After making a bold statement last year as the king of the hyperbike segment, there wasn’t much to complain about with the Ninja ZX-14R. With gobs of power, torque and all-around badassery, we liked the 14R so much we named it our 2012 Motorcycle of the Year. However, that doesn’t mean we didn’t have one […]
2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R First Ride
Quickest streetbike ever!
Loyal fans of Suzuki’s iconic Hayabusa have something to be seriously worried about. Kawasaki has overhauled its fast and smooth ZX-14, adding a bigger and more powerful engine that promises to outgun the venerable ’Busa.
I just spent a day hammering the new ZX-14R In Las Vegas, beginning with a blast through the desert and ending with several runs down the quarter-mile dragstrip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Even though atmospheric conditions were unfavorable, calculating to a 3000-foot altitude, the 14R posted a blazing 9.77-second run!
Think about this: Here’s a completely stock and EPA-legal production streetbike that can from a dead stop accelerate to nearly 150 mph in just 1320 feet!
You might think such a monstrously powerful motorcycle to be an uncivilized animal on the street, but you’d be completely wrong. If throttle openings are kept to less than a quarter turn, the ZX-14R is incredibly docile and silky, giving no indication it’s now the undisputed quickest-accelerating machine ever offered to the public.
Look for a full review of this awesome new land-bound missile tomorrow!