Comparing Kawasaki Ninja 1000 with the 2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000F

Kawasaki Ninja 1000Comparing Kawasaki Ninja 1000 with  the 2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000F is one hell of a challenge. Thus, their similarities and differences can only be revealed on the open road so, here we go!

These Inline-Four powered literbikes are known for delivering sporty performance in a more street-friendly package that their track-focused siblings. They are made for the sportbike riders that would gladly take broader more usable powerband than the top-end horsepower. Both are capable of carving up canyons, running up the odometer during an extended weekend and are both quite versatile. In addition, they are affordable and on top of everything practical. But what makes them different from one another?

Power delivery and engine

What makes the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 heart is a 1043cc Inline Four with 56mm stroke and 77mm bore. The power output is managed by two engine modes, Low and Full. When it comes to this bike impeccable fueling is one of the things that one can immediately notice as well as the perfect response of the engine at the turn of the throttle. Riders of this Kawasaki Ninja 1000 will be awarded with a predictable and linear power delivery from the early revs up ( to 700 rpm). Peak torque registered at 74.3 lb-ft at 7500 rpm during this bike’s run on the dyno. The bike bike reaches it peak at 122. 5 ponies.

The Suzuki  GSX-S1000F is a version of the GSX-R1000 Inline Four. In particular, it is a 999cc Inline Four with  73.4mm bore and 59mm ( meaning the bore is smaller and the stroke is longer when compared to the Kawasaki). This bike doesn’t feature engine modes but the Traction Control system is definitely here, offering 3-levels of sensitivity and an OFF setting. The buttery smooth engagement of the Kawasaki wins in this “battle” but, there is a more delicate throttle modulation. The peak torque output is nearly identical with the Kawasaki’s one ( 75 lb-ft) and a little later in the rev range ( at 9000 rmp). However, horsepower is definitely superior with 141.8 horses. The power output of these two is almost identical ( up to 8500 rpm), after with the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 levels off but, the Suzuki keeps going.

Comparing Kawasaki Ninja 1000 with the Suzuki, we must say that the GSX-S1000F has a livelier mount, giving more power and smoother delivery. The Kawasaki’s bottom is more mellower, even in full power mode and even though it’s throttle application is more refined, the Suzuki’s character of the engine is more appealing, especially on the freeway and in longer sweeping corners.

Comparing Kawasaki Ninja 1000 with the 2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000F

Transmission

The transmission on both bikes is dialed in, with smooth shifts and impeccable precision. The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 has a lighter pull a the lever and the rear wheel is more stable during heavy downshifting. That’s not quite as easy as on the  GSX-S1000F. It’s basically a draw in terms of transmission performance when both bikes are taken into consideration, thoughthe Kawasaki Ninja 1000 cruises at highway speeds lower in the rev range and is geared taller, as mentioned previously.

Handling and Suspension

The Suzuki turns in quicker than the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 and has more spotbike-feel compared to the Kawi. The Suzuki is also stiffer in the suspension department. The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 is somewhat soft out front but the fork and shock are similarly adjustable. The set=up out back, however, has the added benefit of remote pre-load adjustment dial. That makes it useful for a rider that looks for quickly accounting for a passenger or luggage.

Much firmer input is required by the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 at the bars to settle into turns. Nevertheless, when leaned over, both bikes responded immediately and tracked a line through the corner well. The Suzuki does inspire more confidence to push harder through turns which is just another example of its sportbike bent.

Braking

The one that takes the cake in terms of braking performance is the Suzuki with its Brembo monoblocs. The initial bite isn’t extremely strong but, once engaged, the story is quite different. The rear brake may be soft on the initial application but when needed, it performs up to the task. The brakes on the Suzuki are definitely one of its stand-out features.

The Kawasaki’s 4-piston capers grip dual 300mm don’t offer the same level of response as the kit on the GSX-S1000F. Comparing Kawasaki Ninja 1000 brake system with the one of the Suzuki makes one realize that the rear brake responds more quickly as well as the Kawasaki’s ABS system.

Ergonomics

The cockpit also contributes to the handling impressions. The Suzuki is slimmer in the seat and has the footpegs a bit higher that the one Kawasaki, which makes a more sporty-riding position. The more square-off seat can be seen on the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 making for an upright riding position. The differences aren’t huge but, it’s easier to tuck in behind the bubble on the Suzuki than on the Ninja.

Touring Amenities

Comparing Kawasaki Ninja 1000 with the GSX-S1000F, one can say that the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 is a more capable touring rig because of its more upright ergos, friendlier power delivery, remote rear suspension adjustment, adjustable engine maps, taller adjustable windscreen and the ability to quickly accommodate optional OEM saddlebags.

Etcetera

When it comes to the looks, it all depends on what you’re actually drawn to and what you’re looking for but, we say that the Suzuki is a bit more appealing than the Kawasaki Ninja 1000. The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 is striking, featuring aggressive lines that make sure you don’t miss the clue of which family it comes from. The Suzuki however, doesn’t have a stance that’s as bulky to the eyes as the other one. Nevertheless, it all depends on your personal taste and style.

Another point of departure between these two bikes Kawasaki Ninja 1000 and Suzuki GSX-S1000F is the pricing; the Suzuki is ringing in at $10,999 while the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 is pricing $1000 less more.

The important thing is that, in the end, the choice is all yours!