Test Kawazaki ZZR 1200 Motors TV

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Kawasaki ZZR 1200

Kawazaki ZZR 1200 test


That which symbolized the power at the beginning of the Nineties has been orientated towards sporting tourism and leaves the place to the ZX-12R. The ZZR- it- always lays out a hell of a look and its impressive capacities which leave it between the two categories. It will thus bring happiness to those who seek an emotional relationship with their machine.

For 12190 euros- one will control an essential motorbike in a world of production a little insipid.


It is a queen who does not need a crown. The new ZZR belongs to this happy few humming. It subjugates by its aesthetics. Its optics constitutes a true success.

To the frayed forms- currently in vogue- the Kawasaki opposes oblong headlights- which are also found at the back. A design carefully rounded which excludes a lively fin shape. The crenel of the ZZR is from now on a sport touring- with all that that supposes in regards to comfort.

The careenage stands as a guarantor from there. The dimensions of the machine make it accessible. The instrument panel is definitely less modern than those of the competition- but the design is all too pleasant- information is readable thanks to the central positioned speedometer- with a more discrete tachometer on the left- thanks also to the gasoline gauge and engine temperature gauge.

One also finds an odometer- a liquid crystal display clock ands systems warning lights. And one arrives at the first false step. on this dashboard- not a trace of the hazard warning lights- this absence- is accompanied by the disappearance of the small glove box. A lot of disorder for a machine that wants to be more touring than sporting.

Motorization: MORE CC-‘S

The large difference with the mythical 1100 is of course the cubic capacity. The 4 cylinder on line supplied with carburettors of 40mm expands from 1052 to 1164 CC. It gains logically in torque and power reaching 163-horse power thanks to the RAM-Air system- and a torque of 12-7 mkg. It should be noted that the French version is limited to106 horsepower but offers a torque of 11mkg available at 4700 rpms.

This torque- available very early- is one of the large assets of the ZZR 1200 when it is confronted with city usage. If the weight is rather significant- 280 kg with a full tank- the machine handles urban traffic with honour. The large 23-litre tank offers- moreover- one very interesting autonomy. One can plan to well exceed the 300 km before filling up.

On this point- the aspect tourism is respected.

Kawasaki ZZR 1200


It is not an ideal mount to slip between 2 lanes of cars but the flexibility of its motorization and its general ergonomics enable it to draw its pin from the play. But until one waits over all- it is to be able to judge capacities of this engine on roads with its size. And there- one finds Of course the ZZR.

Of course today- constructors build more nervous- more extreme bikes but the ZZR preserves its driving temperament- which encourages you to titillate the gas handle sometimes more than that of which is reasonable. And on this point- the fanatics will not be disappointed. The new aluminium framework confers an exemplary handling on the machine and the protection offered is more correct- except that the knees are left exposed.

It is felt whereas the sporting concept has been given priority to that of touring. In any case- one feels able to go very quickly- and very far. To stop the 300 kg bike- two Toxico semi-floating discs are not too much.

They are accompanied by 4 piston callipers for the front end whereas at the back- an opposing double piston calliper retains the 250mm disc. One then has a significant braking force when needed- more than adequate for this machine. What is the weak point- it is the suspension. At the front- the traditional fork does not call in particular criticisms.

Rather flexible in origin- it is adjustable in preload- compression and relaxation; one can thus refine its reactions according to the desire of the driver. At the back- it is a little more awkward. The rear wheel axle unit often tends to transfer the movements of the ground- a reaction that develops when there are two on the machine.

In this case is better to adopt a cooler riding style. The Kawasaki is addressed clearly to the sporting tourists rather than with the sportsmen tourists-

Kawasaki ZZR 1200
Kawasaki ZZR 1200
Kawasaki ZZR 1200
Kawasaki ZZR 1200
Kawasaki ZZR 1200

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