Check the ex­haust

Kawasaki ZRX1200R, Rune Joa, Sola, Nor­way

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - In Your Shed -

Two years ago I was af­ter a new bike and this one came up in Ger­many – I went to see it and pretty soon I was driv­ing home with a 1999 Kawasaki

ZRX1200R in my van. It’s got a dif­fer­ent front-end from a com­pany in Ger­many called Kawa mo­tor Edi­tion, who also made the be­spoke swingarm and ex­haust that sweeps up through the seat unit. It fits per­fectly, al­though if you want to do any work to the rear-end it’s a night­mare – I changed the bat­tery and ba­si­cally had to take the en­tire back of the bike apart.

It’s amaz­ing to ride; the sus­pen­sion is hard but it’s awe­some in cor­ners. If any­thing it ac­cel­er­ates too quickly – I might have to al­ter the chain. Even so, what a bike. Ja­panese en­gi­neer­ing with some help from the Ger­mans – that’s a good com­bi­na­tion in my book.

From swingarm to body­work, there’s not a lot that’s still stan­dard here

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