The Ninja H2, Ninja ZX-14R and Ninja ZX-10R – Kawasaki’s top-of-the-line flagship supersport models – all offer high levels of riding excitement. But where the Ninja ZX-14R stands apart is for its great flexibility.
Compared to the very focused concepts of the Ninja H2 and Ninja ZX-10R, the Ninja ZX-14R’s engine and chassis tuning both contribute to a package that delivers high performance while being easy to ride.
So while it has the power to throw down blistering 1/4-mile times, and the agility to hustle through a series of curves in the hills, the Ninja ZX-14R is also comfortable enough to accommodate long distance touring, and mild-mannered enough that you wouldn’t think twice about jumping on and riding it down to the corner store.
This balance of Extreme Excitement and Everyday Versatility – something it holds in common with other legendary models in its lineage (like the GPz900R and ZZR1100) – combined with a number of new prestige features that elevate both its performance and its presence, is what makes this model almighty, and why it will continue to be called the King of All Sport Bikes.
A central Ram Air duct feeds cool, high-pressure air from the front of the fairing in a direct path through the air cleaner and into the engine for maximum power output – as speed increases, so does the air pressure, effectively force-feeding the engine.
where chosen to deliver a firm, sporty feel. Settings are such that the majority of the suspension action takes place higher in the stroke (rather than closer to the bottom of the stroke with the suspension almost fully compressed). The result is that absorption and road holding performance are both excellent,
contributing to both a sporty handing character and high speed stability.
The Ninja ZX-14R exudes an aura of power and assurance found only in the world’s most powerful machines. Unlike the recent trend in supersport and super-naked design towards mass-forward designs with minimalist tails, a voluminous tail design and more balanced approach to front rear impact ensure that Kawasaki’s latest Ninja flagship cuts an imposing figure from any angle.
Easily adjustable back-torque limiting clutch facilitates smooth downshifts and helps prevent rear wheel hop, which becomes more likely with the increased back-torque. In addition to assisting with control, the back-torque limiter also helps protect the drivetrain.
Dual radial-mounted M50 Bembo cast aluminium monbloc calipers grip the front disc. A a pair of massive ø310 mm Brembo semi-floating discs with a thickness of t5.5 mm deliver superb braking force. The stainless steel rotors offer high rigidity and contribute to excellent brake feel. Grooves running down the centre of the outer edge of the discs increase their surface area for greater heat dissipation
Features on the multi-function display include analogue-style speedometer, external air temperature, fuel gauge, gear position indicator, odometer, clock & trip meters. Numerous modes including current and average fuel consumption, range, battery voltage are controlled using a multi-function button located at the left handle.
While the Ninja ZX-14R’s mighty engine performance was intended to be experienced unfiltered, riders may elect to take advantage of the some of the advanced electronic riding aids provided to suit riding conditions or preference.
Standard Equipment on the Ninja ZX-14R:
Economical Ride Indicator
KTRC (3 mode) – Kawasaki TRaction Control
Enhancing the already mighty performance the Ninja ZX-14R Brembo Öhlins Special Edition features a TTX39 rear shock. Working together with Öhlins, a top-of-the-line TTX rear suspension unit was developed especially for this model. Renowned for its quality and high performance, the Öhlins shock is an excellent complement to the capabilities of Kawasaki’s flagship model.
Supple suspension action provides excellent damping and provides increased riding comfort and sportier handling in the hills.
Increased rear stability also contributes to a more planted feel at the front, adding to increased rider confidence when riding on the circuit. Superb feedback from the road.
On highway the bike feels even more stable at speed, and lane changes are executed more easily.
Around town, the supple suspension absorbs bumps with ease, adding ot the Ninja ZX-14R’s sublime ride comfort.
Remote preload adjuster makes it easy to adjust without special tools to suit tandem riding or luggage.