Kawasaki is a Japanese public multinational corporation primarily known as a manufacturer of motorcycles, heavy equipment, aerospace, and defense equipment, rolling stock and ships. It is also active in the production of industrial robots, gas turbines, boilers and other industrial products. The company is named after its founder Shōzō Kawasaki and has dual headquarters in Chūō-Ku, Kobe and Minato, Tokyo.
KHI is known as one of the three major heavy industrial manufacturers of Japan, alongside Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and IHI. Prior to World War II, KHI was part of the Kobe Kawasaki zaibatsu, which included Kawasaki Steel and Kawasaki Kisen. After the war, KHI became part of the DKB Group.
About Ninja ZX-14R
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R has a good fan following in India, thanks to its hyper sports pedigree. It’s been on sale in India since 2013, however, the 2016 version promises to be a whole lot better.
The major updates are seen on the mechanical end with revisions done to the ECU and the inclusion of a new exhaust system so that this bike can meet the Euro IV emission without any drop in power. In terms of features, the motorcycle gets a new instrument cluster with LCD display. The ZX-14R also gets new front brake calipers, revised higher and closer handlebar with wider grips.
The 2016 Ninja ZX-14R is powered by the same 1441cc liquid-cooled engine that produces 200bhp and 210bhp with RAM air and maximum torque of 158Nm. The Japanese manufacturer claims that the suspension has been re-tuned for improved high-speed stability.
India Kawasaki Motors is selling the 2016 Ninja ZX-14R in completely-built-up (CBU) form. Its closest competitor, the Suzuki Hayabusa, is being assembled in India and is priced way lower than the ZX-14R.
QUICK FACTS & OVERVIEW
|Variant Name||Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R|
|Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)||INR 19.70 Lakh|
|On-Road Price (Delhi)||INR 21.86 Lakh (Approx.)|
|Mileage||7-11 kmpl (Approx.)|
|Shades||Orange, Black, Green|
|Official Tagline||King of all Sport Bikes|
|Warranty||2 Years/30,000 Kms|
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Review
The updated version of ZX-14R has become more stylish and premium in terms of appearance. Kawasaki has made noticeable changes in this bike which differentiates it from the outgoing model. The multi-chamber headlights at its front give it a unique identity. These circular headlights look extremely classy at night. The heart-shaped air-inlet separates the headlights of this bike.
The broad V-shaped front cowl of this bike gives it aggressive looks and makes it look futuristic. The tinted visor also complements the style language of ZX-14R. The rearview mirrors of this bike are mounted on its front cowl which could have been more appealing. It has a full-size front fender which looks sharp and attractive with extended sides. Its beefy side fairing, disc plates, and multi-spoke alloy wheels make this bike look macho.
The aerodynamic side fairing comes with integrated side indicators and racing cuts which suits the design of this bike. The slim waist fuel tank looks quite appealing and gels well with the full-size rider’s seat. The up-swept triangular mufflers on both sides look flashy with its tall positioned rear cowl. This rear cowl comes integrated with LED side indicators and V-shaped LED tail light. The compact rear fender and broad tire add visual bulk to this bike.
Technical Specification Of Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R
ENGINE & GEARBOX
|No. of Cylinders||4|
|No. of Gears||6|
|Maximum Power||197.3 Bhp @ 10000 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||158.2 Nm @ 7500 rpm|
|Engine Description||4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve, liquid-cooled|
|Fuel System||DFI® with four 44mm Mikuni throttle bodies|
|Ignition||TCBI, battery-powered & electronic advance|
|Lubrication||Forced lubrication, wet sump with oil cooler|
|Valve System||DOHC, 16 valves|
|Clutch||Wet multi-disc, Manual|
|Gear Ratios||1st=2.611, 2nd=1.947, 3rd=1.545, 4th=1.333, 5th=1.154, 6th=1.036|
|Primary Reduction Ratio||1.556 (84/54)|
|Final Reduction Ratio||2.471 (42/17)|
|Final Drive||Sealed chain|
|Maximum Power with RAM Air||207.1 Bhp @ 10000 rpm|
BRAKES & SUSPENSION
|Front Brake||Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs, Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston caliper, 4-pad|
|Rear Brake||Single 250 mm petal disc, Opposed, twin-piston caliper|
|Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)||
|Front Suspension||43 mm inverted fork with top-out springs Compression damping: 18-way Rebound damping: 15-way Spring preload: Fully adjustable|
|Rear Suspension||Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock Compression damping: Stepless Rebound damping: Stepless Spring preload: Fully adjustable|
|Front Wheel Travel||117 mm|
|Rear Wheel Travel||124 mm|
WHEELS & TYRES
|Front Tyre||120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)|
|Rear Tyre||190/50 ZR17 M/C (73W)|
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT & CAPACITIES
|Overall Length||2170 mm|
|Overall Width||770 mm|
|Overall Height||1170 mm|
|Ground Clearance||125 mm|
|Seat Height||800 mm|
|Kerb/Wet Weight||269 kg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||22 litres|
Engine and Gearbox
The new age ZX-14R is now powered by a four-stroke, 4-cylinder 1441cc engine. This liquid-cooled, DOHC engine pumps out a power output of 197.3 Bhp @ 10000 rpm. The torque output of this 16 values engine has also improved and now it produces around 162.5 Nm @ 7500 rpm. Kawasaki has mated this engine with a six-speed manual gearbox. This gearbox has one gear down and five gears up-shift pattern.
Acceleration and Performance
The bike proves itself to be one of the fastest bikes in the world. It reaches the speed of 100km/hr from standstill in just 3 seconds while it takes only 7.5 seconds to reach 0-200km/hr. The bike is available with two riding modes which supply the power of this engine in different manners.
The bike comes with a limited top speed of 299km/hr. The anti-slipper clutch also adjusts itself accordingly and gives positive feedback to the rider. The low and mid-range of this bike make it a true performer. The lightning-fast throttle reaction gives wings to this bike and it easily crosses everything on road.
It feels best around 8000rpm when it’s performing at its best. It’s a very refined DOHC engine which makes the pleasant sound at high RPMs and prompts you to rev it hard. The gearbox works effortlessly and gives you smooth gear transitions.
On our Indian roads, we expect this bike to return a fuel economy of around 8-10km/ltr.
Comfort While Driving
The bike has a full-size spacious seat which provides you maximum comfort. The low seating posture on this bike gives you great control over ZX-14R. The adjustable foot-pegs give place to your feet while its curvy fuel tank allows your thighs to stick around it.
The proper hold on this bike further improves with its clips on handlebar which offers you firm palm grip. The rider has to bend forward to reach this handlebar which gives you an aerodynamic position. The bike offers you great road visibility which is quite useful for city driving.
Storage Space and Safety Features
There is no storage space on this bike. Its multi headlights cut through the dark to give you the brightest view of roads at night which confirms your safety.
Suspension and Brakes
The bike has fully adjustable suspension system at its both ends. It features 43mm inverted telescopic forks at its front while it has Bottom-link and adjustable gas charged mono shock at the back. ZX-14R features dual petal disc brakes of 310mm at its front and single rear disc brake of 250mm. The bike uses radial mounted 4-piston brake calipers at its front and twin-piston caliper at the back.
Ride and Handling
This long and heavy machine has a wheelbase of 1480mm which gives it stability around corners and at high speeds. The turning abilities improve with its ground clearance of 125mm which also helps it to accelerate fast on highways by improving its aerodynamics. The suspension system easily takes the heavy weight of this bike and allows it to move frequently at high speeds.
The fatty tires and adjustable traction control system gives it firm road grip and makes it stable in wet conditions. The electronic steering significantly improves the ride and handling of this bike. It can be turned easily around corners and follows the rider’s command properly. The advanced petal discs effectively stop this heavy machine as per your need and boost your confidence at high speeds.
Tyre Size, Shades and Variants
The bike is equipped with 17 inches alloy wheels. Kawasaki may launch the single variant of this bike in three different colors.
Other Technical Specification Of Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R
PERFORMANCE & MILEAGE
|0-100 kmph||2.9 secs|
|0-150 kmph||4.8 secs|
|0-200 kmph||7.2 secs|
|0-250 kmph||11.4 secs|
|0-300 kmph||22.9 secs|
|Top Speed||335 kmph|
|Mileage (City)||7 kmpl|
|Mileage (Highway)||11 kmpl|
|Mileage (Combined)||9 kmpl|
|Engine Temperature Gauge||Digital|
|LED Indicator Lights||Digital|
|Low Fuel Warning Light||Digital|
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
|Step-up Seat/Split Seat||
|Battery Type||Maintenance Free|
|Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC)||Yes|
Source: bikewale, autos.max about And wikipedia.org.