Monday, August 8, 2011
NEW KAWASAKI ZZR 1400 ZX-14 REVIEW
The mission of Kawasaki's flagship Ninja® ZXTM-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.