KAWASAKI GTR1400 (2010-on) Review

Published: 04 November 2009

"Soft power, a novice friendly chassis and low running costs are completely at odds with the hardcore enduro styling"

Kawasaki GTR1400

"Soft power, a novice friendly chassis and low running costs are completely at odds with the hardcore enduro styling"

Overall Rating 5 out of 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.  

Engine 5 out of 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. 

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 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 group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their KAWASAKI GTR1400 (2010-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your KAWASAKI GTR1400 (2010-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.8 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4.5 out of 5
4 out of 5

A Pensioners Hack

29 August 2015 by John Flack

loses out on weight. Centre stand difficult to use Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
amazing but had to change seat to lower and gel filled
Engine
5 out of 5
torque unbelievable pure silk but capable of barking mad
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
tyre pressure sensors need easy to replace batteries as 2-3 life
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
amazing standard kit. ABS and Traction give confidence in wet. Like to try different tyres can be a bit of a wonderer on fast corners.
Buying experience

dealer - low mileage - new condition - 1500m

4 out of 5

One of the best all-rounders around

13 June 2015 by Longjohn 1000

Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Have done 40,000 miles on 2008, NOW 2010. Great all-rounder. Forgiving chassis. Sits at 100mph all day (where speed limits permit), stress free high miles. Seat design at odds with bike style. Forces you forward when the style is to sit up. More suited to the ZZR1400 I had before. You end up sliding up to the tank with legs bent like a sports bike. Maybe suits the shorter-legged gent. Foot pegs located just where your calves are with feet on the ground, a bit unsettling.
Engine
4 out of 5
Needs to get up to 6-7000 rpm to start coming alive. Smooth train-like power delivery.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Tyre pressure sensors, battery and fork seals all needed replacement at 20,000 miles
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Great value for money, particularly when you compare to German or Italian rivals. Average running costs for a bike like this.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Love the pre-set screen height. Heated grips a good addition from 2010 on. Handlebar risers, an extra, good for me (depends on your preference). Sports exhaust (Leo Vince SBK) adds a nice note and a couple of HP, also looses a few KG from the stock tailpipe (longest in history), looks better too. Could use cruise control. Traction control and linked brake option useful.
Buying experience

Private buy, no problems.

5 out of 5

bmw I dont think so

30 May 2011 by 100milesaway

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... Read more 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Super Machine

05 February 2011 by lalvin

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... Read more 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Read all 4 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £13,299
Used price £6,800 to £14,100
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £81
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 139 bhp
Max torque 93.5 ft-lb
Top speed 151 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 36 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Specification
Engine size 1352cc
Engine type 16v four stroke in line four, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 22 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 315kg
Front suspension 43mm forks fully adj
Rear suspension single shock, fully adjust
Front brake 2 x 310mm 4 piston radial caliper
Rear brake 270mm disc, two piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70x17
Rear tyre size 190/55x17

History & Versions

Model history

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

Other versions

None

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