Kawasaki ZZR1400 (2012 - present)

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Kawasaki ZZR1400 (2012 - present)
The list of changes to this new model is as long Inspector Gadget's arm

Our Review

Reviewed: 20 January 2012 by Ben Cope
Thinking about it, the new ZZR1400 has to be the most-hyped motorcycle in history. In the run up to the release of this new model we've been bombarded with press releases, teaser videos, dyno charts and head-to-heads with the Hayabusa. Kawasaki's drag-racer Rickey Gadson has eulogised the new model and, ...  Continue reading


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6 user reviews of Kawasaki ZZR1400 (2012 - present) See all

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Deserves every bit of its reputation as the king of hyper bikes, still delivers more power more effortlessly for longer ranges than its peers and demands to be ridden with experience and respect. Make no mistak Continue reading...
A great bike. Epic power and amazing speed in a competent real world every day package. Comfortable, capable, colossal. Oh, and did I mention the engine. Continue reading...
If you only have space for one bike in the garage and you want the best of all worlds, this is the king Continue reading...
Extravagently powerful- I suspect most riders will never use more tahn 2/3 throttle unless they go touring in a country with relaxed speed limits and take on the Audis/BMWs/Mercedis that seem to prowl their mot Continue reading...
WOW!!!!! thats all i can say to sum up. Love this bike and have had them all but watch your licence!!! Continue reading...


Received my new 2012 ZZR1400 a couple of weeks ago. I owned two ZZR100's and a 2006 ZZR1400 which I rode for four years.

I'm a member of the 200MPH Club and my very lightly modified 2006 ZZR (just a pipe, a Power Commander and a Speedo Healer to give 190BHP) was trapped at 205mph on the Woodbridge runway and went into the nines through a standing quarter.

The 2012 bike produces the same power in standard trim as my 2006 bike did when modified. Brock Davidson in America already has a bike approaching 230BHP with a stock engine, using one of his exhausts and a Power Commander. The only complication for us LSR riders is that the 2012 model needs an ECU reflash to defeat the speed-limiter. Even so Kawasaki have produced a great bike once more.

Ok Mr Suzuki, what have you got up your sleeve then? 

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 13:49

Well it's official, the Kawasaki ZZR1400 is now the world's fastest production motorcycle.

At the National Records Meeting, Elvington on 14th May a Kawasaki employee took one of these bikes down the runway: at the 1 mile marker he was trapped at 197.6 mph and by the 1.4 mile marker he was trapped at 203.72 mph.

 This was a showroom stock bike from the Kawasaki demo fleet and the only change was a small modification to defeat the speed-limiter.

With the mirrors off and a rear sprocket change the bike hit 207 mph. The Hayabusa has lost it's crown - no argument. 

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 08:59

I heard a while ago that the 1400 had engine problems, is that correct & if so have they sorted the problem.  I used to have an 1100 & was very happy with it, now I'm thinking of getting a 1400, is the 2009 model good or is there any reason to get a different one.   hope someone can help, thanks

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 16:59

Just had my 2013 ZZR on a fuchs dyno.

Akro slips ons and nothing else figures 216 crank,199back wheel.

Getting full system and blanking butterflies should produce considerably more.

Having owned 2 busas (that I loved) I can confirm the new 1400 a massive improvement.

Iv changed shocks and fork internals,corsas for grip and had it on the track,no problems at most it is seriously fast compared to most other bikes andrecommend certainly recommend one if that's your bag.Truely awesome bike.



Posted: 21/10/2013 at 12:52

I swapped a 2012 Blade for my ZZR and do not regret it at all-best bike I have ever owned including some 'Italian Exotica'. I have been riding bikes for 41 years.

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 12:42

iv"e had blackbirds,blades,busa"s ect,been riding near enough every day for thirty years,just bought a 2013 "sports performance" model zzr with the ohlins ttx shock and acrapovic cans and the beautiful paint job,and i can sum this bike up in a word..............STAGGERING.

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 16:32

No bike gives you everything that you want from a bike but you know what, my ZZR14 is the closest any bike that I have owned has been for me. Now it could be the honeymoon period but I'm a bit long in the tooth for that. So here's my theory;  the ZZR1400 is simply an amazing piece of engineering and if your biking career/experience enables you to ride a machine of this nature then I suggest you test ride one.  You will want one so be warned!  STAGGERING describes the ZZR1400 so well CORNISH,,,,,,,,,.

Posted: 24/12/2013 at 12:46

ZZR14 is a great bike. I've owned a 2008 model from new. The only criticism I can honestly level at the bike is it's physical weight - you can't get away from the fact it's a heavy bike. To be fair, you only really notice the weight when manoeuvring it at low speed, or at the other extreme, on trackdays. I've used mine mostly as a Euro touring bike - the torque is lovely, and you really don't need to work it hard in most situations, but the warp factor performance is instantly available when your immediate surroundings become irritating and you want to separate yourself from them.

It will be up for sale this year though - a BMW S1000r beckons. The only thing I'm unsure about is the lack of fairing and wind blast. Good for license preservation though.

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 10:10

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Incredible engine, comfortable riding positiion, track-ready handling
You'll ride everywhere at 100mph
  • Price: £11499.00
  • Year: from 2012
  • Top speed: 186mph
  • Price new: 11499
  • Engine capacity: 1441cc
  • Power: 215bhp
  • Torque: 119lb ft
  • Weight: 265kg
  • 0-60: 2.9 seconds

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