Kawasaki ZZR1400 (2006 - 2011)

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Steve Pritchard
Reviewed: 21 November 2013

Does everything it says on the tin, then even more

Everything!!! Handles well for its weight, solid as a rock in all weathers. Great slow riding ability and steady at speed. Comfortable riding position. Fantastic brakes. Wind it up above 5000 revs and its warp speed up to red line in every gear pulling like a train. Yet its a pussycat and easy to manage below 5000 revs. Its everything you need it to be
Eats back tyres. Still looking for the best compromise of grip and wear. Stock BT014 were fantastic grip, but 1600 miles to wear limit was baaaad
Fantastic all round bike. Does everything you expect of it and will do it all day with ease. Only have to stop to fill up and change the back tyre lol
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Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
5.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
5.0

Steve Pritchard would recommend this product
fatbast
Reviewed: 09 May 2013

ballistic but fairly nimble

smooth torquey engine, decent brakes and comfort, effortless overtakes
suspension only average, bit too fast for many roads
powerful distinctive missile
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Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
3.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
4.0

fatbast would recommend this product
JohnV
Reviewed: 24 April 2012

Awesome bike, monumental power but useable and a joy to ride

The bike is a fantastic tool, regardless of the power the electronic aids make the bike hugely enjoyable. The ZZR1400 can be thrown into corners with confidence knowing the traction control will manage any over exuberant acceleration whilst being able to comfortably eat up mile after mile. All of the changes result in a stunning motorcycle with blistering pace, power and torque being as comfortable tourer suitable for any occasion
everything compared is dull
All that power does seem monumental and potentially daunting to some, however a raft of electronics have been installed to make all the performance manageable and importantly usable. The restrictor is based on speed and not rpm, and works by slowing the ignition timing so that the restriction is barely noticeable. Anti-lock brakes come as standard and are phenomenal at stopping the bike without being too intrusive. There is even a two-way power mode switch that can be operated on the move restricting power by 75%. Traction control on sports bikes is still a contested subject, but for a hyperbike such as this, it is a requirement. The Hayabusa does not have this facility and falls much behind the ZZR1400 because of it, not only for usability but safety. The Kawasaki traction control system (KTRC) operates in three modes, which again can be manipulated on the move when the throttle is closed. For the confident (and clinically insane), the system can be turned off completely unlike the ABS. Again as for the ABS, the KTRC acts as a confidence inspiring safety barrier and does not intrude on your riding enjoyment. full review at http://kawasakireviews.blogspot.co.uk
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Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
5.0
Handling:
5.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
5.0

JohnV would recommend this product
200Bob
Reviewed: 17 April 2012

I BOUGHT AN ORIGINAL IN 2006 AND KEPT IT FOR FOUR YEARS, TWO 1000CC SPORTS BIKES LATER I BOUGHT A 2012 ZZR

Comfortable, fast and a commanding sight on the road. This bike gets respect. It has a superb set of dashboard features giving all the information you need, I especially like the remaining fuel range readout. Obviously the fastest accelerating bike on the planet (MCN) is quick but the 2012 model also handles very well (even better than the 2006 model which was good) with revised suspension, lighter wheels and the new Bridgestone S20 tyres. It also has traction control, ABS and switchable power levels. Getting back onto a ZZR after nearly two years riding other bikes was like coming home.
I'm not in love with the analogue speedo, especially since it has rather small white letters on a black face. A digital speed readout would be better and easier to see at a glance. This bike picks up speed so fast you have to concentrate to stay on the right side of the law, a bigger easier-to-read display would be a good thing to have.
This is a bike that will tour, scratch and break speed records as well as being a great daily ride. I love it.
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Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
5.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
4.0

200Bob would recommend this product
Dootes
Reviewed: 24 March 2011

very powerful, comfortable, and still carves up the curves

that motor, effortless torque in a nimble chassis
bars too low, pegs too high, same ole story
I put 2 sets of bar risers on (stacked) and a zero gravity double bubble screen and some scorpion slip ons...super duper sports touring
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Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
5.0
Handling:
5.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
4.0

Dootes would recommend this product
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