「ZRX1200 DAEG」the Last Ninja Engine Vehicle to Close a Chapter in History

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The ZRX1200 DAEG, the last model in the ZRX series, was the last model equipped with a Ninja power unit that complied with exhaust emission regulations by adopting fuel injection and also featured enhanced equipment such as a 6-speed transmission.
DAEG" is the letter "D" in the runic alphabet, and was inscribed in the name of the ZRX model change as a symbol of its evolution and leap forward.

The last fuel-injected model in the ZRX series

The ZRX1200 DAEG was introduced in 2009 as a Japan-exclusive model with fuel injection and compliant with automobile emission regulations. 81 kW (110 PS) of maximum output is generated at 8,000 rpm and 107 Nm of maximum torque is produced at 6,000 rpm.
The DAEG was equipped with a six-speed transmission, compared to the ZRX1200R/1200S's five-speed transmission, six-pot calipers and petal disc rotors on the front brakes, and five-spoke design wheels, all of which are worthy of being called the pinnacle of the ZRX series models. The ZRX is equipped with a 6-pot caliper and pental disc rotor and 5-spoke wheels. The S1-style swingarm, inherited from the 1100, was adopted, and the design of the square eyes and bikini cowl were brushed up.

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The ZXR1200 DAEG, introduced in 2009, has its roots in the Z1000R of the 1980s, and its styling is powerful and full of Kawasaki character.

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Kawasaki's water-cooled large-displacement engines began with the Ninja, or GPZ900R, introduced in 1984. The liquid-cooled DOHC 4-cylinder engine of the GPZ series, which started with 908cc, was converted to various motorcycles, and the ZRX1100/1100-II, introduced in 1996, was equipped with a displacement increased to 1,052cc. The ZRX1100, which followed the design of the Z1000R of yesteryear, was popular in Japan as well as in Europe. In 2001, the ZRX1100 evolved into the ZRX1200R/1200S, with displacement increased to 1,164ccc.
However, the ZRX1200R/1200S was a carburetor model, and its production was discontinued in 2008 due to automobile emission regulations.

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The DOHC 4-valve four-cylinder engine, the largest displacement Ninja engine at 1,164 cc, has an air-cooled fin-like design.

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The design of the engine is different on the left and right sides to inherit the side cam chain system that is characteristic of the Ninja series engines.

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The engine characteristics provide comfortable extension and power feel in the high-rpm range while further improving ease of handling in the low- and mid-rpm range, making it enjoyable for both beginners and experienced drivers alike.

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Highly flexible position typical of naked bikes

Because of the up-type handlebars, the upper body is relaxed in the basic riding position. The footpeg position is also in a natural foot-up position, and overall the rider has a high degree of freedom.
The seat height is 795mm and the seat is thick, but even a 170cm/65kg model can place both feet firmly, but the vehicle weighs 246kg, so care must be taken when handling it.

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The upright position allows for a relaxed upper body position. The optimized tank shape and natural step position allow the lower body to be more flexible.

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The model is 170 cm tall and weighs 65 kg, with a seat height of 795 mm. Both feet are firmly planted up to the heels, and there is no sense of uneasiness when straddling the seat.

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The overall width is 770 mm, but the shape of the seat and tank, which are designed with the rider in mind, allow for good foot grounding.

The last and ultimate motorcycle with Ninja unit

The GPZ900R series engines remained in service for more than 30 years, from 1984 until the ZRX1200 Daheg was discontinued in 2016. Starting with a displacement of 908 cc with a bore x stroke of 72.5 x 55.0 mm, it was expanded to 1,164 cc with a bore x stroke of 79.0 x 59.4 mm on the ZRX1200 Daheg. What is notable about these so-called "Ninja series" engines is that when the displacement was changed, both the bore and stroke were changed.
This is a tradition that can be said to date back to the Z1 and Z2, and it is a truly typical Kawasaki engine that focuses on balance. The engine mounted on the Daheg was not only the largest displacement, but also the only fuel-injected Ninja engine, making it the last and ultimate specification.

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The bikini cowl, which is the identity of the ZRX1200R, is slightly larger than that of the ZRX1200R, and the design has been sharpened.

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The low bar handle allows for a wide range of riding styles, from city riding to sports riding.

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The cockpit is simple, with a double-type meter offset to the left. The fuel gauge and other gauges are digitalized.

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The shape of the fuel tank has been changed, creating a position more suited to the Japanese body shape.

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The simple design of the seat is exquisitely narrowed to ensure good foot grounding.

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The taillights are now low-profile LEDs, creating a different rear view from the previous generation model.

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The exhaust is a single right exit type with a large volume silencer.

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Five-spoke wheels with a design that splits into two in the middle are used. Brakes are a combination of 4-pot calipers and petal discs.

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The swing arm inherits the traditional S1 type, and the rear tires are 17-inch 180/55.

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Brakes are 220mm diameter pental discs combined with floating-mounted 2-pot calipers.

ZRX1200 DAEG(2009) Major Specifications

Overall Length x Overall Width x Overall Height: 2,150 x 770 x 1,150 mm
Wheelbase: 1,470mm
Seat height: 795mm
Weight: 246 kg
Engine: Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 4-cylinder DSOHC 4-valve 1,164cc
Maximum output: 81kW (110PS)/8,000rpm
Maximum torque: 107 Nm at 6,000 rpm
Fuel tank capacity: 18 liters
Transmission: 6-speed return
Brakes: F=disc, R=disc
Tires: F=120/70 ZR17, R=180/55 ZR17
Price: 
approx. 7186 USD (Candy Mystic Blue/Metallic Imperial Red) (2009)
approx. 7314 USD (Pearl Meteor Gray/Metallic Spark Black) (2009)

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