2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Special Edition Review

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2012 Kawasaki Ninja Special Edition

2012 Ninja ZX-14R Special

— 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R Special Edition

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Edition Review

The -R- Designation More Race Winning and More Refinement for the Ultimate Sportbike

It-s gotta be competing against the ZX—14 after year. When it on the big-bore sportbike stage in the big Ninja® blew everyone-s — owners, journalists and — with its incredible sport-tourer comfort, agile and aerodynamic full-coverage bodywork. refinement has kept the 14 a step of the competition, all while filling face shields with ear-to-ear grins.

Fortunately for fans (and unfortunately for the there-s no let up for 2012. Not only is the R-designated Ninja ZX-14R Edition massively more it-s also almost new, with more of the design excellence, and finesse come to expect from Green- — the company been building legendary motorcycles for more than 40

Big power delivered smoothly has been a big Ninja hallmark, so the for 2012 begin in the new ZX-14R-s bay. First off, more displacement via a 4mm … to 65mm (up from 61mm), displacement now registering 1441cc (up 1352cc). Combustion chamber are newly optimized for 2012, and surface-milled now, not cast.

ports are reshaped and polished for flow while working in with longer and more intake valves. Yep, the new ZX-14R Special Edition does come -ported- from the factory.

The camshafts those valves are more with increased lift and profiles, while a stronger cam and revised tensioning system reliability at the stratospheric rpm levels engine is capable of. Newly forged pistons with crowns offer increased and less weight, and are cooled by a new cooling system that a continuous stream of lubricant at the of each piston. (Testing the engine runs considerably with this system.) more: Compression is up from year; connecting rods beefier small ends, and are of a stronger material; crankshaft journals are thicker, from 38 to a new air-cleaner element is larger and with 10% more surface and 40 percent more airflow and transmission gears have heat- and surface-treated to be even durable and shift more

Feeding this class new engine is a revised fuel system that offers idle adjustment and reduced Burned hydrocarbons exit a heavily revised exhaust with reshaped, larger-diameter header pipes and larger-volume, mufflers, each with an catalyzer to minimize emissions.

The of all this hot-rodding are substantial, as more power virtually across the rev range. The increases are profound in the mid-high rpm range, notably stronger acceleration 4,000 rpm onward. This into the sort of thrust can appreciate in a wide variety of whether it-s powering up a on-ramp to merge with traffic or cruising along a backroad on a sunny, Sunday-morning

On the ZX-14R, total domination is a twist of the throttle away.

But the new engine is more than powerful; there-s plenty of and panache to go along with it. The dual gear-driven counterbalancer for instance, has been optimized to with the new mill-s longer-… and crankshaft changes. The result is power across the rev range.

power is more manageable ever, too, thanks to the of a back-torque limiting -slipper- assembly and a KTRC traction and ignition management system features three different modes — full medium power and a third for low-traction (wet/slippery) conditions. The system is controlled by a bar-mounted switch, and the system-s effects can be on a seven-segment bar graph in the cockpit-s LCD

The back-torque limiting clutch comes directly from the and helps eliminate the wheel-hop and torque effects of energetic and braking while cornering, or spirited — or emergency stops. It also helps the bike-s drive train, for durability.

The result of all this and high-tech hot rodding is arguably the open-class streetbike engine built — and an engine capable needs a similarly chassis in which to live and The 2012 ZX-14R is up to the job, and some. Kawasaki engineers to retain the previous ZX-14-s and maneuverable demeanor, using the chassis design as a starting for the new 14R and its increased power production.

To this sweet-handling character but pump up the sportiness quotient, modified more than of the previous frame-s aluminum and forgings, all of which have flex and rigidity characteristics the parts they replace. So the new alloy frame bears a resemblance to the previous unit-s monocoque design, it is vastly stiffer in some places and in others, the net result forming an balance for the bike-s weight, and cornering ability. In back, the is 10mm longer than and features more gusseting to match the new frame-s rigidity

Front and rear suspension help maintain this act of wheel control, ride and maneuverability. Both the 43mm adjustable inverted fork and single shock have bottoming resistance and revised settings, while new lighter and machined 10-spoke wheels great and reduce unsprung by a whopping 3.3 pounds, further acceleration, handling and suspension The new ZX-14R-s triple disc are updated, as well, with rigid disc material and pads for powerful, fade-free and a progressive feel at the lever.

Of course, with this top-shelf performance, you also to look good. Dynamic has been a Kawasaki hallmark the days of H1s, H2s and Z-1s, so only fitting that latest addition to a long of sportbikes looks the part, new bodywork tip-to-tail honoring the angular and flowing shapes have made recent some of the most attractive in existence.

The nose is especially with a more aggressive fitted with a quad-headlight and a large ram-air duct cool atmosphere into the system. The traditional 4-fin along the fairing-s sides has a pronounced 3D design this while great effort was to hide hooks and fasteners as as possible. The bike-s tail is especially well-sculpted, with turn signals and a cool seat cowl — on all U.S.-spec models — aesthetic performance.

The body offers functional benefits as as aesthetic ones. The reshaped for instance, offers more support and makes it easier for challenged riders to reach the The bodywork-s venting system is at extracting heated air from the bay and away from the rider and

The new ZX-14-s instruments and controls been reworked as well, a newly finished gauge and a new multi-function switch on the left that handles all system you can toggle the LCD screen using the buttons, and easily scroll fuel consumption, remaining battery voltage, external traction control, etc. and adjusting functions using the button in the center of the toggle There-s even an -eco- on the LCD screen that lets know when they-re maximum economy and fuel

The end result of all this technology and all features is a dominating open-class — a supremely smooth, and refined sporting motorcycle gladly go anywhere there-s and do it with an uncanny level of High-aggression Sunday-morning rides? No Two-up along the coast for the Easy.

Commuting to and from Simple. Weekend bracket at the local dragstrip? Cake.

It-s difficult to compete an open-classer this good at so things. It-s a fact our knows all too well.

Every now and a manufacturer builds a motorcycle defines their brand in the For Kawasaki, that motorcycle is the ZX-14.

Kawasaki’s most motorcycle to date, the Ninja sets new performance standards the most unbelievable, absolutely-jaw-dropping you have ever experienced. But makes the Ninja ZX-14 more incredible is the absolute with which it commands power. Smooth and linear idle to redline, you don-t to be a world champion to control machine.

But it-s not just about the Ninja ZX-14 combines its engine performance with handling and stability, sleek and superbly comfortable ergonomics, the ultimate long-range hyper-sports

2012 Kawasaki Ninja Special Edition Features and

New for 2012

— Massively powerful 1,441cc inline-four features a 4mm longer …, cylinder head assembly, ports and lighter, stronger for more power across the rev

— KTRC traction-control features three different for varying conditions and is controlled by a switch assembly on the left

— All-new slipper assembly controls rear-wheel effects while braking and

— All-new exhaust features tapered and reshaped pipes and an all-new muffler for low noise and emissions

— aluminum monocoque frame is strong and rigid

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

Transmission gears are more thanks to new temperature and surface

— All-new bodywork builds upon the slick image of the previous machine, a rear seat cowl and better air management to the mix for improved and passenger comfort

— 10-spoke wheels are more 3 pounds lighter in total the previous machine-s units; reduces unsprung weight, aids handling and maneuverability

New disc material and pads the 14R-s radial-mount braking

— Revised suspension front and rear add wheel and compliance to an already plush

— Higher overall quality than before, hidden bodywork fasteners

New Four-cylinder Liquid-Cooled DOHC

— Longer-… design, (and ported) cylinder lighter pistons, higher and more radical camshafts more torque and power the rev range

— Piston jet sprays a continuous stream of lubrication to the underside of each for cooler running temperatures, constant power production and durability

— Stronger cam and tensioning system offers a degree of durability at stratospheric rpm

— Crankshaft main are 2mm thicker (now 40mm) for durability

— More temperature and surface treatments the transmission gears to better the new engine-s prodigious power

— Chrome composite-plated cylinder bores are lightweight, and quickly carry heat from the combustion chamber and for supreme durability at high outputs

— Newly designed is compact and narrow, which the rest of the machine to be smaller, and more nimble

— Low noise via special piston and urethane insulation sheet on the of the magnesium chain cover

High-flow Exhaust System

All-new header assembly has pipes for optimal power and power delivery characteristics

Newly designed mufflers lower noise emissions due to the dual catalyzers, are cleaner before

— Airflow the exhaust from the large air ports in the cylinder head and cover, plus a third catalyzer in the collector, help strict Euro III emissions

— Internal silencer minimizes impact of emissions while maintaining impressive power

Gear-driven Dual Balancers

— Revised weights keep the newly engine (more …) in balance, resulting in improved for riders and passengers

— in perfect primary balance, the engine design features secondary balancers that eliminate unwanted vibrations for smooth operation and reduced fatigue

Ram Air Induction

— ram air duct in the newly shaped draws cooler, higher-pressure air the face of the fairing and efficiently it through the larger and more air cleaner and into the reworked for maximum power output

Fuel Injection

— New body assembly featuring throttle bodies is fitted ISC valve and sub-throttle valves by the ECU. They provide response, smooth DFI® automatic idle speed and help the bike meet III emissions requirements now and into the

— Revised intake porting optimizes flow

— Injectors deliver spray at a 20-degree angle to the finely atomized fuel a wide area

— injectors produce a 75-micron size

— 32-bit ECU with dual throttle system to further enhance response and control

2-Mode Ignition

— Rider High Low maps offer a between full power and 50 percent power output to suit changing conditions

Digital Timing Advance low

— and mid-range power

Individual spark plug-mounted coils fire each of the spark plugs independently to the optimum timing for that

— ECU includes an idle control system for easier and warm-up

KTRC Traction

— KTRC traction-control features three different for varying conditions

— are controlled by a handy switch on the left handlebar

— are indicated on the LCD cockpit display

New Limiting -Slipper- Clutch

— All-new back-torque -slipper- clutch assembly rear-wheel torque effects downshifting or coasting to minimize hop, chatter and reduce stress

— Radial-pump clutch master cylinder smooth and precise engagement and feel at the lever

New-generation Aluminum Frame

— monocoque frame is a hollow box that arches over the from the steering head to the pivot. It is narrow, strong, and very light

— of the frame-s new cast aluminum — steering head and pivot areas — are via a …-casting process for weight

— Rigidly mounted is a stressed frame member, increases the frame-s torsional and saves weight vs. traditional

— Engine is positioned in the frame, with the slightly wheelbase and front/rear weight carefully designed to achieve stability and responsive handling

Longer swingarm adds stability and is gusseted to better with the new engine-s power

— Massive head casting contributes to frame

— Frame houses the air box and air in a space-saving design that air cleaner maintenance

— is also housed within the and is easily accessible through an frame cover


Revised internal settings for the and multi-adjustable 43mm cartridge-type allow more wheel and improved ride compliance

Stepless damping adjustment suspension performance

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— control and feedback from the adjustable bottom-link Uni-Trak® suspension

— Linkage allow linear suspension and greater wheel control

Bottom-link design helps a lower center of gravity, makes the motorcycle more

Reshaped Petal-type Discs Radial-mount Calipers

— petal-type design brake provide better cooling and warp resistance

— mounted four-piston front calipers use improved brake and offer greater rigidity traditional caliper mounting to brake feel

— A brake pad is used for each Individual pads provide cooling efficiency and can absorb heat without deforming so maintain a consistent brake longer

— Radial-pump brake master cylinder brake performance and lever

Aggressive New Bodywork

— frame is positioned over the so the sleek new fairing is uninterrupted by frame spars, adding to the long and low styling

— New venting offers improved control for more comfort for and passenger

— Standard cowl adds aesthetic

— Both the front and turn signals are integrated the bodywork and have clear to enhance appearance

— Quadruple projector headlights in the new fairing give the a distinctive new look. The outer contain position lamps and beams, while the low beams are in the center lamps

— Denso radiator with fans and high-density cores maximum cooling efficiency


— New black-faced analog speedometer and tachometer are to read

— Multi-function LCD display includes an odometer, two meters, fuel gauge, position indicator, clock, and other variables, including information via a 7-segment LCD indicator

Programmable shift indicator illuminates at pre-set rpm to signal upshift

— Programmable engagement lamp illuminates at rpm to signal the rider to engage the

— Controller Area (CAN) interface between the uses fewer wires yet a greater volume of information, as estimated fuel mileage, to be

2012 Kawasaki Ninja Special Edition — USA Details


Engine Four-…, liquid-cooled, four valve per cylinder,

Displacement 1,441 cc

Bore x 84.0 x 65.0 mm

Compression 12.3:1

Fuel System with four 44mm throttle bodies

Ignition with Digital Advance


Final Drive Chain

Rake/Trail 23 degrees / 3.7 in.

Tire Size 120/70

Rear Tire Size ZR17

Wheelbase 58.3 in.

Suspension / wheel travel inverted cartridge fork adjustable preload, 18-way and 15-way rebound damping / 4.6 in.

Rear Suspension / wheel Bottom-link Uni-Trak® and gas-charged with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping adjustable ride height / 4.9 in.

Brakes Dual semi-floating 310 mm discs with dual four-piston calipers

Rear Single 250mm petal with twin-piston caliper

length 85.4 in.

Overall 30.3 in.

Overall height in.

Ground clearance 4.9 in.

Seat 31.5 in.

Curb Weight lbs.

Fuel Capacity 5.8 gal

Golden Blazed Green special graphics (SE)

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