The saddlebags are optional on the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 above, but with them the Ninja 1000 is a creditable and versatile commuter, especially if your travels include plenty of freeway miles. The fully-faired version of the Z1000, the pair share the 1043cc four-banger which definitely isn’t lacking for power. Cockpit accommodations are friendly and comfy, with an adjustable windscreen and pegs set at a mildly sporty position.
Slap a tank bag on the Ninja and it’s a great everyday motorcycle. If we were to gripe, it is slightly wide, which could prove a hindrance in certain situations. Overall, however, the Ninja is a throwback to the Universal Japanese Motorcycle, which is a good thing when talking about city/commuter bikes.