Kawasaki ZRX1200R Reviews from United States of America

2005 Kawasaki ZRX1200R

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired8800 miles
Most recent distance12000 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha XS850G

Summary:

A very good, do anything bike

Faults:

It dives on hard (emergency) brake application. However I'm still learning to make adjustments and to preload the rear brake before the front brake.

General Comments:

Comfortable, economical and dependable, powerful, good looking, a sleeper.

Rides good in snow or rain, hot or cold weather.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th September, 2012

2004 Kawasaki ZRX1200R

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired4900 miles
Most recent distance13450 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda VFR800FI

Summary:

Kawasaki, bring back this model!!!

Faults:

I have had three issues;

1) The carbs often get clogged due to our horrible gas. This requires removing and cleaning them (3-4 hours).

2) I had a coolant leak from the hose at the back of the engine. Solved by tightening the clamp.

3) The vacuum fuel petcock assembly failed, allowing the bike to stop running. You cannot purchase a rebuild kit for the petcock, and must purchase a new complete assembly for... $165.00.

General Comments:

This bike looks great. I get many positive comments, from BMW, Ducati and Harley riders, as well as riders of Japanese brands.

It has more power than other "naked bikes" or "standards". The Suzuki, Triumph and Honda competition have less power and torque.

The bike is made much better with a Sargent seat, Akro carbon slip on exhaust and braided brake lines.

This is my 2nd ZRX. I owned a blue 2003 from 2003 until 2008, before I foolishly sold it for what I paid new.

The ZRX1200R is still sold in Japan with fuel injection replacing the carbs. Kawasaki was foolish to discontinue the bike in the USA..

I will not sell this bike. Mods for this winter will include OHLINS shocks, revalved forks and a light weight battery. Looking for some light weight wheels too! So far, I have shaved 21 pounds off this heavy weight, and hope to lose 20 more.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2011

2003 Kawasaki ZRX1200R

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
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 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.1 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB650SC Nighthawk

Summary:

It is a great example of a standard bike

Faults:

Have not had any problems with the Zrex.

General Comments:

This motorcycle is what a standard bike is all about. It has kept the style, performance, reliability that the Honda CB750 brought to the world in 1969. Why Honda walked away from this style is beyond me.

Has a wide powerband that is easy to control.

At real slow speeds, it gets a little ponderous, but that is inevitable, and one gets used to it.

I have modified the Zrex very little: 1) put 1" handlebar risers to move it up and back. 2) advanced the timing from 2 deg. to 4 deg. 3) Replaced stock muffler with carbon fiber to knock off about 10 pounds of dead, high weight. 4) added 1 tooth to the countershaft sprocket.

It gets great gas mileage for a 1200cc; 45mpg around town, and 55mpg on the road.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2010

2005 Kawasaki ZRX1200R

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance13000 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson FLHRCI Road King Classic

Summary:

The ZXR1200R is perhaps the most versatile and capable motorcycle in the world for the money

Faults:

No problems to date. Only required factory maintenance performed.

General Comments:

Typical Kawasaki reliability. Very strong engine with a load of torque for effortless low rpm operation.

Fit and finish are excellent. Retro look and modern engineering at its finest. Great riding position.

Brakes work well, but require some effort to bring the bike to a quick stop.

The transmission shifts very well, but has a fairly abrupt initial engagement from neutral into first gear.

Gas mileage is outstanding with typical 45-50 mpg returns with light to moderate throttle input. Perhaps the most bike you can get for the money. A shame it's no longer available in this country.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 2009

2002 Kawasaki ZRX1200R

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance10000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Z1 900

Summary:

Best looking, running, dependable bike that I have seen in my opinion

Faults:

I am glad to say that I haven't had any faults, and nothing has gone wrong with this bike.

General Comments:

Well don't know where to start with making comments about my ZRX1200R, cause there are a lot of things to say; for instance the power this bike has is unreal, it has a roll on performance that is crisp at the wrist, doesn't matter what speed or what gear you are in, it launches like a rocket.

The paint job also looks very cool, I have the candy lime green one with purple and pearl white stripes, and get a lot of complements on the looks.

The handling of this bike is very forgiving, as in you can maneuver it well in the turns and pull it to a line with ease.

It also has a factory ignition timing device that is called "k-trick", that no matter what speed or gear you are in, the timing is set for very responsive throttling.

I also like the fact that it has six caliper braking on the front end. Most bikes that I have seen only have four calipers; the extra two on my bike makes me feel a little more secure when it comes to stopping this rocket on wheels.

I guess I would have to say that the ZRX1200R has it all. from speed to looks to comfortable ride, dependability, and much more. I will keeping this bike for a long time.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th March, 2009

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 7 reviews