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Kawasaki ZRX1200 Review

Kawasaki ZRX1200 Overview 

Launched back in 2001, the ZRX1200 took retro-styled bikes to a whole new level. Modeled on the Eddie Lawson Z1100R replica, the ZXR1200 is the full package including a brilliant riding position, plenty of power and it’s certainly a head-turner.

Produced for over 6 years, Kawasaki must have been doing something right with the ZRX1200. The naked styled machine can pack a punch and will keep going for miles if you need it to, but regular oil changes need to be done.

The riding position of the ZXR1200 is worthy of a mention, Kawasaki certainly have built it for comfort with the footpegs in a relaxed position, not like a cruiser or a sports machine; it’ll keep you wanting to ride for miles.

Kawasaki ZRX1200 Spec

Seat height 790mm
Weight 223kg
Engine Four stroke, four cylinder, water cooled DOHC
Capacity 1146cc
Average fuel consumption 35mpg
Top speed 155mph
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Owner Reviews

Submitted by:RingnutReview Date: November 2017
Comfort
For a naked muscle bike, the comfort is very good, can cruise as well as quick blasts up to silly speeds
Ride Quality
Ride quality very good, but most bikes will need them replacing by now, loads of options for suspension on the market.
Build Quality & Reliability
Much better than Kawasaki are known for, it's not Honda build quality. but then the bike is much better!
Engine Rating
Not only an awesome engine, it's a ZZR1200 tuned for torque but it's very tuneable and loads of advice on ZRXOA.ORG
Brake Rating
Brakes are six pots, some say they are a bit average, but I've no complaints
Running Cost
Average running costs unless you really use all the revs, then you will be filling up every 120 miles or so.
Overall
Pros CommentsCharacter, style and performance. Most people I know who own a ZRX have more than one, different colours and states of tune. Green ones are faster !
Cons CommentsBetter seat
Submitted by:Gra Review Date: July 2019
Comfort
The seat is well padded and has a nice rise to it meaning you've somewhere to nestle your bum. Not really noticed any discomfort within the distance you can get from a tank of petrol. However eventually, usually around the 250 Mike Mark it gets a bit solid. No amount of twitching about once this sets in will help. So you have to stop for lunch, what a chore that is!I The handlebar reach is lovely, a nice balance between a racer crouch and a tourer. Some people may think the bars are a little close together so your elbows stick out which can block the mirrors, but I've not seen any i issues.
Ride Quality
Subtle, light, flickable, it's none of these. It's long and low and doesn't really want to turn at all. But, and it's a big but, once it's gets the message it corners like it's on rails. You have to be very firm with those bars and push your shoulders into it too. Nothing half hearted. Uphill hair pins are fantastic, sweepers glorious. Downhill needs real commitment but it all works.
Build Quality & Reliability
Forty thousand miles, fifteen countries, never let me down. Perfect. The alloy is just starting to fur a little but given the hammer I've given it....
Engine Rating
More grunt than I'll ever need. Cruises comfortably at anything up to 110 .
Brake Rating
It's a long heavy beast so takes some stopping. But the brakes do the job nicely.
Running Cost
A tank range of 150 miles used to be quite decent but newer bikes get more and more miles due to improved efficiency. So group riding on often the one who has to stop first.
Overall
Pros CommentsIt makes me smile each time I see it.
Cons CommentsThat alloy really needs some work.....

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