Kawasaki ZXR 400

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Kawasaki ZXR 400

ZXR400 vs VFR400R3-M vs FZR400RR

I T Time to thrash away the time to overtake squad and get drunk. Time to wake up and do it Oh, and I nearly forgot: time to myself silly.

But I didn’t year, did I? I rode a ZXR400 and an the spearhead of a new 400cc class nose is pressed unjustly against a wall of market Do yourself a favour, sell-up, out, do whatever it takes. but buy Here’s why.

Riding but preferably the Yam OWOM, re-defined my TT-riding parameters. On paper or their 60bhp are blown by virtually everything modern and On asphalt they are the wildest vehicles since the 350LC.

more, they’re boring

While many he-man are blighted by throttles that resolutely off the stops and chassis above average skill not, the little 400s get They don’t know the of ‘feathered throttle’ and while busy abusing, you’re going in deeper, leaning whacking the throttle earlier. You just like old times, an partner in the bike-rider relationship.

As the ZXR is the bike to take on the world. are importing just 100 FZRs at Ј6436, is probably a wise Pound for bhp, the Kawasaki, at may look expensive compared to its big bro’ but I can’t see why it should be It’s easily as much

Especially if you believe that is more.

Although it looks a 750J after a bizarre operation it feels like a after a bizarre shrinking -but only superficially. The position is poised with bars and more road-bike than the Yam. The seat has padding; the mirrors are the widest and blur; the clutch is ragged and

And that, bar one massive missive saving up, is the end of the criticisms.

Opening the throttle in the top three produces a bad-tempered growl to the 750, and little else. At it sounds interested but merely into a rough patch. later it’s clear and at disposal. Compared to the FZR’s midrange it’s as flat as a

Taken in isolation it’s

Power only begins to seriously when the tacho is through the 11,500 take-off and heading rapidly for the 14,000 The noise experience is total — but the best. Initially I changed up too I couldn’t believe it could so without blowing up. Soon I was addicted.

This 400cc of ZXR performance is safe, fun, and intense.

All this excitement is by four critically-set Keihins and a that’s notchy on the down-change but to the road. The more racy FZR has a tall first gear by five very close

The ZXR, much more a bike, has a clutch-saving first a wider gap to second and four cogs marginally wider either the Yam’s or Honda’s. means shifts have to be exactly if you’re hauling bottom.

It’s a decent As spaced the ‘box renders pootling far less messy its 250 stroker competition, compensates enough for the lack of midrange yet the 2500rpm power band its 400cc?

Once attuned, it feel like it.

It also the FZR’s EXUP-boosted engine less special than year. After the brash its equally oversquare thrash-unit across as a hair-dryer. The Yam’s first gear isn’t a problem.

Carburation is so spot-on, the so torquey that the incongruously clutch needs little The engine, though, you just up and you’re used to it. From in sixth?

No problem.

If it has a rev-limiter I couldn’t it. The redline’s at 14,000, peak at 12,200 but it’s still steadily at 15,500. There’s no as per the ZXR due is part to marginally less but mainly to the Yamaha’s better The whirring EXUP makes less critical — mostly you hold the throttle open and around anything that in your way.

Occasionally you to brake.

Geometry-wise, the FZR is the safe wheelbase, rake and trail all between the Honda and Kawasaki. The Deltabox frame and swing arm are OW01 tackle and a joy to behold as, to that, is every weld and Build quality is unique on a this side of ,Ј8000 but it’s the road gear, light, sidestand and floppy winkers, that mar desirability.

the seat is minimally padded, the compliant suspension makes it apart) more comfortable long hauls and. The ZXR, meanwhile, is depress-ingly the 750 and threatens to turf you off the moment its Lips headlights lay beams on a

This is a shame. With the wheelbase, most outrageously headangle and 82 miniscule mm of trail the handling is neutral at all speeds; immediate, easy and turns 250 On smooth roads it has no vices and run rings around Saturn; the have staggering power, the Yamaha’s in the brick wall and have better, less feel for road riding.

a week, though, we noticed it was the one without scraped pegs thought for a second why: it was the ZXR has virtually no suspension.

The ZXR’s and, to a lesser extent, have little movement. The rear compression damping for only mildly pitted and kicked it around on the TT course. bad at lOOmph, very bad at 70, and slowing the rebound (set on quickest) it worse.

If the frame wasn’t so flex-free and the so stiff slap-pers would They don’t and the excellent Cyroxes refused to give up or destroy the rider’s confidence. though, I ended up cornering in of mid-turn bumps, fearing not rash but the longterm prospects of my

The Yam is more a supreme handling At the TT it should have been by the enormity of the place yet seemed to flatten bumps, steer and rarely had to slow. It wears ace Hi-Sport radials and multi-adjustable that works well on but also responds to tweaking.

The preload and compression needed up to reduce dive on the one-finger and settle the front into turns. So set, the FZR was the ideal IoM motorcycle, but once home on roads, where stability is of a need, steering was quite and tucky on sub-30mph stuff and the remained the supreme, if more scratcher.

Overall, the FZR handles a bigger bike. It’s as neutral nor easy as the other two and precise riding. Once once you realise it isn’t to crash when you give the a seeing-to at lower speeds, the complete handler. A pukka

The bike I’d chose for my own (snigger) lap.

But even so, with that horrible the ZXR shades it for everyday (fast) use. It’s a bike you get on and get bad with. Individually, the brakes, and riding position are all inferior in performance but collectively are more to the road rider’s needs.

not forget either: a pillion of sorts, a possible 150 mile and those crucially good When the ZXR joins our long test squadron a modded will follow — we confidently even greater things.

Tim Thompson

ZXR400 v VFR400R3-M

T T No 1: Suzi Quattro, smelly and Saturday night (alright). fantasies on an ob-SCENE scale. the Devilgate, canning wet T-shirts and all

She’s sweet, I’m and it’s well-past my bedtime.

TT No 2: VFR400, Crosby, Monday and a glance in the mirror: VFR750, pink Arai, Hislop. can’t be. cripes, it is — it’s Hislop! It was you know.

And TT highlight No 3? Me flat-out), Tim (VFR400, rung exiting The Bungalow. Thrash-happy both. 14,000 cacophonic rpm on the tacho, Goldman, for once into fifth, stretching the VFR, pushing the speedo past, gosh, 100 at least.

Not not terrifying, just right. heart-rippling joy on the right (re: side of the crazies. If the ZXR is a concentrated focussed, proper and screaming urgency, then the VFR is a junior tiny, plush, immensely — but toy-like.

A mini Rolls for mini oil sheiks, a 400cc And it’s an important distinction,

Kawasaki ZXR 400
Kawasaki ZXR 400

The ZXR is coiled and classic Kawasaki. The is harsh and peaky, the chassis and butch, the look a bullseye. It the good things about light and stunningly agile yet the essential solidity that many off stinkwheel 250s.

Its quotient IS, however, pure Below 8000rpm it bumbles, speed measuredly, quietly, sleepily. Thanks to the well-spaced it’s useful and calming. cruising is no problem.

Above 1 however, and the ZXR comes alive — !) with an explosion of scrabbling, claws and teeth.

Throttle the stop, the hairs on the back of neck stand to attention and left boot, hopefully one ahead of the rev-limiter, is doing on the light, super-quick upshift. the ratios are ideal. Third and are about 2000rpm apart, or redline back to bottom of the powerband. Fourth to fifth still. Fifth to sixth so they could have joined at birth.

It encourages precision. Miss a and it’s like farting. Get it repeatedly, and it evokes a sense of

The VFR is a totally different kettle of Eye. From 20 yards or it’s an RC30. That distinctive, sublimely-finished look. utterly distinctive dry, exhaust.

But the Boss of 1987-1990 is now old fashioned twin beams, forks and comparably small starting to look its age.

If the ZXR is compact, the VFR is downright titchy, a toy and an almost embarassing doddle to get yer down on. It’s cramped but easy. The suspension is easy, the is easy: a soft, flexible, elastic band.

At the end of the day, the others, you have to rev the nuts off it of The rest of the time you don’t: wind-it-on power from up with no glitches, no steps, no need to overwork the immaeulate and no particular excitement. It’s yes. But it doesn’t seem so.

It seems as if the tacho numbers are big. Peak power on the VFR is irrelevent-ly ‘somewhere over digits’. Peak power on the ZXR is onto my brain.

The VFR’s and cycle parts are equally The brakes are progressive but lack compared to the equipment on the other The steering is the slowest, heaviest, The frame is immensely stiff. The suspension, as standard, the softest of the and contrasts massively with the

It’s easy on your Easy over the TT’s of bumps. The easiest (re: to use to the full — a factor not by the Honda’s Dunlop tyres, the of the group.

After the ZXR the VFR is cuddly, sweet and silly. A twinge of embarrassment it and overshadows how good it really is. the VFR the ZXR — razor steering, and tyres, razor power, presence, knackered knackers is a proper, howling bastard

Phil West


L OOK AT THE they’re so close it’s It’s also a crying we’ve been deprived of sort of bikes for so long. You ’em like you’d a moped. But instead of carving up you find yourself carving up Their proportions are everything.

the right weight. Just the balance. Nothing intimidating. incapable of flying out of your in first gear; incapable of you at the traffic lights; incapable of anything but massive self-belief.

Yet brilliant at riding around about anything on any corner.

But is best? Difficult. The FZR is the ultimate on the road. The only, in our book, you, or almost anyone, can use to the on the road.

The ZXR’s front end is as good, is the best (despite rear shock) for the road, has the exciting engine and is a crucial cheaper than the others. the VFR is the best built, with the most approachable characteristics, but is, last year’s toy. And the of all?

They’re all just

Chew on that . Bike

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