“Boys, boys, this can’t go on,” says Pat Malone in The Sunday Times. “It’s all very well wanting to be the biggest gorilla in the baddest jungle, but somebody’s going to get hurt.” For years, Kawasaki and Suzuki have been “whacking lumps out of each other” in an attempt to dominate the “big-bore sports tourer market”.
For 2014, Kawasaki has “gone all out to rub Suzuki’s nose in it”, tweaking the performance of the ZZR1400 Performance Sport to the point where Suzuki can surely only “roll over and play dead”.
The bike now has a bigger engine, more power, more torque, and “a touch of Japanese sorcery”, says Malone, that means the bike can do 186mph and go from rest to 60mph in less than 2.5 seconds.
Yet, despite its “stupendous” power, it “remains the sweetest-handling bike you could ever hope to ride, tracking straight and true, cornering as if on rails, accelerating smoothly even under provocation and braking to a standstill with eye-popping rapidity”. It’s the king of the jungle.
It’ll take you longer to read this sentence than to get to 60mph on this stunning machine, says Seastarsuperbikes.co.uk, and it will be an excellent thing to ride on any occasion, with its relaxed riding position and ample leg room.
It is the most powerful Kawasaki-branded motorcycle, handles with assurance, and has the kind of styling that will “draw a crowd at every stop and turn heads on every corner”. At least as far as straight line performance goes, this Kawasaki has no competitor.
Engine: 1,441cc, four cylinders
Power: 210bhp at 10,500rpm
Torque: 119lb ft at 7,500rpm
Range: 180 miles