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2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS 30th - Coolness Factor = 71.3

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:32 pm

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2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS 30th Anniversary / LE

Prepare to experience performance in a way that only a Kawasaki can deliver. The ZX-14 is the ultimate blend of extreme excitement and everyday versitility. Feel at home traversing the mountain roads, or feel the ultimate rush hurtling down the dragstrip...

Kawasaki celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Ninja with a very limited edition of numbered 2015 ZX-14R ABS motorcycles

Only 300 ZX-14R Limited Edition motorcycles will be available, all individually numbered and finished in exactly the same shade of Firecracker Red and Metallic Graystone paint as the 1984 Ninja® 900 – the motorcycle that started the superbike revolution. It even has the same narrow Gold pinstriping and gets gold brake calipers. 30th Anniversary logos on the fairing sides and a numbered badge on the gas tank will further identify the Limited Edition models.

NEW 2015 KAWASAKI NINJA ZX-14R LIMITED EDITION FEATURES
•Limited to 300 numbered models
•Unique numbered badge on gas tank
•Finished in Firecracker Red / Metallic Graystone paint with Gold pinstriping and brake calipers
•Available to order at a Kawasaki dealer from July 15, 2014, 9:00am PDT
•Powerful 1441cc inline four-cylinder engine with selectable Power Modes
•ABS, Traction Control and adjustable suspension
•Kawasaki One-Year Warranty

Kawasaki recently released Anniversary Editions of the Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-6R featuring color schemes to celebrate the company’s success in the 2013 World Superbike Championship. Now the flagship ZX-14R commemorates the original spirit of the 1984 Ninja 900, which was the first fully faired superbike and sported Kawasaki’s most powerful engine of its day. Similarly, the 2015

ZX-14R continues that cutting edge tradition by featuring one of the most powerful production engines in the world and can claim to be the quickest production motorcycle in the world.

LIMITED EDITION
Following the official announcement of the 2015 Ninja ZX-14R ABS Limited Edition at the Laguna Seca round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship, potential customers can order one of the 300 models.


2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS 30th Anniversary / LE Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features


Key Features
o One-of-a-kind 1,441cc inline-four engine is the most powerful motorcycle engine Kawasaki has ever produced, delivering the most power of any current production sportbike
o ABS brake model helps increase rider confidence and helps provide additional security in slippery situations
o KTRC traction control system addresses varying riding conditions via three different modes controlled by a switch on the left handlebar
o Back-torque-limiting slipper clutch assembly helps control chassis upset from rear-wheel torque effects while braking and downshifting
o High performance exhaust system features large-diameter tapered head pipes, a catalyzer and an efficient muffler assembly for low noise and emissions
o Aluminum monocoque frame is narrow, strong and rigid for impressive sport riding performance that complements the engine's power
o Aluminum swingarm assembly is longer than traditional designs and incorporates strengthening gussets to withstand the engine's substantial torque
o Supersport bodywork embraces the visual cues of Kawasaki siblings, includes a rear seat cowl and adds better air management for improved rider and passenger comfort
o Ten-spoke wheels reduce unsprung weight for better handling and maneuverability
o Radial-mount calipers feature individual pads for each piston, improving heat management
o Balanced, adjustable suspension settings front and rear for a comfortable ride without sacrificing performance
o Flagship finish quality with hidden bodywork fasteners



2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS 30th Anniversary / LE - http://www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $15,899 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $18,199 CDN


Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve per cylinder, inline-four
Displacement: 1,441cc
Bore x stroke: 84 x 65mm
Compression ratio: 12.3:1
Fuel injection: DFI® with four 44mm Mikuni throttle bodies
Ignition: TCBI with Digital Advance
Transmission: Six-speed
Final drive: Sealed chain
Rake / trail: 23-deg / 3.7"
Front tire: 120/70 ZR17
Rear tire: 190/50 ZR17
Wheelbase: 58.3"
Front suspension / wheel travel: 43mm inverted cartridge fork with adjustable preload,
18-way compression and 15-way rebound damping adjustment / 4.6"
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Bottom-link Uni-Trak® and gas-charged shock with adjustable preload, stepless rebound and compression damping adjustments, adjustable ride height / 4.9"
Front brakes: Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs with dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers in gold, ABS
Rear brakes: Single 250mm petal disc with twin-piston caliper in gold, ABS
Overall length: 85.4"
Overall width: 30.3"
Overall height: 46.1"
Ground clearance: 4.9"
Seat height: 31.5"
Curb weight: 590.9 lb
Fuel capacity: 5.8 gallons
Color: Firecracker Red / Metallic Graystone / Gold pinstriping
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Re: This Week: 2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS 30th - Vote To

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:01 pm

A very limited, brand new model from Kawasaki (redesigned). No word on the normal 2015 ZX-14R yet...

Enjoy!

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Unread post by ceemes » Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:19 pm

A solid cool tipping up towards awesome however this little blurb from the press release "the 1984 Ninja® 900 – the motorcycle that started the superbike revolution."....Excuse me, but is Kawasaki forgetting their own GPz1100? Or the Honda CB750's, the K1's and many other machine that can lay a truer claim to starting the superbike revolution.....
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Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:42 pm

I am also in the solid COOL arena this bike will do a lot and keep you grinning even though it's like a million miles long even! :cowboy:
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sat Aug 16, 2014 5:39 pm

ceemes wrote:A solid cool tipping up towards awesome however this little blurb from the press release "the 1984 Ninja® 900 – the motorcycle that started the superbike revolution."....Excuse me, but is Kawasaki forgetting their own GPz1100? Or the Honda CB750's, the K1's and many other machine that can lay a truer claim to starting the superbike revolution.....
Yes, I was a little surprised Kawasaki picked the 1984 Ninja 900, as I agree, the GPz1100 of 1980 or even as you said, the Z1 really started the whole generation... but if they are looking for a faired bike then I can see why the Ninja 900.

I remember looking at buying a used Ninja 900 in 2001, almost bought it. :revv:


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Unread post by HYPERR » Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:06 pm

totalmotorcycle wrote:
ceemes wrote:A solid cool tipping up towards awesome however this little blurb from the press release "the 1984 Ninja® 900 – the motorcycle that started the superbike revolution."....Excuse me, but is Kawasaki forgetting their own GPz1100? Or the Honda CB750's, the K1's and many other machine that can lay a truer claim to starting the superbike revolution.....
Yes, I was a little surprised Kawasaki picked the 1984 Ninja 900, as I agree, the GPz1100 of 1980 or even as you said, the Z1 really started the whole generation... but if they are looking for a faired bike then I can see why the Ninja 900.

I remember looking at buying a used Ninja 900 in 2001, almost bought it. :revv:


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Don't forget the Kawasaki 750 Turbo!

But the one that started it all would probably be the CB750K0.
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Unread post by sunshine229 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:13 pm

A bit biased with this one since I am a big Kawasaki fan, but I had to go with awesome. To me, it is gorgeous. I love the modern but throw-back style a lot. And did you see the specs? It's the most powerful production bike today, and only 300 are going to be made? Okay, sounds awesome to me. :mrgreen:
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Unread post by ZRex » Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:08 pm

I voted Awesome, my only gripe would be it is a bit too heavy. but I would love to own one of these.
Most magazines consider the Kawasaki Ninja 900 the 1st modern superbike, that all other sportbikes are just copies. There were Superbikes before it (Honda CB750, Kawasaki Z1 etc.) but If you look at the stats on the Ninja 900
DOHC in-line 4, liquid cooled engine with 4 valves per cylinder
Full fairing, even the way the engine sat in the frame is pretty modern. Most Superbikes today are just updates on everything the Ninja did back then.

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Unread post by Hanson » Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:45 pm

590 pounds?

That is a big motorcycle for a sports bike. That is +120 lb over my DL650A. I think if I was looking for a sport bike it would weigh less than my adventure touring moto. I would rather the 30th anniversary ZX-10R.

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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:55 pm

Hanson wrote:590 pounds?

That is a big motorcycle for a sports bike. That is +120 lb over my DL650A. I think if I was looking for a sport bike it would weigh less than my adventure touring moto. I would rather the 30th anniversary ZX-10R.

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Don't forget Yamaha's ZX-14R competes directly with Suzuki's Hayabusa (which is 586lbs).

http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... dition.htm

For a 1400cc bike, that really isn't that heavy, my 1980 400cc weighed 1lb per cc! :laughing:

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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:03 pm

I finally voted.. and it was a Cool vote.

I think the new ZX-14R is pretty darn awesome, but the issue is (for me) when it's sitting beside the Ninja 900, I'd walk past the 14R and check out the 900! lol. So while both bikes are cool, the 900 just has that mojo the 14R doesn't yet (time will tell).

But the 14R is definitely Cool+ to me, it's one of those bike that you can really do anything with and it's not an origami riding position either or crazy sharp transformer look to it. But that's my personal style of bike, not everyone's. :)

I like how Sunshine229 pointed out " It's the most powerful production bike today, and only 300 are going to be made", that (to me) makes it very, very special and also it means Kawasaki (I'm betting) is replacing this bike with a new version. Even if Kawasaki makes a new 14R or (other) the 14R will surely make heads turn for many years to come.

But I'll take the Ninja 900...OR even better a Honda CB1100F. oooo.

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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:51 am

2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS 30th - Coolness Factor = 71.3%
Featured: August 15th, 2014 - August 22nd, 2014
Most popular vote category: Cool

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Your Coolness Factor of the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS 30th Anniversary / LE is:

Awesome (3 points) 34% [ 10 ]
Cool (2 points) 52% [ 15 ]
Uncool (1 point) 7% [ 2 ]
Fail (0 point) 7% [ 2 ]

Total votes : 29

= a Coolwall Factor of 71.3%

NOTES: If you can get by the fact how Kawasaki is determining how they are defining the "30th Anniversary of the sportbike" then what we have here is "the most powerful production bike today" in a very special, limited, 300 model run. That itself is worth the Cool rating. But beyond that we have a mile burner capable of comfortable travel that will put smiles on your face for a million miles. Not bad at all Kawasaki!

Next 2014 TMW Cool Wall bike is now up for voting on, have fun!
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Unread post by ZRex » Sat Aug 23, 2014 1:41 pm

I agree that it is not too heavy when compared with the Hayabusa, and it does not seem to hurt the bikes performance, I think it could lose a little weight (so could I actually), as long as it did not effect it's all around ability. I would rather it weigh 590lbs and be comfortable than 490lbs and hurt my back and wrist on a long ride like the 10R would (I want that bike to).
I think you made a very rare error with your sentence
"Don't forget Yamaha's ZX-14R competes directly with Suzuki's Hayabusa (which is 586lbs)."
I only point this out because I make so many mistakes myself.

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Unread post by Flipper » Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:02 am

I voted uncool.
The word bulbous comes to mind.
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Unread post by Shriker » Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:29 am

The 14R is a completely awesome machine. Personally I like it best in Kawi metallic green......but this is cool.

I remember when the 900 Ninja appeared , I was in high school and wanted one desperately , along with the 1000 Interceptor (only ONE year of those!) .

The 900 WAS revolutionary for KAWASAKI and much of the industry at the time. It was the first big Kawi to go Water Cooled . It was first to have the cam chain on one side . It was light for the time and only a 900 yet made power like a full 1100. It squeeked into the 10's in the 1/4 mile and looked unbelievable. It had a unique frame design as well......

And of course , it launched the now legendary "Ninja" name and series for Kawasaki......GREAT bike. It was replaced in the US within a couple years but Kawi continued to produce it for years to come in other markets.

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