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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