Sunday, September 08, 2013

2014 Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja unveiled


The 2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R remains hard-edged, exciting as ever

Kawasaki have released details and pics of the new, 2014-spec Ninja ZX-10R and, like with the recently unveiled 2014 Yamaha R1, the bike seems more or less similar to the 2013 model. Sure looks like the Japanese really have given up on trying to take on the European superbikes brigade – the Ducati Panigale R, Aprilia RSV4 APRC Factory and BMW S1000RR HP4 have nothing to be afraid of.

Notable bits on the 2014 ZX-10R Ninja include ‘intelligent’ ABS, a speed- and acceleration-sensitive Öhlins steering damper, one of the best traction control systems in the business, LCD instrument panel, bar-graph LED tachometer, slipper clutch, big-piston fork (BPF) at the front, cassette-type 6-speed gearbox, a ram-air system with 9-litre airbox, Titanium-header exhaust system with hydroformed header pipes, aluminium alloy chassis and swingarm, and dual catalyzers that help the bike meet Euro III exhaust emissions standards.

According to Kawasaki, the 2014 ZX-10R’s “32-inch seat height makes it easy for the rider’s feet to reach the ground, the bike’s fuel tank shape offers a comfortable ergonomic fit with the rider’s forearms and inner thighs when riding and adjustable footpegs can be lowered an additional 15mm when the bike is being ridden on the street.”

We’re sure the 2014 Kawasaki ZX-10R remains competent as ever but, really, we wish the worldwide economic environment would get back to the days when the Japanese would, with every new model year, unleash proper fireworks in the litre-bike segment…





5 comments:

DonR said...

With regard to your closing paragraph I doubt you're going to see headline generating changes for sometime irrespective of the economic climate. These sorts of bikes are so close to the cutting edge that the manufacturer's can only improve incrementally whilst keep costs to a consumer bearable level.

Luis vega said...

Yup...what the Don said.

Anonymous said...

I find your opening paragraph funny since the ZX-10R is the reigning World Superbike Champion. I'm not a Kawasaki Fanboy but it's clear to me that based on my extensive research and experience that the 10r is at least as good objectively as any of those models you list.

Anonymous said...

Bing a 10r owner it is a fantastic bike far more responsive then a gsxr and corners a lot better then the r1 I test rode a lot the only 1 which comes close is the rsv4 but 10r jus piped it for me

Conrman said...

These liter bikes are all good platforms that can be improved upon, most notably in the suspension department. Just a simple setup and tire change can change the results of magazine shootouts. Buy what you like, don't forget your riding gear, then, make the bike work well for you...

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