3/6/23 Update: Upon further investigation, we have determined that this is in fact a 2003 model; not a 2005. Thank you to our keen commenters for the tips!
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Additional photos of this 2003 Kawasaki ZX-12R are available here for your perusal.
When it was introduced in 2000, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R earned the title of most powerful production bike thanks to a ram-air intake that bumped power from 178 hp at low speed to 190 hp at high speed.
Kawi planned on having a big release to counter the then-current top speed king, the Hayabusa. Team Green was hinting that they’d be able to top 200mph, and that was enough to scare some regulators into calling for an import ban on these top speed monsters. So in 2000, the ‘gentleman’s agreement’ that capped top speed at 300 km/h (186 mph) was instituted by manufacturers to avoid political issues. The ZX-12 thus never got the glory it probably should have because it had to be capped even before it was released.
In their quest for performance supremacy, Kawasaki introduced an aluminum monocoque frame – the first of its kind on a mass-produced production motorcycle – for increased stiffness and a narrower/more aerodynamic design. It was also Kawi’s first use of fuel injection in a sport bike since the GPz1100 from nearly two decades prior.
“A major service was done, new tires and new fluids. Everything was performed by Kawasaki Höly in Schriesheim a big Kawasaki dealer in Germany. Everything with receipt.”
The seller reports that there are no cosmetic blemishes of note.
Currently located in Reilingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, this Kawasaki is offered on a clean Germany title. Have any ZX-12R stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!