Kawasaki ZRX1200R Reviews from United States of America - Page 2 of 2

2003 Kawasaki ZRX1200R

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.9 / 10
Distance when acquired1950 miles
Most recent distance12500 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki VN800A

Summary:

The ZREX is like an old trusted friend that always knows how to make you smile

Faults:

No mechanical issues, other than general maintenance.

General Comments:

This bike is a wonderful commuter and has served me well. It doesn't matter if you are riding two up or on your own, it will do the job quite nicely. I have only needed to make minor modifications to it, taller windscreen, mirror extenders, and rear peg extenders for my wife to be a bit more comfortable.

My only knock on the bike is the stock seat. It took a few thousand miles for the seat to wear into my rear end enough to make it not fall asleep on rides longer than 50 miles.

The power of this bike is really all that 90% of most riders will ever need in the real world. Tons of torque that starts at very low RPM's and continues well into the upper power-band. It really has a lot of power. The only bikes that would smoke the the ZREX are the hyper-bikes of the world like the busa and upper level ninjas and R-1's. But, in my opinion this bike counters the lack of that kind of speed by its all around utility.

Its not a home run power hitter, but it is that guy in the lineup that will get you a hit every time you really need, year after year.

As far as the suspension goes, I am not the corner hugging canyon carver type, but I have never felt this bike wouldn't do exactly what I ask it to. Confident and competent are very good words to describe it.

Just like so many other Kawasaki engines, this thing is nearly bullet proof. No problems at all. just change the oil (go with a full synth for the smoothest shifting) and change the tires when they wear out.

As far as the styling goes, the retro look is not for everyone, but if you are into that sort of bike, then nothing comes closer to the old sport standards than the ZREX. If this machine were available in 1982, it would have been outlawed by the insurance companies.

By the way, the Blue ones are faster than all the other colors. :)

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2008

2001 Kawasaki ZRX1200R

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired4200 miles
Most recent distance4800 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki Suzuki GS1150E

Summary:

My ZRX1200R is without any doubt, the finest motorcycle I have ever ridden, including a BMW K1200RS

Faults:

This bike has been flawless so far. As a matter of fact, it has been so good it is kind of scary.

General Comments:

I came from a 1985 Suzuki GS1150E, which was a seriously quick motorcycle.

The REX is serious as a heart attack quick, handles effortlessly and with confidence way beyond my capabilities.

This bike is very forgiving. A little push or pull at the bars on the wrong line in a corner and you're on the right line.

How great is that??!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2006

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