Kawasaki ZRX1200R

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Kawasaki ZRX1200R
ZRX1200R.JPG
Manufacturer Kawasaki
Production 2001–2005 US
2001–2007[1] Europe
2001–2016 Japan
Predecessor Kawasaki ZRX1100
Class Standard motorcycle
Engine 1,164 cc (71.0 cu in) inline four
Top speed 147 mph (237 km/h)[2][3]
Power 122 hp (91 kW) (claimed)[4]
111.7 hp (83.3 kW)[2](rear wheel)
Torque 80.7 lb⋅ft (109.4 N⋅m)[2](rear wheel)
Weight 223 kg (492 lb)[4] (dry)
247 kg (545 lb)[5] (wet)

The Kawasaki ZRX1200R, a standard/naked motorcycle, was manufactured in Japan from 2001 until 2007. It was sold in the US until 2005[6] and Europe until 2007. It was updated in 2008 with a six-speed transmission, fuel injection and still sold in Japan as the ZRX1200 DAEG model until 2016.[7][8] It is an evolution of the ZRX1100, a stylized replica of the "Eddie Lawson Replica" KZ1000R[9] sold in 1982,[6] a motorcycle made famous by the superbike racing champion of the same name.[10] With the ZRX1200R, Kawasaki's goal was to produce a motorcycle with the performance of a modern motorcycle, while retaining a design similar to the original Eddie Lawson Replica.

Worldwide, the ZRX1200 was available in three guises: the ZRX1200S, which was partially faired; the ZRX1200R, which had a bikini fairing; and the ZRX1200N, which had no fairing. Unlike sport bikes, full handlebars made of tubular aluminum are utilized. For comfort, the saddle contains more than one centimeter of padding between the seat covering and the pan. Foot pegs are positioned similar to standard motorcycles, creating a seating position reminiscent of the classic Universal Japanese Motorcycle (UJM).

The frame is conventional steel tube with the engine supported in a removable cradle. The suspension configuration is similar to that found on a UJM. The rear shocks, designed with a piggyback reservoir, are adjustable for preload and damping. The front suspension consists of conventional forks with adjustable damping and preload.[11] The reinforced swing arm was designed to mimic the modified/aftermarket swingarms produced in the 1970s.

The bike features a liquid-cooled 1164cc inline 4-cylinder engine. Induction comes through four 36mm Keihin Constant Velocity carburetors. The exhaust system is a 4-into-1 stainless steel unit. The exhaust system on models produced up to 2004 are painted black, with the exception of the muffler, models produced from 2004-onwards are equipped with polished exhaust systems. [10]

Kawasaki ZRX1200
ZRX1200S
2011 Kawasaki ZRX1200 DAEG

Specifications[edit]

Engine
Configuration in-line four-cylinder four-stroke
Displacement (cc) 1,164 cc (71.0 cu in)
Bore x Stroke 79 mm × 59.4 mm (3.11 in × 2.34 in)
Compression Ratio 10.1:1
Cooling Water Cooled
Valve train Four valves per cylinder (DOHC)
Fuel delivery 4 36mm Keihin Constant Velocity carburetors
Power 122 hp (91 kW) (claimed)
Torque 80.7 lb⋅ft (109.4 N⋅m) (rear wheel)
Transmission
Type 5 Speed, constant mesh
Final Drive Chain
Chassis/Suspension/Brakes
Front Suspension Conventional 43mm Showa forks, adjustable for preload and damping, 4.9 in (120 mm)
Rear Suspension Twin remote reservoir KYB shock absorbers, adjustable for preload and damping, 4.6 in (120 mm)
Front Brakes Dual 310 mm discs with 6-piston calipers
Rear Brakes Single 250 mm disc with 2-piston caliper
Front Tire 120/70-ZR17
Rear Tire 180/55-ZR17
Dimensions
Length 83.5 in (2,120 mm)
Width 30.7 in (780 mm)
Height 45.3 in (1,150 mm)
Ground clearance 5.3 in (130 mm)
Wheelbase 57.6 in (1,460 mm)
Rake 25 deg
Trail 4.1 in (100 mm)
Seat Height 31 in (790 mm)
Fuel Capacity 5.3 US gal (20 l; 4.4 imp gal)[4]
Dry Weight 489 lb (222 kg)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "KAWASAKI ZRX1200 (2001-2007) Review". Motorcycle News. November 23, 2006. Retrieved July 8, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Performance Index Winter '12/'13 Edition" (PDF), Motorcycle Consumer News, Bowtie Magazines, January 2013 
  3. ^ "Sportbike Weights and Measurements". Sport Rider. August 23, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c Sobat, Warren (November–December 2004). "Kawasaki ZRX1200R". Road Runner. Retrieved July 8, 2017. 
  5. ^ Kunitsugu, Kent (June 30, 2010). "Birth of the Super Standards". Sport Rider. Retrieved July 8, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Kawasaki ZRX1100 - BEST USED BIKES". Cycle World. September 24, 2010. Retrieved July 8, 2017. 
  7. ^ Dirck Edge (December 12, 2008), "Kawasaki ZRX1200 DAEG: A Thoroughly Modern UJM", Motorcycle Daily 
  8. ^ "Product Lineup". Kawasaki. 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Kawasaki KZ1000R: The Original Lawson Replica". Sport Rider. June 30, 2010. Retrieved July 8, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b MSN Bikepoint review, Robert Smith, 07/2006.
  11. ^ Kawasaki Heavy Industries, ZRX1200 service manual, 2001.