Never before has there been such a potent, sport-oriented streetbike that’s as well-rounded as the ZX-14R. Few pure sportbikes can match its level of comfort, poise and excellent ride quality. Throw on some soft luggage and it easily performs sport-touring duty, too. But the 14R’s strong suit remains this: going ridiculously fast. A 192-hp engine [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
We handed off our sparkly green ZX-14R to Contributing Editor Nick Ienatsch following the Ninja’s scheduled 7500-mile service. Our local dealer charged $90.69 for oil, filter and sparkplugs, tacking on another $255 in labor. Suppose we got off easy since the valve-clearance inspection is at 15,000-mile intervals. A hint of vibration felt under braking drew [...]Read Full Post | Comments(8)
Sit up straight! Spiegler’s handlebar conversion kit for the 2012-13 Kawasaki ZX-14R positions the rider more upright, reducing shoulder and wrist strain while delivering a factory-installed look. The kit includes an anodized one-piece billet aluminum top clamp, aluminum Superbike Low Fatbar XN1, stainless steel brake lines and mounting hardware. Suggested retail price is $529. Spiegler Performance Parts 1699 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
So, you thought the Suzuki Hayabusa was fast? Meet the newly crowned king of quick, the fastest-accelerating production bike of all time. And not by the slimmest of margins, either. Endowed with 192 rear-wheel horsepower, the ZX-14R will jumpstart your heart and redline your pulse while rocketing from zero to 60 in 2.6 seconds and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
While our stock Ninja may be the most powerful production motor-cycle CW has ever tested, onboard electronics can make the metallic green monster amazingly docile when toggled into low-power mode and traction control level 3. It also has a reduced rev limit in sixth gear that restricts the beast from exceeding 185 mph, a top [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Jeff Allen History will show that Cycle World’s first ride on Kawasaki’s ZX-14R happened at a dragstrip. Think back to the H1 and Z1 of the 1970s, Team Green’s first pacesetters, for the pattern this company has developed: big horsepower, industry-leading acceleration, physics-defying speed. The two-stroke H1 Mach III and four-stroke Z1 shocked [...]Read Full Post | Comments(7)
2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R – Feature Quickest production-bike E.T. we’ve ever recorded! And 192 horsepower...
The Kawasaki ZX-14R has been one of the most anticipated motorcycles of the new model year, and it didn’t disappoint us once we got our hands on it. We first rolled our Golden Blaze Green testbike onto the Cycle World Dynojet dyno and it spun the drum to an impressive 192 rear-wheel horsepower, accompanied by an astounding [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Ah, the fresh air of unapologetic performance! Kawasaki began the press introduction for the 2012 ZX-14R with a rock-and-roll soundtrack accompanying a video of Rickey Gadson lighting up the rear tire and playing chicken with a Suzuki Hayabusa on a deserted road. The Hayabusa pulled over and let the ZX-14R pass. The next morning at [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
New for 2012: Kawasaki – First Look Is the ZX-14R the most-powerful and fastest-accelerating production motorcycle on Earth? Plus, a new frame for the Ninja 650R, KAMS for the Vulcan 1700 Voyager and optional ABS for the Ninja 1000.
Blame the liability lawyers, but “massively more powerful” is as descriptive as Kawasaki is willing to get regarding the performance of its new-for-2012 ZX-14R. No peak horsepower or torque numbers have been released. Claimed top speed? Forget about it. Considering its specification sheet, this new machine should be even more of a beast than its [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)