Skip to content

Kawasaki GTR1400 Touring Motorbike Review

Find By Make/Model

1 of 13
Kawasaki GTR1400 action
Click to enlarge
Previous image Next image

MCN overall verdict rating is 5

The Kawasaki GTR1400 is the long-awaited, long-rumoured flagship sports tourer based on the powerhouse ZZ-R1400 – and it’s been worth the wait. The GTR1400 is a classy, smooth and potent bit of kit, delivering a magic carpet ride across continents better than virtually anything else/ It may lack the proven reputation and long options list of BMW but in virtually every other respect it’s the new king.

Watch video of this bike and more on MCN | TV

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Kawasaki GTR1400’s engine is taken from the mighty ZZ-R1400 but detuned for more midrange. Kawasaki also boast for the first time variable valves, the smoothest operation on the market, far better than Honda’s VFR. Nearly 140bhp and gallons of torque, both are class leading.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Kawasaki GTR1400 is super super smooth, seeming to float effortlessly along, even at licence losing speeds. If ridden hard the suspension can be described as being on the soft side, but otherwise it handles far better than its size suggests. Ground clearance is good for a bike in this category, brakes are excellent, with ABS as an optional extra.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

With an electric screen, digital tyre pressure sensor gauges, large panniers as standard, variable valves, slipper clutch, shaft drive, an electricity socket, adjustable headlights, the Kawasaki GTR1400 seems to have all the boxes ticked. However it lacks heated seat and grips and cruise control as an optional extra.

Kawasaki GTR1400 (2007-2009)

Detail Value
New price £10,995
Dealer used prices
£6,350 (2007) - £8,040 (2009)
Private used prices
£5,580 (2008) - £7,130 (2009)
  View full used price info
Engine size 1352 cc
Power 139 bhp
Top speed 151 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

There is no reason to question the Kawasaki GTR1400’s reliability as the ZZ-R14 on which it’s based is proving bulletproof and Kawasaki are renown for producing reliable motors. Shaft drive will add to its longevity. Kawasaki have really improved their build quality in recent years and it shows.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Initially the new Kawasaki GTR1400 seems expensive, however it’s on par with Yamaha’s FJR1300 on price and is considerably cheaper than BMW’s K1200GT. The ZZ-R1400 seems to be holding its value second hand and there’s no reason why the GTR shouldn’t do the same as long as the motorcycle is looked after. Find a Kawasaki GTR1400 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

Compare motorcycle insurance quotes now

Model History

2007: Kawasaki GTR1400 launched.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 151 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.34 secs
Max power 139 bhp
Max torque 93.5 ft-lb
Weight 279 kg
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 22 litres
Average fuel consumption 36 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 1352 cc
Engine specification 16v in line four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment 43mm full adjust
Rear suspension adjustment Single rear shock fully adjust
Front brakes 2 x 310mm front disc four pot calipers
Rear brake 270mm disc with two piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

See all Kawasaki GTR1400 motorcycles for sale

Kawasaki
GTR1400

14058 miles

£8,495

Kawasaki
GTR1400

14699 miles

£8,499

Kawasaki
GTR1400

10345 miles

£8,700

Kawasaki
GTR1400

250 miles

£11,795

Kawasaki
GTR1400

13648 miles

£7,495

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(11 reviews)

  • overated cooker

    BOTUS

    Average rating rating is 2

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    very simple review as not worth much comment. Screen useless and nosiy, Engine ok for dawdling not much else. Stock ZZR lump would be MUCH better and smoother. This bike is seriously SLOW and hard work to make good progress. If you disagree get back in your mondeo. Handling pretty terrible, its very heavy and behaves like its got a steering damper wound up much to tight. Too combersone to be fun and sits up under braking quite violently whilst cornering. I haven't ridden a bike this bad for 20 years!!! making it very hard work and dangerous to press on. Mirors make it as wide as a car and impossible to filter in traffic... yet u get air con in a car !!! Worst of all the heat from the faring cooks your lower legs till VERY crisp and upper leg till well done even on very short rides. Why didn't I see any of this issues raised in the MCN tests, maybe you need a road tester who can actually tell the difference between bikes ?

    20 July 2010

  • nice bike

    rick chen

    Average rating rating is 4.5

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    real smoothly of operation

    21 January 2010

  • Thinking of buying one?

    RM66

    Average rating rating is 3.5

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    If you're thinking of buying a GTR 1400, then check this out - www.kawasaki1400gtr.info Everything you need to know about the bike, accessories, recalls, etc etc.

    27 April 2009

  • Mixed Blessings

    RM66

    Average rating rating is 4

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    I bought my GTR six months ago - an ex-demonstrator with a couple of hundred miles on the clock. I've now added another 5000. Overall, I'm happy with the bike but my biggest concern is the finish. Already, after just one winter's use, the alloy end cap on the can has been replaced under warranty due to corrosion and other alloy parts are starting to look a little sad too. There's rust inside one of the bar weights, under the seat, starting on the centre stand and all the linkages are blackened. I fitted a Skidmarx hugger to keep the crap off the shock and that seems to do it's job well enough. There was (and probably still is) a fault with the light switch. In very heavy downpours, water shorts the switch causing the main beam to stay on. I soaked the switch with WD40 and haven't had the same trouble since but I'm sure it will manifest itself again at some point. I opted for an extended warranty so that might just get a beating and end up paying for itself! The stock tyres (front and rear) lasted 4000 miles and I changed the originals for Michelin Road Pilot 2's which I find much more confidence inspiring. The original Bridgestones always felt skittish in the wet, particularly at the front end. The engine is sublime and pulls like a train, smooth and torquey, the supension is a liitle soft and can get overworked on bumpy sections but the brakes are absolutely great, with immense stopping power, even fully laden. It returns around 43 mpg in general use, less when ridden hard but does well into the 50's cruising up the motorway. I've fitted a Givi V46 top box using a Phil's Farkels rack, which is study and made of aluminium which means you don't have to have those support bars underneath, like with the Givi rack option - and don't have to drill the body work either! I also fitted ST1300 OEM heated grips, with a statndard contoller, which fit perfectly and work very well indeed, much better than aftermarket jobbies. The taller screen doesn't seem to me to make a significant difference. The GTR is perfect for touring, commuting and general use. It doesn't feel it's size and can still filter through traffic well enough. Two up is no problem at all, as you'd expect. I have a Autocom intercom installed and a Garmin Zumo 550 sat-nav for touring. The OEM sat-nav mount is a nice option and fits easily. I also had the crash bars fitted, just in case, but they are very expensive. All in all, I'm very happy with what is and excellent bike. The jury's still out on the finish though.

    19 March 2009

  • Fantastic mile muncher

    DarkLordStig

    Average rating rating is 4

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    - Ride is exceptional, although in heavy weather I'm left feeling a little unnerved about the front end - Power is fantastic & the engine is an absolute dream (well done Kawasaki) - That shaft drive is also incredible! - Front tyres seem to develop an anomalous wear pattern as I think Bridgestone haven't quite got the mix of compounds right yet & so I might switch over to Avon Storm STs next - The bike corrodes like a B**tch quite quickly (relative to other bikes I've owned), especially if you're an all weather rider - I've had the bike from new for 3 months & have had the discs warped, clocks leak water, full beam flicker on randomly - These have all been replaced under warranty - I still love the bike & would recommend it to anyone... however, the niggles have seen my eyes straying over to the new BMW K1300GT SE... it's got a better power to weight ratio & more toys, I could justify the expense! Just want to ride it first!

    06 February 2009

  • Still in love after 1 year

    simonsjames

    Average rating rating is 5

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    Wow, I am the chap who always says to "The Wife" I'll keep this bike for years, as it's everything I need (want) and then changes after a year after visiting the bike show. BUT Not this year ! PROFILE: 43 YR OLD FAMILY GUY RIDING SINCE 16 NUMEROUS BIKES WANTED SPORTS TOURER NOT TOURER SPORTS NEEDED BIKE TO PASS WIFE TEST FOR BI ANNUAL ROAD TRIP WANTED TO RIP IT UP OCCAISIONALLY, BUT NOT SUFFER BAD BACK ! And Ive fallen in love.... 11,000 miles, Scotland, France Isle of Man.. and the least amount of cash spent on any bike so far with ad ons ADD ONS large givi top box High lift screen TomTom Rider Starcom 1 advance (ipod in my ears, oh and I can talk to the wife when necessary) Beowulf end can This bike is fantastic, and there's nothing to compete with the looks style and attitude, performance, sound (with the can, damn I must remember I am 43 and stop blip-ping the throttle at the lights) and comfort.. Shes been 11,000 miles and I have enjoyed every minute, - simply put No niggles, No problems, fun, comfort, & sporty when the mood takes, and yet so torquey that sticking in 4th with my wife on the back makes 30 mph to 130 MPH a gear-less experience, just wind the throttle as required, for a smooth perfect touring ride. (And Loch Ness to Skye is a must do) So.... If I keep this one for a few years, maybe I need another bike as well - cant go the NEC and not go shopping can we chaps ? Perhaps "something Italian for the weekend sir ?"

    21 November 2008

  • Average rating rating is 4.5

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    I passed my test a year ago and bought a scooter! I got bored within a couple of months but held on till September when I got the GTR. I LOVE IT! It's very fast, it still puts a grin on my face when I start it up and even bigger when riding and is surpisingly easy to ride, I thought it would be heavier. My wife loves travelling on it although I have had to buy love handles as she was uncomfortable with the grab rail. The only downside is it does not have heated grips and the screen could be bigger, but will get a new bigger one in the future. Unfortunately the weather is not being kind at the moment, but roll on the summer because I can feel some serious mileage being done.

    01 November 2008

  • 6,000 and counting

    Big_Boomer

    Average rating rating is 4.5

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    Well, I have 6,000 miles on my 1400GTR and loving every minute. I commute to Docklands every day on it but soon will be swapping to my old GTR1000 for the winter months. The power is SMOOOOOTH, except for on/off throttle transitions in traffic when it can get jerky. You need to keep an eye on the speedo as with my 6" taller screen 150 feels much like 85. The mirrors feel wide but I can wiggle it through the traffic fairly easily. Brakes are top notch and the suspension is good. The tyres have lasted the 6k miles but will need replacing soon. Now they are worn they are getting squirmy over white lines and overbanding. Still grip like the proverbial! :-) Apart from the taller screen I've fitted a topbox with high level brake light(leave the luggage at home, it's too wide for filtering, please take note ST1300 owners!), the 1400GTR tankpads, some Grip-Puppies as I find the stock grips too small, and a ThrottleMeister throttle lock. My only complaints are; 1- With the screen up your hands get soaked. Not good design for an ST bike but still better than most. 2- That snatchy throttle at low-rpm. 3- The saddle does not have enough padding for my (somewhat excessive) 25 Stone, and the cover is too sticky (makes moving around difficult). 4- When the Low Fuel warning comes on it removes the gear indicator and disables the Range. Great instrumentation but Kawasaki need to replace whoever wrote the software for it. 5- Practical range is about 180 miles to reserve which is OK but not as good as the ST. It's fast, smooth, reliable, mostly comfy (I've done a 600 mile day with only mild butt-burn) and can scare the bejeezus out of you one minute and be docile as a baby lamb the next.

    02 November 2007

  • Proper bike!

    tracktime1000

    Average rating rating is 4.5

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    This one awesome bike and the more I use it the more I like it. My missus and I spent a good 12 months testing every bike out there looking for the right bike that ticked all our boxes and the big kwack ticked more than most. It was a big gamble buying a bike I hadn't tested but it paid off. I had a few issues at first but they have all disappeared as me and the bike have gelled. I'm around 5'10" and about 18 stone and the bike fits a treat. I suffer from arthiritis in hands and knees yet after a six hour sting in saddle recently had no aches other than bit of a numb which went after an hours rest. I did have some racing foam added to padding on seat in the first week as I could feel the contours of seat ribs but now the bike is pretty much perfect other than one minor niggle. As the mileage has crept over 5000 miles I sometimes have a problem selecting neutral, its probably me not being delicate enough with my hoof but wondered if anyone else had experienced this? A screen is a bit short but I can live with it but will be trying the new one to see if it gives more protection for winter. My partners only critique is that the grab rails would be more comfortable if they came forwards more as they are a bit of stretch at present and that reminds me of one more thing. If the mirrors were located an inch higher they would be much improved. At present half the view is full of panniers and pillion knees. Not brilliant. Kawasaki - let me decide the next generation eh?

    19 October 2007

  • C14

    Felicks

    Christchurch , NZ

    Average rating rating is 4.5

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    1500km's on the clock after 4 weeks. Now its finally run in and I'm keen to stetch her legs. So far only up to 6,000rpm or thereabouts ;) and its already pulling big time by that stage - the V V T obviously does its thing very well. Absolutely love the bike - it was a great step up from a Suzuki SV1000S - especially for two up riding. (It still doesn't sounds quite as good tho - those Yoshimura's were awesome.) I have been wanting a big sports tourer for some time and couldn't make up my mind, but this is the exact mix I was after. It's very smooth, fast and tackles corners way better than I expected. Two comments - (1) I'm 6 ft and wish the screen was about 3 inches taller (an upgrade is going to be available apparently), (2) the exhaust is about 6 inches too long (looks like a turbine!) A replacement is on order from Two Brothers already. Apart from that - no issues whatsoever and I can see me keeping this bike for a long time.

    30 August 2007

Page

Discuss this

Add your comment
tracktime1000

User's Badge

tracktime1000says

Cheers boomer

First thing I do with any new bike is adjust all levers, clutch, front brake and gear of course so they are all where I want them but gear lever was still a little high and now she's spot on all the time. I should have checked it myself but sometimes you need a nudge. Cheers, Mart.

05 November 2007 06:17

Big_Boomer

User's Badge

Big_Boomersays

Tyres

Mine have also worn fairly quickly but I guess that's to be expected when you think that you are stopping and turning a big, fast, heavy bike on that front tyre. I'm @ 6,000 miles and mine still have some life in them. Not sure if I will replace with BT021's. May try the Z6's, Conti RoadAttacks, Avon Storms or the Pilot Road 2's. On the neutral selection problem, it's because you have the gear lever too high. Adjust it down a bit and you'll see.

02 November 2007 17:11

tracktime1000

User's Badge

tracktime1000says

Tyres huh?

As the bike has just had its 4000 mile service (slightly late at 4700 miles) it also coincided with the untimely death of both tyres. Now the rear I was expecting to replace it around this mileage but I had hoped for more from the front and its the first time I've front and rear wear out equally. In the past its always been 2 rears to one front so what's changed? Well its my first proper tourer so diferent compounds, and as I'm a little older and more sensible I ride a tad more sedately now so for me getting 5000 miles from a tyre is very good but why has front worn at same rate as rear? Any ideas?

19 October 2007 08:32

tracktime1000

User's Badge

tracktime1000says

GTR Brakes

They seem to be very competent under all normal use but I do have a problem with the abs kicking in a little early if I press on a bit. It was made to be ridden surely. Also on loose surfaces like gravel it locks the front under very little pressure such as the entrance to Cadwell recently making it a bitch to control at 5mph whereas at 100mph plus its impeccable. Everything else with the exception of the screen is just perfect for long touring trips. It doesn't like being thrown around the back lanes but I have to expect that, nimble it isn't but planted and steady it is. Use it how its meant to be ridden and its pretty much faultless. Yes I will be keeping this bike some time and as we are over 4000 miles now it wont be worth selling soon so may be with me longer than I expect lol.

09 October 2007 08:24

Most popular

Rate my bike

Related News