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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

Simply put Kawasaki’s new ZZR is the new king of speed and power, beating the formidable Hayabusa hands down. It produces more power and torque, and accelerates quicker than any other road bike but unfortunately is still restricted to an agreed 186mph limit, but will get there in breathtaking time, hitting the limiter with ease, still with plenty in reserve. Not just a one trick pony either, now comes with ABS, power modes and traction control as standard.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

This is the ZZR's killer punch, the engine, one of the finest you’ll find on any motorcycle. Kawasaki is quoting 200bhp, 210bhp with ram air, backed up by a whopping 119ftlb of torque. The increase in power is the result of a virtually new engine, longer stroke with raised compression, and a fine tune to the cylinder head with reshaped and polished ports. Pistons have also been lightened and there’s new bypass holes to minimise pumping loss. It’s not all about performance - it’s also more fuel efficient than before.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4.5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The ZZR is now slightly sportier thanks to revised suspension and chassis which means it handles far better than its size suggests. Stiffer springs have been fitted front and rear to give a sportier ride without compromising comfort. Peg scraping, knee down angles of lean are easily achievable but at the same time it's stable at high speeds.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

ABS comes as standard, as do the petal racing discs. But more importantly there’s an all new three-way traction control system which combines the best qualities of the ZX-10 and GTR1400 system. Modes can be changed on the move with the throttle in the closed position. Rear suspension has pre-load adjustment and the forks are fully adjustable. There’s also a huge list of aftermarket quality parts which include a top case and race Akrapovic exhausts.

Kawasaki ZZR1400 (2012-current)

Detail Value
New price £11,699
Dealer used prices
£8,560 (2012) - £11,560 (2014)
Private used prices
£8,360 (2012) - £10,400 (2014)
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Engine size 1441 cc
Power 200 bhp
Top speed 186 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 4.5 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 5
Value rating is 5 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

Considering the very reasonable price; you are buying the fastest bike on the planet the level of finish and quality is very high. There’s no reason to question the reliability of the motor as previous engines have proven bullet proof even when tuned slightly. The level of finish is arguably higher than its closes competition from Suzuki.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

Has to be five out of five, there’s a hell of lot of bike for the price. It’s officially the fastest production bike on the market and all yours for less than £11,500. Traction control, engine modes and ABS all comes as standard, makes it a bit of a bargain really, an accomplished attractive sports tourer, which is the current fastest accelerating bike on the road.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2006: Model introduced

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Specifications

Top speed 186 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10 secs
Max power 200 bhp
Max torque 119 ft-lb
Weight 239 kg
Seat height 800 mm
Fuel capacity 22 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 1441 cc
Engine specification 16v (84x65) inline-four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium monocoque
Front suspension adjustment 43mm fully adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Single fully adjustable
Front brakes 2x310mm four piston caliper
Rear brake 250mm disc single piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70x17
Rear tyre size 190/55x17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 5(3 reviews)

  • Personal Starship

    warby57

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I've ridden pretty much every kind of big bike - Blackbird, Triumph triples, FJ1200, 'busa, v-twins, flat-twins - and the big Z beats them all for its whizzo powers of acceleration combined with stable handling and comfortable day-long touring. I get mid-50s mpg too, which is unbelievably good considering the capabilities of its engine. Good grief, what an engine.

    03 November 2012

  • Amazing all rounder

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Jumping off a Yamaha Mt01 sports tourer and not testing ZZR sports tourer before purchasing was a big gamble, I love my Mt01 and can't believe anything could match it, well looks can't!. ZZR1400 2012 absolutely brilliant 110% better in every area than other bikes I've ridden, what a bike, endless power in the dry or wet with the electronic's of course, stopping is unbelievably easy and quick. On British roads you'll never over rev the engine in any gear unless you break the law, so should potentially last for ever. Rides at any speed with ease and smoothness endless torque, ideal for any style of riding. Pillion commented: "the most confy bike she's been on. Accelerating above 8000rpm's- I'm told- there's another power band to red line 11000rpm, it's mind blowingly quick upto 8000, track here I come after running in. You don't notice a pillion is with you and has no effect on performance. Quality of the bike is on par with the Mt01, vast improvement for Kawasaki. It Goes around corners with shear ease and confidence. The fuel consumption trip meter and gauge gives you average, instant and indicates when your riding economically unlike the MT01 which never had fuel gauge. With a few optional extra's the bike is even better. Kawasaki dealer ships are head and shoulders above Yamaha where I've had a bad experience with yamaha UK and local dealer. I've done 450miles so far, not quiet as comfy as Mt01 but there's no vibration like with a big vtwin. Gamble paid off and hope that this stay's a rare bike-I don't think. View based on my 2 year limited experience of bikes, returning to riding after 30 year gap. Did'nt want a tourer too slow and bulky and didn't want a sports bike with raw power and basic and uncomfy, now have the perfect compromise.

    12 July 2012

  • What a bike

    drjon

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I have only test ridden a 2012 ZZR but I can safely say it handles like a sports 600 with almost unlimited power delivered in amazing smooth fashion. It also got 100% from my very expert pillion. I have put my money where my mouth is and I am awaiting delivery.

    19 April 2012

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reddyno

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Best bike I have ever owned

 It goes like nothing else and stops like hitting a brick wall. Chased an Elsie through some bends last week. Very tight and twisty, left a speed triple and a R1 behind but had to keep avoiding the Elsie mid corner. Thought I would tail end him a few times.

T

Show me another bike that does everything? :-)  and does 47mpg?

 

 

08 August 2014 18:55

reddyno

reddynosays

Best bike I have ever owned

 It goes like nothing else and stops like hitting a brick wall. Chased an Elsie through some bends last week. Very tight and twisty, left a speed triple and a R1 behind but had to keep avoiding the Elsie mid corner. Thought I would tail end him a few times.

T

Show me another bike that does everything? :-)  and does 47mpg?

 

 

08 August 2014 18:55

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