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Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 (2006-2012)



Detail Value
New price £10,613
Used price range View Kawasaki ZZR1400 bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1352 cc
Power 197 bhp
Top speed 187 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 5

The Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 is not only the fastest, most powerful motorcycle you can buy, but happens to be an extremely capable all-round machine too. Limited to 186mph (300kmh) – but the Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 will do it with a gear to spare. Capable of commuting, two up sporty touring, track days, drag racing, posing – almost anything is possible on the big Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 - just don’t try taking it dirt riding.

 

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Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Bordering on insanely powerful for a motorbike. Its builder says the Kawasaki ZZ-R1400's the first of a new generation of engines which owe nothing to the outdated ZZ-Rs of he past. 197bhp with ram air is an astounding figure. Torque on the Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 is plentiful too but at low revs Suzuki’s Hayabusa out-grunts it.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Ultra sports-tourers can’t be track bikes but the Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 copes superbly on the road. With 215kg to carry it’ll never flick as fast as the latest dedicated sports bikes but it’s smooth, predictable and sporty in a road orientated way. The Kawasaki ZZ-R1400's brakes are awesome and it’s plush enough for those European blasts.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Kawasaki ZZ-R1400's riding position’s compact for a substantial bike and comfy for one or two. The screen’s surprisingly effective considering it looks low and allows the insane top speeds the Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 is renowned for. Instruments are very comprehensive and a genuine Kawasaki tank pad is available for the Kawasaki ZZ-R1400.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Since 2003 the new improved wave of Kawasaki models have been better than previous ones in every way including build quality. The Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 seems to follow that trend and no real weaknesses have been identified yet.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 is not that cheap but it’s the hot kiddie of the class until something more powerful is released, so a good buy. The Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 was late arriving in dealers showrooms in 2006 which led to stock being left unsold late into the year and some discounting, which affected new and used value. Find a Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2006: Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 launched.
2011: Available as Kawasaki ZZR1400 ABS [£10,613] and ZZR1400 ABS Performance (Inc. Akrapovic silencer, tank pads, seat cover, higher screen) [£11,634] 

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 187 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.2 secs
Max power 197 bhp
Max torque 113 ft-lb
Weight 215 kg
Seat height 800 mm
Fuel capacity 22 litres
Average fuel consumption 39 mpg
Tank range 185 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 1352 cc
Engine specification 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium monocoque
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 250mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(34 reviews)

  • zzr1400

    ninja12

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Paintwork poor, millions of stone chips only 2500 miles! rubbing off tank sides Makes loud clunk when put in 1st (clutch drag??) but what an engine!! Handles well for a big bike too

    12 July 2007

  • The best

    ib12

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    It's magic

    05 July 2007

  • Amazing

    skycat

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    After a painful and long wait we got our first at the end of May last year. Fantastic handling and styling. After its first service it was decided to fit Yoshi cans and a power commander to smooth out the power delivery, losing that no grunt below 5000revs. Also fitted a double screen reducing that uncomfortable wind blast. Overall fantastic and great for touring, comfortable for rider and pillion. Though only side panniers are available from Givi. Managed to fit Meta alarm, intercom and scottoiler. Now bought a second ZZR14, only because bloke prefer it in the dark blue (not the candy blue)madness. Lol.

    24 May 2007

  • Bronze Badge test

    afua1

    Average rating rating is 3

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    This is a test

    10 April 2007

  • One word, awesome

    JB99

    Average rating rating is 5

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    This bike replaced my GSX-R750 K4, and the only concern I had was that it would feel big and heavy. There was no need to worry. You can feel the weight when wheeling it around, but it doesn't feel heavy when riding, and the weight gives it a planted feel. The bike is amazingly agile, it handles well, is rock steady, and is easy to ride fast. It is unbelievably fast, to the extent my brother's ZX-9R actually feels slow! Get it over 6000rpm though, and the acceleration is mind blowing. It’s comfortable too. I’ve done 5 hours in the saddle, without a single ache or pain. Here we have a real continent crossing blend of performance and comfort, which will also be happy doing a few laps of your favorite race tracks along the way. If I had to find something negative to say, it would be that there's a relative lack of grunt below 4500-5000 revs. Even this though can be a positive thing, since it means this 200hp motorbike can be extremely docile and easy to cope with for less experienced riders. The only other minor gripe is the lack of under seat storage, but this is not a major problem for me. I’ve managed to fit my Autocom under there without having to lose the tool kit, and I can carry my two way radio for bike-to-bike communication. Anyone who has any doubts whether to buy one of these bikes has no need to worry, just go for it. In case you hadn’t noticed, I love this bike, and it’s definitely the best I’ve owned in 11 years of biking. Has to be the best real-world all rounder you can buy.

    26 March 2007

  • One word, awesome

    JB99

    Average rating rating is 5

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    This bike replaced my GSX-R750 K4, and the only concern I had was that it would feel big and heavy. There was no need to worry. You can feel the weight when wheeling it around, but it doesn't feel heavy when riding, and the weight gives it a planted feel. The bike is amazingly agile, it handles well, is rock steady, and is easy to ride fast. It is unbelievably fast, to the extent my brother's ZX-9R actually feels slow! Get it over 6000rpm though, and the acceleration is mind blowing. It’s comfortable too. I’ve done 5 hours in the saddle, without a single ache or pain. Here we have a real continent crossing blend of performance and comfort, which will also be happy doing a few laps of your favorite race tracks along the way. If I had to find something negative to say, it would be that there's a relative lack of grunt below 4500-5000 revs. Even this though can be a positive thing, since it means this 200hp motorbike can be extremely docile and easy to cope with for less experienced riders. The only other minor gripe is the lack of under seat storage, but this is not a major problem for me. I’ve managed to fit my Autocom under there without having to lose the tool kit, and I can carry my two way radio for bike-to-bike communication. Anyone who has any doubts whether to buy one of these bikes has no need to worry, just go for it. In case you hadn’t noticed, I love this bike, and it’s definitely the best I’ve owned in 11 years of biking. Has to be the best real-world all rounder you can buy

    26 March 2007

  • What a wopper

    lachmand

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This thing is slipperier than an eel along the bendiest A roads. I picked one up on Wednesday and it was ready to be serviced by next Monday with the sweetest 600+ miles I've ever done on a bike. It's now beginning to purr like a cat and move at the speed of thought. I always carry a change of pants now..

    20 March 2007

  • Difficult to obtain new or used, eventually managed to find a pre-registered Kawasaki dealer bike.

    g18wal

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Absolutely sublime, had almost 70 motorcycles in my 22 year biking history and never ridden anything this good. Lovely to look at in pearl meteor grey, double bubble fitted, rear hugger, OE 3 piece tank pad and Datatool system 4 alarm/immobiliser. Superb speed, smoothness, comfort and brakes, a truly incredible motorcycle that must be tried to be appreciated. Strengths: Looks, speed, brakes, comfort, build quality - everything you could want in a modern motorcycle and astonishing value for money. Weaknesses: Except for tool kit holder - no underseat storage at all really.

    28 October 2006

  • Had a hard time finding one, But Claycross in Chesterfield, came up with the goods Many Thanks

    blaster1

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    A stunner to look at, very comfy seat for me and wifey, seems a little tame at first during running in , but the brief time I had after that WOW its a Gem, Just had 3 Gixer 1000's so aint been riding slow, but this bike wakes up and moves, well worth being the proud owner of a spanker. Strengths:  Solid build, light even though the intial look you think Heavy, Well built fast enough for a pilot, wind noise takes some getting used too at the front grill anyone else get that? Weaknesses: Only the underseat space, as everyone else has mentioned for a touring sports, poor!

    29 August 2006

  • Only a week old but I love it.

    scoster

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    When I first saw it I was amazed how long and low it was and I must say I thought it wouldnt handle. To my surprise it is so light and nimble easily a match for my old R1. Who says you cant do a track day on this bike! Rock steady in corners for those who dont like the flighty bikes. Currently 150 miles on the clock so I dont know what lies about 5k RPM. Yes there isnt much below that but it makes the top end all the more of a rush. Cruise or Warp drive. I like the choice as I am not always up for it. Minor niggle is my alarm has upset the clock so it resets every time the ignition is off/on. Dealer to sort hopefully. Comfort is very good for me (6ft 2) and screen doesnt obscure the clocks like on most bikes. Titanic fairing gives good weather cover and a hot engine keeps legs warm. Hopefully this will be great for winter use. A great site for owners www.zx14.net. Strengths: Looks, Comfort, Handling, Speed.
    Weaknesses: No underseat storage. Can't fault it otherwise.

    11 August 2006

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rampantarmadillo

rampantarmadillosays

"Instruments are very comprehensive and a genuine Kawasaki tank pad is available for the Kawasaki ZZ-R1400."

Who cares about genuine tank pads? Where do they find these clowns?

19 October 2010 18:47

brianbrain

brianbrainsays

Cracking Bike

I got mine at the reg change over this year.

My previous bike was a modified ZX12R A1 which was to put it bluntly the most mad motorcycle ever made.

The Busa had legs on it until you hit the magic 3rd gear afterburner and anything post 120 it just blew everything away. I remeber chatting to a poor R1 victim at a pub post a demonstration of what quick really is but I digress.

To sum up this is by far the most sensible mad bike you can buy, it does everything so well.  Yes its does not have the low down grunt of a Busa, yes it wont go round corners like a Gixxr 1000, yes you cant cruise to the south of France with the same level of comfort as a lead wing but and it is a HUGE but if you want a bike you can go out and do 300 miles on get off have a cuppa and then hpp back on and trash round a track put your sane head on put your bird on the back and drive home again this is the one for you.

I fortunately never had the miss fortune to ride the "Thought Police" 06 - 07 Bikes and had to suffer the butterfly effect so I can only comment on the 2009 bike which is biblical.

The brakes are out of this world and that is in comparison to a full WSB replacement set up on the 12.

The Fuel usage is frankly mad on a bike that will go this fast I am not a slow rider and I get over 40MPG combined fun and normal riding.

The comfort (6Ft4 26 stone and shrinking) is excellent and the protection from the elements provided by the fairing are veyr good.

However its not all good.

The storage is erm well there isnt any but I am happy because the ABS does work a fair trade off.

Stock tyres are a joke they get you to the shop and back as long as its close. Fit Avons 3000+ with tread left.

Top End power I dont care what anyone else says it suffers from lack of puff once you are getting there. Time for a Power Commander and custom map.

Stock Exhaust I was not aware I was buying a Scania Truck exhaust system. Replaced with a excellent Two Brothers slip on in Carbon set up.  Sorry Ackprovic as nice as your set up is £1250???????)

A few other points that you may want to consider. 

The Mud Guard fowls a paddock stand so its best to loose it with a tail tidy.

The George Formans are butt ugly and nasty plastic and do require replacement with Carbon Fibre

FIT a radiator Guard as a replacement rad is £500+ not including fitting.

Would I buy another one Damn Skippy I would it is easily the best overall does everything nutter package out there.  Best thing is you dont have to tell everyone they made it like that because its aerodynamic (poor Busa owners).

24 July 2009 17:26

madbiker1000

madbiker1000says

zzr1400/zx14ninja

put in a pwr commander,a full tyforce ex'system,double bubble screen, lose secondry butterflys n well fastest by far luvit yes i do!

02 March 2008 22:57

aZooZa

aZooZasays

New 2008 Busa and ZZR1400

So, how is this going to play out? I was convinced that I was going to get a ZZR1400 until the 2008 Busa appeared. Just waiting to see what the ZZR will pull out of the bag after the Paris show. I have always been a Kwaka man but the Busa in orange looks fit as does the on-board video on here of it screaming around the Salzburgring. I can't make my mind up.

29 September 2007 20:19

tullizzr14

tullizzr14says

21 September 2007 17:31

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