India Kawasaki Motors has launched the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000, at a very attractive price of Rs 9.98 lakh (ex-showroom). The third-generation Ninja 1000 is now brought to India as semi-knocked down (SKD) kits and assembled in India, and so Kawasaki has been able to price the bike aggressively. The Ninja 1000 gets wider fairings, a new three-way adjustable windscreen, a 5-way adjustable clutch lever and new seat. The instrument panel is all-new too, and features a large analogue tachometer and a multi-function LCD screen with a gear position indicator. For just under ? 10 lakh (ex-showroom), the Ninja 1000 gets a lot of standard equipment, including rider aids such as Kawasaki Cornering Management Function, Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC) and Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-Lock Brake System (KIBS).
The 2017 Ninja 1000 now meets Bharat Stage IV (BS-IV) emission regulations, and gets some tweaks in the ECU, engine and minor cosmetic updates. The 2017 model carries forward the same engine, chassis and suspension. The 1043 cc, four-stroke, in-line four engine makes 140 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 111 Nm of peak torque at 7,300 rpm. The engine may be the same, but it now features a secondary balancer on the crankshaft, to eliminate excessive vibration. The ECU has been re-tuned too, and it has better ergonomics than the outgoing model.