First Look: 2015 Kawasaki ZX-14R Limited Edition

Only 300 lucky people will be able to buy this new limited-edition Ninja, which pays tribute to the 1984 original.

2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Limited Edition studio 3/4 view

Fresh on the heels of Canadian Kawasaki Motors announcing that it will sell 30 2015 ZX-14R Limited Edition motorcycles comes word that Kawasaki Motors USA will sell 300 versions of the same bike, individually numbered and painted the exact shade of Firecracker Red and Metallic Graystone seen on the 1984 Ninja. In addition to gold pinstriping and gold calipers, this special ZX-14R is fitted with 30th Anniversary logos on the fairing sides and a numbered badge on the gas tank.

"Kawasaki is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Ninja with a limited-edition model of the 2015 ZX-14R ABS," explains Brad Puetz, media relations supervisor. "With only 300 production units available, this 30th anniversary edition is highly desirable. Each example is individually numbered and features a two-tone paint scheme inspired by none other than the king of the streets in 1984, the Ninja 900R."

According to Kawasaki, sales of the 2015 Kawasaki ZX-14R Limited Edition begin at dealers on Tuesday, July 15, at 9 a.m. PDT, and orders will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis via a time and date stamp. Price for the potent 1441cc machine with the monocoque aluminum frame and rider-selectable power modes is $15,899. Kawasaki, of note, is requiring a $1,000 non-refundable deposit on this Ninja, which remains one of the quickest and fastest production bikes in the world.

Kawasaki says the bike’s development team looked at updating the original colors with modern interpretations of red and gray, but none looked as good as the original hues. Although the 30 Canadian bikes look just like the 300 for the US and Latin America, the two production runs have separate numbers. Also, these limited-edition ZX-14s won’t be available in any other market in the world, helping to make each a collectible.

|2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS Limited Edition
ENGINE|Liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve per cylinder, inline-four
BORE & STROKE|84 x 65mm
FUEL INJECTION|DFI with four 44mm Mikuni throttle bodies
IGNITION|TCBI with Digital Advance
FINAL DRIVE|Sealed chain
RAKE / TRAIL|23º / 3.7 in.
FRONT TIRE|120/70ZR-17
REAR TIRE|190/50ZR-17
WHEELBASE|58.3 in.
FRONT SUSPENSION / WHEEL TRAVEL|43mm inverted cartridge fork with adjustable preload, 18-way compression/15-way rebound damping adjustment / 4.6 in.
REAR SUSPENSION / WHEEL TRAVEL|Bottom-link Uni-Trak® and gas-charged shock with adjustable preload, stepless rebound and compression damping adjustments, adjustable ride height / 4.9 in.
FRONT BRAKES|Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs with dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers in gold, ABS
REAR BRAKES|Single 250mm petal disc with twin-piston caliper in gold, ABS
SEAT HEIGHT|31.5 in.
COLOR|Firecracker Red / Metallic Graystone / Gold pinstriping

Studio right-side view.

Studio front 3/4 right-side view.

Studio rear 3/4 right-side view.

Studio left-side view.

Studio details: name badge

Studio details: 30th Anniversary Limited Edition badge