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Ninja 1000 Touring Accessories

Overlooking Yosemite’s Half Dome.

The 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 overlooking Yosemite’s Half Dome.

Photo Credit: Rich Cox

Greg Drevenstedt
January 2, 2013
Filed under Gear, Motorcycle Gear Reviews, Motorcycle Parts + Accessories + Luggage: Reviews

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Kawasaki Genuine Accessories can transform the Ninja 1000 from a day-ride sportbike into a days-on-the-road sport tourer. The Givi-made, 35-liter-each saddlebags ($594.95, plus $534.95 for mounts) with color-matched trim panels ($129.95) look like they were made for the bike, and they are easy to open, close, lock and remove, though ours leaked. The two-piece rider/passenger gel seat ($299.95) is firmer than stock, providing extra support for the long haul, and has a carbon-fiber-like finish. The soft top case ($89.95) attaches easily to the pillion seat. It has an aerodynamic shape that follows the lines of the bike and includes a 3-inch expansion panel. Semi-transparent, adhesive gel resin knee pads ($44.95) and tank protector ($49.95) help keep the bike’s sculpted tank looking its best. All-in, these accessories add $1,739.95 to the base price.

* You may also enjoy our Road Test of the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 here.

(This article was published in the January 2013 issue of Rider magazine.)

The gel seat is noticeably firmer than the stock seat, which may not appeal to everyone.

The gel seat is noticeably firmer than the stock seat, which may not appeal to everyone.

Each saddlebag will hold a full-face helmet.

Each saddlebag will hold a full-face helmet.

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One Response to “Ninja 1000 Touring Accessories”

  1. 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 1000—Rider Test | Rider Magazine on January 2nd, 2013 3:43 pm

    […] our 2011 test. When Kawasaki offered us a Ninja 1000 decked out with factory touring accessories (see sidebar), we gladly accepted. Within minutes, I had plotted an 1,100-mile test route from our coastal […]

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