New 1441cc ZX-14R and Ninja 650 Revealed by Kawasaki; Ninja 1000 Gets…

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New 1441cc ZX-14R and Ninja 650 by Kawasaki; Ninja 1000 ABS Option

Suddenly it’s again, and time to start in as much riding as you can before the turns on us. It’s also to see what the big OEMs have in for the 2012 model year. gives us a surprise in these times with two new streetbikes as as some significant upgrades to two models.

Ninja ZX-14R

How do you one of the most powerful production on the market even crazier? Add an ‘R’ to its of course. And that’s what has done to its Ninja ZX-14.

But more than just a new ZX-14R gets a host of chassis and styling changes.

A GT like the big Ninja is all about so to increase street cred, has pulled out the tried-and-true hot-rodder’s The cylinders are stroked 4mm for a new displacement of compression is bumped up, camshafts are lumpier. The forged pistons get crowns and oil jets for better There are other changes, a better counterbalancer and revised and the net result is more power especially in the midrange.

Kawasaki doesn’t really much about how much but I’d wager about a 10 percent over the 180-ish hp the ZX-14 makes at the rear wheel. A new clutch helps us cope that new-found extra

To further tame that force, the ZX-14R adds FI mapping and Kawasaki’s KTRC system. Riders can toggle modes—full power, medium and a low-traction setting for wet or slippery There’s even an LCD readout on the instrument panel that the rider see when the KTRC is

Big revisions were made to a big bumping it to 1441cc and boosting everywhere.

2012 Ninja New instrumentation includes an eco mode. traction control, too.

The chassis looks the same, but claims it’s been as reworked, too. More half the monocoque frame’s and forgings have been to improve flexation and feedback The swingarm is extended 10mm and more bracing, and the front and suspension get upgrades for more and bottoming resistance.

New machined wheels are lighter and look and there are revisions to the braking Better-handling and braking it may be, but claimed weight has climbed 17 pounds, to

Styling and convenience are also for 2012. The bodywork is smoothed out and with a distinctive four-lamp and larger side ducting the most distinctive features. are also improved, with a new mounted toggle switch to let the scroll through readouts, an “Eco” mode that us know when we’re our bike most efficiently you do want to ride your as efficiently as possible, right?).

Sounds like Kawi has the 14R even better—but the price is up a $100, to $13,699 ($13,899 for Edition graphics).

Ninja 650

Not all the way on the other side of the performance from the 14 is the Ninja 650, a Twin known not just for versatile, affordable and easy on new but also fun for experienced riders to The bike got a major revision in so the news of an all-new chassis and big changes was a surprise. But there you it—the 650 gets an all-new and swingarm and a host of other

The frame is the big news in 650 Ninja The old frame was a steel trellis and although we’ve never the machine’s frame, it’s replaced with a twin-pipe  design that Kawasaki is more rigid, yet narrow-waisted to help shorter riders reach the ground. The bad news is the press release claims weight from the new chassis, the claimed curb weight of the 650 has up 11 pounds, to a hefty 460.

Kawasaki ER-6n ABS
Kawasaki ER-6n ABS

Ninja 650: New instruments an Eco mode.

But there’s still here to promise an improved Suspension settings are revised for comfort, Dunlop’s excellent tires are standard fitment, the power is increased slightly, and a new instrument panel with an analog tachometer as well as consumption, range remaining and the mode indicator that sense on a bike with the to return 50 mpg.

The motor has been revised to deliver of that noob-friendly midrange and styling has been updated to the bike fit better with other sportbikes, with aggressive looks. A new three-position windscreen gives the second-smallest some sport-touring chops.

At $7499, the 650 is $300 more the 2011. But it seems to offer more of that all-around and fun that makes us love middleweight Twins. We’re forward to a test ride.

1000 and Voyager

The revisions end there. To make the Ninja even better (Dirck has enjoyed his time on our long-term Ninja 1000 test Kawasaki has added an ABS system to its fast sport-tourer. It’s a compact, and affordable, addition.

It just under seven to the non-ABS model’s claimed pound curb weight and is $700 more than the model’s $11,199 MSRP $200 more than year).

Finally, Kawasaki’s Voyager tourer gets a update for 2012. That retro-styled fairing recieves Air Management System” (KAMS), routes heat away the radiator to the ground, making the comfy tourer better for (like parades) and hot-weather MSRP is $17,899 or $18,999 ABS.

No word on any of these models has released as of press time, but is at the Kawasaki dealer meeting in and may have info on that

Kawasaki ER-6n ABS
Kawasaki ER-6n ABS
Kawasaki ER-6n ABS
Kawasaki ER-6n ABS
Kawasaki ER-6n ABS
Kawasaki ER-6n ABS
Kawasaki ER-6n ABS
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