Leaner, meaner, higher-tech.

It's been a rough couple of months for the motorcycle business. As you can imagine, the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown have played old Harry with the schedule of summer press events. Since no one wants to get stuffed in a flying aluminum petri dish with a hundred or so strangers right now, most companies have gone virtual with their press events.

Take our friends at Kawasaki, for example. Since Team Green couldn't have us out to SoCal to ride the hot new Ninja 1000, they brought the Ninja 1000 right into our offices, so to speak. I had the pleasure of attending the virtual launch for the new Ninja, which Kawasaki held on Zoom instead of in a nice Southern California hotel, alas. It was a pretty decent, informative presentation and came away from it with a pretty favorable view on the bike's Swiss Army Knife-like versatility and host of upgrades. I couldn't get a real feel for it since I couldn't sit or ride it, but I think I got Kawasaki's drift.

So, without further ado, let's take a look at the five things each of you needs to know about the new 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000.

Gallery: 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Beauty Shots