The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 is currently Kawasaki’s most powerful sportbike motorcycle. Released as a 2006 model, the ZX-14 replaced the Ninja ZX-12R and was designed to directly challenge the Suzuki Hayabusa. Since its original release the big Ninja ZX-14 received mechanical updates in 2008, which included an updated engine cylinder head, revised fuel-injection tuning and a new lighter frame. The changes were designed to make the motorcycle easier to ride.
While the ZX-14’s huge horsepower motor will no doubt drive sales, the real feather in the Ninja’s cap is its comfort.
Powering the ZX-14 is a liquid-cooled 1352cc Inline-Four engine that is fitted in a unique aluminum monocoque frame that wraps up and over the ZX-14 engine as opposed to around it. This helps make the motorcycle feel narrower between the rider’s legs. Other motorcycle highlights include the ZX-14’s slippery wind-tunnel derived bodywork.
Of all the Ninja motorcycles in Kawasaki’s line-up, this is the most comfortable ZX motorcycle to ride for extended distances—able to deliver its pilot to its destination quickly and comfortably. Another plus is that with its smooth powerband and rider-friendly handling manners the Kawasaki ZX-14 is deceptively easy to operate.