1991 Kawasaki ZX-11 from Serbia

Summary:

Supreme sport tourer

Faults:

Fuel pump relay wire went loose once.

Fork rings needed replacement every year or so, due to poor quality roads and my weight (130kg + girl).

Front brake pads didn't last long either.

Fuel tank needed some sealing due to rust problems on the bottom, probably because of 2 years on the open sky without owner.

General Comments:

The Zed is a very comfortable and reliable rocket on 2 wheels, which can do 350km+ trip with one tank, 2-up, fully loaded, if needed.

Touring speeds 160km/h+ also 2up with no effort for the engine or the driver. But, the front end couldn't be worse. Tight curves, knee scratching, shifting side to side, just forget it. Too heavy to dance. Supreme sport tourer for its age, just stay inside the Zed's limits, and twist the throttle as much as you dare. The sum of 110Nm and 150bhp means you can accelerate brutally any time any place from 2500rpm on, even in 6th gear.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2011

1995 Kawasaki ZX-11 from United States of America

Summary:

Legendary bike with strong acceleration and reliability

Faults:

Top-end was rebuilt in '08 due to the #3 piston rod failure.

Oil bypass system was installed to improve oil flow efficiency.

Since the repair, the bike has run smooth and strong. No problems.

General Comments:

Awesome bike. Incredible acceleration. It will be heavier in the corners, but still feels very planted and capable. Reliability of the Z engine is positive, much lower maintenance than a Ducati.

Riding position is comfortable, most like a sport touring versus the racer position of a sport bike. This bike will feel a bit heavy in parking lots and slow maneuvers, given the heft of the machine. I hope to have this a long time.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2009

1993 Kawasaki ZX-11 from Norway

Summary:

Super fast, comfortable and reliable bike

Faults:

A metal bracket holding the instruments inside the fairing broke at approximately 20000 miles.

Simmerings in the front fork broke twice, leading to leakage and repair.

Service intervals were quite short, or every 6000 km.

General Comments:

The Kawasaki ZX 11 D1 was very powerful, at least for those days standards.

The power, sound and "charisma" of the bike was very appealing to me.

Anyway, it was a little bit heavy and not too easy to handle.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd February, 2005

13th Jul 2015, 14:21

I also currently have a 1993 ZX11D. Super fast. Clocks 200.

I'm the third owner with 46k on her. She is cold blooded and takes a bit to warm up; once warm she's dying for road. Makes her ideal for long rides to and through wine county, but not a bike to run around the corner to the convenience store. While warming up, it may cut off a couple times.

I got about 38 MPG, and step into it often. Excellent sport tourer, I put the GIVI topcase on with hard to find GIVI hardware, along with a big tank bag; made travel for an overnighter possible.

Super heavy. I dropped it once. I had to sit there till a guy stopped to help me hoist it back up.

For people worried about the handlebars, there's little to no pressure on hands and wrists, without use of HELI BARS, the knee angles are not so bad, but after two knee surgeries, my ZX just sits in my backyard under a tarp. It's too much bike to give to my kid who rides a Ninja 250 yet. When I test drove it, I thought I was having a heart attack it was so fast. The power band kicks in at 7k. My normal shifts are around 5k. At 6k she's doing 100 mph in 6th gear. At 4200 RPM, she's doing like 75. She redlines around 11500 RPM. I suspect it will hit 200. Never took it over 145. Not enough road to go faster. At 7k, the ram air kicks in and it's like a rodeo bull.

Overall, a good bike.