The Kawasaki GTR1400 was the motorbike everyone was waiting for, the touring sports bike that was modelled on the powerful ZZ-R1400. The question is, was it really worth the wait? Did it surpass all expectations? The answer is one hundred percent yes! This motorbike is sheer class and offers every rider the smoothest ride that has yet to be matched over long distances. There has even been rumours that it has knocked some of the more favourable BMW’s off their perches and taken the top spot.
The 1352cc, four stroke in line four engine gives speeds of 151mph with close to 140bhp. The torque is incredibly impressive and its new variable valves gives the smoothest ride that no Kawasaki has ever given before.
The brakes are superb as well as the GTR1400 having great ground clearance. The ride quality is breathtaking with the bike gliding along seamlessly, even at breakneck speeds, but there are times when travelling at high speeds where the suspension can be slightly soft, causing a little bit more movement from the body. This is completely controllable and it is still easy to handle but it is something to be aware of.
The insurance on the Kawasaki GTR1400 is quite expensive, however, it is much cheaper than its BMW counterpart, the K1200GT. If you’re looking to go second hand, you may find that it may not have depreciated much meaning, if you buy a new GTR1400 and take good care it, your return when selling it on will be quite high.
|Engine||16v, four stroke in line four|
|Average fuel consumption||36mpg|
|Submitted by:||Tony||Review Date: May 2017||Comfort||No faults|
|Ride Quality||Quite heavy|
|Build Quality & Reliability||No problems|
|Engine Rating||More than enough power|
|Brake Rating||Nissin the back brake could be stronger|
|Running Cost||Weight and when moving the bike back the footpegs get in the way slightly.|
|Pros Comments||It ticks all the right boxes for a tourer enough power and comfort with good luggage space. Power and comfort are the pros.|
|Cons Comments||Weight and when moving the bike back the footpegs get in the way slightly.|