New ZZ-R1400 coming this month

Pictures expected before the end of August

Posted: 8 August 2011
by Visordown News

OUR Japanese sources are telling us that Kawasaki will release pictures of its new ZZ-R1400 before the end of August.

Little is known about the bike, except that it's expected to be a revamped, facelifted version of the current machine rather than an entirely new model.

Exactly how the styling changes is a moot point. The distinctive side vents are a trademark feature, and probably set to stay, while the two round-section exhaust end cans, which seem rather dated compared to the strangely-shaped pipes that most modern bike sport, are also expected to stay; in Japan such pipes are considered synonymous with power in a way that under-seat or belly-mounted single exhausts simply aren't.

Of course we'll be doing our best to bring you any news and pictures of the new ZZR as soon as it arrives, but in the meantime, let us know what you think; are high-powered straight-line missiles like the ZZR and 'Busa outdated now that sharp-steering superbikes can match them in terms of power? Or is there still something special about a bike designed with top speed placed above cornering in its priority list?

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Not sure I would call my Busa 'outdated', and I'm sure plenty of others will argue when you question her abilities on a twisty road.
I for one do not look forward to the day when these type of bikes are culled off. I love the litre bikes, I really do but.....
Perhaps I should get her a ZZR to keep her company, love them both.

Posted: 08/08/2011 at 16:13


Posted: 09/08/2011 at 13:23

zx12r and zzr1400 and its funny how many sports bikes seam to move out of the way for me. a fast bike is not all about power its torque as well and i like the pipes on mine. dont forget most bikes are used on the road so there is a limit to how fast you can go round a bend with cars coming the other way a caravn in front, horse crap and dog shit holding a speed gun. zx12 is like a Sociopath on speed and the zzr is a bit more sedate. o and i have tryed a zx10 great for a blast but happy to hand the keys back. but at the end of the day a bike is a bike weather it be a rg125 or a goldwing so shut up and ride

Posted: 09/08/2011 at 17:19

Wonderful, just simply wonderful. When Kawasaki gets done with this exercise, might I have a Concours that weighs 100 lbs. less that the current barge?

Posted: 09/08/2011 at 22:15

One of the ZZR1400's great features are its great handling and ease of use, the engine doesnt need to be used to provide top end power, it's charm lies in the fact that its so smooth powerfull and easy to ride, I loved my ZZR1400 and plan on buying another as a comuter as the MPG was great.
If rumours are true of a truely new model to come in the next couple of years then I expect that they wont sell too many facelift versions as people will wait for the new on to come out with maybe the 1500 engine ABS, traction etc.
Traction control would be nice on the ZZR and also selectable power maps, cant wait for it to come out so I can bag a bargain older one again, bloody good bike.

Posted: 11/08/2011 at 01:18

My Busa goes round corners like its on rails, and thats praise indeed from a man who's mates call him "straight line Johnny"

Posted: 11/08/2011 at 07:36

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Posted: 12/08/2011 at 10:40

Sportsbikes may match them on a dyno if you just look at the numbers, but that just shows you how little the numbers really mean to a road rider. In the real world of booting it down a cog and nailing to say overtake the power just works so much better on these big bikes - on the ZZR1400 but especially the Busa, which is really in a league of its own in this respect. These big blasters really are the some of the best bikes out there. The ZZR1400 actually does everything too well to be the most exciting ride on earth - but instead you get a proper set of instruments, all day comfort, properly big power and amazing handling - but youre also you're tucked down into just the right semi crouch for nailing it as well. There's always a lot of attention given to the increase in sportsbike power, but we seem to forget that these big blasters have taken the fight back to the sportsbikes by evolving even quicker into what was previously the exclusive domain of the sportsbike - handling. You wouldn't believe it to look at it, but with relatively light weight (most of which is very low) and that monocoque chassis it can hustle a twisty mountain road way better than you would believe - and I mean really no compromise whatsoever - vastly better than the busa in my opinion (and i did love the busa too). High speeds on very tight roads running at the edge with italian sports v-twins is no problem whatsoever. Having a slightly more upright riding stance makes it easy to read when well cranked over too - The power is plentiful but very user-friendly and so doesn't actually require traction control - very user friendly in the rain as well - And when it is time to go home and you're tired after a long run, and you are not in the mood for pissing about, theres nothing like them - safe, fast and agile with a proper cockpit/instruments - oh yeah one more thing.. whenever the need arises - those pesky red and blue lights just seem to disappear! Try that on your naked/supermoto/dual sport/cruiser etc..

Posted: 12/08/2011 at 23:10

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