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NINJA POWER

Why Kawasaki’s ultra-rapid, but often overlooked, ZX-12R is gaining popularity.

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2000-2006 KAWASAKI NINJA ZX-12R

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R is a beautiful reminder of a time when a far more carefree attitude was prevalent in motorcycling. And when we say carefree, we mean a time when you could show a total disregard for speed limits and more often than not get away with it. Well, in bits of Europe anyway…

Head hunting

Launched in 2000, the ZX-12R was a typical Kawasaki attempt to break open a nut with a sledgehammer. In this case, however, the nut was encased in concrete and made of hardened steel. Yep, in 2000 this Ninja only had one thing in its sights – the Suzuki Hayabusa.

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