Four years later the 1200 lives on, despite a few problems. A noisy top end can tip you to worn or pitted cams that weren't replaced under warranty. The 40mm Keihin carbs can ice up in cold weather. That subtle buzz through the grips and saddle at 5000 rpm gets tiresome after a few hundred miles. Spring preload is the only adjustment on the '02 model's 43mm Kayaba fork. Adjustable rebound damping arrived in '04. The seat is comfortable enough until time and miles compress its foam. Those four-pot Tokico calipers generate enough friction to warp the thin front rotors. Steering-head bearings tend to loosen over time, producing a touch of headshake under deceleration. And all that heft is hard on the front tire, which may not outlive the rear. While you're looking around down there, have a look at the frame, swingarm, shock linkage, brake calipers and any other surface that lives close to the road. Peeling paint on the outside can mean bigger trouble beneath. But if the ZX-12R is too much and an old-school Concours isn't nearly enough, this is the 168-mph alternative you've been waiting for.