The Kawasaki ZRX is still a decent modern example of the musclebike revival. In the late 1990s, all the Japanese manufacturers were producing big retro motorcycles. Mainly to appeal to riders who were a little older and wanted something from their 1980s youth, rather than a bad back and riding ban on the latest sportsbike. And they’re still popular, hence why you can now get better handling for the Kawasaki ZRX with K-tech Razor Shocks.
The Kawasaki ZRX1100 originally appeared in 1997, with a 143mph top speed and plenty of torque from the in-line four cylinder engine. It was also big, with a 790mm seat height (31 inches), and wasn’t designed to be lightweight. And neither was the Kawasaki ZRX1200 which replaced it from 2002-2006. The stadard ZRX1200N, the half-faired ZRX1200S and the ZRX1200R, which was inspired bu the 1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson replica, all weighed in around 223kg dry, and 247kg full of liquid.
So after one or two decades, it’s not surprising the original twin shock absorbers on the Kawasaki ZRX range might be struggling.
And being honest, most of us have changed our physique a little over the last two decades. Mostly by adding weight (It’s all muscle, honest!)
At which point replacing the suspension would be a good idea. The UK-designed K-Tech Razor shock absorbers are nitrogen-filled and are hand-adjustable for rebound damping via a dial at the base of the suspension. You can also change the compression damping by hand with a dial on the piggyback nitrogen reservoir. And there’s also length adjustment as well.
The K-Tech units have been made as direct replacements for the originals. And they’ll suit any paint scheme as they come in anodised black. Which matches everything, obviously.
The K-Tech Razor and Razor Lite shock absorbers fit both the Kawasaki ZRX1100 (1997-2001), and Kawasaki ZRX1200 (2002-2006) range. The Razor Lite versions will cost you £594. And the Razor will set you back £954.