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2004-09-03 2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R Motorcycles View Listings

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I bought a new 2003 zx12r and I love it. This is my 4th bike and nothing can compare.I'm still breakin mine in all I can say is awesome.
- clinton oulds, chesterfield, Virginia

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2003-05-22 2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R Motorcycles View Listings

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It's funny, I read all the reviews and heard all the stories about how ferocious this bike is. I was fortunate and blessed to have a choice of absolutely any motorcycle I wanted. I chose the Big Ninja and realized two things. One, it IS for mature and experienced riders only. Two, it's the best SPORTStourer that doesn't look like one. Ride safe.
- Mr. T., Boston, Massachusetts

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2002-11-06 2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R Motorcycles View Listings

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I bought the bike new. Right now it has barely 650 miles on it. Break-in has 2 stages. Until 500 miles - rpms below 4000. Until 1000 miles - below 6000. At 4000 rpm this baby cruises at almost 70 mph. At 6000 it reaches more than a 100 mph. Redline is at 11,500 I believe. The torque is immense at any revs. A very comfortable sportbike, which would go across a few hundred miles a day. The handling is excellent, even with the lousy Sportsmax tires it came with. This bike will purr, if handled with care and knock you out the minute you try to impress yourself or those around you. Not a beginner's bike, since it is heavier than a 600 SS. It inhales straights and long sweeping turns in a way that will leave you smiling like a kid. This is my second bike, after spending 2 months - 3000 miles on a Honda NT650GT. I am glad I did it...for I probably would not have been writing this review, if I would have gotten this bike or a similar one for my first. Ride safe everyone and keep your focus and attention on the road...
- Hristo, Chicago, Illinois

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2002-05-19 2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R Motorcycles View Listings

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I have a new 02 ZX12R, I have 5500 miles on it. It has seen a few days at the dragstrip, and a day on the road course. all i can say is.....WOW. I love it. it has great power, smooth in delivery and it never seems to end. I have pushed the bike down the 1/8th mile at 6.91 seconds at 113 mph, adn i am not a great rider, the bike has more in it, much more.I have ridden it almost 1000 miles in a weekend, and it was as comfortable as any bike. It is heavy, but if that is the only downfall I have to deal with, i wont stop grining.... Ride safe
- Jim Wolkens, Hinesville, Georgia

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2002-04-20 2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R Motorcycles View Listings

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I traded my 98' zx7 for my friend's zx12 for couple miles, and my first impression was dammn this bike is scary. I hardly kept the front wheels on the road.It's incredible how fast this bike really is. I've driven many bikes but this one is incredible fast, and for those who want fastest and the best of the best should get this bike. For those who own this bike drive safely and don't underestimate the power of this rocket. I'm looking forward to buy this baby, by trading in my zx7 at my nearest kawasaki dealer.
- Edvin. R, Wilmington, Massachusetts

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2002-04-14 2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R Motorcycles View Listings

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Man oh man!Let me tell today I have a suzuki t-1000 v-twin superbike wait for 2 car's to pull out on the highway that was in front of me.He was on the other side of the road.I knew what he was wanting!I let him pull out first after waitting for me.So now being behind him I cranked her up 1st gear it just spun,2nd gear it stood stright up.I had to bring it down ,hit 3rd gear and went by this guy at 85mph with the front wheel coming off the ground again.I know this guy was freaking as much as I.He then chose to stay behind me until he turned off about 10 mile's down the road. Dude's !take care this bike is the one that won't be shut down,just have to learn to keep both wheels on the ground!!!
- ken graham, clinton, Iowa

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2002-04-12 2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R Motorcycles View Listings

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I have to say that this is one of the sweetest bikes I have ever been on. I originally set out to buy a ZX9, but once I saw it in person, I wasn't really impressed. Not that the ZX9 isn't a sweet bike, I just had a different thing in mind. I remember the first time I saw my Candy Thunder Blue ZX12R outside the Motorcycle Shop and almost wrecked my car looking at it. I bought it immediately. Let me tell you, the power this bike possesses is unreal. Kaw has definitely created a true flagship with others to play catch up. Serious rider, Be-ware, there's some serious power here.
- Sam Payne, Woodbridge, Virginia

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2002-03-03 2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R Motorcycles View Listings

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I will start with a little background info on me and my riding experience. I have been riding 2 wheeled vehicles since the age of 9. I totally wore out a 50cc Honda minitrail until it ran no more. I then found a used YZ80 to rip up and down the flat country roads of rural Ohio. My first "real" motorcycle purchase was a 1994 ZX-7 purchased new. I really enjoyed riding this bike so much that I racked up nearly 30,000 miles on it. I ended up selling it in the spring of 2001(I went a whole season with no bike! not a good thing). Now to the ZX-12R. I purchased my 12 from the very same dealer the ZX-7 came from. A nice day finally arrived to ride, so I warmed the engine up before I set out. My initial impressions were "holy-crap", this thing is FAST. Although I had to keep the RPMs under 4000, riding this bike is like pointing and shooting a gun. I'm not saying this is a "drag" only bike, because it handles just as well as the old ZX-7 did. A few of my friends think they will out-run me in the curves because its a "Kawasaki ZX-12" - even bigger than the ZX-11 cruiser. I cant wait to pass that R1 on the first curve and blast down the straight...........hahahahaha
- Chad jay, Van Wert, Ohio

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