Friday, October 16, 2015

2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R unveiled

16 ZX1400 H GRN Front Cowl R high16 ZX1400 H GRN LB OR high16 ZX1400 H GRN LS OR high16 ZX1400 H GRN RF OR high16 ZX1400 H GRN Rider POV R high16 ZX1400 H GRN RS OR high16 ZX1400 H GRN TA OR high16 ZX1400 J GRY Instruments01 R high16 ZX1400 J GRY LS OR high16 ZX1400 J GRY RF OR high16 ZX1400 J GRY RS OR high2
The 2016 Kawasaki ZX-14R still has that fabulous 200bhp 1.4-litre inline-four, and has enough electronics to keep you safe, but not so complicated that you can't figure out half of it. We love this bike so much!!!

Who doesn’t like 200bhp and a 320kph top speed? We certainly do. Over the years, we’ve been huge fans of the original ZX-10, ZX-11, ZX-12 and, of course, the ZX-14R. And right on cue, Kawasaki have, for 2016, provided a nice dose of updates for the ZX-14R Ninja (also referred to as the ZZR1400 in many markets), including Brembo brakes with monobloc 4-piston calipers, stainless steel brake lines, a new LCD instrument panel and a new paint finish. And while that might not seem all that much, there are some (us…) for whom a 200-horsepower 1441cc inline-four, a comfortable sport-touring riding position and the potential to hit 320kph (it’s not that we would, but that we could…) is all that they want in a motorcycle. The presence of bits like a slipper clutch, two power modes, ABS, and 3-level traction control just makes the deal that much sweeter. The 14R has just the right amount of technology – enough to keep you safe if you’re sensible, but not so complicated that you need a masters degree in computer science to manage all the settings.

The new matt carbon gray paint, available only on the 2016 ZX-14R SE version, sounds just right to us. We want one. We really, really, really want one... :-)

2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS SE: Tech Specs

Engine: 1441cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve per cylinder, inline-four
Fuel injection: DFI with four 44mm Mikuni throttle bodies
Transmission: Six-speed with positive neutral finder
Final drive: Sealed chain
Rake / trail: 23-degrees / 3.7”
Front tyre: 120/70 ZR17
Rear tyre: 190/50 ZR17
Wheelbase: 58.3”
Front suspension: 43mm inverted cartridge fork with adjustable preload, 18-way compression and 15-way rebound damping adjustment, 4.6” travel
Rear suspension: Bottom-link Uni-Trak and gas-charged shock with adjustable preload, stepless rebound and compression damping adjustments, adjustable ride height, 4.9” travel
Front brakes: Dual floating 310mm Brembo rotors with dual radial-mounted four-piston Brembo monobloc aluminum calipers, ABS
Rear brakes: Single 250mm Brembo rotor with twin-piston caliper, ABS
Overall length: 85.4”
Overall width: 30.3”
Overall height: 46.1”
Ground clearance: 4.9”
Seat height: 31.5”
Kerb weight: 269kg
Fuel capacity: 5.8 gallons
MSRP: US$15,499
Warranty: 12 months

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