The speed exceeded 300km/h! KAWASAKI “ZZ-R1100” pioneering a new generation


※The “first time” mentioned in this article refers to the “first time” of “commercial motorcycles that can be ridden on general roads”. In addition, the definition of “first time” may be different.


1990 ZZ-R1100 (the first large motorcycle with ram intake ducts), a high-efficiency model with a speed of 300km/h appeared

In the mid-1980s, when the trend of imitation racing cars reached its peak, KAWASAKI devoted himself to the development of the strongest and fastest cars. Starting with the GPZ900R with a top speed of 250km/h in 1984, KAWASAKI launched successive models one after another, including the GPZ1000RX in 1986 and the ZX-10 in 1988, etc. The maximum horsepower increased from 115ps of the GPZ900R to 137ps, and the top speed It is more than 270km/h.

In 1990, the ZZ-R1100 (C1) was launched. The displacement exceeded 1000cc and reached 1103cc, and the maximum horsepower reached 147ps. It even added a fairing with excellent aerodynamic performance and was the first in a large displacement car. The ram air intake duct that appeared in. Because of the high-efficiency design that introduces gas from the front of the car, the ram intake duct is also the key to the car’s top speed of 300km/h, which has never been seen before.

Although it did not receive much attention when it came out, as its capabilities became widely known, this car was dominated by the fastest car until the mid-1990s.

▲【1990 KAWASAKI ZZ-R1100】■Car weight 228kg (dry weight) Water-cooled four-stroke parallel 4-cylinder DOHC 4-valve 1052cc 147ps 11.2kg-m ※Export model

▲The entrance of the ram intake duct is set in the front of the car with extremely high intake efficiency. The duct bypasses the left side of the car body, allowing the wind generated during riding to flow straight into the air filter box. Through the supercharging effect, the horsepower of the car at the highest speed is increased by a few%. The feature is the use of The asymmetrical design of the C-shaped duct passing from the left side of the car body.

▲Based on the ZX-10 water-cooled inline four-cylinder engine, the cylinder bore increased by 2mm was changed to a bore diameter of 76mm×stroke 58mm, and the displacement increased from the original 997cc to 1052cc, except for the φ40mm CVK carburetor In addition to the engine, the valve mechanisms including pistons, crankshafts, and valves are all newly designed. The radiator is designed in a curved shape to improve the cooling effect. The chassis device uses opposing four-piston brake calipers. The equipment is quite substantial.

▲It can be seen from the dashboard that the highest number of the speedometer has reached 320km/h. Actually measured with STD version, the speed is about 280km/h. Dr. SUDA’s modified car even set a record of 308km/h in the Bonneville Speed ​​Race.

▲Catalog of C2 in 1982. Although it feels biased towards the style of hardcore cars, the direct horsepower output characteristics and handling performance make this car very easy to handle.

1993 ZZ-R1100: evolved into D-TYPE, and adopted the design of double ram intake ducts

After the style evolved into D-TYPE in 1993, the whole has become more mature. In terms of the most critical engine, the latest pistons are used to improve the durability and the gearbox is improved. The ram intake duct has also been changed to a dual intake duct design, and the supercharging effect has also been greatly improved.

In terms of the car body, the newly designed frame and strengthened brakes are adopted to increase the riding comfort. In addition, at the end of the 1900s, the car name was changed from “ZZ-R” to “ZZR”.

▲【1993 KAWASAKI ZZ-R1100】■Weight 233kg (dry weight) Water-cooled four-stroke parallel 4-cylinder DOHC 4-valve 1052cc 147ps 11.2kg-m ※Export version

▲The air intake has been changed from a single air intake to a double air intake, and ducts are set on the left and right sides, so the suction effect is greatly improved. The capacity of the air filter box has also been increased accordingly. The fairing was changed to a more smooth design, and the capacity of the fuel tank was also increased (21→24L).

▲The fuel gauge is added, and the design of the indicator light becomes more stylish. The 320km/h on the instrument panel and the speed red line area from 11500rpm remain unchanged.


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