Kawasaki got the mixture right with the original Z1000SX back in 2010 and they’ve just continued to improve the model over the years, culminating with this latest version. The new SX is littered with advanced rider aids, is sharper looking and comfier than before. Kawasaki have simply listened to customer feedback and made small changes which have made a big difference.
The new bike (surely they should have called it the Z1R?) is fully Euro4 compliant, while Kawasaki claim they’ve managed to hit the emissions targets without any drop-off in power or torque over the existing engine.