Kawasaki 454 LTD Reviews from Canada

1990 Kawasaki 454 LTD

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 kilometres
Most recent distance46000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleSuzuki VZ M800 Intruder

Summary:

It is one of the most capable bikes I have ever owned

Faults:

This bike has performed perfectly, with proper maintenance.

General Comments:

This bike is very fast for its size. It is comfortable & reliable. It is good on fuel. It can out run bikes twice its size. A real sleeper!!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2011

1987 Kawasaki 454 LTD

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 kilometres
Most recent distance36000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda Shadow VLX

Summary:

Very reliable and fun - ladies love it

Faults:

I've had to change the speedo cable and clutch cable twice each - but that is from a lot of driving and cheap aftermarket parts.

There is a tear in my seat, but that's also wear and tear.

Slight crack in the coolant reservoir. Leaks bit of coolant - caused from improper storage.

General Comments:

I've had bike for 11 years and have never spent a lot of money on it, I change the oil and make some maintenance to it and it runs great.

A useful tip for improved engine performance and life is to use a higher grade of octane in your fuel; it may cost more, but it pays for itself in the long run.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2008

1986 Kawasaki 454 LTD

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 kilometres
Most recent distance16000 kilometres

Summary:

Great value, power, and economy

Faults:

The carbs are sure fussy on it cold, it's very easy to flood below 15C. Once it's warmer out or the engine is warmed up, it runs awesome. They've been synchronised, and I've tried injector cleaner with the gas, so I may just try a different dealer if it persists.

General Comments:

Awesome value in this bike. I bought it cheap enough ($1200 CDN) ready to ride and it's been great. I'm having the tank repainted for a couple scuffs, and to sharpen it up a bit, and I'm sure it will make me money when I'm ready to sell it and go bigger.

I'm 6' tall/200lbs, and it's still very capable for my size. I've ridden a lot of late model bigger bikes, from Honda's to Harley's, and I'm not at all disappointed with mine.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th May, 2006

1986 Kawasaki 454 LTD

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 kilometres
Most recent distance14000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda CB900F

Summary:

An excellent small displacement motorcycle

Faults:

The speedo cable packed it in about 3000 km ago.

Carbs have been a headache the last 1000 km or so.

General Comments:

I found this little jewel stashed in a corner of a guy's storage shed and talked him into selling. It has been a joy to own and ride. I do not baby it, in fact, I love the engine so much I can't stop flogging this little bike and it just keeps delivering.

The problem with the carbs is not a big deal... the bike is 19 years old and I'm sure it has never been tuned or had any part rebuilt. It's definitely a keeper.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2005

19th Apr 2006, 15:21

I recently purchased a 454 for my wife, great bike, she really likes it. With the high price of fuel and prices increasing daily, this little gem can surely keep money in the pocket.

10th May 2006, 02:02

I just purchased the Kawasaki 454 LTD. I truly love this bike. I too am having some problems with the carb. Not much though, only seems to be a little bothersome near the top end, or in 6th gear going up a hill or something. I also need to replace the front forks, for they both leak and the rear tire. All in all, I'm really happy with this bike.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 4 reviews