Wednesday, September 26, 2007

2008 Kawasaki ZZR1400: Improved power delivery, less pollution...


While peak power output may not have increased by much, Kawasaki claim to have improved power delivery throughout the 2008 ZZR1400's rev range...

Pics: Motorcycle USA

With Suzuki having launched a heavily reworked Hayabusa for 2008, Kawasaki couldn’t possibly do nothing about it. So we have the 2008 ZZR1400, and while it looks more or less the same as before, Kawasaki say they’ve made small, but significant changes everywhere, improving the bike significantly.

To begin with, there’s the ZZR1400’s 190bhp, 1352cc, DOHC inline-four, which is now fully compliant with Euro III emissions regulations. Kawasaki claim that the engine’s new intake ports and fine-atomising fuel injectors reduce mechanical noise and help boost power throughout the rev range. (This is supposed to take care of some riders’ complaints that at lower speeds, the ZZR1400 didn’t feel like a 190bhp, 1400cc sportsbike.) Also, a third honeycomb catalyzer has now been added in the exhaust collector, and this joins the two catalyzers already present in each silencer.

The ZZR1400’s chassis has also been revised – the aluminum monocoque is now die cast (rather than gravity cast) for reduced weight and increased stiffness. In keeping with the bike’s hyper sports-tourer positioning, ergonomics have been further refined for long-distance riding. And with a price tag of US$11,999 the big Ninja remains an excellent value for money proposition.


2008 Kawasaki ZZR1400 launch video from the Paris Show...

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External links:
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And here's the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. More details here
Pics: Motorcycle USA

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