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2005 Kawasaki ZRX1200R

As the “muscle car” of the motorcycle world, the Kawasaki ZRX1200 has the good looks of yester-year’s Japanese standards. Combined with a relatively upright seating position, the torque of a big-bore engine and sturdy chassis, just looking at its inviting contours makes even the most casual observer want to ride.

In addition to its unique styling, horsepower separates the ZRX1200R from other standards, thanks to an engine tuned with emphasis on low- and mid-range rpm performance. The ZRX1200R engine features electroplated cylinders, which transfer heat much quicker than steel, allowing tighter tolerances to be utilized to generate more power. Pistons with concave domes are found in the lightweight, all-aluminum cylinder block. This translates to a user-friendly street personality and amazing roll-on performance on the highway.

Building on the ZRX1200R’s already incredible torque is the bank of large-bore 36mm Keihin carburetors featuring the Kawasaki Throttle Responsive Ignition Control (K-TRIC) throttle position sensor. K-TRIC is connected to the digital ignition system and varies ignition timing according to throttle position and engine rpm so that the ignition compensates for differing engine loads. The result is crisp throttle response and better fuel efficiency, plus the carburetors have coasting enricheners to prevent backfiring.

With so much power on tap, engine vibration had to be reduced, especially in the 2,000-rpm range. Kawasaki accomplished this by designing a diaphragm spring that is placed between the primary gear and clutch housing. The spring not only provides smooth low-rpm operation, it also works with the shift drum and cam profile to help improve shifting of the five-speed transmission.

The four-into-one exhaust system is constructed entirely of stainless steel with a polished muffler. California models have a catalyzer in the exhaust system to reduce emissions without cutting power.

The ZRX1200R’s engine rests in a tubular-steel, double-cradle frame with an additional gusset behind the steering head for greater rigidity. The swingarm pivot is positioned for excellent rear suspension action and to reduce chain-torque reaction. The swingarm features an underside-braced design, and is shaped for increased rigidity.

Driveline lash is reduced with the use of a urethane rear-wheel damper borrowed from the NINJA® sportbike design. Exceptional braking is provided by the dual 310mm front discs with opposed six-piston calipers, while the rear brake uses a single 250mm disc clamped by an opposed twin-piston caliper. Hollow three-spoke wheels grace both ends.

For rider comfort, the ZRX1200 features an upright riding position, while hollow footpegs and rubber-mounted handlebars reduce vibration and make the ride even more enjoyable. Aluminum grab rails are located on both sides of the seat to accommodate a passenger, and the 5.3-gallon fuel tank is specially designed so that a tank bag can be easily installed.


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Engine: Four-stroke, DOHC, inline four, 16 valves
Displacement: 1,164cc

Starting: Electric

Bore x stroke: 79.0 x 59.4mm

Compression ratio: 10.1:1

Cooling: Liquid

Carburetion: Keihin CVK36 x 4

Ignition: Digital with Kawasaki Throttle Responsive Ignition Control (K-TRIC)

Transmission: Five-speed

Frame: Double-cradle tubular steel

Rake / trail: 25° / 4.2 in.

Suspension, front: 43mm cartridge-type fork with preload adjustment and 12-way adjustable compression and rebound damping

Suspension, rear: Braced swingarm with twin shocks, five-way adjustable preload and four-way adjustable compression and rebound damping

Wheel travel, front: 4.7 in.

Wheel travel, rear: 4.8 in.

Tire, front: 120/70 x ZR17 tubeless radial

Tire, rear: 180/55 x ZR17 tubeless radial

Brakes, front / rear: Dual hydraulic discs / Disc

Overall length: 83.5 in.

Overall width: 30.7 in.

Overall height: 45.3 in.

Ground clearance: 5.3 in.

Seat height: 31.1 in.

Dry weight: 492 lbs.

Fuel capacity: 5.3 gal.

Wheelbase: 57.7 in.

Colors: Candy Lime Green

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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:52 am

Ok, go for it guys and gals!
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Unread post by ceemes » Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:59 am

Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout Willis, pure AWESOMENESS to the Nth degree.

It harkens back to my old KZ550, tho with over twice the CC's. A true naked UJM with clean lines, nice riding position and just enough modern conveniences to bring it up to date. And best yet, none of that Transformer like styling that is plaguing other bike these days.

In a word......SWWWWEEEEEEETTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:09 am

My Vote: AWESOME

I'm sorry, usually I try to wait till a few replies get in before I go and cast my vote and post my message but how can I wait? This bike is to me so classic it's awesomely cool and even has Eddie Lawson heritage behind it (can I have something above Awesome admin please? no? oh ok). :D

If there is a handfull of bike's I've "lusted after" this would be in that group. So classic, so standard, so muscle, so naked bike. To be honest I'm in love with it's looks (80s UJM just screams "motorcycle" to me) and sadly have never ridden one yet (although I have looked MANY times at buying one; I even went to a sellers home and tried to buy one but couldn't talk him down in price and walked away... ah, regret there).

I WISH someone would make a classic looking UJM again like this for sale in Canada (or the USA), they were so do-it-all types of bikes, easy to ride, easy to work on, easy on the butt/body, easy to love. Does everything good, what more could you ask for in a bike?

For the ZRX1200R, the stats are very good, under 500lbs for a 1200cc, large enough tank to tour on and lots of torque and horsepower. I just wish it was available with fuel injection. They STILL make this bike new, but only in Japan.

If I had the money in 2004 I'd have bought one new, but I didn't have the cash. I do now and will be looking at a ZRX when I get back home in Canada or another classic like it. Maybe the fuel injected Kawasaki ZRX1200DAEG from Japan will come over?? :)




2011 Kawasaki ZRX1200DAEG (Japan)

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Model 2011 ZRX1200 DAEG
Car name (common name) ZRX1200 DAEG
EBL Model-ZRT20D
Engine type ZRT20AE
2,150 mm × 770mm × 1,155 mm Length × Width × Height
1,470 mm inter-axis distance
Ground clearance 135mm
Seat height 795mm
Caster / Trail 24 ° 30 '/ 100mm
/ DOHC 4 valve 4-cylinder 4-stroke, liquid-cooled parallel valve system / Engine Type
Total 1,164 cm3 displacement
79.0mm × 59.4mm / 10.1:1 Compression ratio / Bore × stroke
Maximum output of 81kW (110PS) / 8,000 rpm
Maximum torque 107N · m (10.9kgf · m) / 6,000 rpm
Self-starter starting method
Electronic Transistor Ignition advance angle formula
Wet sump lubrication system
Engine oil capacity 3.5 L
Fuel injection fuel supply system
6-speed return transmission format normally chew
Clutch wet multi-plate
1-speed Gear Ratio 2.733 (41/15)
2nd gear 1.947 (37/19)
3-speed 1.590 (32/24)
4th gear 1.333 (32/24)
5-speed 1.153 (30/26)
6-speed 1.035 (29/28)
Secondary reduction ratio 1.615 / Primary reduction ratio (84/52) / 2.444 (44/18)
Double-cradle frame format
Before telescopic suspension system (43mm diameter inner tubes)
After the swing arm (oil shocks)
Previous 115mm wheel travel
After 122mm
120/70 ZR17M / C Tires Front Size (58W)
180/55 ZR17M / C after (73W)
J17M / C × MT3.50 wheel size before
J17M / C × MT5.50 post
310mm dual disc brakes format before OD
After Single 250mm (OD)
Steering angle (left / right) 38 ° / 38 °
Vehicle weight 246kg
Fuel unleaded premium gasoline
Fuel tank capacity 18 L
Seating capacity 2
Specific fuel consumption areas (when the car Nanori 2) 25.8km / L (Ministry reported the 60km / h ·)
Minimum turning radius 2.7m
Ivy Green Candy Color
Magnesium Metallic Grey
MSRP 1,140,000 yen
(Excl. 1,085,715 yen, 54,285 yen tax)
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Re: 2005 Kawasaki ZRX1200R - COOL WALL VOTE: VOTE NOW!

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:19 am

ceemes wrote:Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout Willis, pure AWESOMENESS to the Nth degree.

It harkens back to my old KZ550, tho with over twice the CC's. A true naked UJM with clean lines, nice riding position and just enough modern conveniences to bring it up to date. And best yet, none of that Transformer like styling that is plaguing other bike these days.

In a word......SWWWWEEEEEEETTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!
Couldn't agree more. Kawasaki has made some remarkable and classic bikes over the years. The new style of bikes really doesn't appeal to me as much as the UJM styling of the past... maybe because I'm older? maybe because I started riding early 80's bikes? maybe because the media/TV/movies said that's what a bike is supposed to look like? I donno, but I agree... it is SWEET!

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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:50 am

So cool, it's at absolute zero.


I suspect this will be the Cool Wall's most predictable result ever (well, so far).
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:15 am

Grey Thumper wrote:So cool, it's at absolute zero.


I suspect this will be the Cool Wall's most predictable result ever (well, so far).
I just had to find an Absolute Zero pic for you...(I uploaded it into the TMW photo gallery if you need to link it anytime)

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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jul 08, 2011 3:58 pm

I have some sad news. I just heard back from Kawasaki Motors Corp USA and "At this time there are no plans to bring back the ZRX model".

Sorry folks, but I thought I'd ask them. I did inform them of this thread and how well their ZRX is doing so I'm sure they will be watching and reading your comments here.

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Unread post by jaskc78 » Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:55 pm

Awesome. Just plain, flat-out, unmistakably, pure, awesome.

Everything from the swingarm and outer-mounted rear shocks to the minimalist wind deflector and smooth, sexy lines of the tank--undeniable. That is motorcycle. Not "a" motorcycle, just motorcycle. Even the radiator fades away to blend in with the lines of the exhaust headers. I bet that motor puts out an absolute symphony of understated power--a true rider's siren song. Hell, it's even got me waxing a bit poetic.
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Unread post by HYPERR » Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:02 pm

I don't know what all the excitement is about.... :dontgetit:

It's basically a replica of the Kawasaki ELR. Hardly any improvements considering the ELR was made about 30 years ago. :roll:

Still a nice looking bike. I voted cool.
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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:11 pm

Awww man, now I'm feeling all gushy about current-production, open-class, modern classic, naked bruisers. Maybe we can have a Cool Wall comparo one of these days; ZRX1200R vs Honda CB1300S vs Yamaha XJR1300. And maybe the Bandit 1250, even though it isn't as retro as the others, just so we've got reps from the big 4.
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Unread post by rayian » Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:53 pm

Kawasaki just needs to develop a v4 engine for that bike and get rid of that headlight cowling then it would definitley be awesome.

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Unread post by High_Side » Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:04 am

I liked the Eddie Lawson rep looks but never thought the bike would work as well as it does until I rode one. Years ago I test rode one back to back with the then-new Z1000 and the ZRX was a better ride in just about every way. I'd take mine in the very rare blue with silver wheels combo.

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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:25 am

High_Side wrote:I liked the Eddie Lawson rep looks but never thought the bike would work as well as it does until I rode one. Years ago I test rode one back to back with the then-new Z1000 and the ZRX was a better ride in just about every way. I'd take mine in the very rare blue with silver wheels combo.
Did you tell me this or did I just forget? I'd be interested in hearing more. I too like the blue one and even the silver/grey.

rayian wrote:Kawasaki just needs to develop a v4 engine for that bike and get rid of that headlight cowling then it would definitley be awesome.
That would be pretty amazing naked bike. Honda DID make it, it was the old 80's Honda Sabre. (not the cruiser Sable of today).

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Grey Thumper wrote:Awww man, now I'm feeling all gushy about current-production, open-class, modern classic, naked bruisers. Maybe we can have a Cool Wall comparo one of these days; ZRX1200R vs Honda CB1300S vs Yamaha XJR1300. And maybe the Bandit 1250, even though it isn't as retro as the others, just so we've got reps from the big 4.
I know how you feel (all gushy about current-production, open-class, modern classic, naked bruisers), the sad thing is there are few UJMs around these days new from the major 4 sold in North America. In the UK/Europe you have the naked Bandit 1250's, CB1300's, GSX1400's, XJR1300 (but the ZRX isn't sold here either). You can see the 2011 UK Suzuki onroad brochure here for all their naked bikes. There is even a new GSR750 naked that I'm hoping will come to North America: http://www.suzuki-gb.co.uk/onroad2011/a ... ochure.pdf


That's an interesting idea a Cool Wall shootout. Bikes of a simular theme. I think you get a :star: for that idea but it will take a bit to come up with how to work it out with the cool wall ratings of each bike, I think if I have enough of the same bike's already rated then I can lump them together for a shootout.

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totalmotorcycle wrote:
High_Side wrote:I liked the Eddie Lawson rep looks but never thought the bike would work as well as it does until I rode one. Years ago I test rode one back to back with the then-new Z1000 and the ZRX was a better ride in just about every way. I'd take mine in the very rare blue with silver wheels combo.
Did you tell me this or did I just forget? I'd be interested in hearing more. I too like the blue one and even the silver/grey.

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I likely told you as I was looking at the Z1000 at the time - back in '03. The ZRX felt much more solid though not as flickable as the Z. The engine of the Z-Rex had way more torque and it was a big bike that was easy to go fast on. The right amount of modern feel vs. retro styling in my opinion.
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:42 pm

High_Side wrote: I'd take mine in the very rare blue with silver wheels combo.Blue is best.....
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I have to agree, it does look amazing in blue.

Again, WHY isn't Kawasaski making this still? Seriously!

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While I agree with you guys, the only thing keeping it from an Awesome vote to me is the lack of FI. Cool
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Wrider wrote:While I agree with you guys, the only thing keeping it from an Awesome vote to me is the lack of FI. Cool
That wouldn't stop me for one minute. Technically fuel injection should be better (although motorcycle carbs were very much advanced), but every fuel injection bike that I have owned has come with less than spot-on fueling. Jump back to the early 2000s and the emissions constraints had yet to cause every new bike to run extra lean. The Z-Rex that I rode fueled awesomely.

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Wrider wrote:While I agree with you guys, the only thing keeping it from an Awesome vote to me is the lack of FI. Cool
I do see your point, it did turn me off from the bike originally as well, I was thinking, damn, if it only have FI. I thought about what you said above and it comes down to this:

Choice A: Take the very last, most advanced generation of carbs
Choice B: The the early FI.

Makes me pause a moment and think about that. I think Carbs can be tuned as well more finely than FI (I'm not an expert on tuning) but with Carbs you can replace the jets, needles and even the carb itself for a bigger size...

The new 2011 has FI in Japan so maybe they were working on it and IF Kawasaki made a ZRX one more year it would have had the FI... I don't know...

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Re: 2005 Kawasaki ZRX1200R - COOL WALL VOTE: VOTE NOW!

Unread post by jstark47 » Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:45 pm

There's one of these sitting under a tarp in front of a house on my daily commute. Hasn't moved for several years. Breaks my heart to see it sitting and rotting.
2005 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 (for sale)
2003 Triumph Trophy 1200
2009 BMW F650GS (wife's)
2012 Triumph Tiger 800

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