined the power, handling, comfort and aesthetic appeal that repeatedly dominated their categories.

And in the case of the ultra-capable 2012 Ninja® 1000, little has changed.

Like the original – and highly acclaimed – Ninja 1000 of 1986, the 2012 version delivers a dominating mix of power, handling, looks, technology and rideability. Here's a sportbike that delivers an aesthetic uppercut the instant you lay eyes on it – and then follows up the punch with brilliant all-around performance you'll quickly learn to love. And for those who want the ultimate in braking technology and performance, Kawasaki offers an ABS version of the Ninja 1000 for 2012. This system offers confidence-inspiring braking action on all types of surfaces.


Model Year
Ninja® 1000
Starting at MSRP


82.9 in.
48.4 in.
31.1 in.
Curb: 502.7 lbs.
56.9 in.
Seat Height
32.3 in.


4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, inline-4
1,043 cc
Bore x Stroke
77 x 56 mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
DFI® with (4) 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies, oval sub-throttles
Fuel Tank Capacity
5 gal.
TCBI with digital advance


Final Drive
X-ring chain


Front: (2) 300 mm petal-type rotors with radial-mount 4-piston calipers
Rear: (1) 250 mm petal-type rotor with 1-piston caliper
Front: 120/70 ZR17
Rear: 190/50 ZR17


Front: 41 mm inverted cartridge fork with stepless compression and rebound damping, adjustable spring preload; 4.7 in. travel
Rear: Horizontal monoshock with stepless rebound damping, adjustable spring preload; 5.4 in. travel
4 in.


Two-tone Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Flat Micron Gray, Two-tone Candy Lime Green / Ebony

Standard Features

Key Features
 1,043 cc inline-four with DFI® offers prodigious torque for effortless passing and backroads entertainment  
 Lightweight aluminum frame is narrow and tuned to transmit optimal feedback to the rider  
 Fully adjustable inverted fork has settings designed for sporty performance and ride quality  
 Design of horizontal back-link rear suspension contributes to mass centralization  
 Radial-mounted front brake calipers combine with the radial-pump front brake master cylinder to offer superb control and feel  
 Sleek, supersport styling gives the Ninja® 1000 a distinctive look  
 Relaxed, upright riding position contributes to all-day comfort  
 Larger fuel capacity offers substantial range  
 Windscreen is adjustable to three positions, allowing for optimum wind and weather protection  
DOHC, 16-valve, 1,043 cc Engine
 Liquid-cooled inline-four offers true open-class power from idle to redline  
 Easily accessible torque offers instant thrust for maximum rider satisfaction  
 Bore and stroke dimensions of 77 x 56 mm offer an ideal balance of peak power and low and mid-range flexibility  
 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies cram the air / fuel mixture directly into combustion chambers via downdraft intakes for maximum power  
 Oval sub-throttles help keep the engine slim, and a slim midsection allows an ideal bike / rider interface for maximum comfort and control  
 Engine’s rev limiter comes into play “softly,” providing usable overrev character because power doesn’t drop off suddenly at high rpm  
 The engine’s relatively low crankshaft position allows a moderately long stroke without adding engine height  
 A secondary engine balancer, driven off a gear on the sixth web of the crankshaft, eliminates excess vibration and contributes to rider comfort  
Cool Air System
 Intake system routes cool air to the airbox via ducts in the fairing, minimizing performance loss due to heated intake air  
 Duct positioning – close to the rider – allows the intake howl to be heard and enjoyed  
 Airbox resonator reduces noise at low rpm and enhances intake sound at higher revs  
Exhaust System
 The exhaust system features a 4-into-2-pre-chamber-into-2 layout. Silencer end caps maintain the quad-style image.  
 Main and pre-catalyzers ensure cleaner emissions  
 Thanks to the under-engine pre-chamber, silencer volume is reduced, and silencer weight is low. Exhaust system offers excellent mass centralization and contributes to a low center of gravity.  
Slim-type Fuel Pump
 Slim-type fuel pump features an integral fuel gauge  
 Fuel tank design and slim-type fuel pump minimizes dead volume inside the tank; fuel capacity is 5 gallons  
 Supersport-style full-fairing bodywork gives the Ninja 1000 a distinctive, head-turning look, and also offers plenty of wind and weather protection for short-tour ability  
 The fairing’s slat-style leading edges direct wind around the bike, allowing the fairing to be narrower at the middle  
 The fairing flares at the rear, keeping hot engine air off the rider’s legs  
 Front turn signals are integrated into the fairing and are attached to the inside of the fairing with rubber mounts that minimize damage if the bike falls over  
 ZX-6R-spec front fender contributes to excellent aerodynamics and racy looks  
 Slim and compact tail cowl moves mass physically and visually toward the front of the bike  
 LED taillight features red bulbs and a red transparent lens  
 Slim rear fender gives the bike a light-looking rear end  
 Windscreen is manually adjustable for optimum wind / weather protection  
 Windscreen has three available positions spanning approximately 20 degrees and ranging from sporty to maximum wind protection. Adjustment can be done by hand (no tools required) by depressing the release button below the instrument panel. Windscreen adjustment should always be done with the bike stopped.  
Aluminum Backbone Frame
 Aluminum backbone frame is similar in concept to the Ninja ZX-10R’s, and helps make the bike narrow and easy to grip with the knees for maximum rider comfort and feedback  
 The frame is lightweight and highly rigid, and uses the engine as a stressed member for solid handling and optimum stability  
 Frame elements are tuned to transmit optimal engine feedback to the rider  
 The frame’s five-piece construction consists of steering stem, left and right main frames, and two cross pieces. The two main frame components have open C-shaped cross sections.  
 Welds were eliminated wherever possible for simplicity and appearance; the frame beams and swingarm brackets are single die-cast pieces  
 The new frame uses four engine mounts, three of which are rigid, one of which (the upper rear crankcase mount) is rubber  
 Rear subframe is a three-piece aluminum die-casting assembly that’s light, strong and optimizes mass centralization  
 The sub-frame is an example of form and function combined, negating the need for side covers and allowing underseat narrowness for a shorter reach to the ground  
Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension
 All-new rear suspension design positions the shock unit and linkage above the swingarm where it’s less exposed to exhaust heat and contributes to mass centralization  
 Visible from the outside, the horizontal monoshock contributes to the Ninja 1000’s ultra-sporty appearance  
 Linkage characteristics are the same as those of a standard Uni-Trak® system: Wheel movement versus shock stroke is the same ratio  
 The shock features stepless rebound damping and spring preload adjustability for a custom-tuned ride  
Fully Adjustable 41 mm Fork
 The Ninja 1000’s inverted fork is adjustable for compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload – and is protected from harm by a cool-looking shroud.  
 Settings are designed for both sporty performance and ride quality  
Rider Interface
 Separate, raised handlebars contribute to the sporty, comfortable riding position; bar stays are mounted to the fork tube tops, which extend above the top clamp  
 A thick urethane seat provides a high level of rider and passenger comfort  
 Tapered-type grips, like those used on supersport models, offer a more direct feel  
 Ninja ZX-10R-style footpegs with knurled surfaces offer secure grip, direct feel and control, and no-nonsense looks  
 The passenger footpeg brackets incorporate convenient luggage hooks  
 Sporty instrument panel features a large analog tachometer and multi-function LCD screen. It’s a design based on the ZX-6R’s unit, but which features original graphics and coloring.  
 Functions include speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, odometer, clock, dual trip meters and warning lamps  
 Hazard switch located on left bar pod  
 300 mm front petal-type brake discs are gripped by opposed four-piston radial-mount calipers. (caliper piston size is 4 x 30 mm)  
 A radial-pump front brake master cylinder contributes to the superb control and feel offered by these high-end calipers  
 The rear brake is a single-piston, pin-slide caliper gripping a 250 mm petal-type disc. The caliper is mounted below the swingarm, and located by a torque rod.  
Large-volume Fuel Tank
 5-gallon (19 l) fuel tank offers substantial range  
 Steel construction facilitates use of magnetic tank bag  
 Tank shape (flared edges and a trim shape at the back) allows riders to easily grip tank with their knees  


Two-tone Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Flat Micron Gray

Two-tone Candy Lime Green / Ebony
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