2015 Kawasaki Ninja® 1000 ABS

Ninja® 1000 ABS

Riders seeking the ultimate performance coupled with everyday practicality will be thrilled to throw a leg over the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja® 1000 ABS sportbike.

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 uses four engine mounts, three of which are rigid, one of which (the upper rear crankcase mount) is rubber
  • The subframe features built-in compatibility for Kawasaki’s new accessory saddlebag mounts
  • 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

Cool Air System

  • Intake system routes cool air to the airbox via ducts in the fairing, minimizing performance loss due to heated intake air
  • The airbox features additional atmospheric intakes to further enhance the engine’s intoxicating intake howl
  • Non-woven air filter element provides better flow for enhanced high-RPM performance
  • The velocity stacks are now equal-length and provide improved throttle response and a more exciting engine character
  • Intake ducts are positioned close to the rider to allow the intake howl to be heard and enjoyed
  • Selectable 2-Mode Digital Ignition
  • Rider selectable Full & Low maps offer a choice between full power and approximately 70 percent power output to help suit changing conditions
  • Digital Timing Advance enhances low-range and mid-range power
  • Individual spark plug-mounted ignition coils fire each of the four spark plugs independently to achieve the optimum timing for that cylinder
  • ECU includes an idle speed control system for easier starting and warm-up
  • KTRC TRaction Control
  • KTRC traction-control system features three different modes for varying conditions
  • System can also be switched-off by the rider to disable traction control
  • Modes are controlled by a handy switch assembly on the left handlebar
  • Modes are indicated on the LCD cockpit display

DOHC, 16-Valve, 1,043cc Engine

  • 1,043cc liquid-cooled inline-four offers true open-class power from idle to redline
  • The cylinder connecting passageways reduce pumping losses and improve mid-to-high RPM performance
  • The intake cams provide improved low-to-midrange torque
  • Easily accessible torque offers instant thrust for maximum rider satisfaction
  • Bore and stroke dimensions of 77x56mm offer an ideal balance of peak power and low-range and mid-range flexibility
  • 38mm 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 over-rev 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

Exhaust System

  • The exhaust system features a 4-into-2-pre-chamber-into-2 layout to provide ample silencer volume without requiring excess bulk in the rear mufflers
  • Main and pre-catalyzers ensure cleaner emissions
  • Exhaust system offers excellent mass centralization and contributes to a low center of gravity

Fully Adjustable 41mm 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

Horizontal Back-Line Rear Suspension

  • 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
  • Remote rear spring preload adjuster allows quick tuning for passenger and luggage weight
  • Stepless rebound damping adjuster allows damping characteristics to be tuned to suit spring preload and passenger/luggage weights


  • LCD functions include KTRC, Power Mode, ABS and Economical Riding (ECO) indicators
  • Additional LCD functions include a digital speedometer, odometer, dual trip meter, clock, instant and average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, and low-fuel warning lamps

Key Features

  • 1,043cc inline-four with DFI® offers even more power and torque for effortless passing and backroads entertainment
  • KTRC Traction Control system features three different modes, plus “off” for maximum performance and enhanced rider confidence in varying conditions
  • Selectable Power Modes offer a choice between full power and approximately 70 percent power output to help suit changing conditions
  • One-piece “monobloc” radial-mount front brake calipers offer superb braking power and control, along with a premium laser-etched Kawasaki logo and black alumite finish
  • Taller 6th gear provides a more relaxed ride when covering highway miles
  • Analog + Digital instrument cluster includes a large tachometer and a digital display offering a wealth of information on current bike conditions and settings
  • Remote rear spring preload adjuster allows quick tuning for passenger and luggage weight
  • Subframe with built-in compatibility for Kawasaki’s new accessory saddlebag mounts
  • Optional Kawasaki Quick Release (KQR™) 28-liter hard saddlebags are cleanly integrated with the new subframe and can be removed in seconds to leave a clean, rack-free tail section
  • Relaxed, upright riding position contributes to all-day comfort and impressive maneuverability
  • 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
  • Sleek styling gives the Ninja 1000 a distinctive sportbike look
  • Large 5-gallon fuel capacity offers substantial range
  • Windscreen is adjustable to three positions, allowing for optimum wind and weather protection

Large 5-Gallon Fuel Tank

  • Slim-type fuel pump features an integral fuel level sensor with enhanced accuracy
  • Supersport-style flared edges with a trim shape at the rear help make it easy for the rider to grip the tank with their knees
  • Flared top and steel construction are well-suited to magnetic tank bags
  • 5.0 gallon fuel capacity offers enough range for longer journeys than most other sportbikes

Large-Volume Fuel Tank

  • Large-volume Fuel Tank
  • Five-gallon (19L) 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

Monobloc ABS Brakes with Petal-Type Rotors

  • One-piece “monobloc” radial-mount front brake calipers offer superb braking power and control, along with a premium quality look from their laser-etched Kawasaki logo and black alumite finish
  • ABS pump features a fluid pressure sensor that allows more precise control of line pressures and also provides data to the ECU to help suppress rear lift under braking
  • A low-battery mode helps preserve ABS effectiveness when the battery charge is low. (although riders may notice that ABS operation is less smooth than in normal mode)
  • Petal-type 300mm front brake rotors are full-on sportbike hardware
  • A radial-pump front brake master cylinder contributes to the superb control and feel offered by these high-end monobloc calipers
  • The pad compound has a higher coefficient of friction that contributes to the enhanced brake feeling
  • A single-piston rear caliper grips a 250mm petal-type disc. This compact caliper is mounted below the swingarm and located by a torque rod
  • Stylish Bodywork
  • 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
  • Front fender design 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

Rider/Passenger 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 grips, like those used on supersport models, offer a more direct feel than traditional designs
  • Rubber-topped footpegs help isolate unwanted vibration and provide comfortable foot support on long rides
  • Grab-bars are redesigned to provide a more comfortable hand-hold for the passenger
  • The passenger footpeg brackets incorporate convenient luggage hooks
  • Left handlebar features switches for KTRC Traction Control, Power Mode Selector, High/Low Beam and headlight flasher

General Information

Manufacturer Kawasaki
Model Year 2015
Model Ninja® 1000 ABS
Model Code ZX1000MFF
Stock Number 011751
Color Metallic Carbon Gray / Metallic Spark Black



Front - Dual 300 mm petal-type rotors with radial-mount four-piston monobloc calipers and ABS

Rear - Single 250 mm petal-type rotor with single-piston caliper, with ABS


Front - 120/70 ZR17

Rear - 190/50 ZR17


Length 82.9 in
Height Overall (Windscreen Down/Up) - 46.1 / 48.4 in
Width 31.1 in
Weight Curb - 509.4 lb
Seat Height 32.3 in


Transmission Six-speed
Final Drive Sealed-ring chain


Engine Four-stroke, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four
Displacement 1,043 cc
Bore x Stroke 77.0 x 56.0 mm
Compression Ratio 11.8:1
Fuel System DFI® with four 38mm Keihin throttle bodies, oval sub-throttles
Fuel Capacity 5.0 gal
Ignition TCBI with digital advance
Cooling Liquid


Frame Aluminum backbone

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, remotely adjustable spring preload; 5.4 in. travel

Rake 24.5°
Trail 4.0 in


Additional Colors Candy Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black