2000 Kawasaki ZG1200 Voyager XII from United States of America


Does what it is designed to do, and does it well!


50K - clutch springs wore out, friction disks were still within spec, but slipping on up-shifts, replaced disks and heavier springs.

30K fork seals leaking (nicks and dings on front of fork tubes - use fork tube protection).

15K, 35K, 54K steering stem bearings loose not replaced, just tightened.

General Comments:

Fourth touring bike owned, most fun, least "surprises" - unexpected breakdowns. Went from 3-5k/year (6 months/year) to 10K/year, 11 months of riding (when no-snow in NY).

Strong bulletproof engine, lots of power for a tourer loaded down with kitchen sinks: radio, cassette, CB, bags and trunk, and "barn door" windscreen.

Handling is old style, high COG, but does well with a stiff frame.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2006

23rd Feb 2006, 19:05

The 1200 is the touring bike that will make your buddy who purchased a Goldwing at $18k plus cry for not considering the Kawasaki 1200 Voyager as the best buy for the money..!

I've owned a 2003 model - same as the past models and can't find a better ride. Comfort and room to haul the lady of the house on vacation anywhere.


Tampa, Fla.

14th Jan 2010, 20:27

My experience with my 1988 and my 2002 Kawasaki Voyager Xll has been excellent. I had the 1988 front end rebuilt at about 65,000 miles. I seem to have more problems getting the plastic for the bike than the mechanical parts. The one problem I have is that I cannot locate (in Washington state) any mechanics who have knowledge of these bikes.

I put 26,000 miles on the 1988 and have not complaints. I just bought the 2002, have put 5,000 miles on it and so far, no surprises.

As far as I am concerned, these bikes are well worth the price and effort.

29th Dec 2010, 14:32

Bought a 2nd hand '99 with 84000 km on it.. have put on an additional 16000 km on with no problems. Gets much better mileage than my old 1200GL, and has more power. All the toys still work perfect, and despite being 10 years old and having over 100000 km on it, it still looks good and performs great. Only items replaced this winter were front wheel bearings and plugs. Am going to try and find a low mileage '03 to replace it some day, but for now, it looks like it still has quite a few miles left in it.