Kawasaki GTR1400 Review (2010)
What Is It?
The Kawasaki GTR1400 is a sports touring bike and is powered by a liquid cooled 1,352 cc inline four engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT), producing 152.9 bhp at 8,800 rpm and maximum torque at 6,200 rpm.
- Seat Height: Average (815 mm / 32.1 inches)
- Weight: Very heavy (300 kg / 662 lbs)
- Economy: Average (40 mpg / 7.1 l/100km / 14.2 km/l)
- Range: High (190 miles / 306 km)
- Power to Weight: High (0.510 bhp/kg / 0.380 kW/kg)
- Top Speed: Very high (170 mph / 274 km/h)
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
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