2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R First Ride Review- Kawasaki ZX-14R Photos

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2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R – Ride Let the Good Times

Ah, the fresh air of unapologetic performance! began the press introduction for the ZX-14R with a rock-and-roll accompanying a video of Rickey lighting up the rear tire and chicken with a Suzuki on a deserted road. The Hayabusa over and let the ZX-14R pass.

The morning at Las Vegas Motor we watched Gadson reel off an 9.64-second, 149-mph dragstrip on a stock ZX-14R—standard ride 42 pounds of air in the rear Metzeler, gas in the tank. My first experience on new flagship sportbike was a second-gear that ended at the top of fifth at 175 mph before shutting down for the end of the That’s 175 mph in half a mile . another gear left.

ran 9.31 seconds at 149 mph on a ZX-14R had been lowered and fitted slightly taller gearing. His performance at LVMS on the previous-generation was a 9.2-second, 146-mph run, and bike had been slammed 6 and equipped with a sidewinder and an air shifter. An 8-second quarter-mile on the 14R is a few chassis changes away…

A year after Chevrolet the overpriced, underpowered, coal-burning Kawasaki launches the new ZX-14R all the political correctness of a jab to the nose. The engineers who worked on the project phrases like “leapfrog the and “fastest-accelerating mass-production bike on the and “total domination.” Subtle…

the dragstrip testing (9.91 at 149 mph for me), we ventured into the Nevada desert, where the easily broke the posted limit in even the lowest I saw 130 mph in third gear on the rear Before the street ride, told us that we were responsible for any speeding tickets, money or … time. a concept!

Personal responsibility was the undertone of this press I love it and highly recommend the to all riders.

If you’re getting the picture of a 1441cc engine, then my are painting the correct picture. bumped compression to 12.3:1, and the inline-Four spins to 11,000 Las Vegas-based Dynojet reported rear-wheel horsepower from the brand-new 14Rs it dynoed. but the number you’ll feel every throttle movement is the foot-pounds of torque.

The 14R’s move through a 4mm-longer and the wave of midrange power is the I’ve ever felt to a bike. Addicting? Yes!

focus groups made it that controlling engine had to be a priority on the 14R. “Not does this engine run the engineers told the press, we’ve added a second fan.” The fins along the of the fairing were redesigned to hot air farther outward, keeping it off the The bike looks purposeful, and it This is no plaything.

External oil carry slippery stuff sprays the undersides of the pistons to dissipate heat. A pair of makes the 1441cc mill smooth, and a back-torque-limiting (slipper) attempts do to the same for the rider. The spins 5000 rpm at an indicated 89

Gadson said the ZX-14R is the production bike he can remember doesn’t need to be geared for optimum quarter-mile times.

ZX-14 owners didn’t Kawasaki to change the four-headlight and styling, but every other of the bodywork was tweaked. Hidden fasteners take a little time to undo, but the look is and clean. “I can’t think of bike on which Kawasaki so much attention to detail,” a longtime Kawasaki employee, to the classy-looking instruments, factory head and overall quality of the

Kawasaki ZX 130 KAZE

Back to the dragstrip: While the trap speed says about the bike’s box-stock underlining the torque output is the way in Gadson had us launch the bike. He us to stage at 3200 rpm, get the out in one smooth, linear motion and not get with the throttle. This out to be very tricky. Gadson, of has mastered it. If you’re Mr.

Grabby, KTRC—Kawasaki’s three-mode program that is similar to the used on the Concours 14 and ZX-10R—can you into Mr. Almost Smooth.

also added a two-position—Full and Mode selector. “Low” engine acceleration above rpm. We didn’t sample it. of us ran the quarter-mile in KTRC Mode 1 to with wheelie control and no TC you can turn it off) on the backroads for wheelie enjoyment.

A switch on the handlebar makes selecting choices quick and easy.

The light was repositioned to be more in the line of sight and can also be as a dragstrip launch light. was set at 3500 rpm to launch, 11,000 to yet it was still easy to tag the rev limiter due to the eagerness to spin. Bar-mounted allow the rider to toggle TC and power modes, as well as like battery voltage, temperature, fuel mileage and

More important than the aids is the effort that put into the chassis. Despite a wet of almost 600 pounds, a 58.3-inch (the swingarm was stretched and engine output at the rear nudging 200 hp, the ZX-14R is amazingly To help achieve this rake-and-trail numbers were and the wheels weigh 3 pounds than before.

As a result, the ($14,699 for Candy Surf or Metallic Black Spark; add for Golden Blazed Green) is on the freeway, stable as a granite table and roomy enough for tall riders. I managed to get the to headshake a little under hard acceleration, but on the medium-fast used for the launch, it was practically The engineers worked hard on the and their effort matched put into the amazing engine.

A quick nod to political correctness: I 31.2 mph on the street ride and at an indicated 35 mph for several miles a state park. The choice to advantage of the ZX-14R’s full elsewhere—street or strip—was mine. as it should be.

Kawasaki ZX 130 KAZE
Kawasaki ZX 130 KAZE
Kawasaki ZX 130 KAZE

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