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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

Kawasaki has given the GTR a significant upgrade, added to the comfort of the original model with a larger screen and include heated grips as standard. But more interestingly they’ve improved the safety of their flagship tourer with new ABS and traction control. The traction control is really impressive and works off the ABS wheel sensors and is the most advanced system currently available on a road bike.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

Thankfully Kawasaki has left the engine alone, which has been a strong point of the larger tourer. The powerplant is taken from the mighty ZZ-R1400 but detuned for more midrange. The GTR also now boasts variable valve timing, the first on any Kawasaki, which has the smoothest operation on the market, far better than Honda’s VFR. It also has nearly 140bhp and gallons of torque, both of which are class-leading. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Kawasaki hasn’t played around with the handling, either, which was not a fault of the old model. There’s a slightly stiffer spring at the rear, but that’s about it. For a large bike, the GTR can be hustled along with confidence, but you need a lot of confidence in the front Bridgestone tyre, which has been specifically designed for this model. The new linked ABS braking is excellent, and it’s changeable for riding fully loaded or with pillion and luggage.  

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

This is an area where the old GTR lacked, especially when compared to the competition from BMW. However, Kawasaki has addressed this and now the GTR comes with more options as standard like heated grips, larger screen, ABS and traction control as standard. There is also an additional mode button on the left bar to scroll through the informative clocks while the electric screen is pre-programmable. Compare and buy parts for the GTR1400 in the MCN Shop.

Kawasaki GTR1400 (2010-current)

Detail Value
New price £13,299
Dealer used prices
£7,880 (2010) - £13,750 (2014)
Private used prices
£7,420 (2010) - £12,370 (2014)
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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 5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

There is no reason to question the Kawasaki 1400’s reliability as the ZZ-R14 on which it’s based is proving bulletproof and Kawasaki are renown for producing reliable motors. MCN ran the older GTR problem free for 30,000 mile in a year, without a glitch. Shaft drive will add to its longevity.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The GTR is expected to go up in price compared to the old model, however most bike prices have increased in 2009 and it’s still priced competitively against the competition from BMW and Yamaha. Second hand prices of the older model seem to be holding, too. Find a Kawasaki GTR1400 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2007: model launched
2011: Available as 1400GTR ABS [£13,268]

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Specifications

Top speed 151 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 139 bhp
Max torque 93.5 ft-lb
Weight 315 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 four stroke in line four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment 43mm forks fully adj
Rear suspension adjustment single shock, fully adjust
Front brakes 2 x 310mm 4 piston radial caliper
Rear brake 270mm disc, two piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70x17
Rear tyre size 190/55x17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(2 reviews)

  • bmw I dont think so

    100milesaway

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have lots of mates who have/or have had bm s and every single one of them has had grief with their bikes and lots of it was major stuff. Ok the dealers fall over themselves to help you when things go wrong but they do seem to go wrong an awfull lot.I turned to the japanese builders years ago and have never had any problems,I now have a gtr 1400 and it is a classy bit of kit smooth like you cant believe, quick , fantastic brakes, utter comfort,traction control, switchable abs,and lots more, and when on the move feels nothing like the big heavy bike that it is,all in all it's a fantastic piece of oriental engineering.

    30 May 2011

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    lalvin

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    i am not sure what the gripe and whining is all about. Its a sports tourer not a tourer which means having a cruise control would not make much sense. Which brings me to the exact point on value. What is the premium you would want to pay for Cruise control? aka BMW K1300GT which i think is THE only competition this bike faces in the same class. Else engine is bullet proof, ie 200km/h+ on 2nd gear is not something to sniff about. Quality and reliability is pure Japanese but cause i own a MV Agusta, the difference is night and day but for a premium Jap, this is considered top class. Go buy it and realise how comfy it is on the roads, how smooth is the engine around windy roads, and the storage is plenty. Except for the tires maybe, which a set of Pirelli should cure, i really have nothing to complain. Go buy one.

    05 February 2011

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bluekats

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gtr 1400

yes, what about cruise control... its a tourer isn't it?
as far as im concern any bike considered to be a tourer should have cruise control whether it sports tour or out and out tourer.. I can’t believe the motorcycle manufactures aren’t onto this yet as well as the magazines that review these bikes…. Most likely with the latter being full of old farts dreaming of the OLDERN days..
and the call the GTR the “FLAGSHIP” for Kawasaki… no cruise control, no heated seats, no passenger comfort, driver’s seat too high… I can’t think of any Japanese person that I’ve ever met that would be comfortable with an 815 seat height..
but is seems every bike has its faults in one way or another.. the BMW 1300ST is a brilliant bike full of standard features with things that actually work.. like the screen… brilliant… cruise control, heated seats and grips, electric adjustable suspension and all of the rest of it… but due to the TOO low COG it doesn’t handle too well wanting to drive straight through corners.. first gear seems too high as well…
the FJR is top/tank heavy..
the Honda ST1300 lacks all of the above features..
so perhaps I wait for this VFR1200T Tourer.. surely they couldn’t stuff this one up as well?

and compared to cars.. we are paying a premium price for motorcycles… so we DEMAND better equipment!!!!!!!!

29 January 2010 08:19

georgen

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1400 gtr

wot about cruise control then kawasaki ??????

01 January 2010 15:38

slparry

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Traction

Why do the MCN testers get all excited about the GTR having traction control. My 2007 K1200GT has Automatic Stability Control and that's two and a half years old now. It's certainly available on the K13GT as an option

14 December 2009 22:33

Bonfireboy

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Foot pegs!!!

I went to the NEC last week and was really excited about trying the GTR1400 for size, when I got on the bike it felt great until I tried to put my feet on the floor. For some reason the foot pegs were in the exact position I wanted to put my legs. What I had to do was put my feet too far forward or too far back which felt all wrong and would have caused me trouble balancing. When I pointed this out to the others around the bike most agreed and everyone of all shapes and sizes had the same problem. Is this a problem with the show bike (on a stand) or does anyone else have this problem.

12 December 2009 18:04

RM66

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RM66says

NOT SURE I'D WANT ANOTHER.

Having owned a 2008 model GTR, on which I did 10,000 miles up until October '09 when it was written off in a classic "didn't see you mate" collision, my views of the GTR are somewhat mixed. Kawasaki have undoubtedly uped the ante with the 2010 model. However, it has still only really caught up with the competition rather than surpassed it. Heated grips should have always been standard on a bike in this class and the screen on the old model was appauling. Is the new one a re-design or is it simply their larger option which was previously available? If it is the old 'option' screen, my experince was that it isn't significantly better. In addition, it would have been nice if the new GTR had a hugger as standard as the rear shock gets plastered with crud. And waht about that annoying 'low fuel' warning that can't be over-ridden? Whilst the new safety features might temp buyers away from the likes of Honda and Yamaha and possibly even BMW, I would give a word of caution. Firstly, I found that the comfort levels deminished over the 12 months that I owned my 2008 GTR and even had extra padding fitted in the seat because of it. Also, if you are an all season rider like myself, the finish of the GTR is not good. Within a year I had both exhaust alloy end caps replaced under warranty due to corrosion and the first of these was going the same way again. Other parts were showing similar signs, with rust under the seat and other areas. Overall, the old GTR was a good and capable bike, let down by the finish and deminishing comfort. Even with the improvemenst of the 2010 model, I'm not sure I'd want another.  

09 November 2009 10:18

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