Kawasaki ZZR 1200

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Kawasaki ZZ-R1200

The sports tourist model Kawasaki ZZR 1200 appeared on the market in 2002 as a successor of the Kawasaki ZZ-R1100, which from 1990 to 1996. was recognized as the fastest mass-produced motorcycle in the world. However, with the advent of Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa, he lost this leadership, and Kawasaki continued the "arms race", offering the market a new model - ZX-12R. At the same time, the ZZ-R1200 model did not pretend to be a leading position, but was offered as a flagship sports tourist.

Compared to Kawasaki ZZ-R1100, the new model has received a number of technical differences:

  • New engine. Increased its displacement (1052 → 1164 cc), lowered the compression ratio (11.0 → 10.6) and generally increased traction at low and medium revs, also increasing the maximum power to 155 hp.
  • New look. The motorcycle received a modern design and specific optics of front and rear lights.
  • Fuel tank. Reduced capacity (24 → 23 l).
  • Pendants. Features and settings have been changed.
  • Transmission. Reduced gear ratio of the first two gears.
  • Curb weight. Increased by 2 kg compared to the last generation of the previous model (269 → 271 kg).

The Kawasaki ZZR 1200 was based on an in-line 4-cylinder liquid-cooled engine with a volume of 1164 cc, producing up to 155 hp. power and up to 125 Nm of torque. European modifications, depending on the countries, had different power, most often less. Full strength versions have been supplied to markets in North America, Australia and Malaysia. This engine was subsequently also installed on Kawasaki ZRX 1200.

Other features of the motorcycle include an aluminum frame, adjustable suspensions, a hydraulic clutch, a 6-speed gearbox, powerful 4-piston front brakes, a 23 liter fuel tank and 271 kg of curb weight.

2005 was the last year of production of the Kawasaki ZZR1200, after which it left the market, subsequently giving way to the flagship - Kawasaki ZZR1400.

The main competitors of the Kawasaki ZZR 1200 in the class:


Kawasaki ZZ-R1200
Kawasaki ZZ-R1200
Kawasaki ZZ-R1200


Specifications Kawasaki ZZ-R 1200:

ModelKawasaki ZZ-R1200
Motorcycle typesports tourist
Release year2002-2005
Framealuminum tubular
Engine type4-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume1164 cm³
Bore / Stroke79.0 x 59.4 mm
Compression ratio10.6: 1
Number of valves per cylinderDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemCarburetor, 4x Keihin CVKD40
Ignition typetransistor
Maximum power155.0 h.p. (114.0 kW) @ 9800 rpm - full-strength versions
Maximum torque125.0 Nm (12.7 kg * m) at 8200 rpm - full-strength versions
Drive typechain
Front tire size120/70 ZR17 M / C (58W)
Rear tire size180/55 ZR17 M / C (73W)
Front brakes2 discs, 320mm, 4-piston calipers
Rear brakes1 disc, 250 mm, 2-piston caliper
Front suspension43mm Telescopic Fork (Preload Adjustable), 120mm Travel - ZX1200C1-C2

43mm Telescopic Fork (adjustable preload and rebound damping), 120mm travel - ZX1200C3-C4

Rear suspensionPendulum Uni-Trak with monoshock (adjustable preload), stroke - 120 mm
Motorcycle length2160 mm
Motorcycle width755 mm
Motorcycle height1245 mm
Wheelbase1505 mm
Saddle height800 mm
Minimum ground clearance130 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h2.7 sec.
Maximum speed275 km / h
Fuel tank capacity23.0 l
Motorcycle weight (dry)236 kg
Motorcycle weight (curb)271 kg