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2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14
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2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14
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– 2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14

2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14

Ultimate Performance from Kawasaki’s Flagship Superbike

The mission of Kawasaki’s flagship Ninja® ZX™-14 is not unlike that of an exotic supercar — to project the awesome power and technology of its parent company in rapid fashion, every time the throttle is twisted. It may not cost a million dollars or have a V-12 engine, but the ZX-14’s 1352cc fuel-injected inline-four is the closest thing on two wheels. Its monocoque chassis and wind-tunnel developed body represent the cutting edge of sportbike design. The ZX-14’s systems are designed to allow riders to exploit the full potential of man and machine, while effortlessly dispatching all challengers.

Despite ever-tightening noise and emissions regulations; the ZX-14 has continued to set the pace of sportbike excellence ever since its domineering debut. Intake and exhaust systems permit it to comply with strict emissions and noise regulations, even as its massive low-end torque, mid-range thrust and legendary Ninja peak power place it at the top of the sportbike food chain.

Secondary air ports in the cylinder head and its cover flow clean air into the exhaust system and boost the efficiency of the three honeycomb catalyzers employed in the exhaust system. These devices, combined with a wide dispersal of atomized fuel from the fine-atomizing fuel injectors and optimized flow characteristics through the intakes, allow the ZX-14’s 1352cc engine to offer strong performance, yet still meet the toughest motorcycle emissions regulations.

In lieu of a more-restrictive exhaust system, the ZX-14 meets noise standards by producing minimal internal mechanical noise. A special piston profile and a urethane insulation sheet on the inside of the magnesium chain cover help quiet the engine and permit a freer flowing exhaust for greater power.
The ZX-14’s chassis design is every bit the equal of its power plant. Using an advanced version of Kawasaki’s unique aluminum monocoque design, its frame is lightweight and very strong. Die cast aluminum sections on the main frame make for lighter parts, keeping the weight down even more on the slim and compact frame.

The narrow engine, monocoque frame, and fuel tank provide a slim rider interface and a relaxed sport riding position. It is compact without being cramped, with its easy-to-reach bar position, low-set footpegs for ample legroom and a low seat height and narrow seat front to easily plant both feet on the ground when stopped. Comfort levels are high enough to cause riders to think they’re on a dedicated sport tourer — until the ZX-14’s throttle is twisted. When that happens, all confusion disappears, like so many competitors in the rear view mirrors.

Uninterrupted fairing lines give the ZX-14 a smooth, flowing appearance from front to rear, due in part to the monocoque frame, which goes over the engine and doesn’t protrude through the cowling. Quadruple projector beam headlights adorn the ZX-14’s front fairing, immediately beneath its menacing ram air intake duct. The turn signals are cleanly integrated into the fairing and rear cowl, with a unique “V” design LED tail lamp capping off a sleek, aerodynamic package that reinforces Kawasaki’s aircraft heritage.

The Ninja ZX-14’s blend of power, handling and style perfectly illustrates the potent technological know-how of Kawasaki’s highly-trained engineers.
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Features and Benefits:

1,352cc Four-Cylinder, DOHC Engine
– Tuned to provide smooth power across a very wide rev range, while producing impressive horsepower numbers
– Chrome composite plated aluminum cylinder bores are lightweight, durable, and quickly carry heat away from the combustion chamber and piston for supreme durability at high power outputs
– Carefully planned engine design is compact and narrow
– Low mechanical noise via special piston profile and urethane insulation sheet on the inside of the magnesium chain cover

Exhaust
– Airflow into the exhaust from the large secondary air ports in the cylinder head and head cover, plus a third honeycomb catalyzer in the collector help meet strict Euro III emissions standards
– Internal silencer construction minimizes impact of emissions regulations while maintaining impressive top-end power
– Exhaust connecting tube entrances are designed to enhance low rpm torque characteristics

Gear-Driven Dual Engine Balancers
– Already in perfect primary balance, dual secondary balancers virtually eliminate unwanted vibrations for extremely smooth engine operation and reduced rider fatigue

Ram Air Induction
– Central ram air duct draws the cooler, higher-pressure air from the face of the fairing and efficiently guides it through the air cleaner and into the engine for maximum power output

Digital Fuel Injection
– 44mm Mikuni throttle bodies are fitted with sub-throttle valves, controlled by the ECU to provide precise response, make DFI® performance smoother, and help meet Euro III emission requirements
– Intake porting optimizes flow characteristics
– Injectors deliver lateral spray at a 20 degree angle to disperse the finely-atomized fuel over a wider area
– Fine-atomizing injectors produce 75?m droplet size
– 32-bit ECU works with dual throttle valve system to further enhance throttle response and control

Digital Ignition
– Digital Timing Advance enhances low-and mid-range power
– Individual spark plug-mounted ignition coils fire each of the four sparkplugs independently to achieve the optimum timing for that cylinder at that instant
– ECU includes an idle speed control system for easier starting and warm-up

Radial Pump Clutch Master Cylinder
– Hydraulic clutch features a radial-pump clutch master cylinder for smooth and precise clutch engagement and feel

Next-Generation Monocoque Aluminum Frame
– Lightweight, monocoque frame is a hollow aluminum box that arches over the engine from the steering head to the swing arm pivot. It is narrow, strong, rigid and very light
– Frame’s cast aluminum sections – steering head and swing arm pivot areas – are produced with a die casting process for further weight savings
– Rigidly mounted engine is a stressed frame member, which increases the frame’s torsional rigidity and saves approximately four pounds
– Engine positioned forward in the frame, with the wheelbase and front/rear weight balance carefully designed to achieve high-speed stability and responsive handling
– Massive head pipe casting contributes to frame rigidity
– Frame houses the air box and air filter in a space-saving design that simplifies air cleaner maintenance
– Battery is also housed within the frame and has simple access through the back side of the frame

Suspension
– Inverted 43mm cartridge type front fork utilizes damping rates that offer stiff initial action to resist front-end dive when braking
– Stepless damping adjustment improves suspension performance
– Excellent control and feedback from fully adjustable bottom-link UNI-TRAK® rear suspension
– Linkage rates provide linear suspension action
– Bottom-link design helps create a lower center of gravity, which makes the motorcycle more nimble
– Wheel rim center ribs are slightly offset so tire balance weights can be located precisely along the wheel’s centerline

Radial Mounted Petal Front Disc Brakes
– Radial mounted four-piston front brake calipers offer greater rigidity than traditional caliper mounting, to improve brake feel
– A separate brake pad is used for each piston. Individual pads provide increased cooling efficiency and can absorb more heat without deforming, so they maintain a consistent brake feel longer
– Petal design brake discs provide better cooling and warp resistance
– Radial-pump front brake master cylinder improves brake performance and lever feel

Wind Tunnel-Designed Bodywork
– Monocoque frame goes over the engine so the sleek fairing is uninterrupted by protruding frame spars, adding to the extremely long and low styling
– Both the front and rear turn signals are integrated into the bodywork and have clear lenses to enhance the appearance
– Quadruple projector beam headlights give the ZX-14 a distinctive front fairing. The outer lights contain position lamps and the high beams, while the low beams are in the center lamps
– Lightweight Denso radiator with high-density cores provides maximum cooling efficiency

Full Instrumentation
– White faced dual analog speedometer and tachometer are easy to read
– Multi-function LCD digital display includes an odometer, two trip meters, fuel gauge, gear position indicator and a clock
– Programmable shift indicator lamp illuminates at pre-set rpm to signal rider upshift
– Programmable clutch engagement lamp illuminates at pre-set rpm to signal the rider to engage the clutch
– Controller Area Network (CAN) interface between the gauges uses fewer wires yet allows a greater volume of information, such as estimated fuel mileage, to be exchanged


 

2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 Technology

Engine

No company knows more about in-line fours than Kawasaki. From the early Z-1 to our factory MotoGP bikes, our knowledge about the in-line four-cylinder engine is unsurpassed. The virtues of this design are many: powerful, smooth running and very compact, if it’s a Kawasaki superbike, it has to be an in-line four.

Each component of this amazing engine was thoroughly developed to deliver the perfect balance of power, torque, and ridability. Twisting the throttle on the ZX-14 gives the kind of response you would expect from a large bore machine; a seamless spread of awesome torque, right ’round the dial.

Big, 1352cc displacement features a bore and stroke of 84 x 61 mm.

Revised intake porting provides optimum flow characteristics.

Revised piston profiles contribute to reduced mechanical noise.

New cylinder head and cylinder head cover have larger secondary air ports (increased approximately 20%), making it easier to get more air into the exhaust system for cleaner emissions. The electric Air Switching Valve (ASV) can also handle more air volume.

Windage ports between cylinders reduce pumping losses for increased power output.

The monocoque frame is sealed to form the ram-air airbox contributing to the compact layout.

New urethane sheet added to the inside of the magnesium chain cover also helps reduce mechanical noise.

Already in perfect primary balance, the ZX-14 engine uses a secondary balancer to tame unwanted vibrations, resulting in an extremely smooth engine.

Three-phase generator is crankshaft mounted for reduced drive losses.

The crankshaft, input shaft, and output shaft are arranged in a tri-axis to create a very compact engine length.

Digital fuel injection features ECU controlled sub-throttles to smooth throttle response for “carb like” action. The result is much better rider control and ease of operation.

Intake breathes through four massive, 44mm throttle bores for high air flow at top engine loads.

New, fine-atomising injectors with droplet size of 75µ increase lateral spray angle from 15o to 20o, dispersing atomised fuel over a wider area resulting in improved power, smoother operation and excellent fuel mileage.

Automatic Idle Speed Control system contributes to easy starting.

Twin mufflers (each with honeycomb catalyzer) provide ample volume for creating the engines massive power and meeting exhaust emission standards.

New internal muffler construction. Capacity ratio of the first and third chambers was adjusted, as were the lengths of the pipes projecting from the baffle plates

In addition to the already existing honeycomb catalysers in each muffler, a new third honeycomb catalyser was added in the collector.

Entrances to the connecting pipes (joining header pipes 1-4 & 2-3) were enlarged approximately 75% to compensate for the new collector shape (addition of the third honeycomb catalyser). This change in particular resulted in enhanced torque characteristics, especially in the low rpm range.

Slick shifting six-speed transmission feeds power to the rear wheel.

Direct-actuation shift lever is lighter than conventional linkage-type arrangements and offers a more direct feel.

Hydraulically operated clutch features a radial-mount clutch master cylinder for worry-free, silky smooth clutch operation.



Chassis

The Ninja ZX-14 runs Kawasaki’s exclusive aluminum monocoque frame. Rock steady at speed, and offering responsive handling characteristics, this advanced chassis design strikes an ideal balance between sport riding, and high-speed running on the highway.

Our engineers made full use of the design freedom given to them by the engine’s compact size. The engine’s position forward in the frame, the wheelbase and front/rear wheel weight balance were all carefully chosen to achieve both high-speed stability and responsive handling.

Aluminum monocoque frame represents a further evolution of the frame first used on Kawasaki’s KR500 racer then in production on the Ninja ZX-12R. This advanced design makes possible a very slim, compact package.

Fuel mass is located at the rear of the “tank” and extends below the seat, further contributing to the centralized mass.

Already inherently more rigid than twin-spar frames, with the engine rigid-mounted the torsional rigidity is further increased. Using the engine as a stressed member allows the frame to be made lighter.

New die-casting process for the main frame sections results in a lighter frame.

Massive head pipe casting also contributes to the high rigidity.

Bolt-on, aluminum rear sub-frame includes tall side plates contributing to the unique styling and creating a very narrower mid-section.

Monocoque frame design creates a void inside the frame that is used to house various electrics including the M-F battery.

The hollow section of the frame behind the steering head serves duty as the airbox for the ram-air system.

The combination of the monocoque frame with rigid-mounted engine and a mass located at the centerline gives the ZX-14 extreme stability at high speeds.

Chassis is narrow through the middle for superior rider control.

Engine and chassis components were all designed to maximize mass centralization.

Inverted, 43 mm cartridge fork uses a large diameter, hollow axle for light weight and precise steering feedback.

Fork includes adjustments for compression damping, rebound damping, and ride height.

Uni-trak linkage rear suspension complements the highly rigid frame, offering both great controllability at high speeds and superb road holding ability when sport riding in the hills.

Gas charged piggy back reservoir shock includes adjustments for compression damping, rebound damping, and spring preload.

Formidable front brake performance is further enhanced with a radial-pump master cylinder that offers superb feel at the lever.

Semi-floating, drilled, petal style, 310 mm front brake rotors are gripped by Nissin, radial mount, 4-piston, 4-pad calipers.

Rear brake features 250 mm, drilled, petal style rotor and 2-piston caliper for additional stopping power and improved braking feel.

Wheels feature center ribs that are slightly offset so that tire balance weights can be located at the wheel centerline.


Brakes/Wheels

Formidable front brake performance is further enhanced with a radial-pump master cylinder that offers superb feel at the lever.

Use of four individual brake pads promotes even heat distribution across each pad virtually eliminating fade due to pad warpage at high temperatures.

Rearbrake features 250mm, drilled, petal style rotor and 2-piston callipers for additional stopping power and improved braking feel.

Newly designed wheels feature centre ribs that are slightly offset so that tire balance weights can be located at the wheel centreline.

 

Ergonomics

In spite of the ZX-14’s awesome performance, the machine is surprisingly non-intimidating. This is due as much to the seamless power delivery, as it is to the smooth ride and its rider-friendly ergonomics. On the ZX-14, the typical weekend jaunt leaves the rider refreshed and invigorated.

Despite its long and low appearance, the ZX-14 offers a very relaxed sport riding position.

Compact without being cramped, the bars are positioned so that riders do not have to stretch to reach them.

Low-set footpegs give ample legroom.

The low seat height and narrow seat front make it easy to reach the ground when stopped at lights.

The narrow engine, monocoque frame, and waisted fuel tank make it easy to keep knees comfortably close together when riding.

A depression in the fuel tank cover facilitates tucking in behind the screen.

 

Aerodynamics & Styling

The ZX-14 exudes an aura of power and assurance found only in the world’s most powerful machines. As befits its flagship status, the ZX-14 offers a combination of avant garde design, meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail. Whether parked in front of a café or zooming effortlessly down the highway, this is a machine people will notice.

The ZX-14’s bodywork gives it extremely long and low styling. The front cowl extends well over the front wheel and the fairing almost hides the front wheel. All the lines of the bike move from front to rear, giving the bike an impression of speed even when it standing still.

Because the monocoque frame goes over the engine and does not protrude through the fairing, a smooth, uninterrupted fairing design is possible.

The ZX-14’s multifunctional aerodynamics package reduces drag, adds stability at highway speeds and keeps you out of the wind when sport riding in the hills.

Raised “Kawasaki” and model emblems contribute to the classy styling.

Long front fender with aerodynamic side wings contributes to the ultra high speed potential of the ZX-14.

Fuel tank features a flush-surface tank cap.

A small under-cowl forward of the rear wheel contributes to the bike’s flowing lines. This under-cowl is removed when fitting the optional center stand.

LED tail lamp features a unique “V” design. This will be the most common view of the ZX-14 on the move.

Front and rear turn signals are integrated into the fairing and rear cowl. Clear signal lenses with orange bulbs contribute to the high quality appearance.

Standard equipment solo seat cover complements the aerodynamic styling. Removing the cover reveals the seat beneath.

Quadruple projector beam headlights adorn the ZX-14’s front cowl. The outer lights contain position lamps and the high beams. Low beams are in the two center lamps.

All four beams on (when HI beam selected) creates enough light to turn night into day.

Central Ram Air duct like that of other Ninja models gives the ZX-14 a consistent Kawasaki face.

InstrumentationNestled in the canopy is an instrument cluster with LCD information centre and dual electric analog gauges for speedometer and tachometer.

White meter faces with black lettering makes the meters easy to read in daylight. Meter faces look black with white lettering and the meter needles glow red at night.

Multi-function LCD digital display includes:

– coolant temperature gauge
– gear position indicator
– fuel level gauge
– average fuel mileage
– instant fuel mileage
– fuel range
– battery voltage
– shift indicator light (rpm programmable)
– engage rpm indicator light (rpm programmable)
– dual, A/B trip meters
– odometer
– digital clock

Multi-function LCD digital display language can be set for English or French. Display can also be set for litres, US gallon, or Imperial gallon.

Shift and engage indicator lights can be set individually for bright, dim, blinking, or off.

Use of CAN interface between the meter and the ECU reduces the number of cables and allows a greater volume of information (e.g. fuel consumption) to be exchanged.

CAN (Controller Area Network) is the latest generation On Board Diagnostics interface system.

Anti-theft circuit built into the ignition switch and ECU prevents hotwiring by joy riders.

Quadruple projector beam headlights adorn the ZX-14’s front cowl. The outer lights contain position lamps and the high beams. Low beams are in the two center lamps.

All four beams on (when HI beam selected) creates enough light to turn night into day.

Front and rear turn signals are integrated into the fairing and rear cowl. Clear signal lenses with orange bulbs contribute to the high quality appearance.

Central Ram Air duct like that of other Ninja models gives the ZX-14 a consistent Kawasaki face.

 

Colours

Candy Persimmon Red

Special Edition Metallic Titanium / Metallic Spark Black

 

 

 


2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 – USA Specifications
MSRP $13,399 to $13,699 USD


Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valve per cylinder, inline-four
Displacement: 1,352cc
Bore x stroke: 84.0 x 61.0mm
Compression ratio: 12.0:1
Fuel system: DFI® with four 44mm Mikuni throttle bodies
Ignition: TCBI with Digital Advance
Transmission: Six speed
Final drive: X-Ring chain
Rake / trail: 23 degrees / 3.7 in.
Front Tire: 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire: 190/50 ZR17
Wheelbase: 57.5 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 43mm inverted cartridge fork with adjustable preload, 13-way compression and 11-way rebound damping adjustment / 4.6 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Bottom-Link UNI-TRAK® and gas-charged shock with adjustable preload, stepless rebound and compression damping adjustments, adjustable ride height / 4.8 in.
Front Brakes: Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs with dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers
Rear Brakes: Single 250mm petal disc with twin-piston caliper
Overall length: 85.4 in.
Overall width: 29.9 in.
Overall height: 46.1 in.
Ground clearance: 4.9 in.
Seat height: 31.5 in.
Curb weight: 566.7 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 5.8 gal.
Color: Candy Persimmon Red, Metallic Titanium/Metallic Spark Black
Warranty 12 months
Good Times™ Protection Plan

Note: Specifications and pricing are subject to change.





 

2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 – Canada Specifications
MSRP: $16,099 to $16,399 CDN

ENGINE
Type 4-stroke, liquid cooled, In-Line Four
Displacement 1352 cc
Bore and Stroke 84.0 x 61.0 mm
Compression Ratio 12.0 :1
Fuel Injection ø 44 mm x 4 (Keihin)
Valve System DOHC, 16 valves
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump

DRIVETRAIN
Final Reduction Ratio 2.412 (41/17)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, hydraulic actuation
Transmission 6-speed, return, positive neutral finder
Final Drive Sealed Chain
Primary Reduction Ratio 1.541 (94/61)
Gear Ratios: 1st 2.625 (42/16)
2nd 1.947 (37/19)
3rd 1.545 (34/22)
4th 1.333 (32/24)
5th 1.154 (30/26)
6th 1.036 (29/28)

FRAME
Type Monocoque, aluminum
Wheel Travel: Front 117 mm
Wheel Travel: Rear 122 mm
Tires: Front 120/70ZR17
Tires: Rear 190/50ZR17
Caster (Rake) 23º
Trail 94 mm
Steering Angle (Left/Righ) 30º/30º

SUSPENSION
Suspension, Front 43 mm inverted fork. 13-click compression damping, 11-click rebound damping, and stepless ride height
Suspension, Rear Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas charged shock. Stepless compression damping, stepless rebound damping, and stepless spring preload

BRAKES
Front: Type Dual semi-floating 310 mm drilled, petal style discs
Front: Calipers Dual, opposed 4-piston, 4-pad, radial mount
Rear: Type Single 250 mm drilled, petal style disc
Rear: Calipers Opposed 2-piston

PERFORMANCE
Maximum Power 193PS @ 9,500rpm
Maximum Power w/ Ram Air 203PS @ 9,500rpm
Maximum Torque 154 N-m @7,500rpm

DIMENSIONS
Overall Length 2,170 mm
Overall Width 760 mm
Overall Height 1,170 mm
Wheelbase 1,460 mm
Seat Height 800 mm
Curb Mass 257 kg
Fuel Capacity 22 litres

DETAILSMSRP $16,099 ($16,399 – Special Edition)

Colours Candy Persimmon Red, Special Edition Metallic Titanium / Metallic Spark Black

Warranty 12 months

Good Times Protection Plan 24 or 36 months (Kawasaki GTPP coverage begins after the standard limited warranty expires)

The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.

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