1998 Kawasaki ZX-11 from United States of America

Summary:

What an amazing machine

Faults:

This rear light has gotten loose.

General Comments:

This motorcycle is SO fast, and it's also extremely comfortable. It's very smooth; the power just rolls on beautifully, no matter what gear you're in.

I have a 1998 ZX-11; recently just bought it and I have no complaints.

When maneuvering it slowly it can be a bitch to handle; I mean this thing is heavy, but once you get moving, on the highway this bike really shines and it feels as light as a feather LOL. Coming from a 1995 Katana 600 to this, it was well worth it; what an upgrade.

These bikes are extremely rare, and I'm glad I found one in good condition with a lot of life left. I highly recommend this bike for anyone...

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2019

7th Nov 2019, 02:22

The ZX-11D was the last of the bikes I bought, and by far the best. Blindingly fast, strong brakes, comfortable, utterly reliable, it still resides in my garage, though in my advanced dotage I rarely ride it any longer. Now a doddering old fart with no riding buds (all have croaked or moved away), I keep the old beast mainly for sentimental reasons, a final remnant of my misspent youth.

1996 Kawasaki ZX-11 from Canada

Summary:

Scary fast and a major thrill ride

Faults:

The bike has worked great except for the front brakes seizing up if the bike sits for longer than two weeks. This only happens when it is cold. 0-10 C.

General Comments:

This is an amazing bike when you consider how old it is. The acceleration will still give new bikes a serious run for their money. I never hit top speed, but I wouldn't doubt it could easily hit the 280 kph mark.

The ZX11 is comfortable and rides more like a sport tourer. I am 6 ft 3 and could ride for hours on the bike. I do not recommend a passenger even though it does have a large seat. This is a bike meant to be ridden solo.

Braking is great. The bike will carve through the corners very easily. I will say that it is a pain to move around when it isn't running.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2019

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