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Used Motorcycles: Kawasaki ZRX1200S buyers guide

By RiDE -

 04 February 2009 15:07

Price new: £6595
Engine: 1164cc, 16v, dohc, inline four, l/c
Power: 110bhp
Top speed: 144mph
Weight: 210kg (dry)

Modern retros don't get much cooler than the Kawasaki ZRX1200 - but while the R model with its tiny headlight cowl most effectively conjures up Eddie Lawson memories, for practicality and comfort our money's on the half-faired 'S' model.   

This big bruiser packs a 120bhp punch from its silky-smooth 1164cc inline four. The suspension isn't the most refined, so it takes a bit of hustling around - but that's what muscle bikes are all about. That half-fairing means it is at least possible to hang on long enough to get close to its 140mph+ top speed.

The engine's been around for ever, so reliability is good - though the OEM Nippon-Denso alternator is prone to failing leading to battery failure. The quaint reliance on a fuel tap may be too authentically retro for some riders, who might not appreciate the notchy gearbox, often contributing to false neutrals between fourth and fifth.

 

RiDER Power 2008 verdict

Build quality

2/5

Maintenance

4/5

Reliability

3/5

Running costs

3/5

OVERALL

80.38

 

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