Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Review
Kawasaki first released the Ninja ZX-14R in 2006, as the worthy replacement of Ninja ZX-12R. Promoted as the 'King of Drag Strip', Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R sports a distinctive style and an immensely powerful engine. Inspired by drag race winning pedigree, the bike features a lightweight yet strong monocoque aluminum frame, standard ABS, selectable power modes, and smooth-triggering Kawasaki Traction
Control (KTRC). Of all the Ninja motorcycles in Kawasaki’s line-up, this is the most comfortable ZX motorcycle to ride for extended distances—able to deliver its pilot to its destination quickly and comfortably.
Kawasaki is world-renowned to craft bikes that push the envelope in both power and design segments. Ninja ZX-14R is one splendid example from this green factory, that not only look gorgeous on print but in the flesh too. The Japanese maker has given the bike a distinctive look that more than complements its superpower image. The multi-chamber headlights with circular lamps, separated by a heart-shaped air-inlet bestow it a predator look and a sleek, dual-colored fuel tank ensures an upright riding position. The broad v-shape front cowl, along with the sculpted design of the upper triple clamp, gives the bike a futuristic appeal. On the side, the bike has a broad macho look, with beefy side fairing, disc plates, and multi-spoke alloy wheels. This rear cowl comes integrated with LED side indicators and V-shaped LED tail light, along with sharp rear fender and broad tyres that adds visual bulk to Ninja ZX-14R. his superbike is known for its slim chassis dimensions measuring at 2170 mm x 770 mm x 1,170 mm and a wheelbase of 1,480 mm, which ensures its nimble handling.
Engine, Economy & Performance:
For its pacemaker, Kawasaki has installed the new age Ninja ZX-14R with a potent four-stroke, 4-cylinder 1441cc engine. This liquid-cooled, DOHC engine pumps out a power output of 197.2bhp at 10,000rpm and a peak torque of 162.5NM at 10,000rpm. This colossal power is transmitted through its silky smooth, six-speed gearbox, that enables a quick shift of gears even at high speed. This track-focused new engine offers a stronger low-mid range for increased acceleration coming out of corners, by maintaining engine balanced stunning power with manageability.
Bike's superb handling has always been Kawasaki's key stress point. To ensure, utmost comfort, excellent ergonomics and rider's confidence, Kawasaki install it bikes with cutting-edge technology, that ensure a best in class handling. In Ninja ZX-14R also, Kawasaki's meticulous attention to detail, is exhibited. Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R is based on an advanced monocoque frame which is made of a hollow composite of aluminum parts that delivers firm handling and sharp turning. Kawasaki has kept Ninja ZX-14R lightweight at 268kg, to ensure nimble turning along with good stability. The Ninja ZX-14R's bodywork high aerodynamic performance that reduces drag, and contributes to stability and wind protection at highway speeds. Ninja ZX-14R also features a new
stiffer springs for both the front fork and rear suspension which delivers a firmer, sportier feel.
Safety, Braking, and Miscellaneous:
Being a sportbike, that blaze out a fierce power, top-notch safety became a mandate in Ninja ZX-14R. Therefore, Kawasaki equipped the bike with leading safety measures that complement its colossal power. The fierce stopping potential is delivered by double disc brakes in both front and rear. The braking gets, even more, precise and responsive with the addition of a high-performance hydraulic ABS. The bike also gets an easily adjustable back-torque limiting clutch, which facilitates smooth downshifts and helps prevent rear wheel hop, which becomes more likely with the increased back-torque. The bike is also blessed with a longer swingarm, which has been increased by 10mm, to improve balance.
Kawasaki’s premium sports bike, integrated with best in class 1441cc engines, superb handling, and eye-catching design edges out every competitor in the segment. With a competitive price tag and loads of features, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R is a complete value for money bike, that gives you a taste of race track on streets.