2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R: MD Ride Review, Part 2 (with new video) …

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When you think it, there doesn’t seem to be room left, if any, for a big forward by a production motorcycle in the wars.  Aren’t we already at the where we can’t use more? we just measuring levels of at this point?

 If we don’t on a drag strip, or a race with a mile long can we even use, much appreciate, two wheeled vehicles more power than is offered?

The questions posed in the paragraph might lead you to you consider obvious, but I submit they are more subtle.  A supersport that delivers the majority of its horsepower above rpm is in many ways less  than a far more powerful that offers highly thrust below 5,000 rpm on the  That entertainment is even when the power comes on as as a turbine.

 Enter the 2012 ZX-14R.

Kawasaki set out to end the horsepower with the new ZX-14R, at least for as as it could.  Not content to the traditional leap frog, new machine leaps the competition and well in front.  195 at the rear wheel  (see the test reported in Part 1 ) a formidable target for the competition.

 Moreover, putting more than offered by your 3,500 pound family through the relatively tiny, contact patch of a motorcycle tire poses its own challenges the vehicle must be reasonably and rideable on the street.

What has created with the new ZX-14R  is a that will undoubtedly be by the drag racers, original and Hayabusa owners, and those who want the street cred of the world’s most powerful motorcycle.  Possibly lost in pure horsepower euphoria, is the simple fact that the is a great bike to ride for of other enthusiasts outside categories.

Here is how Kawasaki the important changes made to the ZX-14:

Massively more 1,441cc inline-four engine a 4mm longer …, reworked cylinder assembly, polished ports and stronger pistons for more across the rev range

traction-control system features different modes for varying and is controlled by a handy switch on the left handlebar

All-new clutch assembly controls torque effects while and downshifting

All-new exhaust system tapered and reshaped head and an all-new muffler assembly for low noise and

Redesigned aluminum monocoque is narrow, strong and rigid

swingarm assembly is longer and strengthening gussets to cope the engine’s newfound power

gears are more durable to new temperature and surface treatments

bodywork package builds the slick aesthetic image of the machine, includes a rear seat and adds better air management to the mix for rider and passenger comfort

10-spoke wheels are more 3 pounds lighter in total the previous machine’s units; this unsprung weight, which handling and maneuverability

New disc and pads improve the 14R’s braking system

Revised settings front and rear add control and compliance to an already

Higher overall finish than before, including bodywork fasteners

Gabe these changes in our preview and I am not here to bore you with details this time Nevertheless, I think a few of the changes are highlighting.

This isn’t a … job resulting in 1,441cc.  As puts it, the “reworked cylinder assembly, polished ports and stronger pistons ” work the larger displacement, a higher ratio and a 60% increase in air flow the intake and redesigned exhaust to the amazing horsepower numbers you already seen.

Just as much effort into making this usable and safe for responsible  The KTRC traction-control allows that small contact patch (not by motorcycle standards, as it features a 190 tire) to seamlessly and safely put all power down to the asphalt.

three levels, including TC1 for riding, TC2 for rain and TC3 if you want no possibility of wheel spin (on gravel, for instance), the power is not so tamed (it is still there you remain in Full Power as controlled.  You can also traction control completely off to those burn-outs that your friends, or to warm tire at the drag strip.

A Low mode limits you to 75% of peak but provides similar low-end  This might be useful your adrenal glands are

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Turn the key on and traction control to TC1, which is where I you leave it for all normal riding As you can imagine, with traction turned off, even riders could encounter  TC1 and Full Power you the complete performance experience the drama and danger of the “Off”

 It should be noted here motorcycle journalists testing the in Las Vegas, including those specific drag racing were routinely in the 10s (even the at the strip with the bike in  If you’re Ricky Gadson, of turn TC off at the drag strip and down stock 9 second

Traction control isn’t the way Kawasaki created a refined, riding experience with much horsepower. Throttle is outstanding, offering seamless from closed to open and overall engine smoothness is impressive.  I would be interested to feedback from a Honda (CBR1100XX) owner on the relative of this inline four.

 It is good.

The new slipper clutch corner entries to be smoother and predictable, as well.  The suspension settings and lighter offer up better turning tip-in) and a sportier feel to the big 584 (claimed wet weight) machine year. A 10mm longer also reduces drama by polar moment and improving traction.

The ergonomics are essentially from the earlier model, but is hardly a negative for this Kawasaki has found, and kept, an triangle (footpeg, handlebar and relationship).  A “VFR-like” ergonomic will allow most vastly improved comfort a 600cc supersport or 1,000cc

 I also found the seat comfortable on longer rides. and supportive at the same time.

riding the bike, I imagined the was similar to piloting a big European GT such as a Bentley Continental GT does not have a 16 cylinder as I mistakenly stated in the video or certain models from Martin or Ferrari.  Effortless and thrust, combined with limits and composure suitable for a

These sensations are courtesy of exits from as low as 3,500 rpm ample push and heretofore further up the tach. together a totally unstressed, even feeling from the big machine. ZX-14R shrugs off all of your requests with the same King Kong displays swatting airplanes from the top of the State Building.

The brakes are and very predictable.  Progressive and controlled without too much bite.  Even gas mileage dramatically improved from the model, with mid-40s on freeway cruises.

 Expect 30 mpg or if you are riding, or racing, the bike

Kawasaki stresses that the plates are well up to the job of transferring the torque on offer, and even the (which worked faultlessly our test) has improved reliability year.

The 2012 Kawasaki Ninja isn’t just for drag and burnout buddies.  It is a package appeals to a much broader  It is a significant step forward in performance coupled with levels of refinement, comfort and  The U.S.

MSRP is for the Metallic Spark Black and Surf Blue models, the special edition Golden Green comes in at $14,899 color matched side dash cowling, as well as wheels and top triple clamp.). further details and specifications, Kawasaki’s web site.  Be sure you our new video review below, as as the video of the dyno test we last week.

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