Kawasaki’s 2012 ZX-14R will be the most powerful production motorcycle ever

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Kawasaki 500 H1 (Match III) Prototype

Kawasaki’s 2012 ZX-14R be the most powerful production ever

Kawasaki has released of its 2012 ZX-14R and the Japanese has once again gazumped the to retake top spot on the motorcycle ladder.

No horsepower figures been released, but the company has quite clearly that the ZX-14R will be the fastest motorcycle in production and that it has the powerful production motorcycle ever built.

The whole thing is now getting beyond a even with the normally clean integrity Kawasaki to its claims. Across its press and web sites, Kawasaki is claiming the for this bike the World’s Powerful Sports Bike the press release headline), the powerful production motorcycle ever (from the press and the fastest production motorcycle on the

For starters, it is not the World’s Most Sports Bike because are thousands, maybe hundreds of of more powerful sports in the world.

Even putting the production in the statement is open to because the definition of production is specific enough, and as you can see below, to say safely, given the current of mega-beasties, means the new ZX-14R has to be out a LOT more than 200 horsepower at the Rumor suggests that is talking 210 bhp at the crank for the ZX-14R.

So look at what else is

For starters, there’s Kawasaki’s own introduced ZX10-R (pictured at its release last October in which puts out 207 bhp with its ram air and the existing ZX14. which has now around six years, putting out 190 horsepower and 201 bhp with ram air effect at 120 mph km/h).

Then there’s triple-overhead camshaft VR6. is yet to begin production. It’s of more than 200 bhp are believable that it is powered by a supercharged six cylinder engine. The bike was an classic the moment it first at Koln Motorcycle Show time last last — a masterpiece of design and ingenuity that, IMHO, deserves success.

It’s an quantity still, bat has as much to make such claims as

Ducati’s 200 bhp Desmosedici Racing had a limited run of 1,500 motorcycles and out before production. The entire 500 allocation for the United States out in five hours. It is the only version of a MotoGP race ever produced, and sold for

One of the most intricate motorcycles assembled in this number, the bhp engine was a 90-degree Double-L-Twin cylinder in non-Ducati speak), a twin pulse firing with two sets of gear-driven DOHC valve gear the four titanium valves per

The bike has not been produced and with results not running way at the moment, the company’s efforts to have been focused on the Panigale twin cylinder bike. which has the intoxicating raw of weighing 176 kg (388 lb) wet and producing 195

Will the Kawasaki ZX-14R faster than the lighter, powered Ducati Panigale? the production bikes get here, know. One thing’s for sure — the Ducati will be close to the ZX14R, despite a different genre of motorcycle. As the Colin Chapman was famous for adding power makes you on the straights — subtracting makes you faster everywhere.

He may been referring to cars, but the premise is still the same.

some of those aforementioned are limited edition models, and also an even more set of VERY limited edition with claims to more 200 bhp. We might have one or two (let us know and we’ll add to the article), but they include:

The C3 X132 Hellcat has a V-twin with a capacity of 132 cubic (2163cc). It produces a monolithic 145 (196.6 nm) of torque and a lot of horsepower, to be in the 200 bhp range. Only 150 will be selling at US$45,000 apiece.

The Stormbringer puts out 280 bhp and there’s no to how many will be produced, but at it’s probably not going to be many. It’s based on a bike (the ZX10R), but not sure if it can be classified as a production

Several others fall this category of adding aspiration to existing production to achieve phenomenal horsepower and then wrapping the engine in an frame and the finest aftermarket and look-good bits and charging a ransom to own one.

The US$170,000, 257 bhp Sheene is the latest in this and only 52 of the tribute bike to the roadracer will be produced one for each year of Sheene’s It uses a Suzuki gixxer with a blower and will be in depth on Gizmag shortly. It is not yet in though there is a prototype.

Still another is the turbocharged Super Squalo. which produces more than 200 bhp at a of around US$45,000.

Two motorcycles definitely vie for a top three finish in the of the world’s most expensive (and hence the more category) are the US$275,000 Ecosse which quotes only bhp for its own engine, and the US$185,000 jet-turbine-powered which has more than 320 bhp and a top of over 400 km/h (248 You can download the brochure here .

are in production, though the Ecosse’s and extraordinary specifications indicate a wait, as the bike sports the first all-titanium frame and the polished billet aluminum donk is made in the same The there’s MotoGP-spec Ohlins at each end, and radially-mounted billet ISR front brake (12 individual brake pads) and the US$275,000.

If you want to insure might we suggest a reputable

For the sake of this article, presume that by production, is talking about readily motorcycles from a relatively dealership.

Which means the contenders are Yamaha VMAX, MV F4RR and Suzuki Hayabusa.

The MV F4RR costs US$32,500 unlike some previous F4 with limited production the F4RR appears to have no to its production run.

Yamaha’s has had many claimed figures on its output since it was first but the Suzuki Hayabusa is unquestionably the that appears most to stand between Kawasaki and its for the 2012 ZX-14R.

Verification of the in relation to the Hayabusa can be had in the form of an written by nine-time World Motorcycle drag racer Gadson. who ran the bike through the mile at 9.7 seconds with an speed approaching 150 mph (240 on a slow strip — from the crate.

That it well ahead — half a second behind the Suzuki Hayabusa over a mile according to Gadson’s own On the strength of Gadson’s reflections, the appear genuine.

I think fair to say that now that manufacturers have agreed to a top speed (the top speed of all is now electronically limited to 186 mph by agreement of the major Japanese and motorcycle manufacturers), we have now a new phase of the horsepower race has been going on in earnest two-strokes ruled the roost.

Two-… engine technology immense power, but spewed into the atmosphere at an alarming Built in an era before we realized we were doing to the environment, built its reputation for horsepower the Kawasaki H1 Mach III 500cc air-cooled two-….

I had such memories of the H1 that a few years while I was building a motorcycle I purchased a mint-condition H1 and restored it to original. I rode it around the a few times, but its speed was just not as as it had been in the day, as I’d my frame of reference by riding developed decades later. It was an ecological disaster, had drum agricultural suspension, and just all that much fun.

interesting that the H1 was the fastest on two wheels just over 40 ago with just 60 bhp. CB750 was a contender with a top of 200 km/h (124 mph). years later, Superstock four-strokes from all four manufacturers can run more than km/h (174 mph+) speeds at Monza, indicating how faster things have

After the H1 came the Kawasaki H2 IV 750cc three-cylinder two-…. 750 four of 1968 might been the king of the road, its civilized manners and longevity and usable power, but the CB750 hope to compete against the IV for performance.

Kawasaki is very the other members of Japan’s big motorcycle manufacturers. Its roots are in industrial and military machinery. Its are still staffed by thousands of wearing the same green-grey they have worn for of the last century.

Kawasaki Industries is an industrial powerhouse 30,000 employees and US$15 in annual profits. The company is with many divisions quite diverse technological the Shinkansen Bullet train. energy plants, giant jet engines, tractors, a range of aircraft, helicopters, simulators, robots and space systems are some of the genres of complex that wear the Kawasaki

Most of the things Kawasaki are not seen as Kawasaki product by the though because they are not Hence, as the primary outward brand wearing the Kawasaki the motorcycle company is required to the company’s brand values to the

Once the Honda 750 had ushered in a new era of Kawasaki responded with the Z1 900cc four-…, completely the limits of what was possible.

few years since, the company has out of its way to produce the fastest road on the market.

Verification of this pattern in Akashi can be evidenced in the other outward facing of the Kawasaki brand, the Personal Craft (PWC) marketplace.

pioneered this marketplace in the and the company’s proprietary brand (Jet Ski) is still with PWC to most folk. Sea Doo own the category, and sell a lot more but it hasn’t stopped Kawasaki spanking them from to time, in exactly the same way as the division had done to the rest of the manufacturers.

Kawasaki 500 H1 (Match III) Prototype

The Kawasaki’s Ultra was a landmark model. The 250 bhp Jet Ski eclipsed all it in a similar evolution of the PWC to what seen in the motorcycle market Kawasaki.

As there’s a similar in place between manufacturers of and the United States Coast which limits top speed of to 65-67 mph (104-108 km/h) in the important PWC market in the world, and Kawasaki have been it out with electronically limited top and ever increasing acceleration.

remarkably, the old ZX14 motor the basis for the 1500cc supercharged motor in the Ultra 300X, so the next version of the 300X use the same motor too. The of a PWC motor are quite different those of a motorcycle — for the engine is routinely subjected to periods of sustained full far longer than you’d get a motorcycle, and also from the get-go to its top speed of 65 mph. the strength is there to sustain punishment should be very to Kawasaki motorcycle owners

Mechanical robustness was already one of brand values, largely due to the of the company’s four cylinder which have been one of the fraternity’s favorites since the Z1 nearly four decades

Hence, in upgrading the motor for the generation, it’s interesting to see Kawasaki has gained power and longevity incrementally in dozens of in a motor that’s technologically in its basic layout.

The swept volume has been by 89cc from the current 1352cc to 1441cc with a 4 mm in …, giving each of the cylinders dimensions of 84 x 65 mm. Interestingly, the chambers have been and are now surface milled instead of on the accuracy of the casting.

The intake have also been to improve air-flow and for the first in a mass volume motorcycle the inlet tracts are hand — this method of the last bit of flow available is the process of porting an engine, Kawasaki already has the shape it and the porting is designed to remove any production blemishes where will count most.

the intake valves are new, longer and using different than the previous model’s.

The pistons are lighter than the old and by virtue of a new oil-jet cooling that keeps the pistons with a constant spray underneath, the thickness of the piston has reduced while the the compression has been boosted from to 12.3:1. This results in reciprocating mass and higher efficiency and lower temperatures.

The to every detail is astounding. The are re-designed from a new metal bigger small-ends and the crankshaft journals are now 2 mm bigger at 40 mm.

The accuracy of control has also been with a stronger cam chain and the system has been redesigned, all to ensure the engine can run stronger for

The camshafts are all new in both timing and and although the fuel and air are still by the same Mikuni DFI, now automatic idle adjustment and the has been tweaked to achieve emissions. Though 44 mm throttle still supply the air, has been improved by redesigning the air filter so it not only has 10 percent surface area for improved but 40 percent better airflow, for the breathing necessary in producing the most powerful motorcycle

Just to complete the process the exhaust system now begins all-new tapered header and concludes with larger-volume with dual catalyzers to emissions are as low as possible.

The cogs in the have also come in for a manufacturing process, with heat- and surface-treatments from the model, while the biggest in the transmission area is in the form of a clutch, which will downshifting and help prevent wheel lock-ups when the is revving hard and you’re on the of tire adhesion under

Though we haven’t seen the charts, Kawasaki says the new has more torque at all rpm in comparison to the old and lots more power 4,000 rpm up.

The torque is apparently enough to pull away standstill in second gear and economy is 8 percent better the current ZX-14.

The rest of the is revised and upgraded in every

The inverted 43 mm forks and single shock have better to bottoming and entirely revised settings to enable better which has also been with new 10-spoke wheels each reduce unsprung by 3.3 pounds (1.5 kg).

massive disc brakes may the same dimensions, but they’re of a more rigid material and the pads have also improved.

Weight is of course the of performance-related cars, boats and and it’s interesting to see that the new weighs 265 kg (584.4 pounds), an of 8 kg (17.6 lb) over the current Its new weight is almost exactly the as the 2011 Hyabusa but it has a fair bit mid-range grunt.

The ZX14R features KTRC (Kawasaki Control) which has three other than off to cater to conditions and two stage Power selection offers Full + Low Power (about 75% of Full). The ABS has been improved to work on bumpy roads.

While the ZX-14R might look similar to the old ZX14, the whole is new and comes with a level of to internal detail never bestowed on a production motorcycle.

Kawasaki 500 H1 (Match III) Prototype
Kawasaki 500 H1 (Match III) Prototype
Kawasaki 500 H1 (Match III) Prototype
Kawasaki 500 H1 (Match III) Prototype
Kawasaki 500 H1 (Match III) Prototype


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