The Kawasaki ZRX1200 is approaching its sell-by date in terms of ride and handling. The forks are multi-adjustable, but soft and the front end of the Kawasaki ZRX1200 loads up with weight and pushes the front tyre around when you corner hard. It also has a bit of a `bouncy castle' back end. In short, the Kawasaki ZRX1200 is fun to ride, but not too fast.
Derived from the ZZ-R1100 of the 90s, the Kawasaki ZRX1200 motor is tough, does high mileages with ease and has more than enough power for a naked/half faired machine. The Kawasaki ZRX1200 breathes through old school carbs, rather than fuel injection, which some prefer, although it can be thirsty when given some stick. The five-speed gearbox is adequate, but the Kawasaki ZRX1200 feels like it could be made slicker somehow.
The Kawasaki ZRX1200 motor will last forever with some regular oil changes. The chassis parts aren't quite so durable though and the short front mudguard allows plenty of wet weather road muck onto the matt black downpipes and engine cases. Various Kawasaki ZRX1200 fasteners also suffer from corrosion quite easily. It isn't any worse than many other budget big retro bikes, but needs some TLC.
The big naked roadster sector of the market is highly competitive these days and the Kawasaki ZRX1200 is starting to look a bit old fashioned now. Rivals like the Z1000, Fazer 1000, Ducati Monster S4R, Honda CB1300R or Yamaha XJR1300 all arguably offer more bang per buck than the Kawasaki ZRX1200. Find a Kawasaki ZRX1200 for sale.
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The Kawasaki ZRX1200 S version has a decent half fairing, which makes the bike an acceptable solo touring machine, or commuter. The Kawasaki ZRX1200 also has a good underseat storage space, plus there's a good sized pillion perch and grab handles for the passenger. Soft luggage would fit the Kawasaki ZRX1200 pretty easily too.