KAWASAKI GTR1400 (2010 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Annual servicing cost: £190
Power: 139 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.1 in / 815 mm)
Weight: High (695 lbs / 315 kg)

Prices

New £13,299
Used £6,000 - £12,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The second generation GTR gotr a significant upgrade, added to the comfort of the original model with a larger screen and includes heated grips as standard. But more interestingly Kawasaki improved the safety of their flagship tourer with new ABS and traction control.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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

Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The powerplant is taken from the mighty ZZ-R1400 but detuned for more midrange. The GTR also boasts variable valve timing, 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. 

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

There are bargains to be had on used GTRs if you're patient and don't mind a bike with higher than average mileage and good examples can be snapped up for around £7000. That's a lot of bike for not a lot of cash. Find a Kawasaki GTR1400 for sale.

Equipment

5 out of 5 (5/5)

The second generation 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. The GTR also comes with a switchable 'Eco mode' which works at lower revs to improve fuel consumption. Compare and buy parts for the GTR1400 in the MCN Shop.

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 36 mpg
Annual road tax £96
Annual service cost £190
New price £13,299
Used price £6,000 - £12,000
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 139 bhp
Max torque 93.5 ft-lb
Top speed 151 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 180 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

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

Other versions

None

Owners' reviews for the KAWASAKI GTR1400 (2010 - on)

10 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: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Engine: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Equipment: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £190
4 out of 5 The enjoyable missile of continuous fun
25 April 2021 by Cookie bear

Version: Gtr 1400 abs

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £200

Hugely accomplished bike with soo much to offer... Massive ammount of wind protection offering you the ability to extend your riding season well into chilly wintery months, this wind protection also means she's a wide bike so if you're considering this as a commuting bike you may find yourself sat amongst our 4 wheeled friends unless you use big A roads, dual carriage ways or the motorway network.. The silky smooth engine coupled with bags of grunt make for an enjoyable ride out regards of its purpose.. The headlights are car like and offer copious amounts of covering on darker country road, same goes the the car sized wing mirrors, they gift you a virtually unparalleled view of the road behind.... Something which is a refreshing change when you first move from a sports or adventure bike.. The seat is comfortable and narrow making long journeys a pleasure to endure rather than a dreaded requirement... I must talk about the huge elephant in the room and this is the weight, at 310kg she a bit of a handful to move around especially with the engine off, this is something you will become accustomed to in time as the balance of the bike is fantastic... Once you have the bike moving you'll certainly be surprised by how manoeuvrable she is and how easy U-turns can be, but let's be true to her strengths, the gtr 1400 is more at home on nice smooth A roads and motorways or autobahn's than a technical twisty road, not to say you can't hustle her around as I've upset many a sportsbike rider.. I would certainly recommend the Kawasaki gtr1400 to a friend however it would be tp a friend who has a good ammount of riding experience rather than a newly qualified big bike licence holder.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

The brakes are amazing and offer alot of stopping power helping you control the somewhat blistering speeds you can easily achieve... With the added and refined abs linked braking and traction control system updated in 2015 to allow for a smoother less intrusive combined braking experience you always feel confident when applying the brakes... As for the ride quality when I first bought my bike the ride felt hards and over sprung, causing me to feel as though the rear want to overtake the front when heavy braking, however the guys a AP Workshops in Tamworth (Griff) sorted me out with a suspension setup to accommodate both my weight and riding style, thus has transformed the bike completely, she now tips into corners with greater fluidity... Passing across our joyfully smooth pot hole infused British roads now feel smoother as the suspension now absorbers the bumps taking this in her stride.. This is a modification you should have done as soon as you can ever before considering exhaust or tinted windscreens..

Engine 5 out of 5

Like listening to a Michael Bubblè Christmas album, smooth, controlled, never rushed and appeal to the slightly older 40"s generation... The engine never feels out of its comfort zone even if you twist the happily grips to bring the revs up to 10k, it always feels ready to destroy the open road in a blistering eye watering display of showmanship, yet will happily float along causally allowing you time to take in the surrounding views.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

I use my gtr1400 all year round as a volunteer bloodbiker, the bike definitely stands up to our delightful British weather.. Only requiring a regular clean and check of the tyre pressures to keep you going... Due to the addition of the shaft drive there no messy chain cleaning and or adjustment required. As the engine is derived from the zzr1400 being detuned means you'll never need to worry about stressing the engine.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Due to the sheer size of the gtr1400 you will find she likes to eat through tyres.. Ironically she's harder on front tyre wear than rear... Always opt for a gt or heavy weight sports touring tyre option when replacing tyres... Generally the gtr1400 wants for nothing other than regular fuel stops and tyres such is the amazing quality of the whole package... I've found the guys a Llandudno Motorcycle Centre LMC have my back in regards to servicing and maintenance, cheers guys

Equipment 4 out of 5

Let's start with safety, KTRC traction control and K-ACT ABS and brake assist, as well as linked brakes offer some piece of mind when riding such a bike sports touring bike, it's nice to know that if you require a little assistance it's there.. After this you get the obligatory electrically adjustable windscreen and on the 2015 models thus also has a manually operated vent to reduce the vortex of the screen pushing you and your pillion onto the handlebars, I can confirm this is a welcomed addition. You also get heated grips straight from the factory keep your nuts warm and toasty on those chilly winter mornings.. There is also a 12v 5amp socket on the right side of the dash giving you some options to run a sta nav, mobile phone charger or if you feel you want to risj it some heated clothing... On the left side just above the dial for the heated grips there is an ignition controlled glive/storage box (which can when open support a lovely starbucks coffee cup when you've stopped for a refuel)..The gtr1400 is lacking in some options such as cruise control (MC Cruise can sort you an amazing aftermarket unit to solve this dilemma), also the modern bike now have cornering and led headlights, digital dash setups and things like cornering abs which would be a nice option to have but certainly not a deal breaker.

Buying experience: I bought my kawasaki gtr 1400 from the guys a Millennium Motorcycles in St Helens, the whole process was smooth and enjoyable with them taking time to explain all they could and answering any of my concerns.

4 out of 5 GTR1400
21 March 2021 by Shaun

Year: 2016

Annual servicing cost: £160

As a mile muncher it was great, comfy, nice riding position. As a town bike/ every day it's Heavy, long & wide. For a long ride it's brilliant.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Rode UK to Barcelona 12 hours only stopping for fuel & coffee breaks. Super comfy. Brakes were good. Only pillion has been granddaughter & we went to great Yarmouth hour + trip stopping at Mildenhall Mcds.

Engine 5 out of 5

Big heavy tourer, but had power to overtake. When needed. Sat lovely abroad at about 85 mph. Ate up the straight smooth roads.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Only issue it ever had was tyres never lasted long. Had a versys 1000, trip Barcelona once but I got 9500 miles out of rear tyre ...

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Too much plastic to remove to do any servicing

Equipment 4 out of 5

Needs cruise control. 2000 miles round trip to Barcelona basically killed the tyres, huge flat spot in middle, tyres lasted about 4 - 5K miles

Buying experience: Traded in a 2016 Versys 1000. Lloyd Cooper motorcycles. Top class, hassle free easy to deal with. Bought 2 years ago, £8000 just traded in got £6000 for it. Bought Honda Africa Twin CRF 1100L.

5 out of 5 Fabulous and comfy all rounder sports tourer
21 February 2021 by Kent R H.

Version: K-ACT KTRAC

Year: 2010

Superb for two up touring, a planted and confidence inspiring chassis. friends with Triump Sprints, Aprila 1000’s,, VFR800 and Ducati ST4 have a respect for big big Kawasaki’s ability to be punted through corners even when fully laden. Brakes are exceptional, just don’t use heavily around a corner, common sense. Power delivery is linear and it does not really lift rapidly until 4000 plus rpm on board. Smooth to ride, my gearbox Is faultless and slick, Seats are descent, wife gave thumbs up after sitting on bike temporally during a test pilot visit. Driven with a relaxed attitude on Australian country roads 400 plus km range is quite achievable in Econo mode. A satisfying bike to own, doing you own intermediate servicing is a piece of cake, oil and filter doe not require any panels to be removed. Only real fault: Front discs are prone to warp, brake pads & disc life can be a regular event depending on your distance travelled, Had a Gen one , now a Gen 2, have travelled approx 37,000km at this stage on GTR 1400s

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Team Moto Honda Gold Coast are excellent to deal with, two bike purchases 5 years apart, both visits consistently positive.

3 out of 5 Pan European a better bet....... Maybe..
27 September 2019 by MARTIN MCCLOY

Version: Kawasaki gtr 1400

Year: 2010

Fueling is terrible, on and off the throttle is very jerky with horrific engine breaking. Weather protection is average. When riding hard the bike will drink fuel plus the tank is a tad small, also it will destroy rear tires. Linked brakes are the worst iv ever tried with a strange feeling in the rear lever.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Bike rides OK for a heavy lump, brakes are very sharp.

Engine 4 out of 5

The engine has been neutered by kawasaki and needs a full remap to unleashed its true potential.

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

Sub frame paint is wafer thin and the swing arm paint isn't much better. When riding you need to tell the bike who's boss as the bike can wander wide out of corners. The bike sometimes can be subject to stalling problem due to the appalling fueling. Front guard is way too short even with a fender extender the downpipes will soon look sorry with road crud.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Iv had mine 6 months, two rear tires and a full set of pads later.

Equipment 4 out of 5

All round equipment is good, abs, traction control etc etc bla bla bla.

Buying experience: Bought from Hunts in Manchester over the phone. The camera never lies!!??! Yeah right.... NEVER EVER BUY A BIKE UNSEEN IN THE FLESH.

5 out of 5 Excellent bike for small money
10 September 2018 by Shaun Walker

Year: 2010

Annual servicing cost: £150

Comfortable, strong engine, fast and spacious. The tyre sensors are a pain to exchange.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Handles well if it has better rubber on (not BT21), 2 to 3 hours riding and you might need a break, but the screen could be better, even an aftermarket one makes it still a bit noisy.

Engine 5 out of 5

Wow....super! Slick and on demand with a quick twist of the throttle.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Well built, strong and quality looking. Only problem being the tyre sensors that need replacing and cost.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Be aware of correct tyre pressures as it will eat your front especially if 1 psi down or more..

Equipment 5 out of 5

Top box needed. GPS and a better screen. Avoid BT21, way to twitchy.

Buying experience: Bought from Hunts of Manchester, with an exchange of my 2014 GSA. Bought for £7500, and well worth it.

5 out of 5 Kawasaki GTR 1400 review after a year
29 February 2016 by OldBikeNut

Year: 2010

Annual servicing cost: £200

I rode this bike on a tour in torrential rain some days. Luggage is completely waterproof. Top box and panniers are spacious.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

I rode almost 11 hours on this bike returning from a tour and it was sublime. The pillion seat is comfy. Plenty of room two-up.

Engine 5 out of 5

Really smooth motor that just keeps going. On the move the bike's weight is not noticeable.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Build quality is very high. Mates with BMW's seem to have lots of problems in comparison.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Costs seem average for what is a top end model.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Traction control and ABS work really well. Fitted a Pyramid front fender extender to protect the radiator and a Ductail which keeps the spray off the rear gunner.

4 out of 5 A Pensioners Hack
29 August 2015 by John Flack

Year: 2013

Annual servicing cost: £75

loses out on weight. Centre stand difficult to use

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

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

tyre pressure sensors need easy to replace batteries as 2-3 life

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
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

Year: 2010

Annual servicing cost: £350

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.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Tyre pressure sensors, battery and fork seals all needed replacement at 20,000 miles

Value vs rivals 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 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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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 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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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