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Hey guys.......well, after a brief foray in to ZX14R ownership, and looking at all the 2017 bikes, I've decided to go back to a Ninja 1000. Some of you may remember me with a 2012 N1K that i heavily modded.

Picking up the bike tomorrow, and will start modding everything on this bike. Unfortunately, Ivan is 6-12 months away from developing a flash, but I will be working with Two Wheel Dyno Works in Seattle to see if they have something available.

The most interesting part will be testing if the following parts (which I have access to) will fit the 2017

Akro full single sided exhaust
Speedy Moto clip-ons
Lightech rearsets
Sargent seat
SW-Motech rear rack (or Ventura rear rack) - probably needs a slight mod as the holes for the grab rails on the '17 are a bit different due to a new subframe

So for all of you mod fanatics, bring on your ideas......
 

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Let me know about the SW-Motech rack. I want to move my Givi V35 bags over to the 2017 Ninja 1000 but noticed the same thing you did about the grab rail holes.

Thanks!
 

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What a product review, for Ivan.

The fact that him having a flash available is considered when we buy a new bike...

I believe everything you have will fit, with the exception of that rack.

I hope you'll give a report about the new bikes handling. Kawasaki lowered the back of the new bike, and I believe most of us liked the feel after we raised the back of the old one. I'll be interested to see what your impression of the new bike is.

Several people over here, have the 2017 and really enjoy them...Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Forum - Active Topics
 
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Hey RC - I will say that after having my 2017 out a bunch of times now, the handling, even with the stock tires is fine.
I'm not sure what they did, but it really seems to all work together.

Rob
 

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I really want to try one
 

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The SW-Motech racks fit on the 2017 (thank goodness they left the two threaded holes in the sub-frame that were used to mount the old grab rails). My grab rail eliminator blocks that I had CNC'd also fit, Yay!).

Rearsets fit
Speedy Moto clip-ons fit
Sargent seat fits
 

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The SW-Motech racks fit on the 2017 (thank goodness they left the two threaded holes in the sub-frame that were used to mount the old grab rails). My grab rail eliminator blocks that I had CNC'd also fit, Yay!).

Rearsets fit
Speedy Moto clip-ons fit
Sargent seat fits
Awesome, that is all good news! Thank you.

The last thing I wonder about is the "heat issue". I am coming from a Ninja 650r so the heat coming to my feet is never very intense. How does the Ninja 1000 compare because I have read some complaints about the older models.

I am one of those idiots that rides in shorts and sandals (ya ya I know), so I am sure that makes it far worse.

Thanks again!
 

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I would not worry about a heat issue of I were riding in shorts and sandals.

At some time, you'll learn why the heat is the wrong thing to focus on.
 
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so, the zx14r is not good enough for ya ....?
 

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That bike looks tiny next to you.
 

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And its gotten sweeter since...........guess I should update this thread, but seems like this forum is breathing its last breath much like other forums. Too bad
 

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Don't say that CDG. Some of us are still active and lurking in new areas. I'm tempted by the new N1000 and wanting to know what you think. Also, did you get tired of the 14s extra pounds or what? I had a C14 and it ended up "not for me"; I got tired of the weight and it's basically single purpose as a LD tourer. So I'm looking at the N14 and N1000. Thoughts?
 

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And its gotten sweeter since...........guess I should update this thread, but seems like this forum is breathing its last breath much like other forums. Too bad
Funny how they pretty much all cycle like that. Then again, I could never figure out why a bike as versatile and fun as the Ninja/Z1000 wasn't more popular. But the bike hasn't changed much and if you look through the forums every performance add-on, every farkle and (almost) every problem with these bikes has been covered in detail. The only place left to go is to transform into a social forum like the FJR groups. Now they're mostly about rides and gatherings.

Besides, it's summer and sunny and riding the Ninja is way more fun than reading/writing about it so...

But I still check in every now and then.
 

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What I've heard about marginal popularity of the N1000 is it's tricky/expensive to insure for what you're getting. So most people who want to "sport" drop down a class and go with a 650, which is cheap to insure. Folks who want to "tour" go up a class and get a Concours, which is ultra-cheap to insure AND has a huge following in the class, not to mention every possible farkle available. The N1k resides in compromise limbo compared to the classes on either side. N1k insurance is comparable to 6/10R, so if you want a supersport, why get the old man's Viagra upright version? Get the real thing. Having owned a Concours, I probably would have been happier on the Ninja because I never have a pillion and would have enjoyed the lighter weight and greater sense of speed of the smaller machine.
 

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"Greater sense of speed"........that's the phrase I was looking for. I also had a Concours 14, loved it, like REALLY loved it (as long as it was moving), but too big too heavy. The 2014 zx14R I owned for 9 months, well..........a lot of my friends are wondering why I came back to the Ninja 1000, and I guess it comes down to (1) too heavy (2) I could not make the ergos work for me (and I did everything to that bike), and (3) the ugliness of the rear end (I still have an ego to feed that tells me I want a pretty bike).

Lemme see if I can pot up some more pics. I've done a lot to the 2017 so far
 
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