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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Riding Impression

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Last week we visited the racetrack to do some riding behind the windscreen of the new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R. I’ve never been especially fond of this motorcycle but the ’12 version changes my perception. It’s utterly amazing how smooth of a motorcycle it is. Considering its engine size (1441cc Inline-Four) it’s plenty powerful (over 180 horsepower at the back tire) but the crazy thing is how smooth engine power is. It’s almost surreal how quickly it accelerates (sub 10-second quarter mile) yet it is as gentle-feeling as a Cadillac. I’m also fascinated by how well it handles despite tipping the scales in excess of 585 pounds. Big, heavy bikes just shouldn’t be this fun and easy to ride.

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Piglet2010 April 3, 2012 07:23 PM
Add ABS and a device that makes the bike and rider invisible to traffic cops, and I'm headed over to my Kawasaki dealer.
Maicoshift April 3, 2012 02:04 AM
Just picked mine up Friday. Put 600 miles on it this weekend riding the high desert here. Out to the Valley Of Fire then up to Mt. Charleston, and then a few loops through Amargosa Valley and Pahrump valley. A lot of wide open desert flats with a few bends to twisties over 9000 feet. First impression was how light it felt at low speed, then once I headed out of town onto the open highway I barked four letter words uncontrollably everytime I gave the throttle a gentle twist. I set the power mode in 'L' for the break-in, and the KTRC at the happy median of '2'. Keeping this thing at 4k or below for the first 500 miles was a mind bending battle of keeping the tach needle from shrieking skyward everytime I merely thought of twisting that wick. The power from this mill blows up so quickly and effortlessly, coupled with a bedrock solid stabilty, the only way I can describe it is it's deceptively stunning. Kawasaki took the engine from an F-15 and gang raped a Ferrari with it. Out of the 'f'n' park KHI, I raise my glass to you.