Evolution is the name of the game with the new ZX-14R. Yes, it is recognisably the same motorcycle as before, but there is a softening of the awkward angles, a suggestion of time spent not just in a wind tunnel but also a design studio. It is only available in Lime Green in our market, but is available with more colours like Red and Black globally. That is a shame. It would certainly make for an interesting look in matt black. Kawasaki has given it that compound-eye front for a very good reason; it balances the length and size of the motorcycle really well.
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Move around to the front three-quarter and you have the best angle to look at it from. You can see all the lines that are inclined upwards towards the rear. The sheer size of the motorcycle is also hidden from this angle, but move around to the side and it is on full display. However, with clever use of black inserts, black exhaust mufflers and the one-piece seat, the bulk is well hidden. The Ferrari Testarossa-like side strakes help to channel hot air from the radiators away from the rider and send it around the legs instead. The rear three-quarter view is dominated by the large mufflers, and from the rear the distinguishing feature is the V-shaped LED tail-lamp that is now asserting itself across the Ninja range.
To give you a fair idea of what the public thinks of it, they would follow it around shouting unprintables. It was never a “Wow!” like you’d expect a Ducati to get, for example. It inspires awe, but the kind which makes you want to keep a safe distance from it. And that’s just the way it should be.