Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R
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|Engine||1,199 cc (73.2 cu in) inline four|
|Top speed||185.8–187 mph (299.0–300.9 km/h)|
|Power||161.2 hp (120.2 kW) (rear wheel)|
|Torque||91.2 lb·ft (123.6 N·m) (rear wheel)|
|Weight||545 lb (247 kg) (wet)|
|Fuel consumption||32.1 mpg-US (7.3 L/100 km; 38.6 mpg-imp) |
The Kawasaki ZX-12R is a sport bike that was made from 2000 to 2006 by Kawasaki. It was known as a contender to be the fastest production motorcycle, and for its role in bringing to a truce the escalating competition to build a faster motorcycle.
At its introduction the ZX-12R was Kawasaki's flagship sport bike and a competitor to the Suzuki Hayabusa. It was a fuel injected (four 46 mm throttle bodies) 1,199 cc (73.2 cu in) hyper sport motorcycle, generating 161.2 horsepower (120.2 kW) at the rear wheel, although power figures differ with MCN quoting 178 bhp in their top ten engines test. Handling and braking match the power of the engine resulting in a motorcycle that was docile at low speeds and very easy to handle in heavy traffic, but had strong acceleration.
From the first production ZX-12R, in the 2000 model year, its top speed was restricted by a motorcycle manufacturer gentlemen's agreement. This was due to a voluntary gentlemen's agreement that included BMW Motorrad and the Japanese manufacturers, amid fears of government regulation of motorcycle speeds mainly in Europe.
The ZX-12R was discontinued in 2006 and followed by the ZX-14 (ZZR1400) in the same year.
- "Performance Index '10", Motorcycle Consumer News (Bowtie Magazines), 2010, retrieved 2011-02-14
- Burns, John (April 2, 2012), "Fifty Years of "Do You Have Any Idea How Fast You Were Going?" A brief history of Ludicrous Speed", Cycle World, retrieved November 5, 2012
- Brown, Roland (2006), The Ultimate History of Fast Motorcycles, Bath, UK: Parragon, pp. 284–284, ISBN 1-4054-7303-7
- "Motorcycle news". MCN.
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