Kawasaki ZZR1400 (2006 - 2011)

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£9799
Available from
2006
Insane engine that just keeps on delivering power until the redline.
The screen is a bit low and your licence is in danger.

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Submitted by NIALL Fyfe (not verified) on Wed, 26/03/2008 - 20:19

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My first big capacity sports bike and my first Kawasaki. Very impressed so far.

Strengths

Tractability - any speed, any gear. Completely stable at walking pace, so easy to ride slowly. Not at all intimidating for such a big bike. Build quality is superb. Handling is very competant at speed but she isn't a sports 600. Comfort is good but I may install risers for long distance touring.

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Time will tell - to soon to comment.

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Submitted by battleaxe on Sat, 17/05/2008 - 19:59

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after 10 yrs on blackbirds the zzr is in another class in my opinion, handling is excellent, brakes v/good, stable at any speed, on the comfort stakes not the stretch to the bars as the bird, the boss reckons they are on par for the pillions point of view, oe screen to low, fitted double bubble, fitted givi panniers and will be going to Spain soon so will have more on that front on our return

Strengths

excellent all round from my point of view, sh-t off a stick over 5500 rpm

Weaknesses

power delivery is a bit weak in the lower rev range, but thats not a bad thing as I carry a pillion most of the time and do not want to loose them

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Submitted by Bazzzr on Tue, 19/08/2008 - 12:29

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Awesome!

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Submitted by SensibleSteve on Wed, 24/09/2008 - 16:40

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Mine's an 08 ABS model, so has the improved bottom end power compared to the 06-07 bikes - I've got no complaints. Mid-range and top end are as you'd expect - more than adequate. It handles better than you might expect, once underway the weight seems to evaporate - it can turn pretty quickly and is stable at speed. But I had to stiffen up the front suspension when riding in the Pyrenees - it was bottoming out at times, but was (mostly) adjusted out by going up a couple of clicks on preload and damping. It has much better brakes than I was expecting - more like a sport bike, even with the ABS, which I've never noticed in use. Surpisingly, on tour the fuel consumption was usually upper 40s mpg, although its a tough bike to thrash for any distance so you'll rarely work the engine hard. Even so, I was using the 3-7K rpm torque to the max out of bends.

Strengths

Duh - engine fantastic, super smooth as well as ballistic. Handling is a lot better than I was expecting (light and neutral) for the bike's considerable weight. Brakes are also really good.

Weaknesses

Eats tyres. Heavy to manoeuver around the garage. I'm struggling, but the seat is a bit hard on long journeys.

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Submitted by bluemooner on Sat, 21/03/2009 - 15:04

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Submitted by SJ on Sat, 09/01/2010 - 10:27

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Has attitude, style, performance and as sports tourer has delivered. Calais to Monte Carlo in a day, and no numb bum !

Strengths

Comfort - South of France touring with the wife, Scotland, 16,000 miles, great riding position, wife happy (an important test), high lift screen fitted , comfy for long periods on open French auto route at 110+ mph. Lots of torque, so 3rd and 4th gear all you need for comfortable smooth twisty roads, no pillion pecking the helmet. Strip off panier's and the looks have attitude and solo is fun. More flickable than I would have expected. useful compartment on top of tank for change, wallet, and comms gear. Pannier bags great. Guages all good - beowulf exhaust fitted - sounds fantastic.

Weaknesses

Panniers obscure rear vision in mirrors a tad, cost of replacing failed tyre pressure sensor £150 - ouch ! no other problems at all in 16,000 miles. Keep looking to change (normally change every 18 months) but cant find a better package for me

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Submitted by gunshot72 on Wed, 31/03/2010 - 22:42

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I'm blown away with how great this bike is every time I ride it. Very comfy and perfect riding position for me at 5'10" and 15 stone. Such an easy bike to ride both fast and slow. A real pussy cat when you want it to be and an absolute rocket ship when you want that as well. I can recommend the Avon Ultra Sport 2 tyres for this bike as well. Great in the wet and long lasting.

Strengths

power, comfort, dash features, lights, ease of slow speed riding, knee down!

Weaknesses

Nothing, love it!

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Submitted by gunshot72 on Wed, 31/03/2010 - 22:42

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I'm blown away with how great this bike is every time I ride it. Very comfy and perfect riding position for me at 5'10" and 15 stone. Such an easy bike to ride both fast and slow. A real pussy cat when you want it to be and an absolute rocket ship when you want that as well. I can recommend the Avon Ultra Sport 2 tyres for this bike as well. Great in the wet and long lasting.

Strengths

power, comfort, dash features, lights, ease of slow speed riding, knee down!

Weaknesses

Nothing, love it!

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To borrow a term from the car world, this bike is a true Grand Tourer. Effortless speed, decent comfort, and gadgets that make covering ground a joy. It can both tour and carve corners, and does so with a menace that few bikes can match. The trouble is that it isn't a perfect touring bike (can feel a bit cramped after 6+ hours, tank range is merely average), nor is it a perfect back-road scratcher (suspension gets overwhelmed and pitches, needs muscle in the tight stuff). The motor is obviously the star of the show, with creamy urge everywhere. Where 1000cc sportbikes are like being shot out of a cannon, this is more like surfing a tidal wave. It's less urgent, but effortlessly builds and builds until the scenery disappears from your rapidly narrowing tunnel vision. That said, it needs to be revved past 8,000 to really get a move on. I lied a bit above when I called it a jack of all trades, master of none. It's an absolute master of long sweepers. The long wheelbase means it's as steady as the Rock of Gibraltar at partial lean and big speed. I ended up selling mine for two reasons: First, I spend the vast majority of my time on very twisty day rides so a pure sportbike suited me better. Second, massive speeds were all too easy, and it was only a matter of time before I got banned. If you do more long distance work than me, and want something that'll be respectable when chasing vanishing points, few bikes can touch the big ZZR. I even like the looks.

Strengths

- Jack of all trades - Makes triple digit speeds easy - Turbine-like motor - Tonnes of data from display

Weaknesses

- Master of none - Makes triple digit speeds TOO easy - Soggy suspension - Runs hot in traffic

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Overall Review

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

Strengths

that motor, effortless torque in a nimble chassis

Weaknesses

bars too low, pegs too high, same ole story

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