Burbank Kawasaki – Ninja ZZR 1200

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Kawasaki ZZR 1200

The Kawasaki ZZR®1200 motorcycle provides the streetbike enthusiast with a superb balance of big-bore performance matched to the sport-touring comfort necessary for long distance rides.

Kawasaki engineers based the ZZR1200-s double-overhead cam 1164cc inline-four engine after the muscular ZRX1200, but modified the ZZR-s 16-valve engine to be a stronger performer in the low- and mid-range sections of the powerband. The ZZR-s aluminum cylinders utilize chrome composite plating rather than cylinder liners to provide a lightweight package and quick heat transfer. The actual pistons feature reinforced ribs similar to those on the NINJA ZX-12R sportbike.

Actuating the valves are sintered-tipped rocker arms, which ensure less wear and friction and provide optimum lubrication. Meanwhile, a balanced crank helps bring out the engine-s torquey personality.

Providing efficient fuel flow, the ZZR1200 uses twin fuel pumps that feed four Keihin 40mm downdraft carburetors equipped with the Kawasaki Throttle Responsive Ignition Control (K-TRIC) system. In turn, an alternator produces more output to power the dual fuel pumps, as well as the stylish and functional dual headlights on the ZZR. To keep things cool, the ZZR-s radiator is equipped with two fans.

While the ZZR1200-s engine performance crosses boundaries uncharted by other sport touring machines, the same can be said for its chassis. The aluminum perimeter-style frame is reinforced with internal ribbing to withstand mass miles of sport touring. Meanwhile, a steel subframe accommodates saddlebags available through Kawasaki Accessories or color-matched luggage offered by Givi.

Kawasaki ZZR 1200
Kawasaki ZZR 1200

To give the ZZR1200 the light-handling nature associated with sport-touring bikes, ball bearings are used in the steering head to maintain a light-steering feeling. Also, the lightweight swingarm is designed relatively low to improve traction. Kawasaki-s UNI-TRAK® rear suspension system produces progressive rates on the shock for an overall smooth ride.

Bringing the ZZR1200 to a stop are opposed four-piston calipers, which grip 320mm dual-discs in the front, complemented by a 250mm rear disc brake.

A comfortable riding position gives the ZZR1200 all-day touring capacity, and an attractive instrument panel displays pertinent information, including fuel level. Finishing touches include an elegant, contoured fuel tank and sleek-looking twin-beam headlights. Hollow-spoke wheels, a one-piece fender and clear, automotive-style turn signals round out the ZZR1200 sport-touring package.


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