Kawasaki ZZ-R1200

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ZZR1200 2004.jpg
Also calledZX-12C
PredecessorKawaski ZX-11
SuccessorKawasaki Ninja ZX-14
ClassSport Touring/Supersport
Engine1,164 cc (71.0 cu in) four-stroke, liquid-cooled, 16-valve DOHC, inline-four
Top speed169–170 mph (272–274 km/h)[1][2]
Power160 hp (120 kW) at 9,800 rpm[3]
145.2 hp (108.3 kW) (rear wheel)[4]
Torque92 lb⋅ft (125 N⋅m)
87.1 lb⋅ft (118.1 N⋅m) (rear wheel)[5]
Transmissionsix-speed, chain drive
SuspensionFront:43mm Cartridge fork with preload adjustment. (Rebound added '04 onwards)
Rear: Uni-Trak, remote reservoir, with preload adjustment
BrakesFront: Dual semi-floating 320 mm discs with four-piston calipers Rear: Single 250 disc with twin-piston caliper
TiresFront 120/70-17 Rear 180/55-17
Rake, trail25.0°,4.16 in (106 mm)
Wheelbase1,506 mm (59.3 inch)
DimensionsW: 754 mm (29.7 inch)
H: 1,245 mm (49.0 inches)
Seat height800 mm (31.5 inch) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Weight235.9 kg (520.0 pounds)[3] (dry)
270 kg (595 pounds)[1] (wet)
Fuel capacity23 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 at 9,800 rpm 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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