The follower to the legendary ZX-14 Ninja in the Ninja series, the ZX-14R is anything but a runner-up. Although the ZX-14R never broke the record for fastest production motorcycle, it added to the performance power of a series that broke the record five times.
Fastest Family in Motorcycle History
What sets the Ninja series apart from all of the other motorcycles, superbikes, and scooters on the market? The Ninja series, with various models, has broken the record for the fastest production motorcycle not three, not four, but five times.
When a company has as many record-breakers under its belt as Kawasaki, feats like this tend to migrate from the realm of the fantastical to the realm of what is ordinarily expected. After breaking the record with the ZX-14, Kawasaki hoped that the ZX-14R could live up to they hype.
Unfortunately, while the ZX-14R was and still is to this day a magnificent beast of a machine, it never broke away from big brother ZX-14’s shadow.
Power, Agility, and Most of All: Speed
Despite never breaking the maximum speed necessary to dethrone the BMW S1000RR (2009-2012) or the Ducati Panigale R (2013-2014), the ZX-14R’s technological specifications set the series up to retake that record for the fourth time in 2015 and to break their own record later that same year.
In construction of the 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R, Kawasaki’s engineers used the same general engine at use in the ZX-14, but with a few tweaks and adjustments to provide increased horsepower, better torque at higher revs, and better control.
Too Many To Count
The Kawasaki Ninja series has gone through so many changes and updates that it’s impossible to even count, though the number of year-to-year modifications is likely more than seventy. So, let’s just focus on the old and the new.
- Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R (2012-present)
The original ZX-14R was styled to compete with the ZX-14 in order to continue the world-record-breaking legacy established years earlier; however, despite the fact that the ZX-14R matched the 186.6 miles per hour top speed, it would never break it.
The 2019 edition ZX-14R comes with even more of the good and less of the bad, sporting a 1,441cc inline 4-cylinder engine with multiple power settings to enable the bike to rip down the tarmac or to cruise casually to and from work in style.
With the announcement of the 2019 edition of the ZX-14R, the news keeps coming in. Because of widespread success in the Ninja line, particularly with the ZX-14R, it doesn’t look like Kawasaki is going to pull it from production anytime soon.
The Kawasaki ZX-14R has been used on a wide array of TV and film sets, earning for itself credits in at least two big-name productions such as Eastbound and Down and Fifth Gear (season 10).
Social groups might be hard to find for other models, but definitely not for big-bore racing monsters like the ZX-14R. The page entitled Kawasaki ZX-14 has more than 10,000 likes on Facebook.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R – The Best of Both Worlds
Today, the ZX-14R isn’t just about screaming down the highway so fast that the world around you becomes a big blur of open roads and freedom. It’s also about casual cruising, thanks to the dual-mode potential. But let’s be honest with ourselves: given the choice, we’d all choose the former.