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Kawasaki ZRX 1200 R
Kawasaki ZRX 1200 R

Kawasaki ZRX 1200R (February

When I was a wee lad and cutting my teeth on two Kawasaki Z1s ruled the roost. were big, they mean and they dominated racing in Oz — right their launch on to the local in 1973. And I wanted one

However, it was before I had the readies to buy a hotted Zed, and then 1979 my piggybank had swelled enough to my leg over a brand new one (a Z1000 Truth be known, I should waited another couple of

Why? Because in 1981 Eddie Lawson won the US Superbike on a KZ1000J (known in Australia as the and that inspired Kawasaki to out with a roadbike version for based on Eddie’s winning Well, cosmetically at least.

The Lawson Replica roadbike was in an optioned-up KZ1000J, with paintwork. Only 750 ridgey-didge Lawson replica roadbikes ever produced, and these they fetch big bucks.

The finally made it Down in 1983, but by then my piggybank was again.


So what’s got to do with the latest ZRX1200R I found myself aboard, en to the recent Kawasaki Z1000 in Queensland? Probably a lot more you suspect.

Not only is there the aluminium swingarm, the cutdown and the four-into-one pipe reminiscent of steed. But the 2003 ZRX-R now in a similar colour to a genuine albeit metallic rather the in-you-face lime green of racebikes.

It’s a point I on back in AMCN’s 2001 Dumber yarn (Vol 51 No 3) the ZRX1200S was on test — how Kawasaki sell the R model a lime green version in the Well, that’s been for 2003.

When it was released a few back the ZRX1100 (tested in Vol 48 No 21) was not another nakedbike, as Kawasaki’s own 1100 (1992-94) could be as. The ZRX was a bike which evoked and passion among those who cut two-wheeled teeth in the early However, the only throwback to the are the dual rear shocks, but in case fully-adjustable KYB units.

Fully-adjustable 43mm-diam cartridge take care of things up


Everything is current technology. The ZRX-R is based on the GPZ1100 sportstourer which was in turn derived the famed ZZ-R1100 powerplant.

Two after its launch, the ZRX model was into two in 2001 — the 1200S model (as tested in Vol 51 No 3) and the ‘Lawson-esque’ bikini-clad R version. The mechanical change since the launch has been a capacity to 1164cc (from 1052cc).

the engine, the R’s chassis is much 2003 in its spec well, at least for a big, nakedbike. A rake of 25 degrees is not far off sportsbikes, and some two degrees than the original Lawson of 1982.

Since its 1999 in 1100 guise the latest R has a number of refinements, such as a aluminium swingarm, the Tokico have scored new pad material not as ‘grabby’, and fork offset has reduced — trail is now as against 104mm on the 1100.

The ‘S’ version differs the ‘R’ via its dual headlight the half-cowl fairing, as well as new and instruments. The ‘S’ also slightly heavier spring over the ‘R’ to cope its slightly heavier kerb (4kg).

The 1200’s suspension settings are also revised the 1100, and the wheelbase increased by to 1465mm, courtesy of a smaller sprocket to raise the final on the gruntier 12 compared to the 11.

The ZRX1200R gets a re-padded seat the 11, together with a wider rim, up half an inch to


As I found on my 240km run along the coast road Brisbane, then a 320km route through the hinterland via Tamborine, comfortable highway and travel is the domain of the ZRX. The bulk of the big Kwaka (compared to its Z1000 stablemate) isn’t when straightlining, although more of a handful through the stuff.

Kawasaki ZRX 1200 R
Kawasaki ZRX 1200 R

The torquey ZRX powerplant makes a simple twist-and-forget affair from 5500rpm to just 8000rpm it holds a healthy over most other in both power and torque.

only from 8200rpm that bikes like FZ1 or Kawasaki’s Z1000 develop rear-wheel ponies than the but by then the Kwaka is sitting on to an indicated 240kmh in top (fifth) Don’t ask me how I know.

The ZRX spins at at 100kmh, making for relaxed road sportstouring. And that’s the key the ZRX1200R/S is not a sportsbike without a (as the Z1000 most certainly is) it’s a sportstourer par excellence. I that engine speed to a healthy 9.42kg-m when you that instant roll-on to overtake a long line of


Speaking of the ZRX1200R anchors are nowhere as ‘instant’ as those on the ZRX1100 of a few of years back. A change of pad has taken away that bite, which necessitates a pull on the lever, albeit a more woody (© Iain feel.

A few brain-out laps of Mount Driver Training Centre of Brisbane soon confirmed my findings of the ZRX-R — the R like a ‘supertanker’ compared to the I’d been punting Big and stable in comparison to the $15,490 the R felt heavy in both and change of direction. However, that a ZRX won the Formula Xtreme category in 2000 and 2001, says more about the nimble sportsbike performance a twisty circuit rather any undue criticism of the ZRX.

It says a bit about the current of the Nakedbike category, and where the now sits in comparison — an sports Naked that has now a great sportstourer Naked.

The has a high quality of finish, suspension, great luggage (plenty of attachment points), and loungechair comfort compared to Nakeds — even bikini fairing does a job of keeping buffeting to an acceptable I even got over 19km/lt one stint of highway travel, my average was closer to 16km/lt. the R hasn’t got a clock though.

What it has got though is that powerplant. Plus the ZRX has a ‘heritage’ Nakeds lack. At $14,990 the R is cheaper than its S cousin, cheaper than Yamaha’s but $2000 dearer than Bandit 1200.

Personally, I it’s the best looker of the And now that it’s in Eddie’s for 2003, it’s even

Published. Monday, 17 February

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