2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R Super Streetbike

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Look out BMW and Suzuki, the new is definitely deserving of its R moniker.

No what gear or RPM, twist the grip and get ready for a of acceleration unmatched by any stock Torque off the bottom is simply and midrange is as strong as you’d as is the herculean top-end surge.

whack the throttle in the lower and it’ll wheelie like a sportbike. Forget high-RPM slips, just a blip of and a slight tug is all she needs to go airborne. to smoke up? Switch off the TC and give it she’ll paint it down as as you’d like.

And yet it can be lugged to 1500 RPM to happily chug a waiting police officer.

days are possible, sport is a given, commuting would be a and grudge night victories at the drag strip are practically If you’re looking for the baddest stallion on the planet this likely be it. It might have Kawasaki a few years, but there’s a new and it’s painting the town

On the outside the new Kawasaki ZX-14R resemble the model it replaces, but the stop there.

“We wanted to the distinctive styling characteristics the is famous for, but under the skin is a new bike that just nudge the bar, it raises it,” Kawasaki Manager Karl Edmonson

And raise the bar it does, as its performance forward is greater than any update in the Hypersport class—Suzuki In fact, Kawasaki is so confident it is deeming the ZX-14R as the most production bike in the world for good reason).

During the press launch at Las Vegas Park the Kawi engineers that since the release of the in 2006, it had been a game of cat and with the Hayabusa. Just as one make a small improvement the would counter the following Team Green was tired of around; it was going big and was determined to Suzuki packing.

Early dyno reports figures in the 190 HP range at the wheel an equally stout serving of nearing 110 LB-FT. Although wasn’t a dyno at LVMS to the reports, the drag strip was and even pro racer Rickey was on-hand to show the journos the bike could really do by down an impressive 9.6 @ 151 MPH run.

The altitude that day was hovering over 3000 feet, so another two-tenths when to sea level, which means the bike is good for roughly What’s even more is the fact these times achieved by launching at 3500 Just a few ticks over 3 Gs and all it needs to rocket out of the hole.

more and it’ll wheelie or the hide will spin in a of smoke–it has that much

To make the event even Gadson hopped aboard a ZX-14R that had been and strapped with Brock’s equipment and was geared taller a Vortex sprocket. The taller lower) rear cog allowed the motor to stay in the meat of the longer and the lowered stance more aggressive launches. the smoke cleared, it nailed a @ 156 MPH run.

We’re looking at a 8-second bike with worth of mods.

In order for a streetbike to touch 8-second ETs it has to serious horsepower, and Kawasaki to great lengths in updating the Most notably the … has increased by 4mm for a total displacement of 89cc. The motor now measures a 1441cc.

This increase in displacement from longer rods size increasing tweaks to the ends.

New box style forged cut weight by 6 grams per slug and the of each piston are cooled and with an externally fed oil jet system. trick addition moves the plumbing outside the motor for room in the top-end.

In a move out of the history books, Kawasaki is porting the intake side of the head, a process it pioneered mass production with its ’84 750.

The high-tech head features machined construction of the previously messy cast for even greater flow. The ports have also shaped for more CFM and the compression is now hovering at 12.3:1.

More cams with increased and longer duration help the valves higher and longer, advantage of the revised airbox cuts resistance by 60 percent.

are new tapered header pipes help accelerate spent into the large volume but this is one aspect we don’t we need to elaborate on as an aftermarket is imperative to increase power and cut Ditch the stock pipes away!

Throughout the press Kawasaki stressed the importance of owner feedback during the process of the new model. Much to surprise, Kawasaki listened. is the annoying clatter upon a huge complaint with models.

“We used a new hydraulic/serrated type cam chain tensioner dramatically reduces the mechanical on cold starts, it still has the of the older serrated design but the enhancements does away the noise many owners Edmonson explained.

Kawasaki addressed the heat issues owners complained about. 14s would nearly cook the at slow speeds, but now thanks to side vents, better work and a second radiator we’re happy to report no boiled legs during the stuff. The heat is now quickly out and around the rider.

To keep the Green Peace at bay, Kawasaki made the most powerful bike on the is also one of the more economical at least for its size. Much its sport touring cousin, the the ZX-14R now has an ECO mode. But instead of a dash indicator that when your right is behaving, the ECO mode on the ZX-14R alter timing and fueling at steady throttle inputs to improve gas mileage by a claimed

At 85 MPH on the interstate we saw an indicated 41-MPG, a feat for such a powerful

Like all models before it, the 14R utilizes counter-balancers to cut the vibes. As during the street ride, a vibration is felt until the digits. At that point still aren’t obtrusive, it’s just enough to you that the big fella is getting for blast-off.

As one would expect, the are as smooth as butter and offer a view of any highway patrol trying to sneak up on you (it’s the chance they have).

Green also went to lengths to harness the newfound serious traction control chock full of different and power modes instantly the beast when required. The intrusive, Mode 3, borrows its from the KTRC unit on the Concours, allowing for maximum in the slipperiest situations. Not that we such behavior, but a short on a gravel road during the launch proved that a handful of throttle can’t the complex computer system.

Mode 1 and Mode 2 take it one further by borrowing from the of the S-KTRC found on the ZX-10R. 1 allows for serious launches and powerwheelies. The TC system reacts depending on the throttle input, as a of throttle in Mode 1 will in an unassisted wheelie. Riders you can loop it easily.

But a quick or launch keeps the front end a few inches off the ground to maximize

Mode 2 cuts all forms of and wheelspin while still seriously aggressive launches the drama. Mode 2 only Gadson a tenth compared to the system off. Forget about flipping or losing the tire, it’s so seamless it like a cheater mode.

add to the fortress of tech controls are two power modes, the full and a low setting that chops 25 of power from bottom to

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The chassis and suspension also go unchecked either. Over of the last generation’s monocoque has been revised. A new steering gives way to stiffer bits for flex and a 10mm longer also enters the mix to help wheelies and to improve drag

On the suspension side of the equation the 14 stiffer spring rates on end along with revised rates to create a combo claimed to work more when higher in the ….

The finally handles on par with the Hayabusa, a bruiser that curves far better than it capable of. The ZX-14R is quick and no doubt due large in part to the new multi-spoke wheels that over three-pounds of rotational compared to the previous hoops. You know the new model is a claimed heavier than the outgoing as it now tips the scales at 584-pounds fuel.

In the cockpit a new instrument cluster a fresh analog speedometer and lead the way to a center-mounted display. The is easy to read, but the speedo can be under acceleration only the needle is moving so quickly to the

We didn’t have any quibbles the LCD screen, which flashes a of the ZX-14R’s distinctive front end time the key is turned. After the introduction you’ll find a gauge, gear indicator, trip meters, odometer, and other helpful features temperature, real-time fuel fuel range and average consumption.

The programmable shift is back, but it’s now situated in the line of sight (another owners expressed about the model). A launch control is also new this year, means the desired launch RPM can be set and the will flash once the reaches the set blast-off zone. add-ons like these demonstrate how focused Kawasaki is on the undisputed crown at the drag

There’s a reason the new 14 doesn’t drastically different from the old “Our research showed people like the ZX-14 it’s distinctive. When you one on the road going the other way the headlights and side fins are as is the patented V-shaped LED tail Edmonson said.

The quad headlights remain, but are now lumped pairs on either side shared lenses. What to be two headlights is actually a family of The quartet of side grilles are now prominent not only for form, but as well.

Along with lines, Kawasaki also some time relocating fasteners out of sight for a tidy and better aeodynamics. Other bits of flare include steel instrument cluster a classy upper triple and a standard tank pad to fend off scuffs.

The 2012 ZX-14R is available in two colors, a Metallic Spark and a Candy Surf Blue for For a cool $14,899 a Special Golden Blazed Green sports machined-faced wheels and a upper triple along color-matched panels and trim with special graphics. SSB

*89 cc increase in size over year’s model

**Rickey And The

** The hypersport class is all about big big performance and big style. So it only sense that the only on every-one’s mind was, how With pro drag racer Gadson in the saddle, the stock went 9.6 @ 151 MPH. To make more interesting he hopped a slightly modified example sported Brock’s Performance links and straps along a smaller Vortex rear

The lowered stance helped the front wheel down and the gearing allowed the bike to surf the waves of torque. The blistering 9.25 @ 156 MPH run. means that in good and at sea level, a lowered, strapped and ZX-14R might touch the


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2012 ZX-14R

** **Engine: Liquid double-overhead cam, counter 16-valve, four-cylinder engine

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