Posts by tag: Fastest Production Motorcycle

Kawasaki October 27, 2021 posted by

Chined Doll – 2001 Kawasaki ZX-12R

If an unwritten manufacturer’s agreement hadn’t limited its speed to a mere 186 mph, the ZX-12R would’ve been the most powerful and fastest GT in the early oughties.  This example has some miles, but has clearly been pampered and thoughtfully upgraded.

2001 Kawasaki ZX-12R for sale on eBay

The ZX-12R’s air of superiority started right in the engine room, with the 1199cc four using 46mm throttle bodies looking almost straight down on their way to 178 hp.  The airbox and chassis wanted to occupy the same area, so Kawasaki engineered an alloy monocoque frame, which serves as the plenum.  Stainless headers lead to a four-into-one collector and titanium silencer.  Multi-adjustable suspension is fairly conventional but the attention to detail is such that spoilers are cast into the fork legs.  The ram air intake funnels air in behind the headstock and keeps the power coming at higher speeds.  Winglets inhabit the fairing lowers, pre-dating the winglets that are more common these days.

This original owner looks to have taken fine care of his Ninja, setting it up for some higher-speed touring with Power Commander, Marchesini alloys, and Sargent seat.  Corbin bags are shaped to accommodate a co-rider, but passenger pegs have been removed.  Notes from the eBay auction:

2001 Kawasaki ZX1200 A1. This rare one-owner ZX-12R is in excellent condition. Most of these bikes have been drag-raced into oblivion. Here’s your chance to own one never raced, never dropped. Mechanically unmolested, the only extras are Corbin Beetle bags, Marchesini forged wheels, a Power Commander, Sargent seat, and a Muzzy’s clutch hub. The bike will come with owners and factory service manuals. Stock rims are available. The chain and sprockets are less than one year old, and the fork seals were just replaced. The bike needs nothing except a new owner that likes to ride FAST!

Besides too lean fuel injection programming ( which the Power Commander solves ) and mirrors big enough for an endurance racing Porsche, the ZX-12R got high marks and held onto the speed-limited throne until the ZX-14 came along.  The package was more trim than competing uber-bikes and carried the ludicrous speed flag without forgetting it was a sportbike.  Bidding has been active early on and it’ll be interesting to see at what point the reserve falls.

-donn

Chined Doll – 2001 Kawasaki ZX-12R
Honda April 12, 2010 posted by

2003 Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird With 113 Original Miles

This is an iconic CBR1100XX with 113 original miles!  Located in Smithtown, New York is a, one owner, 2003 Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird in showroom new condition.  The seller states that for personal reasons, and having two other bikes, he was unable to use this bike and that is why it has accumulated such low miles.  No mention of maintenance history is given but, it is a Honda and only seven years old so a fluid flush and once over should cover it.  The Blackbird remained, relatively, unchanged throughout it’s production life as  a testament that the original design was enough to carry it through to the end regardless of what the competition had to throw at it.  This was the the fastest, production, motorcycle when released in 1996 but, it’s crown was usurped by Suzuki in 1999.  These are larger and heavier bikes–267kg wet–but, I’m sure the additional weight is comforting when wind speeds approaching 200mph.  This bike will always be my preference over the other super-supersports from the late 90’s as it started out as the fastest production bike and aged gradually into a more mundane super-tourer while skipping the airbrushed skulls, spiked fairing bolts, and neon all together.  If you’d like a museum quality example of a Super Blackbird, see this bike on eBay .

AG