The Kawasaki GTR1400 is super super smooth, seeming to float effortlessly along, even at licence losing speeds. If ridden hard the suspension can be described as being on the soft side, but otherwise it handles far better than its size suggests. Ground clearance is good for a bike in this category, brakes are excellent, with ABS as an optional extra.
The Kawasaki GTR1400’s engine is taken from the mighty ZZ-R1400 but detuned for more midrange. Kawasaki also boast for the first time variable valves, the smoothest operation on the market, far better than Honda’s VFR. Nearly 140bhp and gallons of torque, both are class leading.
There is no reason to question the Kawasaki GTR1400’s reliability as the ZZ-R14 on which it’s based is proving bulletproof and Kawasaki are renown for producing reliable motors. Shaft drive will add to its longevity. Kawasaki have really improved their build quality in recent years and it shows.
Initially the new Kawasaki GTR1400 seems expensive, however it’s on par with Yamaha’s FJR1300 on price and is considerably cheaper than BMW’s K1200GT. The ZZ-R1400 seems to be holding its value second hand and there’s no reason why the GTR shouldn’t do the same as long as the motorcycle is looked after. Find a Kawasaki GTR1400 for sale.
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With an electric screen, digital tyre pressure sensor gauges, large panniers as standard, variable valves, slipper clutch, shaft drive, an electricity socket, adjustable headlights, the Kawasaki GTR1400 seems to have all the boxes ticked. However it lacks heated seat and grips and cruise control as an optional extra.