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2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R is a rage since its launch in the year 2006. This is the biggest displacement offering in the Ninja range of super sports motorcycles from Kawasaki. It’s also the most powerful Ninja ever built by the company. The 2012 model is one of the fastest production bikes on sale in the market.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

Kawasaki has turned the 2012 Ninja ZX14R into a sheer powerhouse by increasing the displacement to 1441cc. It now comes with an updated fuel injection system and advanced catalyzer for lower emission. It has now reshaped combustion chambers and reinforced cam chain in the camshafts.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

A major change in the 2012 Ninja ZX14R  is an all new oil jet cooling system and an improved engine compression ratio of 12.3:1 along with the 2mm thicker crankshaft main journals. These changes offer the Ninja more power in the entire rev range and make it most powerful motorcycle on the track. Apart from it, the 2012 model has a 10mm longer swingarm, 43mm inverted fork and adjustable single shock and slipper clutch and a KTRC traction control and ignition system.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

It comes with three riding options the full power, medium power and a third option for low traction conditions which can be operated through the toggle switch mounted on the handle bar easily. Apart from the technical changes there are noticeable changes in the design of the 2012 model. The headlight and front stance is now more aggressive but the side paring styling is been retained which is a good move by the engineers and the designers.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R Digital Console and Speedometer 2

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R Digital Console and Speedometer 2

Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R Technical Specifications

Engine:                                                   Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves

per cylinder, inline-four

Displacement:                                     1,441 cc

Bore x Stroke:                                     84.0 x 65.0 mm

Compression Ratio:                         12.3:1

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 Size:                               120/70 ZR17

Rear Tire Size:                                 190/50 ZR17

Wheelbase:                                       58.3 in.

Overall length:                                85.4 in.

Overall width:                                 30.3 in.

Overall height:                                46.1 in.

Ground clearance:                        4.9 in.

Seat Height:                                     31.5 in.

Curb Weight:                                   584.3 lbs.

Fuel Capacity:                                5.8 gal

Color:                                                 Metallic Spark Black, Candy Surf Blue,

Golden Blazed Green with special graphics (SE)

Front Suspension / wheel travel:         

43mm inverted cartridge fork with adjustable preload, 18-way compression and 15-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 / 4.9 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

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

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Comparison between Suzuki Hayabusa and Yamaha V-Max

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Ever thought of comparing Suzuki Hayabusa and Yamaha V-Max? I was just wondering why these two have not yet been compared. Mostly, Suzuki Hayabusa is either compared to Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird or Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R.

Suzuki Hayabusa and Yamaha V-Max, super sports bikes manufactured by two great Japanese automotive giants are two speed demons. Both differ in their styling, engine displacement and other features.

Suzuki Hayabusa houses a massive 1,340cc, four-stroke, four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16 valve engine that churns out a mighty 194bhp. The compression ratio is 12.5:1 and the 44mm Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) throttle bodies are added. It also has famous GSX-R series Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS). Suzuki Hayabusa has best power-to-weight ratio and is one of the sharpest super sports bikes to date. It has the famed Suzuki Drive Mode Selector which allows you to exploit all its potential on the road and is the key to its different riding conditions. To reduce the weight, the frame and the swingarm are made out of aluminum alloy and an ABS is available for extra safety.

V-Max is powered by a 1679cc engine. Yamaha Chip-Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) operated Mikuni fuel-injection system uses a quartet of 48mm throttle bodies with 12-hole injectors. The three-processor ECU measures parameters (wheel speed, crank position, temperature, etc) every 1/1000th of a second. Forged aluminum is used to make the pistons which operate inside ceramic-composite cylinder linings. Combustion chamber is a lot flatter and nets an 11.3:1 compression ratio and requires premium quality of fuel. Exhaust-cams are gear driven by the chain-driven intake cams.

The Verdict


It’s hard to find any flaws in these bikes and the thrill of riding these bikes is hard to match. This is clash of the titans. You can’t compare a tiger with a lion.  These two are gods of the motorcycling world and just can’t be compared.

2009 Suzuki Hayabusa 2009 Yamaha V-Max
Engine Displacement 1340cc 1679cc
Engine Type Horizontal In-line 65-degree V-4 DOHC
Bore & Stroke 81.0 mm x 65.0 mm 90.0mm x 66.0mm
Cooling Liquid Liquid
Compression Ratio 12.5:1 11.3:1
Starter Electric Electric
Fuel Type Gas Gas
Transmission Type 6-speed constant mesh 5-speed, multiplate slipper clutch
Primary Drive (Rear Wheel) Chain Shaft
Front Tire (Full Spec) 120/70 ZR17 120/70-R18
Rear Tire (Full Spec) 190/50 ZR17 200/50-R18
Front Brake Type Dual Hydraulic Disc Dual Disc
Rear Brake Type Hydraulic Disc Disc
Wheelbase (in/mm) 58.5 66.9
Fuel Capacity (gal) 5.5 Gallons 4 Gallons

The Competitors


KAWASAKI NINJA ZX-12R

HONDA CBR1100XX BKACKBIRD