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Looking at the detailed specifications of both motorcycles Kawasaki Z1000SX and Ducati Monster 1100 is a proper approach to determine which of the two is more likely to match your style of riding and to satisfy your preferences. The decision on your next motorcycle purchase should be all based on your personal preferences for speed, handling and comfort. After comparing one motorcycle versus another and so on, the circle of favourite models will be then eventually narrowed to several ones. The best way to explore them is to actually sit on these bikes and check how much comfort you get with each of them.

Kawasaki-Z1000SX   vs   Ducati-Monster 1100
Picture of Kawasaki - Z1000SXPicture of Kawasaki - Z1000SX
Kawasaki manufacturer Ducati
Z1000SX bike name Monster 1100
Sport touring mootorcycle type Naked
Since 2003 year 2009 - 2013
210.5 / 79 / 117 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)212 / 81 / 115 cm
1043 cc engine displacement (cc)1078 cc
Fuel injection with oval sub-throttles fuel supply method Siemens electronic fuel injection, 45mm throttle body
11.8:1 compression ratio 10.7:1
77x56 mm bore and stroke 98x71.5 mm
135mm (5.3 inches) ground clearance 160mm (6.3 inches)
3.3litres (3.5 quarts) engine oil capacity3.7litres (3.9 quarts)
19.0 litres (5 gallons) fuel tank capacity 15.0 litres (4 gallons)
242 km/h (150 mph) top speed200 km/h (124 mph)
140 hppeak horsepower 95 hp
111 nm (81.9 ft lbs)max torque 104 nm (76.7 ft lbs)
208 kg (459 lbs) dry weight169 kg (373 lbs)
230 kg (507 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 186 kg (410 lbs)
41mm inverted fork with stepless compression and adjustable spring preload. 120mm travel front suspension Showa 43mm fully adjustable inverted fork with 130mm wheel travel
horizontal back-link gas-charged, adjustable spring preload and 130mm travel rear suspension Preload and rebound adjustable Sachs monoshock. The rear wheel travel measures 148mm.
120/70-ZR17 front tyre size 120/70-ZR17
190/50-ZR17 rear tyre size 180/55-ZR17
6-speed transmission type 6-speed dry multiplate clutch with hydraulic control
Electric digital ignition / starting Electric
Dual semi-floating 300mm petal discs with 4-piston calipers front brakes two 320mm sidcs and four-piston radial calipers
Single 250mm petal disc with 1-piston caliperrear brakes one 245mm disc and double-piston caliper
Chain drivefinal drive typeChain drive
Liquid coolingcooling typeAir cooling
6.20 l/100km (37.9 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)5.30 l/100km (44.4 mpg)
technical specifications of Kawasaki Z1000SXsee data separatelytechnical specifications of Ducati Monster 1100

The bigger engine size of Ducati Monster 1100 in comparison to Kawasaki Z1000SX doesn't mean that it is more powerful or better performing bike. The first of the bikes has a bigger compression ratio (11.8:1) which is economically better. This parameter shows how the volume in the engine cylinder when the piston is at the bottom end relates to the volume when the piston is at the top end. When the mixture of air and fuel in the combustion chamber has bigger pressure (higher compression ratio) when it is ignited then it burns more effectively and therefore these bikes tend to have better fuel economy (comparing engines with equal displacement).
The better fuel economy of 5.30 l/100km belongs to Ducati Monster 1100 compared to the Kawasaki Z1000SX's fuel consumption of 6.20 l/100km. Measuring the fuel economy in mpg shows how many miles of ride are covered by a gallon of fuel and measuring in l/100km shows the average fuel consumption in litters for every 100 kilometers riding.
tire sizesEach motorcycle should be fitted with the type of tyres that are specified for it. Another considerable factor here is your own riding style. To choose the right tire size firstly you need to understand the meaning of the numbers printed on the size of the tire. The width of the tire is represented by the first number. Both motorcycles have the same with of their front tires - 120 mm. The profile of the tire is revealed by the second number. The diameter of the rim is represented by the third number in the code. A good way to save some time and money is to purchase your motorcycle tires online at competitive price.
The ground clearance of Ducati Monster 1100 (160mm) is bigger than the one of Kawasaki Z1000SX (bbb2mm). The ground clearance is also called the ride height and that is the distance between the base of the tyre and underside of the motorcycle’s body (the chassis). In other words that is the shortest distance between the road surface and the lowest mechanical part of the motorcycle.
The top speed of 242km/h makes Kawasaki Z1000SX the faster of the two motorcycles. The other one (Ducati Monster 1100) can achieve a maximum speed of 200km/h according to its technical specifications. While some motorcycle manufacturers pretend for precise top speed parameters, often these values are only approximate.
chain final drive The same final drive (chain) is used with these two bikes Kawasaki Z1000SX and Ducati Monster 1100. It is a fact that the majority of motorcycles around the world are driven by chains. Chains are simple and efficient way to transmit horsepower from the engine to the rear wheel. However they are not as smooth as belts and shafts and also require frequent care like cleaning and keeping the chain properly lubricated.
Compression ratio 11.8:1 means that the volume of gas in the cylinder when the piston is at the bottom of its stroke refers to the volume of gas when the piston is at the top of its stroke as 11.8:1. Based on the information from the technical data of the motorcycles the values are accordingly 11.8:1 for Kawasaki Z1000SX and 10.7:1 for Ducati Monster 1100. Motorcycles with higher compression ratio may be recommended to use premium fuel only in order to avoid engine knocking. If you got a motorcycle with a greater compression ratio for its specific engine it is getting better fuel economy than it would if it had a lesser compression ratio.
One of the most important aspects of the basic level of maintenance of a motorcycle is the engine oil. Engine oils are different types as synthetic, mineral, part-synthetic and they all come at their price and qualities. As a general rule it should be changed on every 6000 kilometers or 3700 miles. If you you synthetic oil then bigger mileage can be allowed between oil changes. The oil filter needs to be replaced too and that is usually to be done with the oil change. According to the technical specs the engine oil capacity is 3.3 litres for Kawasaki Z1000SX and 3.7 litres for Ducati Monster 1100. This oil capacity values are with informative purpose only. The best way to pour the exact quantity of oil is to observe the dipstick or the level sight window.

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