It looks like 200HP and 200MPH (with chip) have arrived. Kawasaki has insisted on having the fastest bike for over 30 years now. When the Buza came out Kawasaki had to settle for the 300 KPH limit as well and had to content themselves with doing it with a more nimble bike using less displacement. Seems like a draw was unacceptable, this bike will clearly be the most powerful production bike on the planet.
Only the craziest of the crazies (know a few of em) could argue that more than the cornucopia of power the Buza and ZX-12R produce is needed or possibly even desired IMHO. Most anyone that has ridden either of these ICBM's knows what I'm talking about.
With more power comes more heat and the need for more stability. I will be interested in reading the tests with an emphasis on it's comfort and handling. I would like to see one in person (the pictures don't overly excite me). As is the ZX-12R is the Most I could envision.
Well, if you can put any stock in the press release at all (gack!), it goes on pretty extensively about how agile it is. I agree that this thing looks way big and heavy, but I guess we'll have to see if they moved the class standard any further ahead.
And about the ZX-12, I understand that the subtle revision they did a couple of years back did improve it significantly. You've got the first version which had more flaws. But no, it won't work like a liter bike.
There have been a couple of pics that show parts of a new bike that are rumored to be a hyper-VFR/XX replacement. From the little I've heard from Honda, I doubt you'll see it this year. (But you never know.) Apparently they're gearing up for a big 2007 model year with lots of new stuff.
One can only hope after the cricket-inducing line-up for '06.
YYYYYYAAAAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!![Little John] If you go to kawasaki.com and then click on their international website,click on united kingdom ,you will see the zzr 1400 in all it,s glory including spec,s.colors etc! As I am a government employee,I feel I put your tax dollars to good use,instead of to people that hate us!
I think the comments about weight are unfair - I'm sure a lighter bike is possible, but the engineering and materials necessary to make that happen mean more expense which means a (possibly much) higher price.
That's why Harleys are so expensive - the motor company charges a lot, but they invest that money in making light, responsive machines!
It would be nice if it came over unrestricted somehow and could touch 200 mph just to have someone reach that magic number. And if it just happens to be Kawasaki so much the better Looks fairly comfy. Hopefully they kept it light. Would like to see 500 pounds all juiced up, but that's doubtfull. Still, being a Kawasaki fan since day 1, I can't wait to see a road test on this beast!
If the 192 bhp mark is true (and depending on whether or not that measurement takes into account Ram Air), I think that this bike will probably hit 200mph with a restrictor-eliminator.
IIRC, before they mandated the 186mph governer, the Hayabusa was knocking on 200mph's door, with 25-30 fewer horsepower.
I'm aware of the law of diminishing returns, an extra 30hp might not be enough to nudge it over the 200mph mark, but if anyone can do it, its Kawasaki. Ram-air + wind tunnel research = good top speed charachteristics.
I would like to see the manufacturers focus more on improving suspension, weight reduction, and fuel delivery. Brute power in itself isn't always that usable but I do like what Suzuki and Kawasaki are doing with their liter bikes. At least they're focusing on making the overall bike experience more usable with excellent power characteristics. That said, it will be interesting to see the straight line results.