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Extensive upgrades for Kawasaki's Ninja 1000SX and Z models revealed in Milan

2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX

For 2020 Kawasaki’s Ninja 1000SX – previously known as the Z1000SX in some markets but now universally a Ninja model – gets visual and technical updates.

The key changes include a single exhaust can, replacing the four outlets on the old model, along with new bodywork that carries a similar look to the previous model but shares few parts. All the lights are now LEDs, the side panels and bellpan are resigned and the seats are thicker and more comfortable.

Tech-wise, the Ninja 1000SX gets an up/down quick shifter for 2020, plus a 4.3 inch TFT screen for its dashboard. The engine’s throttles and cam profiles are redesigned but the peak power and torque are virtually unchanged – 104.5kW at 10,000rpm and 111Nm at 8000rpm. Weight, at 235kg ready-to-ride, is also much the same as before.

2020 Kawasaki Z900

The Z900 is another tweaked Kawasaki in the 2020 model range, with a new look and all-LED lighting.

A larger catalytic converter helps bring the 948cc four-cylinder engine’s emissions down to Euro5 levels, and despite looking the same as before the tubular steel frame is stiffer thanks to strengthening sections around the swingarm pivot area.

On the electronics front, the bike now gets three-mode traction control and two power modes, with ‘low power’ limiting the output to 55% of the 92.2kW maximum. There are also four riding modes and a 4.3in TFT dashboard including Bluetooth connectivity. Weight is pegged at 212kg (wet).

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2020 Kawasaki Z650

The cosmetic changes made to the Z900 are largely mimicked on the smaller Z650 in 2020, which also gets LED lighting and a reshaped nose cowl.

A larger cat brings the emissions down and the same 4.3in colour dashboard is also fitted, complete with Bluetooth connectivity. Power is unchanged at 50.2kW at 8000rpm, while torque is 64Nm at 6700rpm. Curb weight is an impressive 188kg.