Kawasaki ZZR1400 Overview
The Kawasaki ZZR1400 is the new all-round king pin of the motorcycle world, with breath taking speed and enough power to blow you into the next country, this bike certainly packs a punch.
Acceleration on this bike is, for a lighter word, ridiculous and will pull the socks out of your shoes; it is limited to an incredible 186mph and will get you there in a blink of an eye with plenty of gusto left over. Topping it off, this bike comes with standard ABS and traction control, not bad considering you can spend in excess of £1000 to add these to other bikes in this range as optional extras.
With improved stability in the suspension, the ZZR now feels a lot sportier than its predecessor, making it more suitable and steady at top speeds which is a plus in any bike rider’s books.
Compared to the previous version, it now has raised compression, a longer stroke and tuning to the cylinder heads and polishing of the ports that has resulted in a whopping 200bhp, as quoted by Kawasaki themselves.
The fact that this bike is reasonably priced across the market, bearing in mind that you are buying one of the fastest road bikes on the planet, when you consider the previous engine was near enough bomb proof, the new model would probably survive a nuclear war! If you are adrenaline fuelled and thrive for the rush, then look no further than this monster of a machine.
Kawasaki ZZR1400 Spec
- Top speed188mph
- Average fuel consumption45mph
- Seat height800mm
- EngineFour stroke, DOHC, liquid cooled, 4v
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I fitted a custom seat which aids comfort and raises the pillion so legs are less bent on the pegs.
Excellent build quality . everything wears out eventually just keep on top of servicing.
With the correct brake pads the brakes are excellent, I use SBK
Corners well for a big bike. I have no issues. or has we bikers say, look at the chicken strip on the tyres..
Well, 190bhp what more can you ask for.
My machine is at 47.8 avg mpg according to the clock.. Having done 55k on it. not to bad at all
Especially comfy considering its riding position and pedigree
Japanese says it all
Impressive even when breaking hard from 120+mph on the track
Solid sports tourer, but surprisingly nimble and forgiving
The most powerful stock road bike when I bought it
Reliability to date means services are basically oil and plugs
For such a big bike it turns very well,one of the most stable platforms around.
As you would expect the ZZR1400 has lots of power,but it delivers that power very smoothly. being such a large engine it does produce a lot of heat which helps on cold days.
No issues with running costs.
My first big KAWASAKI and I must say I am impressed,the bike is 10 years old but doesn't show it.
Not overly impressed with the brakes compared to the HONDA's I have had. Bit then again they are capable o stopping a large motorcycle electronically limited to 186mph, which it can do with a gear to spare.
Holds the road well whether riding solo or with pillion
Goes on and on, does what it says on the tin. Performance sport.
Heated grips as standard would be a bonus. Had to fit aftermarket heated grips.
Reliable and solidly built.
Brembo brakes as standard are magnificent.
I've told various specialists can make improvements by tweaking the standard set up but I've done a track day at Snetterton with no dramas.
There's no under-seat storage at all for a lock or chain.
Fairing is a dog's breakfast to remove, otherwise great paintwork
Faded on track but no problems on the road
More relaxed riding position.
Kawasaki, supply a centre stand as standard
It's got everything you need
Very well made
Very smooth operator, superb maneuverability even for a large sporty bike. Soaks up the bumps and accelerates like a dream.
Hyperfast, super smooth
Easier access to the battery as it currently involves taking some fairing section off
Typical Japanese high quality components and stylish aboot
Has massive breaking ability to match engine's thrust
Very smooth, very good round the corners for a big bike
Loads of power whenever you need it, two up makes no difference
Security like keyless ignition or thumb print ignition built in tracker should be standard on bikes of this price range
Paint work on the wheels is poor, chips easily and hard to clean because of poor finish
ABS brakes good, feel pulls up spot on, very stable under braking
Mine with the upgraded suspension handles well can be a little heavy when slow maneuvering
Very good pulling power fully loaded or single rider without luggage
Poor back brake
No problems as yet 10,000+ miles
ABS k-tech system full confidence in stopping power dry or wet.
Smooth and powerful
Not 200bhp as advertised only a Meer 194 bhp but wow what a ride
She is a big bike but very good on fuel around 45mpg
All good, really can't fault the quality
Handles spot on good ground clearance tyres to the edge and not scrape anything on the road
Good on fuel just normal stuff brake pads tyres no worse than other bikes I've had was really impressed how long the rear tyre lasted
Spot on abs system good feel on the lever
What a ride, like it’s attached to a rail built into the road
Unbelievable. Warp factor 5 ! Can not understand how this much power is legal!
Still new so nothing apart from first service. Time will tell on wear parts I guess. Fuel economy doesn’t seem any different to other litre plus bikes.
Pretty good. Dash needs update to match latest TFT’s but mechanicals are solid and feels bullet proof. Akra’s look much better than standard silencers.
Do the job but need a good tug to stop all that weight and me
Set suspension up and away you go
Can't stop grinning
Can return as much as 58mpg averages 40mpg
Brilliant ABS is outstanding
The bike is very rider friendly
Its awesome,light speed.
Ride it sensibly 200mile out of a tank is achievable,ring its neck & that drops to 120,most bike are the same,running costs are down to the owners mechanical skills,tyres don't like the M6
Keeping it clean helps
Brakes are superb at all speeds
Absorbs bumps well and is a great compromise for most roads in the UK
Awesome power that's not intimidating
I average 44mpg which for it's power is acceptable. This improves to 50mpg if you ride steadily/for touring with pillion on board.
Well built. No issues
Stops very well for a big bike