Kawasaki GTR1400 Review
“ What an excellent tourer. It will do two up 600 mile journeys with ease and comfort. Even 2,800 miles from Lancashire to Italy and back in the snow, rain and sun. ”
What Is It?
The 2010 Kawasaki GTR1400 is a sports touring bike which was first released in 2007. It's closely related to the powerful ZZR1400 sports bike.
Engine: 1,352 cc Inline Four, 153 bhp
Economy: 40 mpg
Range: 190 miles
Seat Height: 815 mm
What Is It Like?
I changed up from the 2006 Yamaha FJR1300 to the 2012 Kawasaki GTR1400. Don't get me wrong, the GTR is a great bike but it's heavy. Helpful when it's blowing a gale and you are running down an open motorway but a bit awkward when pushing the bike around in a garage or parking space.
You get 1,400cc and the torque to match. It makes effortless touring possible and a slight remap by Hill Top Motorcycles, Hinckley smoothed out the snatchy fuelling, even providing 50mpg when ridden carefully.
There is an ECO mode which is supposed to alter the fuelling slightly but after the remap the economy is good anyway.
Large panniers and a large top box means plenty of storage, although it's more weight added to an already heavy bike.
The linked braking system is good and the back brake works well.
The riding position is nearly upright with only a very slight lean forward and the electric screen is a nice feature. Heated grips work well and there is a small cubby hole in the fairing on the left side that locks when the ignition is off.
There's a simple dashboard with analogue speed, rev's and a digital display showing TPMS, battery, fuel usage and range.
The only gripe is the TPMS batteries are within the tyre valve and therefore can only be changed when removing the tyres. Also there is no under seat storage.
I covered about 8,000 miles with no problems whatsoever but changed the tyres from the Bridgestones to Michelin PR4GT.
- Trevor K, 2018
Kawasaki ZZR1400 - More powerful and more sporty.