Kawasaki ZZ-R1200

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ZZR1200 2004.jpg
Manufacturer Kawasaki
Also called ZX-12C
Production 2002–2005
Predecessor Kawaski ZX-11
Successor Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14
Class Sport Touring/Supersport
Engine 1,164 cc (71.0 cu in) four-stroke, liquid-cooled, 16-valve DOHC, inline-four
Top speed 169–170 mph (272–274 km/h)[1][2]
Power 160 hp (120 kW) @9800 rpm[3]
145.2 hp (108.3 kW) (rear wheel)[4]
Torque 92 lb⋅ft (125 N⋅m)
87.1 lb⋅ft (118.1 N⋅m) (rear wheel)[5]
Transmission six-speed, chain drive
Suspension Front:43mm Cartridge fork with preload adjustment. (Rebound added '04 onwards)
Rear: Uni-Trak, remote reservoir, with preload adjustment

Front: Dual semi-floating 320 mm discs with four-piston calipers

Rear: Single 250 disc with twin-piston caliper
Tires Front 120/70-17 Rear 180/55-17
Rake, trail 25.0°,4.16 in (106 mm)
Wheelbase 1,506 mm (59.3 inch)
Dimensions W: 754 mm (29.7 inch)
H: 1,245 mm (49.0 inches)
Seat height 800 mm (31.5 inch) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Weight 235.9 kg (520.0 pounds)[3] (dry)
270 kg (595 pounds)[1] (wet)
Fuel capacity 23 L (5.1 imp gal; 6.1 US gal)

The Kawasaki ZZ-R1200 motorcycle was built by Kawasaki. Identified by its model number ZX1200-C1, it is the successor to the ZX-11.[6] Considered a sport tourer, it features a twin-spar aluminum frame with four-stroke, DOHC, four-cylinder liquid-cooled engine. It has double fans, double fuel pumps, and double headlights. Additionally, hard touring bags can be added as an option. With factory rear wheel horsepower of 145HP;[3] it is widely regarded to be the most powerful production motorcycle ever built with carbureted induction.[5][4]It was even more powerful than the fuel injected Honda CBR1100XX. It has been said it was more powerful than any other production motorcycle carbureted or not @9800rpm where it made peak power except the Suzuki Hayabusa or ZX-12R.[5][4]With a quarter-mile time of 10.12 seconds at 136.9 mph.[4]


  1. ^ a b Strong, Elliot (September 9, 2002). "Honda CBR1100XX vs. Kawasaki ZZ-R1200". Motorcycle.com. Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ Edwards, David (July 2002), "World's Best Streetbike", Cycle World, p. 50 
  3. ^ a b c Bentman, Jon (March 28, 2008). "Splitting Heirs: Kawasaki ZZ-R1200 v ZZR1400". Visor Down. Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d Carrithers, Tim (November 9, 2009). "2002-2005 Kawasaki ZZ-R1200". Motorcyclist. Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "2002 Kawasaki ZZ-R1200 Motorcycle Test". Motorcyclist. February 24, 2009. Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Kawasaki ZX-6 and ZZR600 - Best Used Bikes". Cycle World. September 3, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2017. 


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