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Kawasaki ZZR 1400
Kawasaki ZZR 1400

se rotoli con la zx12 e ti trovi bene penso che rotolerai meglio con la zzr 1400

ecco un p- di info (in inglese)

Kawasaki’s original ZZR1100 certainly earned itself a fierce reputation amongst bike enthusiasts when the model was launched over 15 years ago. A wildly optimistic speedometer informing riders that they were breaking the magic 300kph barrier was nothing more than fantasy. However that never prevented the bike from reaching legend status as for many years, optimistic speedo or not, the ZZR had the highest top speed of any standard motorcycle.

It was never a sportsbike by any stretch of the imagination, a wet weight well in excess of 250kg saw to that but on the street it offered all the cornering performance most riders realistically needed while keeping them cosseted in relative comfort compared to Kawasaki’s ZXR series of sportsbikes. The ZZR was a hugely popular model and remains so today on the secondhand market and has proved to be quite robust with many big ZZR11s still performing well with in excess of 100,000km on their odometers.

In 2002 the ZZR1200 superseded the now aging ZZR1100 but failed to make an impact in the market as buyers’ tastes had changed with more and more riders choosing far lighter and more sporting machinery. The ZX-12R had been released in 2000 and had taken over the mantle as Kawasaki’s flagship hyperbike in the sports-tourer segment and the model has earned a loyal following with its combination of reasonable handling along with an incredible amount of top end power. By then the big ZZR name had lost some of its gloss.

For 2006 Kawasaki are aiming to reinvent the ZZR legend with a bike born of the marriage between the ZZR1200 and ZX-12R by producing a machine they boldly claim to be ‘the most powerful streetbike in the world’. Few would really doubt that claim as rarely have Kawasaki been headed in this department. Suzuki have equaled them many times with various models and Honda challenged for the top speed crown with the CBR1100XX Super Blackbird but never quite got there.

Suzuki are the only other manufacturer to have produced a machine capable of really breaking the 300kph barrier with their GSX1300R Hayabusa which goes head to head with the ZX-12R in the marketplace. The market has been waiting a long time for a new Super Blackbird and an updated Hayabusa but nothing appears to be too close on the horizon to replace those models so it appears that this time around Kawasaki is going to be unchallenged in the top speed war. For now…

Powering the new ZZR1400 is a 1352cc across the frame mounted in-line four-cylinder powerplant. Rest assured that it will be super powerful and while Kawasaki are not releasing any power figures as yet, I expect they are about to become the first manufacturer to ever stake claim to the world’s first production machine to break the 200hp barrier. Kawasaki have not gone all out for top end as they have stated that the new machine offers more than 10kg-m of torque at 2000rpm which means the six-speed gearbox should rarely need to be stirred in order to make rapid forward progress.

Nice touches like radial mount four-piston calipers clamping on generously sized discs (optional ABS) combine with adjustable 43mm forks to suggest the new ZZR could prove to be much more of a sporting weapon than before. Design cues borrowed from the ZX-12R include a similar aluminium monocoque frame where the upper spars double as the airbox.

Also similar is the fact that the engine is a stressed member and while the actual dimensions of the machine have not been released Kawasaki have stated that the ZZR1400 will roll on a wheelbase shorter than the ZZR1200 but slightly longer than the ZX-12R. They also suggest the machine has a low seat height, only a short reach to the bars and a comfortably narrow girth to help provide a sporty feel.

The indicators are integrated into the fairing at both ends of the machine and long aluminium skinned mufflers positioned at each side of the machine provide a visual link to the twin pipe layout of the original ZZR. Conventional round faced analogue gauges are provided for the speedometer and tachometer functions and a large LCD panel positioned above that displays fuel level, gear indicator, tripmeters, odometer and clock. An immobiliser function is provided while a pillion seat cowl and centre-stand will be on the options list.

Kawasaki ZZR 1400
Kawasaki ZZR 1400

Styling wise the ZZR1400 looks to be a love or hate type of machine as the long projected nose, distinctive quad headlamps and long fluted flanks are certainly quite out there. Early indications suggest the Australian market will see the ZZR1400 in a choice of two colours, red or black. There is no doubt that aerodynamic efficiency has been a highly ranked design objective that will help to make the ZZR1400 almost definitely the fastest motorcycle ever to enter mainstream production.


Kawasaki ZZR1400

Engine: 1352cc, 4-cylinder, in-line, liquid-cooled 4-stroke

Bore x Stroke: 84 x 61mm

Induction: Fuel injection

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