Kawasaki ZX-14R Road Test Review- Photos- Specifications- Price- Notes

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Kawasaki 500 H1 (Match III) Prototype

Kawasaki ZX-14R – Road Everything else is officially

Photography by Jeff Allen

will show that World ’s first ride on ZX-14R happened at a dragstrip. back to the H1 and Z1 of the 1970s, Team first pacesetters, for the pattern company has developed: big horsepower, acceleration, physics-defying speed. The H1 Mach III and four-… Z1 shocked us their amazing performance in the day, and Kawasaki has done it with this elegant monster.

Within the first minutes of the press introduction, champion drag-racer Rickey reeled off an effortless, uncorrected pass at 149 mph—stock ride 42 pounds of air in the rear Metzeler, gas in the tank. An hour later, I a 9.91 at 149. This is a terminal speed from a production bike.

When I in the power all the way through fifth off only because the dragstrip was ending—the speedo registered This motorcycle did an indicated 175 in a half-mile, with a gear to go. we let Road Test Editor Don loose to top-speed test the he was stunned: “It was absolutely amazing how and easily the bike reaches its limited 185.1 mph top speed. The doesn’t roll over on top and eke out the few mph like most production do; it bangs into the rev limiter and to lurch—at 185 mph—as if it’s you know the 200-mph club be well within its capabilities if it for the gentlemen’s agreement among to keep speeds under

Kawasaki makes no apologies. “We the 14R to be the fastest, hardest-accelerating production in the world.” Read any equivocation in

Ask an H1 or Z1 owner about handling and probably laugh while anemic brakes and speed that rival the Dallas cheerleaders. Notice the “R” immediately “14,” a designation that on the first-gen 14: It’s there to let us Kawasaki focused its considerable on the chassis, too. Thank Lord.

We thank the Lord and Green for the R designation because, face it, 2012 motorcycles are an sophisticated group. Running at 149 is amazing and terrifying and stimulating, but those three feelings away, we still want to get to ride to breakfast on Sunday, do days, cross the country, get in the rain. The press intro us a small and tempting taste of the 14R on the and backroads, but it wasn’t until we got it to SoCal that we realized how this rocketship is.

Don’t be misled. The 14’s dominates like King in a parakeet cage. None of us can this thing and not be blown by the massive thrust. The more talent the rider has, the enjoyable this bike to be. Newbies were shocked and and shocked and scared, and that was the first two gears.

They got panicked after that.

stroked last year’s engine 4mm to get a 1441cc powerplant a 12.3:1 compression ratio. is 11,000 rpm. All told, see 192 rear-wheel ponies on top, but the you’ll feel with throttle movement is the 113 foot-pounds of For the experts on our staff, it’s the thing to a turbo bike yet experienced. Addicting?

Yes! Yes! For less-experienced riders, it was the thing to a Grizzly ….

discs and radial-mount calipers do the job up front. Exhaust is whisper giving little hint of the engine’s fury. Left is traction-control command center.

But too, and in various ways. begin with the most … brakes. Radially Nissin calipers up front 310mm petal-style discs, and the wheelbase is long enough to the rear caliper extremely as well.

Power and feel are on both ends, though we did the front brakes slightly an extended, high-speed, stop-and-go session. The lever came toward the bar noticeably, but power strong and progressive, important on a bike that pulls only slightly less than John Force’s Funny Car. Anti-lock is not an option this year, but plans to listen to buyers to see if ABS be included on future 14Rs.

We think ABS is always welcome on a

Back to controllability: Human control is assisted by three modes of KTRC traction (four modes if you count Modes 1 and 2 we described in depth our testing of Kawi’s ZX-10R . but of them as safety nets blunting wheelspin and wheelies. 2 is more conservative, but Gadson ran a 9.98 with it engaged.

on a leash, this thing is Mode 3 (borrowed from the which enables the rider to the most slippery conditions no drama whatsoever. Several of us time trundling around parking lots and on dirt with the 14R’s throttle open, and the Mode 3 electronics saved our stupidity.

Kawi the KTRC switch to the left and the bike remembers the mode selected when you restart it, the Off position. Mode 1 probably got the use around here, but on roads we and love, the TC was switched off for maximum of this bike’s best Have you ever ridden a YSR50 with a 100cc motocross engine stuck in its A bike with nitrous? A

If so, you’re getting the idea this bike with no TC Something is happening all the time, and aren’t many riders in the who won’t be impressed with how bike gets up and goes. Larry “Spiderman” McBride….

Kawasaki 500 H1 (Match III) Prototype

KTRC jumps in to help the when opening the throttle, a (slipper) clutch sits in the to help smooth sloppy and soften the effects of high-rpm closures. And speaking of clutches, one is tough, tough, tough, nary a problem when to our severe beatings at the dragstrip. In Gadson told CW that he had than 100 runs on a single with no drama.

There’s no mechanism or anything super-drag-racing to help the clutch hook up, but the makes any decel issues

Kawasaki engineers also a big deal about improved control and off-throttle fueling, and bragging was proven in our testing: The fuels (we used to say carburets) and gives the rider every to feel the grip of the rear Metzeler.

Kawasaki gave a single nod to political correctness with choice offered to the rider: the to select Full Power or Low Mode. Both modes run the off the bottom, but the horsepower chart to differ at 6500 rpm, and Low finally delivers three-quarters of the of Full power mode. No, really.

We’re asking. Is it for your friend to try this Don’t let your friend try bike.

The third arm of controllability offers 14R owners is a chassis significantly over Gen One. The frame is 50 percent brand-new, the is 10mm longer and, importantly the front and rear KYB wears firmer springs, revised damping to match. We closed the fork’s compression and damping at the strip, and ran standard during our backroad flogs.

is impressive for a bike this (545 pounds dry on the CW scale). is neutral, stability excellent and the 14R is in its element through smooth, sweepers. On a tight road, never forget you’re on a big but it is really easy to ride and rolls down to full with little effort.

We also really like the low-speed handling feel. quite a contrast to the higher-effort Hayabusa at parking-lot speeds. action is also tops, and super-easy to make fluid changes up or down.

Drivetrain is close to nil.

Our metallic-green 14R in no uncertain terms that the of performance motorcycles continues. A after Chevrolet introduced the under-powered, coal-burning Volt, launches the ZX-14R with all the correctness of a jab to the nose. The engineers phrases like “leapfrog the and “total domination,” subtleties that.

For just under Kawasaki has once again the hardest-accelerating mass-production vehicle on our included in that price is all the needed to stop and turn. Green has come a long way the Mach III.

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


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