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2014 Kawasaki ZZR1400

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Put on your helmet, jump into your riding suit and get ready for adrenaline, because the Kawasaki ZZR will reward you plenty of it each time you jump on its saddle.

At the heart of this Japanese beast sits a 1441 cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, in-line four, DOHC, 16 valves engine which cranks out a maximum power of 147.2 KW (200 PS) at 10,000 Rpm and 162.5 Nm of torque at 7,500 Rpm. All this power is kept in leash by a six speed transmission with wet multi disc clutch. The engine is mounted on a Monocoque, Pressed-Aluminium frame.

Among the features offered by the Kawasaki ZZR1400 you’ll find traction control, ABS braking and power mode selection.

As far as colors are concerned, the Kawasaki ZZR1400 is offered with a choice of two paint jobs namely Golden Blazed Green / Metallic Spark Black and Metallic Spark Black / Flat Ebony.

Hit the jump for more information on the Kawasaki ZZR1400.

Overview

Kawasaki ZZR1400

Thrill Seeker

The ZZR1400 matches Kawasaki’s passion for engineering with your desire for ultimate performance. Satisfy the thrill seeker within you with dominating acceleration mated to sophisticated rider aids including traction control, ABS braking and power mode selection.

2014 Kawasaki ZZR1400 Key Features:

Kawasaki ZZR1400

Increased Carrying Convenience

The ZZR features retractable luggage hooks that tuck in neatly at the rear of the front seat. These are complemented by two hooks on the passenger tail grip. Idealised hook placement (not too close together) enables large-sized items to be securely attached to the rear seat.

Attention to Details

Kawasaki ZZR1400

Sculpted design of the upper triple clamp complements the high-quality image of the cockpit area. On the special graphics edition, the upper triple clamp features contrasting sections: painted finish vs. hairline finish with a clear coat.

Dominant Performance

Kawasaki ZZR1400

4 mm longer stroke increases displacement of the powerful In-Line Four engine to 1,441 cm³. Bore and Stroke are now 84 x 65 mm.

Strongest accelerating production motorcycle on the planet

Designed to settle the issue of supremacy in the flagship class once and for all, the ZZR1400’s new engine boasts an increased displacement and thorough engine tuning to deliver heady levels of power and unrivalled acceleration.

Lightweight Wheels

The lightweight wheels offer significant weight savings over those of the predecessor. The front wheel is 360 g lighter and the rear wheel saves 1030 g, for a total reduction of 1.39 kg compared to its predecessor.

Sportier Suspension

Kawasaki ZZR1400

Stiffer springs for both the front fork and rear suspension deliver a firmer, sportier feel. Along with the new springs, damping settings were also revised to suit the significantly greater output.

Aerodynamics

Sculpted by the wind, the ZZR1400’s bodywork offers high aerodynamic performance that reduces drag, and contributes to stability and wind protection at highway speeds.

LED taillight

More aggressive, larger-volume tail maintains the LED taillight and integrated rear turn signals of the predecessor.

Multi-function Instrumentation

Kawasaki ZZR1400

Nestled in the canopy is an instrument cluster with dual analogue-style speedometer and tachometer. Black faces with white font make them easy to read at a glance.

New headlamp

More aggressive design for the characteristic quadruple projector beam headlights contributes to the increased impact of the front cowling.

Fuel tank details

A depression in the fuel tank cover facilitates tucking in behind the screen. Machined finish on the fuel tank cap contributes to the high-quality image.

New seat

Kawasaki ZZR1400

The new gunfighter-style seat contributes to both design impact and ergonomics. Its sculpted shape provides hip support during strong acceleration. Slimmer at the front, it also facilitates the reach to the ground when stopped at lights.

Sculpted styling

Thematic quadruple fins of the side fairings are maintained, although their design is more 3-dimensional, contributing to a more dynamic image of the side of the bike.

Stronger, Longer Swingarm

Gusseting on the swingarm increases rigidity to match the greater output. Swingarm is 10 mm longer to suit the new final gear ratio. (This also contributes to the slightly longer wheelbase).

Series-first Back-torque Limiter

Easily adjustable back-torque limiting clutch facilitates smooth downshifts and helps prevent rear wheel hop, which becomes more likely with the increased back-torque.

Stronger, Shorter-geared Transmission

Kawasaki ZZR1400

While the increased engine performance already delivers significantly increased torque, shorter gearing care of a larger rear sprocket (41T >> 42T) further accentuates the stronger acceleration.

Power Modes

Power modes offer riders an easily selectable choice between Full and Low Power. While Full Power is unrestricted, in Low Power mode maximum power is limited to approximately 75-80% of Full. Response is also milder in Low Power mode. Riders may opt to use Low Power mode for rainy conditions or city riding, and Full Power when sport riding. Available on the Ninja ZX-14R / ZZR1400, Versys 1000 and other key models, when combined with the 3-mode KTRC (+ OFF) traction control system, Power Mode selection offers a total of eight combinations (KTRC: Mode 1/2/3+OFF x Power Mode: Full/Low) to suit a wide range of riding situations. For example, an experienced rider enjoying sport riding on dry pavement might choose Full Power and Mode 1. On a wet or slippery surface, choosing Low Power and Mode 3 would yield the lowest chance of incurring wheel spin, and with the milder throttle response would offer a high level of riding safety.

Monocoque Frame

Kawasaki’s monocoque frame is a hollow composite of aluminium parts. Originally conceived by Kawasaki engineers, it uses the engine as a fixed member so that chassis rigidity is formed not only by the frame, but the combination of the frame and engine together. Joining the engine and front and rear suspension units, the hollow box-style frame envelops the engine from above. In addition to being made from lightweight materials, its main section also acts as the air cleaner box and battery box, enabling parts to be reduced for even greater weight savings. Further, because the frame does not run beneath or alongside the engine, the chassis can be made very compact. Especially on large-displacement models, the slim chassis design of the aluminium monocoque frame contributes to ease of riding. The aluminium monocoque frame was originally developed by Kawasaki in the 1980s for their World Grand Prix works racer. In an era where steel pipe frames were the norm, the aluminium monocoque frame that debuted on the KR500 took the world by surprise. First featured on a mass-production model on the 2000 Ninja ZX-12R, this original Kawasaki technology has evolved and can be found on our large-displacement flagship models.

ABS

Kawasaki ZZR1400

Sudden over-application of the brakes, or braking on low-grip surfaces (surfaces with a low coefficient of friction) such as wet asphalt or manhole covers may cause a motorcycle’s wheel(s) to lock up and slip. ABS was developed to prevent such incidents. Kawasaki ABS systems are controlled by high precision and highly reliable programming formulated based on thorough testing of numerous riding situations. By ensuring stable braking performance, they offer rider reassurance that contributes to greater riding enjoyment. And to meet the special requirements of certain riders, specialised ABS systems are also available. For example, KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System) is a high-precision brake system designed specifically for supersport models, enabling sport riding to be enjoyed by a wider range of riders. And by linking the front and rear brakes, K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) ABS provides the confidence to enjoy touring on heavyweight models. Kawasaki is continually working on the development of other advanced ABS systems.

KTRC (3-mode)

3-mode KTRC combines the traction control technology of both 1-mode KTRC, which provides enhanced stability in slippery situations by preventing wheel slip, and S-KTRC, which helps maintain optimum traction in sport riding situations by predicting the rear wheel slip ratio during acceleration, into a single system. The convenient handle switch allows the type of traction control to be changed instantly by selecting one of the three modes, even while riding. Modes 1 and 2 maintain optimum traction during cornering, like S-KTRC. Designed with sport riding in mind, they enable sharp acceleration out of corners by maximising forward drive from the rear wheel. Modes 1 and 2 differ in the amount that they intervene. Mode 1, set for dry, good-grip road conditions, maintains the ideal slip ratio to ensure optimum traction. Mode 3 operates like 1-mode KTRC, reducing power to allow grip to be regained when rear wheel spin is detected. It is ideal when riding in slippery conditions or in the wet. Enabling riders to easily change traction control character, 3-mode KTRC is Kawasaki’s most advanced engine management system.

Economical Riding Indicator

Kawasaki ZZR1400

Using high-precision electronic control for engine management, Kawasaki models can achieve a high level of fuel efficiency. However, fuel consumption is greatly affected by throttle use, gear selection, and other elements under the rider’s control. The Economical Riding Indicator is a function that indicates when current riding conditions are consuming a low amount of fuel. The system continuously monitors fuel consumption, regardless of vehicle speed, engine speed, throttle position and other riding conditions. When fuel consumption is low for a given speed (i.e. fuel efficiency is high), an "ECO" mark appears on the instrument panel’s LCD screen. By riding so that the "ECO" mark remains on, fuel consumption can be reduced. While effective vehicle speed and engine speed may vary by model, paying attention to conditions that cause the "ECO" mark to appear can help riders improve their fuel efficiency – a handy way to increase cruising range. Further, keeping fuel consumption low also helps minimise negative impact on the environment.

Dual Throttle Valves

Late-model sport bikes often use large-bore throttle bodies to generate high levels of power. However, with large diameter throttles, when a rider suddenly opens the throttle, the unrestricted torque response is anything but gentle and often more than the rider can handle. Dual throttle valve technology was designed to tame engine response while contributing to performance. On fuel-injected models, throttle bodies generally have only one throttle valve per cylinder. On models with dual throttle valves, there are two throttle valves per cylinder: in addition to the main valves, which are physically linked to the throttle grip and controlled by the rider, a second set of valves, opened and closed by the ECU, precisely regulates intake airflow to ensure a natural, linear response. With the air passing through the throttle bodies becoming smoother, combustion efficiency in improved and power is increased. Like other Kawasaki engine management technology, Dual Throttle Valves were designed with the philosophy of "following the rider’s intention, while providing natural-feeling support." They are featured on many Kawasaki models.

Specifications

Engine typeLiquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement1,441 cm³
Bore x stroke84.0 x 65.0 mm
Compression ratio12.3:1
Valve/Induction systemDOHC, 16 valves
Fuel systemFuel injection: ø44 mm x 4 (Mikuni)
IgnitionDigital
StartingElectric
LubricationForced lubrication, wet sump with oil cooler
Maximum power147.2 kW 200 PS / 10,000 rpm
Maximum torque162.5 N•m 16.6 kgf•m / 7,500 rpm
Maximum power with RAM Air154.5 kW 210 PS / 10,000 rpm
Transmission6-speed, return
Final DriveSealed chain
Primary reduction ratio1.556 (84/54)
Gear ratios: 1st2.611(47/18)
Gear ratios: 2nd1.947 (37/19)
Gear ratios: 3rd1.545 (34/22)
Gear ratios: 4th1.333 (32/24)
Gear ratios: 5th1.154 (30/26)
Gear ratios: 6th1.036 (29/28)
Final reduction ratio2.471 (42/17)
ClutchWet multi-disc, manual
Frame typeMonocoque, pressed-aluminium
Rake/Trail23°/ 93 mm
Wheel travel, front117 mm
Wheel travel, rear124 mm
Tyre, front120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear190/50ZR17M/C (73W)
Steering angle, left / right31°/ 31°
Brakes, front Type:Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs Caliper: Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston, 4-pad
Brakes, rear Type:Single 250 mm petal disc Caliper: Opposed, twin-piston
Suspension, front Type:43 mm inverted fork with top-out springs Compression damping: 18-way Rebound damping: 15-way Spring preload: Fully adjustable
Suspension, rear Type:Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock Compression damping: Stepless Rebound damping: Stepless Spring preload: Fully adjustable
Dimensions (L x W x H)2,170 mm x 770 mm x 1,170 mm
Wheelbase1,480 mm
Ground Clearance125 mm
Fuel capacity22 litres
Seat height800 mm
Curb Mass268 kg
ColorsGolden Blazed Green / Metallic Spark Black, Metallic Spark Black / Flat Ebony

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