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The 'R' Designation Equals More Race Winning Power and More Refinement for the Ultimate Open-Class Sportbike

It's gotta be ugly competing against the ZX™-14 year after year. When it arrived on the big-bore sportbike stage in 2006, the big Ninja® blew everyone's minds – owners, journalists and competitors – with its incredible thrust, sport-tourer comfort, agile handling and aerodynamic full-coverage bodywork. Continuous refinement has kept the 14 a step ahead of the competition, all while filling enthusiasts' face shields with wild, ear-to-ear grins.

Fortunately for Kawasaki fans (and unfortunately for the competition), there's no let up for 2012. Not only is the newly R-designated Ninja ZX-14R massively more powerful, it's also almost entirely new, with more of the character, design excellence, and finesse you've come to expect from Team Green™ – the company that's been building legendary open-class motorcycles for more than 40 years.


Model Year
Ninja® ZX™-14R
Starting at MSRP


85.4 in.
46.1 in.
30.3 in.
Curb: 584.3 lbs.
58.3 in.
Seat Height
31.5 in.


4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, inline-4
1,441 cc
Bore x Stroke
84 x 65 mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
DFI® with (4) 44 mm Mikuni throttle bodies
Fuel Tank Capacity
5.8 gal.
TCBI with digital advance


Final Drive
X-ring chain


Front: (2) semi-floating 310 mm petal discs with 2 radial-mounted 4-piston calipers
Rear: (1) 250 mm petal disc with 2-piston caliper
Front: 120/70 ZR17
Rear: 190/50 ZR17


Front: 43 mm inverted cartridge fork with adjustable preload, 18-way compression and 15-way rebound damping adjustment; 4.6 in. travel
Rear: Bottom-link Uni-Trak® and gas-charged shock with adjustable preload, stepless rebound and compression damping adjustments, adjustable ride height; 4.9 in. travel
3.7 in.


Metallic Spark Black, Candy Surf Blue, Golden Blazed Green with special graphics (SE) (see Options for color pricing)

Standard Features

New for 2012
 Massively more powerful 1,441 cc inline-four engine features a 4 mm longer stroke, reworked cylinder head assembly, polished ports and lighter, stronger pistons for more power across the rev range  
 KTRC traction-control system features three different modes for varying conditions and is controlled by a handy switch assembly on the left handlebar  
 All-new slipper clutch assembly controls rear-wheel torque effects while braking and downshifting  
 All-new exhaust system features tapered and reshaped head pipes and an all-new muffler assembly for low noise and emissions  
 Redesigned aluminum monocoque frame is narrow, strong, and rigid  
 All-new swingarm assembly is longer and features strengthening gussets to cope with the engine’s new found power  
 Transmission gears are more durable thanks to new temperature and surface treatments  
 All-new 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  
New 1,441 cc, 4-cylinder, Liquid-cooled, DOHC Engine
 Longer-stroke design, revised (and ported) cylinder heads, lighter pistons, higher compression and more radical camshafts provide more torque and power throughout the rev range  
 Piston jet system sprays a continuous stream of cooling lubrication to the underside of each piston for cooler running temperatures, more constant power production and better durability  
 Stronger cam chain and tensioning system offers a higher degree of durability at stratospheric rpm levels  
 Crankshaft main journals are 2 mm thicker (now 40 mm) for added durability  
 More durable temperature and surface treatments allow the transmission gears to better harness the new engine’s prodigious power production  
 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  
 Newly designed engine is compact and narrow, which allows the rest of the machine to be smaller, lighter, and more nimble  
 Low mechanical noise via special piston profile and urethane insulation sheet on the inside of the magnesium chain cover  
Revised High-flow Exhaust System
 All-new header assembly has tapered-diameter pipes for optimal power production and power delivery characteristics  
 Newly designed mufflers offer lower noise emissions and, due to the dual catalyzers, are cleaner than before  
 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  
Gear-driven Dual Engine Balancers
 Revised balance weights keep the newly dimensioned engine (more stroke) in ideal balance, resulting in improved comfort for riders and passengers  
 Already in perfect primary balance, the 14R’s engine design features dual secondary balancers that virtually eliminate unwanted vibrations for extremely smooth operation and reduced rider fatigue  
Ram Air Induction
 Central ram air duct in the newly shaped fairing draws cooler, higher-pressure air from the face of the fairing and efficiently guides it through the larger and more efficient air cleaner and into the reworked engine for maximum power output  
Digital Fuel Injection
 New throttle body assembly featuring 44 mm throttle bodies is fitted with ISC valve and sub-throttle valves controlled by the ECU. They provide precise response, smooth DFI® performance, automatic idle speed adjustment, and help the bike meet Euro III emissions requirements now and into the future.  
 Revised intake tract porting optimizes flow characteristics  
 Injectors deliver lateral spray at a 20-degree angle to disperse the finely atomized fuel over a wide area  
 Fine-atomizing injectors produce a 75-micron droplet size  
 32-bit ECU works with dual throttle valve system to further enhance throttle response and control  
2-mode Digital Ignition
 Rider selectable High and Low maps offer a choice between full power and approximately 50 percent power output to help suit changing conditions  
 Digital Timing Advance enhances low and mid-range power  
 Individual spark plug-mounted ignition coils fire each of the four spark plugs independently to achieve the optimum timing for that cylinder  
 ECU includes an idle speed control system for easier starting and warm-up  
KTRC Traction Control
 KTRC traction-control system features three different modes for varying conditions  
 Modes are controlled by a handy switch assembly on the left handlebar  
 Modes are indicated on the LCD cockpit display  
New Back-torque Limiting “Slipper” Clutch
 All-new back-torque limiting “slipper” clutch assembly controls rear-wheel torque effects while downshifting or coasting to minimize wheel hop, chatter, and reduce rider stress  
 Radial-pump hydraulic clutch master cylinder offers smooth and precise engagement and optimal feel at the lever  
New-generation Monocoque Aluminum Frame
 Lightweight monocoque frame is a hollow aluminum box that arches over the engine from the steering head to the swingarm pivot. It is narrow, strong, rigid, and very light.  
 Many of the frame’s new cast aluminum sections – steering head and swingarm pivot areas – are produced via a die-casting process for weight savings  
 Rigidly mounted engine is a stressed frame member, which increases the frame’s torsional rigidity and saves weight vs. traditional designs  
 Engine is positioned forward in the frame, with the slightly longer wheelbase and front / rear weight balance carefully designed to achieve high-speed stability and responsive handling  
 Longer swingarm adds high-speed stability and is gusseted to better cope with the new engine’s power production  
 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 is easily accessible through an aluminum frame cover  
 Revised internal settings for the inverted and multi-adjustable 43 mm cartridge-type fork allow more wheel control and improved ride compliance  
 Stepless damping adjustment improves suspension performance  
 Excellent control and feedback from the fully adjustable bottom-link Uni-Trak® rear suspension  
 Linkage rates allow linear suspension action and greater wheel control  
 Bottom-link design helps create a lower center of gravity, which makes the motorcycle more nimble  
Reshaped Petal-type Discs with Radial-mount Calipers
 Reshaped petal-type design brake discs provide better cooling and enhanced warp resistance  
 Radial mounted four-piston front brake calipers use improved brake pads and 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.  
 Radial-pump front brake master cylinder improves brake performance and lever feel  
Aggressive New Bodywork
 Monocoque frame is positioned over the engine so the sleek new fairing is uninterrupted by protruding frame spars, adding to the extremely long and low styling  
 New fairing venting offers improved engine-heat control for more comfort for rider and passenger  
 Standard rear-seat cowl adds aesthetic appeal  
 Both the front and rear turn signals are integrated into the bodywork and have clear lenses to enhance appearance  
 Quadruple projector beam headlights in the new fairing give the ZX™-14 a distinctive new look. The outer lights contain position lamps and high beams, while the low beams are located in the center lamps.  
 Lightweight Denso radiator with dual fans and high-density cores provides maximum cooling efficiency  
Full Instrumentation
 New black-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, clock, and many other variables, including traction-control information via a 7-segment LCD indicator  
 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  


 Color Pricing
 Metallic Spark Black $14,699  
 Candy Surf Blue $14,699  
 Golden Blaze Green with special graphics (SE) $14,899  


Metallic Spark Black

Candy Surf Blue

Golden Blazed Green with special graphics (SE)

 Color Pricing
 Metallic Spark Black $14,699 
 Candy Surf Blue $14,699 
 Golden Blaze Green with special graphics (SE) $14,899 
*Price, if shown, is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) and does not include government fees, taxes, dealer freight/preparation, dealer document preparation charges or any finance charges (if applicable). MSRP and/or final actual sales price will vary depending on options or accessories selected.

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