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I've just sold my ZZR1100D4 this week after 2 years of ownership. My reason for writing this review is to share my thoughts with anyone who was interested in buying a ZZR1100. Firstly in favour of the bike it does exactly what it was designed to do excellently - namely get to a license threatening speed extremely quickly. It will do about 75-80 in first gear! I've done 700 miles on it from southern France to Caan in the north in under 9 hours.(including lunch stops and fuel stops that works out at an average of 95 mph, and i got lost round Paris!) This is what it's made for. What it is not made for is bends, it doesn't like them, it does't so much go round them as wobble round them. I never felt as safe as I did on my CBR600. Two up cruising on straight A roads is much better. I actually thought it handled better with a pillion. Get yourself one of those trickle chargers you leave attached all the time when not riding, because if the battery goes flat you need to unbolt and lift the fuel tank to get to it. The brakes were not too good either - needing a good squeeze to bring the big lump to a halt. Also a flip screen is a good idea (unless you like a facefull of wind or like to have your chin on the tank) because it's only got a low screen. Anyway like I say i've sold it because I wasn't using it that much - maybe that's because I didn't enjoy riding it that much or maybe because of the overall size of the thing. I think that unless you want to blast from one county to another (at warp factor 9 mr. sulu) the ZZR is just too big for it's own good - an 750/900cc should be enough to give the right balance between weight and power. To sum up then, a blindinly fast bike, excellent reliability, good for touring but has dodgy handling. I'm going to buy a scooter now and have some fun. Keep safe.
The big kwak's pretty old hat now, but if fast, comfortable touring is your thing, give the thing some serious consideration. If you like to combine that with some decent hadling in the twisties, forget it. I owned a ZZR for a year and a half or so. In all that time, I never really had any major problems with it (apart from binning it with monotonous regularity ). That big lump of an engine seemed to be indestructible as long as you kept it fed with oil. The biggest problem I had with the thing (and the reason why I got rid of it for the GSX R750) was it was just so big and heavy. Flickable it most certainly wasn't. The weight, combined with the low ground clearance and soft suspension (watch out for worn shocks if you are buying a used one), meant that pushing it hard easily resulted in grinding the pegs. It could have done with better brakes - all that weight (233 KGs) takes some stopping. Another thing to watch out for in used models is worn cush drive rubbers. The kwak's huge power delivery wore them out very quickly. It's easy to check out if the CDRs are worn, just put the bike on the side stand and try to move the rear sprocket. If it moves independently of the wheel, it needs new CDRs. On the plus side - it was real fast. Prior to the Blackbird, this was the fastest bike on the road. 0 to 60 in just less than 3 seconds, standing quarter in 10.9 at 137 mph (YEEHAA!!!). Allegedly, a certain ZZR owner got 175 mph on the clock on more than one occasion - where it is legal to do so. Not that I would ever do that - oh no officer :-) Giving the thing a real handful just left everything else behind. It was great for touring (dual helmet locks, passenger grab rail, centre-stand, pop-up bungee hooks, lockable fairing compartment, digital clock and dual trip meters), really comfortable and loads of wind protection at high speeds. Oh, and it went through tyres faster than you would believe.
I’ve had my ZZR-1100 for three years and done over 40,000 miles on it. I thought that was a lot for a bike but I now know of other ZZR-1100s with up to 76,000 miles on. These bikes just run and run. Change the oil and filter regularly and the engines just never stop. Very reliable, easy to ride (provided you don’t try and throw it about) and tones of power make it great for long commuting. I do about 120 miles a day on mine, and I love every mile. Of course, all that power goes through rear tires and front brakes like there’s no tomorrow, but a good chain lasts well and it requires little else spending on it. It looks a bit tatty now, and seriously in need of a good wash, but it’s still going strong, starts wonderfully and does everything I ask of it.
This was the first bike I ever bought. OK, so I am only 21 and don't have a license! But my other half does so I bought it for him. It is a beauty of a bike. Our ZZR was called Sar and she was beautiful. Power but elegance too. we did 165 mph 2 up so she was very speedy. Unfortunately we had to sell her to get a car,no room for a baby on a ZZR although we did consider a sidecar! When we get rich we'll buy another one and I WILL learn to ride!