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.


Main competitors:

However, with the advent of Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa, ZZR 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.



Specifications Kawasaki ZZ-R 1200:

Model Kawasaki ZZ-R1200
Motorcycle type sports tourist
Release year 2002-2005
Frame aluminum tubular
Engine type 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume 1164 cm³
Bore / Stroke 79.0 x 59.4 mm
Compression ratio 10.6: 1
Cooling liquid
Number of valves per cylinder DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply system Carburetor, 4x Keihin CVKD40
Ignition type transistor
Maximum power 155.0 h.p. (114.0 kW) @ 9800 rpm - full-strength versions
Maximum torque 125.0 Nm (12.7 kg * m) at 8200 rpm - full-strength versions
Gearbox 6-speed
Drive type chain
Front tire size 120/70 ZR17 M / C (58W)
Rear tire size 180/55 ZR17 M / C (73W)
Front brakes 2 discs, 320mm, 4-piston calipers
Rear brakes 1 disc, 250 mm, 2-piston caliper
Front suspension 43mm Telescopic Fork (Preload Adjustable), 120mm Travel - ZX1200C1-C2

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

Rear suspension linkage Uni-Trak with monoshock (adjustable preload), stroke - 120 mm
Motorcycle length 2160 mm
Motorcycle width 755 mm
Motorcycle height 1245 mm
Wheelbase 1505 mm
Saddle height 800 mm
Minimum ground clearance 130 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h 2.7 sec.
Maximum speed 275 km / h
Fuel tank capacity 23.0 l
Motorcycle weight (dry) 236 kg
Motorcycle weight (curb) 271 kg