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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.

 

Watch the 2008 Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 take on the 2007 version

Watch the Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 take on the 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa and the BMW K1200S in our long distance road test

Watch the Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 compete against the 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa in our top speed test

 

 

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 Its builder says the Kawasaki ZZ-R1400's the first of a new generation of engines which owe nothing to the outdated ZZ-Rs of he past. 197bhp with ram air is an astounding figure.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.

Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 (2006-2012)

Detail Value
New price £10,613
Dealer used prices
£4,970 (2006) - £9,110 (2012)
Private used prices
£4,480 (2006) - £9,070 (2012)
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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

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(35 reviews)

  • 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

  • Just bought the bike, fantastic so far. Guaranteed to get looked at as not many around.

    blacklthrbiker

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought the bike just under a week ago, after spending about 6 weeks trying to find one, being let down by a dealer who was telling customers he could get one, when in fact they knew they couldn't. Ended up by chance going to Rossendale Kawasaki, Tim was fantastic and made the purchase a dream. I've done 300 miles on it within the past week and it is amazing. From starting it up watching both rev and speedo dials flick round and the Kawasaki logo appearing on the information screen to setting off, this bike is excellent. My old bike was a blackbird, the zzr is far, far better in terms of quality, performance and comfort. I'm in the 'running in' period, so no chance as yet to find the bikes true performance but as I pass 3100revs the bike suddenly unleashes some performance, similiar to a VTEC engine in a honda. Lighter than the honda and no fairing around the knee area is a bit strange but means no scuffs to paintwork. Strengths: Looks are fantastic, seat is excellent find this much better than the honda, quality of the bike is excellent, performance so far excellent, wind resistance excellent, engine noise above 3000revs has a nice deep throaty sound.  Weaknesses:  Lower arms and wrists ache after a few miles, bars seem lower than the Honda. Underseat storage, if you have a few single matches or a single cig to carry then its ideal otherwise don't bother.

    20 July 2006

  • Arrived last week...AWESOME

    StevieHerd

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bike arrived last Thursday, I clocked up 500 miles in two days, so back to the dealer to beg he does its first service. That done, I can now give it some.... Brilliant bike, its more like a 600... so light, Its stable as hell at any speed, gear changes are smooth as silk, Its rocket thrust appears at around 6000RPM. I'm gonna have an incredibe summer on this thing, and to think I nearly bought one of those moped hyabusa things. Definatly no regrets. Strengths: Stability at very high speed, acelleration is awsome, handles like a much smaller bike, very comfortable over long distanc, even for the pillion. Weaknesses: Underseat storage is limited to one ciggarette and a match.

    19 July 2006

  • Everything I have read seems about right so far! The first bike I have bought without riding it!

    AndyBacon

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Thankfully Im still running it in...only 100 miles so far! After the Blackbird it feels like a 600 - its lighter and far more nimble, but shares all the same smoothness. Power does feel a bit too tamed at the bottom end but I doubt if it will bother me after a while...you just feel a bit cheated! Minor gripes would be that the fancy digital display gives the useless info - since when did we need average/inst fuel consumption??? This is obviously for the Yanks. Id prefer actual speed, average speed, ambient temp etc. The fuel range is handy though. Strengths: I used to think Honda built the best quality bikes - this is proving me wrong. Weaknesses: There is absolutely zero underseat space - so where is the autocom going to go Mr Kwak? This is because half the tank is under the rider for better centre of gravity I guess... Its hardly a weakness though.

    26 May 2006

  • Hang on

    flyingdutchman

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I am now at 800km and the second stage of breaking in. So far this is an incredible machine, Hayabusa will only see your tail lights, its that fast. I have driven both. Smooth and solid even at 50km gusts of wind, it realy stays on line. It is unbelievable how the zx14(canada) can be so nimble taking corners, not quite as easy as the zx10R, but still supprizing. Strengths: Great sport bike and for a long distance trek. Solid ride in all types of weather, bridgestones are great. Torque there's no lack of that, after 5,000RPM hang on. Riding position is just right, plenty of leg room and almost no pressure on the wrist. Its friggen fast, and will make you giggle like a school girl passing others at.... whatever speed. Weaknesses: The only weakness I see is the wind blast, I think that maybe a double bubble wind screen may solve this problem.

    22 May 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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