Kawasaki ZXR400 Reviews from United Kingdom

1992 Kawasaki ZXR400

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.1 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 kilometres
Most recent distance36000 kilometres

Summary:

Fun, but have a good chiropractor near by

Faults:

One crash (oops).

Alternator coils melted.

General Comments:

Fun fun fun.

Shockingly fast little bike. No go below 8000rpm, followed by the most amazing acceleration and noise up to 15000rpm.

Razor sharp handling; remember this bike has a steeper steering angle than an R6. The bike will go round corners faster than you can imagine. I never got to it's limits on the road.

The most uncomfortable bike ever I think. The rear shock is rock hard, and the seat very thin. The riding position is bum up, head down and quite hard on your wrists. After 10 hours and 500 miles riding, I could hardly walk the next day.

It's bigger than every other 400, so if you are tall and want a 400 sports bike to start with it's ideal, but budget for a replacement shock.

Also very pretty, looks a lot like a ZX7R and can be mistaken for it due to the size of the 400. Voted as one of the top 100 most beautiful bikes ever (14th I think)

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2007

1994 Kawasaki ZXR400

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance21270 miles

Summary:

Blistering pace and electric handling. Beats any 600

Faults:

The only thing is that the clutch had worn a few weeks after purchase, so a new one of those was at hand for all together £450.

General Comments:

Lacks low down torque, but after 8000rpm boosts itself up to a blistering pace, all the way up to 13000rpm.

A comfy ride until 110mph.

Snappy and electric is the only way to describe the handling.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2005

1999 Kawasaki ZXR400

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 4 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired8000 miles
Most recent distance15000 miles

Summary:

Overall, this is a very fun and fast bike

Faults:

My head gasket blew at 11,000 miles.

The clutch cable snapped.

The rear shock lost its rebound damping, requiring a new shock to be fitted.

I also had numerous problems starting the bike when the engine was hot, requiring me to have to bump start it. This problem was solved with a new set of spark plugs and the carburetors being balanced.

General Comments:

This motorcycle is great as an introduction to sports bikes. Especially if you have just passed your test or aren't very tall.

The engine loves and needs to be revved. You won't see much action below 10,000 revs. It will definitely keep your left foot active.

As for the handling, it's very good on smooth roads. But if the road has any bumps on it, you'll soon find out, as the rear shock is very hard.

The bike's engine will soon feel rough if it isn't serviced according to the manual.

As for tyre wear, I get between 4000 and 7000 miles a pair.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th June, 2005

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 3 reviews