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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

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Key specs
  • Displacement1,441 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight269 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 19,69,966

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R is now discontinued in India.

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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Summary

Ninja ZX-14R key highlights

Engine Capacity 1,441 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 269 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 22 litres
Seat Height 800 mm
Max Power 197.2 bhp

About Ninja ZX-14R

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R has a good fan following in India, thanks to its hyper sport 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.
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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Gets a comfortable riding position
    • Offers a potent engine
    • The seat has good cushioning
  • Could be Better

    • Can be a task riding in the city
    • Could do with an updated electronics package
    • Limited service reach

BikeWale's Take

The ZX-14R is Kawasaki’s answer to the Suzuki Hayabusa. The motorcycle offers a well cushioned seat and comfortable riding position that makes it good for high-speed long distance touring. However, the ZX-14R’s size and weight would make it a task to ride in the city. Furthermore, the instrument cluster is now dated and the bike could do better with an updated electronics package. 

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Review

The new for 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R is different things to different people. For the bookkeepers, the 14R is the bike that blew the legendary Suzuki Hayabusa off its pedestal by beating it in top speed stakes. For the hardcore litre class race replica enthusiasts, the ZX14R is simply their wheels of retirement. For someone like me, who hasn’t ridden the 14R before, it is intimidating, scary even. Why? Because it makes 200bhp, goes from 0-100kmph in less than three seconds, hits a top speed of 300kmph and it is the size of a car! Frightening? You bet.

What is it?

The new for 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R is different things to different people. For the bookkeepers, the 14R is the bike that blew the legendary Suzuki Hayabusa off its pedestal by beating it in top speed stakes. For the hardcore litre class race replica enthusiasts, the ZX14R is simply their wheels of retirement. For someone like me, who hasn’t ridden the 14R before, it is intimidating, scary even. Why? Because it makes 200bhp, goes from 0-100kmph in less than three seconds, hits a top speed of 300kmph and it is the size of a car! Frightening? You bet.

How does it ride?

Unbelievably easy. And life-threateningly scary. Let me explain the easy part first. The Ninja ZX14R isn’t a light motorcycle but the weight distribution on the bike is brilliant. So, once on the move it shrinks around you. Ride it in L or low power mode, and its light and predictable fuelling, its robust and flat torque, and its aluminium monocoque chassis’ flickable nature, not to mention the engine’s superb cooling tech, makes it as easy to ride on state highways and in fact within the city as most 250cc bikes. Plus, the 14R’s engine is a case study in tractability. Just open gas – even if you are sitting at 4,000rpm – and it goes about building speed as if that’s all it was ever designed to do. It’s almost like twist and go, though a hugely powerful one. The more you roll on the gas, the faster you go. Simple.

Then, as if to showoff, the Ninja ZX14R proves it is comfortable too. Its seating, though a tad crouched, is nowhere near as demanding, uncomfortable or backbreaking as litre class rockets. And, it rides really well too. It doesn’t have the firmness, harshness or the crashy nature of most superbikes. It floats over undulations and manages the bumps and potholes like most comfort oriented touring bikes would. This, of course, is in the factory setting.

The ZX14R has a huge array of adjustments for its 43mm front USDs forks and (new for 2016) Ohlins monoshock. The suspension, both front and rear, is adjustable for preload as well as rebound and compression damping.

Now, the scary bit. Toggle to F or full power mode, dial up the revs and launch the 14R. The steering goes light almost immediately, the howl from the engine turns visceral, and that open left hander which seemed almost like a straight kilometres away, comes up on you within seconds. Spooky. And, it isn’t an open, almost straight left-hander anymore.

There’s no time to check the speed, but you can tell you are travelling very fast, illegally fast, if you will. You roll off; give a firm push to the left clip-on expecting some resistance to turn in. But no, the 14R drops into the bend as if it were looking forward to it. The tyres grip, there’s enough clearance and before you know it you are straightening up and gassing the 14R again, this time turning up the courage dial a bit more. It’s all over within seconds, but this high stays with you forever.

So, scary the 14R might be in F mode with the throttle wide open, but it’s equally reassuring around bends. Its long wheelbase and weight don’t make it lazy or slow. And not just around long fast corners, but the 14R feels nimble around tighter bends and through quick direction transitions as well. And in a straight line, it is as solid as a block of steel (or should that be aluminium…).

The new for 2016 Kawasaki ZX14R then – as my colleagues who had ridden the previous model noted – rides almost exactly like the older bike. Only, it is still as exciting as ever.

Anything else I should know?

The Ninja ZX14R might have been born to shatter the Hayabusa enigma but it was also designed to be an effective sports tourer. And for that it gets a comfy large seat, slightly raised clip-ons, handy luggage hooks, decent wind protection (given that you ride tucked in) and fantastic mile munching ability. It’s an inter-continental machine this.

The 14R also comes with a slew of electronics that do make this Ninja a little less life-threateningly scary. There’s ABS, three-level traction control, a slipper clutch and as we mentioned earlier, two riding modes. Also new to the 2016 edition is new instrumentation with a digital screen that throws up a lot of info including fuel efficiency and range.

But, the most significant change has to be the upgraded brakes. The 14R gets the braking system from the supercharged Ninja H2. There are twin 310mm floating discs upfront worked on by monobloc four piston calipers. There are steel braided lines now as well. The end result is potent bite and near effortless braking. However, the progression could be better still.

Should I buy one?

Here’s the deal. The Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R costs Rs 17.9 lakh ex-showroom in Mumbai. So, it is expensive even by class standards. But, you get a fair share in return for this money. One: It gets you noticed. Two: Riding it doesn’t need planning, a class in stretching exercises or heat protective clothing. Three: It is great for touring, good around a switchback, and not too bad for commuting either. But, most of all, it is liberatingly fast!

Where does it fit in?

The Kawasaki ZX14R’s main competitor, in India and everywhere in the world, is the Suzuki Hayabusa. The ‘Busa comes with a 1340cc, four cylinder, engine and it makes a little under 200bhp. Its 0-100kmph time is around three seconds as well. And it costs Rs 15.9 lakh ex-showroom in Mumbai. It is also the original ‘Dhoom’ bike.

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 197.2 bhp @ 10,000 rpm

    Max Torque 158.2 Nm @ 7,500 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 1,441 cc

    Cylinders 4

    Bore 84 mm

    Stroke 56 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 12.3:1

    Ignition Digital

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern --

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 22 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 4 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 310 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 190/50ZR17M/C (73W)

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 250 mm

    Calliper Type Front-4 Piston Rear-2 Piston Calliper

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension ø43 mm inverted fork with compression and rebound

    Rear Suspension Bottom-Link Uni-Trak, Öhlins TTX39 rear shock with

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 269 kg

    Overall Length 2,170 mm

    Overall Width 770 mm

    Wheelbase 1,480 mm

    Ground Clearance 125 mm

    Seat Height 800 mm

    Overall Height 1,170 mm

    Chassis Type Monocoque, aluminium

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

BatteryMaintenance Free

Headlight TypeLED Headlamp

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R User Reviews

4.1 11 ratings 5 reviews
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  • 4

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  • 5

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  •  3Kawasaki zx14r 1 year ago by Akhil Sharma, Jammu

    Great buying experience. Riding experience satisfactory , comfortable for long routes. Look is classy , performance as per expectations. Poor service reach and maintenance is high as compared to yamaha-r1m. Pros:-seat are comfortable, great tourer, ballistic performance

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      3-6 months

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      8 kmpl

  •  4Speed is fabulous 1 year ago by Raja, Ara

    This bike acceleration is good and handling is beautiful and this bike is colour is a very beautiful and it's handling is very comfortable . It's back light is beautiful. This bike tyre is good griping on road .Riding experience is good .And it's performance is good but

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    • Used it for

      Tours

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      16 kmpl

  •  5Best for sound 1 year ago by Aniket Halder, Kolkata

    1-when the bike is come i was just shocked 2-so smooth and his exhaust is like boom, ideal bike for who love much sound 3-everyone know how looks and performance is like butter, very smooth bike. 4- servicing cost and maintenance cost some times high because of super bi

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    • Used it for

      Occasional Commute

    • Owned for

      Never owned

    • Got mileage of

      12 kmpl

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  •  5Feel sporty 1 year ago by Prem Jotwani, Bhopal

    #it is the best sporty bike i have ever drive#nice coloured combination and looks it has best engine Which is 1441cc this feels me sporty when i ride this bike it gives me feel of ruggedness sportiness and royal it produce torque good enough during crossing over to othe

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      < 3 months

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      22 kmpl

  •  5Kawasaki zx14r 2 years ago by Khagendra Nath Mahato, Motihari

    It's look is very awesome ,sound is also like a monster and,super fast but it's maintenance cost is so high. It is cost is not so high according to the features on it such as powerful engine of 1400 cc , its arrow dynamic shape and at last the company of the bike is kaw

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      Never owned

    • Got mileage of

      80 kmpl

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