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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The ZZ-R11 long reigned as speed top dog, but that all changed in 1996 when Honda’s Super Blackbird assumed the title of “Fastest Production Motorcycle”. Intriguingly, however, the ZZ-R continues to impress, aceing the the Blackbird in top gear roll on tests, remaining a great all-rounder and now being better value than ever.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5
5

One of motorcycling’s greats. Open its throttle with anything more than 4000rpm on the clock and the world gets thrown over your shoulders in a blur of colour. The bike also provides its own sound track, growling and snarling with pleasure as it comes on song. The rush of power is awesome, and the bike hurtles forward maniacally at an eye-popping rate.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The ZZ-R is surprisingly easy to ride. The riding postion is typical Kawasaki – the forward stretched riding position comfy for most, especially for taller riders. And the power available might be intimidating but the bike is actually a real sweetie, just as easy to take to the shops as blast to the Bol. Sweet, neutral handler, too.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The neat fold-away bungee hooks are well postioned and very useful as the flared tail-piece doesn’t take throwovers easily.The mirrors are blissfully vibe-free with clear views of what lies behind. Essential kit when piloting a motorcycle that can hit the national speed limit in first. Fuel consumption is an excellent 45mpg which allows 200 miles between fill-ups.

Kawasaki ZZ-R1100 (1990-1997)

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Engine size 1052 cc
Power 147 bhp
Top speed 172 mph
Insurance group 16 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Later (D, made in America) versions are the best, with sumptious paint and much improved detailing. Reliability-wise, ZZ-Rs have always been pretty solid, like.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The ZZ-R 1100 may not be top dog any more but its pedigree is impeccable and the mere fact its been de-throned by the Super Blackbird makes it even better value. All this for around £2500? That’s some kind of bargain  in our book. Find a Kawasaki ZZ-R1100 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 16 of 17

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Model History

1991: C1 model launched.
1993: D1 model launched. Now with new frame and bodywork, larger tank and brakes, twin intake fairing, different exhausts and improved instrumentation.
2002: Model discontinued.

Other Versions

ZZ-R1200: Introduced in 2002 with larger engine, revised styling and new lighting. Retained ability of original but lost some of its integrity. Discontinued in late 2004.

Specifications

Top speed 172 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.7 secs
Max power 147 bhp
Max torque 80 ft-lb
Weight 233 kg
Seat height 780 mm
Fuel capacity 24 litres
Average fuel consumption 31 mpg
Tank range 144 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 16 of 17
Engine size 1052 cc
Engine specification 16v transverse four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload and rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17 in

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(15 reviews)

  • Fantastic whether pressing on or touring

    pacificgreen

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I purchased my bike brand new in May this year. I think I got one of the last available. Absolutely love it. Have had three Honda VFR's culminating in the VTEC version, but always wanted something with a little more "grunt" for two up touring. The big ZED gives me that in bucketfuls. 2,000 mile trip in August this year fully loaded, 3 hard cases and the missus on board, warp factor speeds all the way (picked up a speeding fine on the way back to Calais!Ooops!!) Have done 5,500 miles on her so far this year and every single one has been accompanied by a massive "ear to ear" grin. Fitted a pair of Staintune end cans which really make the bike sound the way it should. Strengths: Acceleration, cruising abilty, fuel economy isn't too bad bearing in mind the performance capabilities. Weaknesses: Brakes could be a little better but braided hoses and better pads should see them right. Gearing quite close, takes a bit of getting used to, but other than that...none.

    20 October 2006

  • The bike that led the way for others to follow...

    busydave

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I just love this bike, its so much fun, so fast and so friendly. Yes it has its limits and its not as sharp turning in as I'd like but this bike does everything with so much ease and it feels extremely well built and gives me so much confidence when I ride it. Just an all round awsome machine which is just right for me.. Strengths: Build quality, the all-round package of useable power, comfort and looks. Weaknesses:
    Mmm...not much, tyres maybe but what do you expect...

    18 September 2006

  • D2 model with 30K on the clock

    zzrlofty

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Purchased this bike 2 years ago with 14K miles. Since then I have had no trouble with the bike. It is still amazingly quick and great fun. Have had GSXR 6 pot calipers put on and had the bike derestricted. Strengths: Performance, reliability, comfort, paintwork and general finish (I ride throughout the year but use ACF50 etc). Weaknesses: Handling when pushed on the twisties.

    08 February 2006

  • In my book the best all rounder bar none

    Galerie

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Top speed only beaten by a small handful of creditable machines. Comfort beyond motorcycling unless you want a sofa on wheels and it's a Kawasaki what more do you want. In black it looks slightly menacing. Strengths: Grunt, top speed mega comfortable and isn't too bad when it gets twisty. Weaknesses: Weight & brakes.

    22 December 2004

  • My Review

    Kevb

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Superfast in a straight line, feels a little vague when pushed around corners, though tyres are not the best; will try ZE04 or BT020 next. Carbs seem to go out of balance quickly. Oil pressure sensor replaced twice; crap position & no protection on sump. Also oil cooler connection has intermittent leak. Rear wheel and suspension bearings replaced for last MOT. Front brake has a lot of travel before any effect, but will lock front before reaching the bars. Original exhaust is on its last legs. Service annually myself, parts cost around £100 to service & get through MOT. Comfortable, but doesn't cover huge distances as easily as my previous FJ, but then again that scraped its c-stand before 45 deg lean angle.

    17 October 2001

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ZZR 1100

 I own one of the very first D1 ZZR 1100 on a K plate with a genuine 17000 miles it rides beautifully and makes a mockery of spending 12k plus for say a ZZR 1400 which I have ridden so can compare the two.

Mine is black with the original exhausts which sound wonderful and if you've never heard a ZZR before is one of the best things about the bike. I always describe it as like a jet fighter!! It is such a smooth bike and can be used to commute or a trip to Europe or even further. Mine even qualifies for classic insurance but she's not a pensioner yet especially when you open her up she's like the Millenium Falcon!!

great bike highly recommended what a bargain easy to maintain no dramas with these bikes just brilliant!!

30 May 2014 04:40

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