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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.