Year 2002 Kawasaki ZX-12R

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
We've just returned from Cambria, California, site of the press introduction for Kawasaki's revitalized ZX-12R. Upon returning to our Torrance offices, we threw the still-hot machine on the dyno to see what sort of numbers it's generating.

If you'll recall, we haven't had one to test here at MO. Kawasaki pulled its test fleet after the initially poor reception the bike received upon its debut in the Year 2000. Thankfully, a year or so has passed and Kawasaki is confident enough in their new steed to, once again, make a big deal about their biggest sportbike.

So, while you can expect a riding impression of the bike very soon, take a look at the ZX-12R's dyno chart in the meantime, and see if this sort of output is what you're lusting for...

For comparison's sake, our most recent Suzuki Hayabusa produced 157.2 hp @ 9400 rpm.

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