October 4, 2012

Review: 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS

In 2006, Kawasaki upped the ante in the hypersport market, replacing its ZX-14R with the ZX-14.

The ZX-14 remained relatively unchanged until the 2012 model, the "R" added to the name due to the increased performance. The 2012 ZX-14R received an increase in engine displacement from 1352cc to 1441 cc, and also Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), a slipper clutch, revamped suspension and brakes, and more aggressive body styling.

This formula equaled over 200 horsepower and a top speed to the legally-limited 186mph, but with the comfort usually found on a sport-touring motorcycle.

Kawasaki returns with the model for 2013, but with ABS. Kawasaki says the compact and lightweight system helps increase rider confidence and helps provide additional security in slippery situations.

With its technologically advanced engine, the ZX-14R is sure to continue its dominance in the hypersport class, providing riders with all-out power, handling and comfortable ergonomics, now with the added safety of ABS. 

Following are the highlights, specs, color options and MSRP for the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS.

2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS Highlights:
Key Features:
  • Massively powerful 1,441cc inline-four engine is the strongest motorcycle engine Kawasaki has ever produced and delivers the most power of any current production sportbike in the world
  • New ABS brake option is available for 2013. This compact and lightweight system helps increase rider confidence and helps provide additional security in slippery situations
  • KTRC traction-control system features three different modes for varying conditions and is controlled by a handy switch assembly on the left handlebar
  • Slipper clutch assembly controls rear-wheel torque effects while braking and downshifting
  • Exhaust system features tapered head pipes, a catalyzer and an efficient muffler assembly for low noise and emissions
  • Aluminum monocoque frame is narrow, strong and rigid for impressive sport riding performance
  • Aluminum swingarm assembly is longer than traditional designs and features strengthening gussets to cope with the engine's substantial torque
  • Supersport bodywork package builds upon the slick aesthetic image of the previous machine, includes a rear seat cowl and adds better air management to the mix for improved rider and passenger comfort
  • All-new 10-spoke wheels are more than 3 pounds lighter in total than the previous machine's units; this reduces unsprung weight, which aids handling and maneuverability
  • New disc material and pads improve the 14R's radial-mount braking system
  • Revised suspension settings front and rear add wheel control and compliance to an already plush ride
  • Higher overall finish quality than before, including hidden bodywork fasteners

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