Kawasaki ZRX1200R Reviews from Canada

2005 Kawasaki ZRX1200R

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance24500 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha XS750F


The ZRX1200R is a classic example of a naked bike, modernized



General Comments:

Extremely torquey and quick.

Light feeling for a big motorcycle.

Very quiet in stock form.

Plenty of motorcycle for me.

Seat is not comfortable on longer rides.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd December, 2010

2002 Kawasaki ZRX1200R

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.9 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance9900 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda VT500


Best bike on the market


The only problem I have had is the spark plug wires rattled loose and there was a loss of power. You've got to every now and then take off the fuel tank and check them, it is super easy. From reading other peoples experiences, this is common with this bike.

General Comments:

This is an amazing bike. No matter where I take it people stare at it. It is so much fun to ride, it has amazing power. For the price you cannot find a better 1200 cc superbike.

The suspension is fully adjustable, and the bike is set up for super easy maintenance. The handling is very good, it's not like rocket style handling, it takes more effort. I'm 190lbs and I can throw it around wherever I want. One thing I really notice is as the fuel goes down the handling gets a lot better/easier. So obviously an extra few pounds would make this bike perfect.

Also I have rode this bike for over 1000 kms in one day and I was fine. Try doing that on a crotch rocket. Plus the underseat storage is excellent. I wouldn't buy a crotch rocket if I had a choice.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2005

7th Nov 2005, 05:35

I took possession of a new ZRX1200R recently and I couldn't believe that one can get so much bike for so little money. It "rested" for 3 weeks in the garage because there was no real opportunity to ride it.

Not so during the weekend of 5 November 2005, when my wife and I decided to take a ride to the Eastern Transvaal (South Africa). This part of South Africa is notorious for its twists and bends. With two up, the bike handled very well and acceleration out of corners excellent. On the long stretches (150 km of freeway between Belfast and Pretoria) the bike showed that it can run for kilometers on end at high speeds.

Excellent bike!

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews