Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

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After the thunderclap of Suzuki with its 1300 GSX-R and its 340 meters, Kawasaki presented with prudence and discretion its overpowered ZX-12R. In full, the bike delivers no less than 180 hp and rubs near 300 km / h chrono. But the Greens didn’t just make an engine crammed with horsepower.

The chassis of the 12R is surprising in more ways than one. Unlike 90% of sports cars on the market, there is no double aluminum perimeter frame, but a monocoque chassis which also acts as an air box. The tank is just a cover – much of the real one is under the saddle. With this type of architecture, Kawa wanted to obtain a machine that was very stable at high speed but also short enough for good agility. From a stability point of view, nothing to say except that it’s flawless. To bring along, the ZX-12R is not so commendable. Less lively than the competition and physical in the sequences, the big Ninja requires grip. It doesn’t give itself like that, you have to deserve it. Conversely, the engine deserves nothing but praise. Overpowering, fantastically torquey and very full (except in the French version), it’s a treat! Developed in collaboration with the Kawasaki aeronautical department, the fairing provides good protection, and 2 details torment the eye: the small fins on the sides (very cool) and the forced air intake system (in the shape of a scoop). -crumbs, less cool). Like the hayabusa, the ZX-12R is not a circuit beast.
In the end, a motorcycle packed with technology that requires physical investment to be driven at a good pace.

Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

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      Model marketed in

      2000
      2001

      Performances

      • Max speed:
        300 km / h

      The technical aspect

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

      • Frame
      • Frame: aluminum monocoque
      • Tank: 20 liters
      • Seat height: 810 mm
      • Length: 2,080 mm
      • Width: 725 mm
      • Height: 1,185 mm
      • Wheelbase: 1440 mm
      • Dry weight: 210 kg
      • Train before
      • Telehydraulic inverted fork, deb: 120 mm
      • 2 discs Ø 320 mm with 6 piston calipers
      • Front wheel:

        120/70
        – 17

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001 technical

      • Transmission
      • 6 speed gearbox
      • Secondary chain transmission
      • Rear axle
      • Mono-shock, deb: 140 mm
      • 1 disc Ø 230 mm, 2 piston caliper
      • Rear wheel:

        200/50
        – 17

      • Motor
      • 4 Cylinders
        in line
        , 4 stroke
      • Cooling: by water
      • DFI electronic fuel injection
      • Double ACT
      • 4 valves per cylinder
      • 1199 cc
        (83 x 55.4 mm)
      • 180
        ch
      • 13 mkg
        at 7,500 rpm
      • Weight ratio /
        power
        : 1.17
        kg / hp
      • Compression: 12.2: 1
      • Crit’air:

      Detached pieces

      exhaust
      motor
      fluid
      electricity

      filtration
      braking
      chain kit

      Competitors

      Suzuki 1300 GSX-R Hayabusa 2001
      Suzuki 1300 GSX-R Hayabusa 2001

      Honda CBR 1100 XX Super Blackbird 2001
      Honda CBR 1100 XX Super Blackbird 2001

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

      Kawasaki 1200 ZX-12R 2001

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