Honda CBR1100XX vs. Kawasaki ZZ-R1200 —

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California, September 29, 2002

These two lovelies were cutting-edge big bikes built for the battles of the mid-1990s, until a named after a falcon the Hayabusa came along and motorcycle history like a small percentage of models do. It effectively relegated bikes the venerable Blackbird and the ZX-11 ZZ-R1100 in Europe) to second-tier and opened up the market for other shenanigans from Nippon, the ZX-12R and the GSX-R1000.

One of the side of all this activity was an unofficial moratorium put into effect in with a lid of 300kph/186mph rumored to be the agreement among the major manufacturers (much like the top speed limit agreed by most European car makers).

But I For what purpose do dinosaurs the Dos Equis and the Zee-Zee-R exist, monsters like the Hayabusa and stomping around?

These have become de facto bikes, or Grand Touring bikes.

Honda’s continuing of the venerable CBR1100XX and Kawasaki’s shift towards the sport-touring with the redesign of the ZX-11 the ZZ-R1200 reflects this. The is a smooth, sophisticated bike screams refinement. Its styling is sharp, and combined with its silver paint scheme, it many compliments and admiring

The dash is a myriad of digital and the engine is as smooth as I Can’t it’s Not Butter.

Compared to the the new ZZ-R seems unrefined and a bit at first glance—not surprising, as built by a corporation that builds bridges and commercial gas Analog gauges stare at you as if an old fighter plane’s cockpit, the is guttural and buzzy, and the styling is open to debate. But things to make sense after you some time on the bike and you details that Honda to address even in their of refinement.

Things like a handy U-lock storage space, an rear preload adjuster and preload that is adjustable in the place, start making me why the XX is 500 clams more?

Well, for things like a counterbalanced fuel injection, the entertaining dash and the linked braking of which I am content to live Not that I’m a technology-hating from it, and in fact, I consider much more of a technophile. the big Kawasaki is a little buzzy, but as as you keep the revs above rpm on the freeway and don’t lug it down, avoid the onset of hand-tingling (To accomplish this means cruising above 90mph or down a gear; I’ll the choice up to you.)

The Honda’s on the other hand, is smooth with lots-o-power at your The fuel injection of the XX also certain advantages, such as startup and rapid warm-up but we prefer the carbureted power characteristics of the ZZ-R. It’s not as as the Honda, and overall a little natural and fluid feeling.

news of this bike’s came out, the dreaded tuned for midrange performance was of the propaganda, but as it turns out this still feels fairly for a 1200—with a whole lotta everywhere on the tachometer’s diabolically glowing face.

The only is that it can trick you into how it really is and how fast you really are on the open road. It really want to cruise below nice for covering ground, but not so great for the ‘ol driving

Much like the Honda’s FI to the Kawasaki’s rack of carbs, the vs. analog theme continues these two bikes. The dash of the is well-designed and informative, but also a bit and distracting.

The Kawasaki’s old school analog provide every bit of pertinent you need instantly and easily, if the numbers on the speedo are a bit crowded. As as digital has become the magical of our era, analog is still not a bad as long as it’s in the right

When it gets to bikes fast, it’s splitting to try and compare which one’s

One item we could live on the Honda’s parts list something that we’d trade for front preload and easy rear suspension is the Linked Brake System. a normal journo gripe we tried to avoid but can’t. town the system is fairly and not very noticeable, but get it in a backroad and it can be unsettling for riders who like to the front or rear independently into corners, which be nearly all of us.

The Kawasaki’s brakes really fantastic or anything, but do their job predictably and reliably, and in make you wonder why Honda to all the trouble? Honda’s ABS is fantastic on that have it, but LBS? tough to figure out the motivation at the end of the

Speaking of things like and backroads, the opinions formulated taking these bikes a variety of conditions were The Double X is quite nice town; calm, composed, and a smaller feel than the it’s easier to ride, but not what these bikes are for.

Sure, they go fast: Unsanctioned blasts on carpool lanes and across the confirmed something that we all to be true (*cough* 175 indicated, cough!).

When it gets to this fast, it’s hairs to try and compare which faster (170mph vs. 175, how do you need to get to that dentist That said, the Kawasaki’s powerful and torquey engine pulls away from the at supra-triple-digit speeds.

In the midrange, too, the ZZ-R ahead from 5000 rpm the Honda sort of eases its harness.

So what happens it comes time for the straightline fun to end and that inevitable bend in the

On the first such backroad I was on the Zed, behind Speedy Calvin on the EcksEcks and thought, Oh you wait, I’ll catch up you when I get on the Honda! Hah hah hah hahhhh. but to my and dismay, after we switched I found myself dropping further behind than and pining away for the rough and Kawasaki.

This was the complete of what we’d expected; riding the bikes on short around LA I thought for sure the (Silverbird?) would spank the in the backroads and twisty bits. It feels smaller and more lighter, narrower, a forward position, more weight on the and narrow handlebars. But the Kawasaki is a big once you get it on what you would to be the Honda’s turf.

Its girth and seem to disappear and it’s a lot of fun to ride at a sporting pace. Its intake makes you want to the throttle for more visceral than just an onrush of amounts of power and torque. of a late model V8 Camaro or Am.

The Honda’s more like an Integra.

ZZ-R handling is and instills complete trust in its but it’s still surprisingly and light. Some of us found getting into far more situations on the Honda; things rippled pavement illustrate the Mr. Honda bounces and complains, but Mr.

just seems to jump it all and laugh in the process. It takes a lot to this big machine. Another is that its hugeness is a definite on long trips.

The Kawasaki’s bulbous fairing great wind protection for frames, and was incredibly comfortable a nonstop run across the desert to Las for an overnight jaunt to see the Art of the Motorcycle

The wide seat spreads out weight evenly, and makes butts with not much feel perfectly comfy.

to the CBR, it’s a rolling Overall, the ZZ-R’s like well-worn Barcalounger in front of grandpa’s TV, and the CBR’s more a firm executive chair. relatively plush as far as sportbikes go, but an extended exploration voyage up the on a Sunday afternoon, I was ready to be

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My …, wrists and neck had by the time I’d put in over six on the Honda. The compactness that it feel better in the city provide as much wind at elevated intercity speeds, the and compact ergoes weren’t so on my freakishly long extremities, and the and firmer seat wasn’t as either.

One drawback of all the horsepower bikes develop is the production of a lot of heat that has to be dumped, and the in particular seems to put off a lot. it around in 90-degree-plus weather full gear is not a pleasant if traffic gums up at all, and in it always does. As for traffic, splitting on either of these is a snap, as they do have a presence on the asphalt.

And interestingly I had the opportunity to both be a passenger on the with JohnnyB at the helm and to one for a little while myself. actually pretty nice there, and my relatively inexperienced felt quite secure. from the pilot’s perspective, I like how the passenger upset the of the machine. (Unlike every Honda designed to carry a for some inexplicable reason one makes rear preload a knuckle-busting affair.)

They’re both excellent and fantastic all-around machines, if you have a long commute or in Montana, where they can a deep breath, stretch legs and gallop up to an easy for a while. If we’ve got to pick though, it’s the ZZ-R1200. big, fast and fun to ride.

noises waft upward its mechanical guts, it goes greased stink, and the engineers paid attention to all the little that matter. Nice

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Just goes to show When I first rode the new several months ago, not for I was less than impressed. It me of one of my all-time favorite bikes CBR-XX. Comparing the two seemed an excellent pretext for borrowing one Honda for awhile.

Calvin and the both loved the Kawasaki Here’s a chance to teach the a lesson, I thought. Boys, the XX gets here, you’ll what a pile of junk rehashed Kawasaki is.

The XX, lads, is a gem, a smooth, swift fit for the moto-sophisticate, and by then they wandered off. Um, when I put miles on them back to I realized the kids are right. the Honda’s suspension that feels a bit overdamped and choppy. And the ZZ-R engine is a bit coarser, it so much more power the supersmooth Honda, you don’t a bit.

Pardon us for taking a long time to test the but I did not expect it would be such a `sickle.

Calvin Kim

I came this test with of an open mind. I had ridden the XX but didn’t really remember all the The ZZ-R, course is all new. when it came time to one home for the night, I first on the ZZ-R.

The growling intake sentiment is This thing has cajones and afraid to tell you. I the remote preload adjuster, and the dash and ergonomics to be utilitarian and right for me.

Then came the XX. about smooth, when I was the XX, the only thing that I think of was when turbine-powered was first introduced to the public. the smoothness comes from its equipped engine, not from its and thats where bikes these need the smoothness the

The ZZR, on the other hand, was a fun bike. It’s a big machine can be used for just about any of task. I like to think of it as a BMW but on two wheels. That is, I’d of it that way if you could ignore the What wasn’t fun, was its dyno graph.

If you look at it, the makes more power 7,000 rpm. But during our own testing, the Kawi was superior. thinking the ram air system on the Kawi be the cause of that.

Regardless, I had the fun on the ZZR through hill, dale and all in between.

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