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TOPIC: 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R Released! The King is Back!

2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R Released! The King is Back! 2 years 6 months ago #1

Having been a long time Kawasaki owner & Fan, I have been awaiting News on the 2012 ZX-14R Bad Boy. The actual release to the press is happening today in Kissimee Fl. at Gaylord Palms, where the new ZX-14R is on display (by invitation only). This Info was released just minutes ago, a First Look by Motorcycle USA

Kawasaki really ups the ante this time and makes a bold statement that they WILL remain King of the Strip! It won't take much for a stock configuration, to be an 8 second bike.. Here's the run down on the latest mechanical wizardy from Kawasaki! B)

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R First Look
Matt Davidson

"The headlining changes on the 2012 ZX-14R are centered on its Inline-Four engine. Displacement is increased through a 4mm stroke addition to give the ’12 ZX-14R an eye-popping total of 1441cc, with bore x stroke dimensions now measuring 84 x 65mm. The combustion chambers are reshaped along with the intake ports to maximize performance. The camshafts feature revised profiles with a reinforced cam chain, allowing the engine to stand high rpm levels. The pistons have also seen changes to increase their strength while at the same time shedding weight.

One of the major highlights is a new oil jet cooling system that provides constant lubrication underneath each piston. Engine compression is now 12.3:1 and as a result connecting rods have been re-designed with stronger material. The crankshaft main journals are 2mm thicker compared to the past model, and a new air cleaner has 10% more surface area and 40% larger airflow capability.

The fuel injection system is also updated with automatic idle adjustment and lower emissions. Spent fuel exits an
altered exhaust system, with the new design featuring larger header pipes, reshaped mufflers and advanced catalyzer. Kawasaki claims that all of these upgrades translate into more power across the entire rev range, with the most noticeable gains coming in the mid-high rpm range (specifically 4000 rpm onward).

Aside from adding more power under the seat, the new ZX-14R also aims to control it better with a dual-driven counterbalancer. Engineered to complement the 4mm longer stroke dimensions, the setup is reported to balance power output.

While the new model retains its former chassis design, more than half of its aluminum castings and forgings have been modified. The rear swingarm is also 10mm longer, and the result is an overall alloy frame that is much stiffer in places. Kawi states the intended goal was to keep the previous ZX-14’s light-handling characteristics while increasing its sportiness.

Suspension is also upgraded, with the 43mm inverted fork and adjustable single shock receiving improved bottoming resistance and internal settings. While the overall weight of the bike is up, the use of 10-spoke wheels helps reduce unsprung weight by 3.3 pounds. Brakes have also been upgraded with more rigid material and altered pads.

The new ZX-14R is also equipped with a slipper clutch and a KTRC traction control and ignition system, which help to account for its new price tag of $14,699. Included in the system are three different riding profiles: full power, medium power and a third option for low traction conditions. The profiles are easily accessible to the rider via a bar-mounted toggle switch, with the system’s overall status displayed on the cockpit’s LCD screen. The bike’s slipper clutch helps reduce wheel-hop and negative torque effects associated with downshifting and braking.

The exterior features are fully upgraded with a more aggressive nose section and a quad-headlight assembly. Along with the big Ninja’s more angular and flowing shapes, the ZX-14R keeps its hallmark side fairing fin design – this time accentuating the lines for a more dramatic look. The tail section has also seen modifications with faired-in turn signals and a new seat cover. Meanwhile, the seat itself has been reshaped to offer more thigh support.

A quick glance down reveals new instrument controls. The ’12 ZX-14R includes a new multi-function toggle switch and select button on the left handlebar that gives full access to system functions. Riders can browse through a variety of LCD screens, providing on-demand access to fuel consumption, remaining range, battery voltage, temperature, traction control and much more.


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Apparently, the ZX-14 wasn't powerful enough anymore. At least Kawasaki didn't think so. For 2012, not only did Kawasaki give the ZX-14 more power, it also gave its Open-class sport bike a complete ground-up overhaul. The now more sporty and powerful ZX-14 even gets a new "R" designation after its name.

Major revisions to engine and chassis create what is rumored to be a real "Busa Killer"
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Read more: www.sportrider.com/news/146_1110_new_201...x.html#ixzz1aO6hLLxq

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Re: 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R Released! The King is Back! 2 years 6 months ago #2

Yep, she's a hottie. I wish that my hands and wrists could take it. I had to settle for the Vmax. Poor me. lmao.
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Re: 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R Released! The King is Back! 2 years 6 months ago #3

Yeah, the only thing I don't like is the huge cans (like a vacuum cleaner on each side), but they're first to go anyway.. :lol: Looks like they're pushing the green since it's the only color to get the flames treatment...
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Re: 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R Released! The King is Back! 2 years 6 months ago #5

Ricky Gadson had this to say about it vs the 2011 Busa..

"I went 142-143 mph trap speeds on the Busa and 147-148 on the new 14r.

Even 1/8th mile speeds were seperated by more than 3 mph.

The unbelievable part about the test is that I've never been faster than mid 9.90's.....9.97 i believe at only 142 mph at the years prior that I've tested at Vegas for Kawasaki with the previous 14.

This time I ran an unbelievable 9.71 at 147.90..........at nearly 100 degrees, with absolutely no modifications at all.........NONE!

Although Kawasaki is sure that this is the most powerful motorcyle on the planet, they are only going to admit 210hp to the crank.................ONLY! Who knows maybe it'll have a lil more..........just MAYBE!!

One thing I can assure you is that it doesn't matter who is on the Busa or when you twist throttle, the 14R will ROCKET past it with such authority,you can get off the throttle and back on again and still run away from the competition!
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Re: 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R Released! The King is Back! 2 years 6 months ago #6

Can't wait to ride this bike..

ON the Exhaust, What Greg tells me is that the CAT is in there too..And man does it have some LBS to drop after a new set of pipes go on..

This bike and and the ZX10R are going to be the Kings of the Street and strip 4sure..
Can't wait to see the real #'s after Mods on Kawi 2012's

LOOK OUT!!
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Re: 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R Released! The King is Back! 2 years 6 months ago #7

Now that puts the "N" in Ninja .
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Re: 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R Released! The King is Back! 2 years 6 months ago #8

That bick iz Sic!!!! and beautiful. I wanna ride one. :thumbsup:
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Re: 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R Released! The King is Back! 2 years 6 months ago #9

Fantastic bike for sure gotta admire kawasaki engineers :clap: .... Too bad I can't get by the looks, to each his own but I think its down right ugly.
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Re: 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R Released! The King is Back! 2 years 6 months ago #10

Qtip wrote:
Can't wait to ride this bike..

ON the Exhaust, What Greg tells me is that the CAT is in there too..And man does it have some LBS to drop after a new set of pipes go on..

This bike and and the ZX10R are going to be the Kings of the Street and strip 4sure..
Can't wait to see the real #'s after Mods on Kawi 2012's

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looks like just an upgrade over the existing model,lots of styling off of the concours. after the squids get hold of it there will be lots of engines on ebay to bolt up to my existing frame.
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