Kawasaki GTR1400 Overview
The heavyweight touring class has fallen off a bit in terms of popularity in recent years. But there are still some incredible machines in that sector.
Kawasaki GTR1400 stands out from the class though, by combining a hugely powerful 140bhp engine with fully-faired bodywork and luxury accommodation for rider and pillion.
The 1,352cc inline-four engine is based on the mighty ZZR1400 unit, but overhauled with shaft final drive and a novel variable valve timing setup. That means lower maintenance – useful on longer trips – and a torquier power delivery respectively. Peak power is around 140bhp, enough for 150mph+ where allowed, and with torque of 94ft lbs, fast, relaxed progress is guaranteed.
The chassis does a sterling job of providing sporting capability, while cosseting the rider and pillion. The riding position is relaxed and protective, and there are useful extras like an electric screen, standard panniers, keyless ignition and combined digital/analogue dashboard. A cast aluminium frame is super-stiff, the suspension is adjustable to suit different loads, and the USD front forks and radial brake calipers are top-end, high-performance items.
The original GTR1400 was launched in 2007, and updated in 2010, when Kawasaki gave it heated grips as standard, and a new combined ABS/traction control system. It was discontinued in 2018, and has been replaced by the H2SX – a supercharged 1000cc model which does much the same job, with even more high-tech accessories.
Kawasaki GTR1400 Spec
- Top speed151mph
- Engine16v, four stroke in line four
- Average fuel consumption36mpg
- Seat height815mm
Kawasaki GTR1400 Insurance
More than enough power
Weight and when moving the bike back the footpegs get in the way slightly.
Nissin the back brake could be stronger
It's a big bike, there is no two ways about it, this is a BIG bike, but, its got the trusty 1400 powerplant from a ZZR (albeit tuned for torque and not 1000mph), it pulls cleanly from pretty much any gear, it handles corners well, although initially I was worried about getting something this big round corners full stop!.
Its good at all speeds, although oddly, poodling around towns and villages in Europe with their 50k speed limits can be a little odd unless your in ECO mode, it just smooths out the power delivery more and is happy at 15-20mph, open it up in ECO and it still goes well, take it out of ECO and its very nippy for a big this size. Its no R1 or H2 but its quick, smooth and comfortable.
Comparable to my old 1100 suzuki and Kawasaki Versys and ZZR. No surprises thus far.
Its good, certainly better than the previous bikes I've had, this was Kawasaki's flagship so I would expect that especially with the cost! The shaft drive means clean and smooth power delivery, no issues thus far with it. As expected the rear tyre lasted roughly 3.5k miles, but all of that was two up and fully loaded. The replacement is a dual compound and its already got 3k on it and looks to be good for another 3k miles at least.
Good solid brakes, tested several times in the dry but not to the point of ABS kicking in. Never felt needing in this department at all. There does seem to be quite a bit of travel in the rear brake peddle, will get that looked into at the next service
Does everything well or superb. Difficult to manage when wheeling around due to being a heavy bike
Faster than I could use, endless torque and pulling power even when two up fully loaded
Average 50 mpg. Servicng costs much less than similar machines from BMW or Honda
Not one bit of corrosion on the bike and it was kept outdoors for the first 7 years of ownership. Some minor plastic fittings are showing their age.
Brakes are more than adequate and work well