The Kawasaki 1400GTR was a technological marvel when it was unveiled around eight years ago. Back in 2006, it came laden with features which are considered as a luxury even in today’s date. To celebrate the eighth anniversary of the 1400GTR, Kawasaki has decided to take an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach and has unveiled the 2015 model at the EICMA with some minor updates.
The 1400GTR was one of the first motorcycles to come with tyre pressure sensors, keyless ignition, variable valve timing, ABS and traction control. While the 2015 model doesn’t get any technological updates, Kawasaki has retuned the engine and chassis to improve the dynamics of the 1400GTR. The front windscreen is electronically adjustable and has been redesigned with the addition of a directional vent with two openings, to improve the airflow over the rider’s helmet. The seats have been revised to make those long hauls more comfortable for the rider and the pillion.
The rest of the 1400GTR has been left untouched. It continues to employ the 1,352cc in-line four engine with variable hydraulic valve-timing from the Kawasaki ZZR1400. The engine produces 153bhp and 136Nm of torque which is adequate to give the 312kg mammoth respectable performance and make sure it is competitive against other luxury tourers like the BMW R1200RT and the Suzuki Hayabusa.