Kawasaki have released more details on their flagship ZZR1400 sports tourer. The bike will have the most powerful engine Kawasaki have ever produced for a motorcycle, with around 190bhp on tap, delivered from a 1352cc, four cylinder, fuel injected motor. The engine is brand new and is about as wide as the ZX-12R, it also features an oil cooler, as well as a conventional water radiator.

Like the ZX-12R the new 1400 features a monococque frame with the engine as a stressed member, and the airbox inside the frame's top section. Inverted 43mm forks, set at a 23 fork angle, featuring 13 way compression settings plus 11 rebound options offer sharp, tweakable handling and steering. At the back, a Uni-Trak monoshock rear end, with gas reservoir and pre-load adjustment, complete a semi-sporting chassis package.

It probably won't be an ideal trackday bike however, as the wheelbase is longer than the ZX-12R at 1460mm, dry weight of 218kgs and a 22 litre fuel capacity adding some more weight once rolling - though the fuel is stored under the seat.

But the sleek aerodynamics of the ZZR1400, the sheer lazy grunt of having 190bhp at just 9500rpm, plus the two-up riding comfort, will make this the Hayabusa and Blackbird beating superbike for 2006.

The seat height is just 800mmPrice is expected to be around £9000 OTR. Colours are blue or metallic grey

source: http://www.insidebikes.com/...
issued: Tuesday, February 21, 2006
updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2006

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