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2004 Kawasaki ZZR 1200 from United States of America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired800 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson Sportster XL 1200R


This is a great looking, fast, reliable, and well handling motorcycle


Some scoring of the cam lobes.

General Comments:

This bike is fast by any standard with breathtaking acceleration.

It handles very well, and feels solidly planted all the time. It is a very stable bike.

The bike looks great. One of the better styling jobs by Kawasaki.

The acceleration is linear, and the engine doesn't need to be revved that high to get this bike moving.

You can cruise at 90+ all day long on this bike, and it's not even breaking a sweat.

The wind protection is very good.

The braking is very good.

Reliability is excellent.

This is a sport tourer, however the emphasis is on the sport side.

I've put about 20,000 miles on it, and I'm still very happy with it.

Depending on you size, age, health etc. it will be comfortable or not.

The stock seat is horrible for long rides.

There is one known problem that many of these bikes had, and that is the cam lobes pit severely. Some owners have replaced the cams, others continued to ride without replacing them with no apparent failures or other ill affects.

The bike is rather heavy and has a sizable wheel base.

Gas mileage is typically around 42 MPG, assuming you're reasonably gentle with the throttle.

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

Review Date: 2nd August, 2008

2003 Kawasaki ZZR 1200 from United Kingdom

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired1250 miles
Most recent distance3500 miles
Previous motorcycleBMW R 1150 GS


Fast but heavy, vastly underrated, and now cheap too


Faultless so far.

General Comments:

For a start this is very fast.

A quarter-tonne bike that covers the quarter mile in 10.5s! That will run to 180mph without the BS factor?

That's a fast bike; it's faster than Honda's Blackbird. It also boasts more ground clearance and more settled suspension. This helps it to hide its weight disadvantage to out-handle the Blackbird too (I know because I owned a Blackbird).

The ZZ-R offers brilliant rider accommodation with a huge fairing and a really well balanced riding position.

Tank range is very good for such a missile, but be warned, if you’re trigger-happy you could be stopping every 130 or so miles and spending time in jail if they catch you.

The engine and handling really suit the bike though; Ultra-linear power with smooth delivery and a very stable chassis make for a bike you can ride a long way on - very quickly. You can easily satisfy all your needs with this one bike (scratching, touring, commuting, except off roading!!) and even pillions like them.

This is a bike that has been very cleverly designed and developed to fulfill a niche missed altogether by the ZX-12R, Hayabusa and most other superbikes. It's the best big super sports-tourer, and the one of the most versatile day to day bikes you could own.

I really like it, but am gonna sell it and buy a KTM Adventure!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2008

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 5 reviews