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.)