Why it’s MCN’s pick:
This is a bike that will happily smash through 180mph every single day of the week (on closed roads, naturally) yet still take you down to the south of France in reasonable comfort – what’s not to like about the ZX-12R. And even better, you can find one for under £3000!
Released in 2000, the ZX-12R was Kawasaki’s answer to the Suzuki Hayabusa and Honda Blackbird. And what an answer. More powerful and featuring aerodynamic touches such as small fins on its fairing and fork bottoms, the biggest Ninja in Kawasaki’s range also arrived with an aluminium monocoque chassis (the first of any production bike) and a massive 200-section rear tyre. It was big, bold, and very, very fast. But, oddly, it didn’t sell that well.
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Only produced for six years, the ZX-12R died a death in 2006, mainly due to the fact speeding was becoming more and more socially unacceptable. Annoyingly for the ZX-12R, going fast was what it was extremely good at.
If you love speed, the ZX-12R will certainly tick that box. But it is also comfortable, reasonable in the bends and looks pretty cool to boot. Did we mention it’s very, very fast?
“A tidy bike for its age and includes some derestriction mods done by Rob Speed. Has completed 32,643 miles and has good tyres, a Yoshi pipe, seat cowl, crash bungs, Brembo master cylinder and a service book that is full of stamps. A good bike that was in regular use and serviced regularly.”
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