2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R Comparisons – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my ZX-14R comparison is with the 2nd generation Suzuki Hayabusa. 

The 2nd generation Hayabusa has not received an engine update since introduction and is now about 100cc short on the 2012 model ZX-14R. In motorcycle terms the 100cc is massive difference. Hence the updated ZX-14R 1441cc engine should easily be more powerful than the Hayabusa. The larger capacity engine also brings up more power but vibration, lower fuel efficiency, weight, handling issues and so forth but when you want potentially the fastest motorcycle these are just excuses. If Kawaskai gets the combination right the ZX-14R will be one of the best models in the class.

You’re now thinking that the ZX-14R has now got to be the fastest production motorcycle in the world – right? However you would be wrong. As far as I’m concerned the initial 1999-2001 1st generation Suzuki Hayabusa is officially the last and fastest production motorcycle in the world at over 300kph. In terms of the ZX-14R claiming to being the ‘fastest accelerating production’ motorcycle in the world, could possibly be true again dependent on what gear you are using presumably. Regardless it a very very fast motorcycle no matter what gear you’re in!

After the (self regulated) speed limiters on production motorcycles by all the manufacturers no-one can officially break the Hayabusa’s fastest speed. That said any of major manufacturers have the technology to do that these days – a combination of lots of factors not just engine power. Mind you a new speed war would be best thing to rejuvenate this class of motorcycle. However at the same time I don’t want ‘Nanny governments’ to imposing new laws to kerb fun.

So here is the comparison between the Hayabusa and the ZX14R key specifications. The commentary and conclusion will be posted in part 3 next week.

  2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R 2012 Suzuki Hayabusa
     

Engine :
Displacement :
Starter :
Fuelling :
Frame :
Overall length :
Overall width :
Overall height :
Wheel base :
Ground clearance :
Seat height :
Kerb weight : 
Fuel tank :
Gearbox : 
Exhaust : 
Power (Claimed) : 
Torque (Claimed) : 

IL4 Cyl DOHC 16V
1441 cc
Electric
Electronic Fuel Injection
Aluminium Alloy (Monocoque)
2170 mm
770 mm
1170 mm
1480 mm
130 mm
800 mm
268 kg
22 litres 
6 speed 
4 into 2 – 2
147Kw @ 10,000rpm (154Kw with Ram Air)
162Nm @ 7500rpm  

IL4 Cyl DOHC 16V
1340 cc
Electric
Electronic Fuel Injection
Aluminium Alloy
2190 mm
735 mm
1165 mm
1480 mm
120 mm
805 mm
260 kg
22 litres
6 speed 
4 into 2 – 1 – 2
146Kw @ 9800rpm (147Kw with Ram Air)
152Nm @ 10200rpm

Features : 

2 power modes – 100% or 75%
S-KTRC and KTRC – traction control
ABS model available 

3 modes
S-DMS 146 – 120 – 100
 

Approx Pricing (AUD) 

 2011 – $19,990  2012 – $18,990

*Specifications always subject to change. You should check your country or region’s official website for the most up to date pricing, specifications and information.

2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R Comparisons – Part 1

If you have not already checkout the updated ZX-14 model history on this new section of the website you may not have noticed the  updated images of the 2012 model.  Since there is not much action in the high capacity end of the motorcycle market over the last few years it caught me off guard when I read the press release a few months ago. The ‘re-design’ is more a refinement and even would take a current Kawasaki owner a few moments to realise they were looking at a new model. The the biggest is to the engine .

Since the self imposed industry ban on marketing the top speed of motorcycles back in about 2001 this class of motorcycle has never been the same. Furthermore since the introduction of the Suzuki Hayabusa in 1999 Kawasaki has always been on the defensive in terms of a rival. However it has only been the release of the Kawasaki ZX-14 in 2006 that the Hayabusa had a genuine competitor. In fact I almost bought one! It did not happen for me because it just didn’t have that extra rough edge or instant power a 1300cc engine should have like the Hayabusa has – ultimately. However, finally the company has added an R to the ZX-14 and further refinements to at least in technical specifications to out do the Hayabusa. 

The key additions to the 2012 ZX-14R is larger capacity engine, EFI modes, traction control and ABS models. The promotional material boasts the ‘strongest’ and ‘fastest’ accelerating production motorcycle on the planet. With these sort of specifications it could be possibly true. 

So welcome to the first review/comparison of the first Kawasaki ZX-14R vs the Suzuki Hayabusa. However the first task is to compare the old ZX-14 with the new ZX-14R. Afterall this is a first part of the series comparing the two eternal competitors and its predecessors and you need some prospective. 

  2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R 2011 Kawasaki ZX-14
     

Engine :
Displacement :
Starter :
Fuelling :
Frame :
Overall length :
Overall width :
Overall height :
Wheel base :
Ground clearance :
Seat height :
Kerb weight : 
Fuel tank :
Gearbox : 
Exhaust : 
Power (Claimed) : 
Torque (Claimed) : 

IL4 Cyl DOHC 16V
1441 cc
Electric
Electronic Fuel Injection
Aluminium Alloy (Monocoque)
2170 mm
770 mm
1170 mm
1480 mm
130 mm
800 mm
268 kg
22 litres 
6 speed 
4 into 2 – 2
147Kw @ 10,000rpm (154Kw with Ram Air)
162Nm @ 7500rpm  

IL4 Cyl DOHC 16V
1352 cc
Electric
Electronic Fuel Injection
Aluminium Alloy (Monocoque)
2160 mm
720 mm
1170 mm
1490 mm
120 mm
800 mm
215 kg
22 litres
6 speed 
4 into 2 – 1 – 2
140Kw @ 9500rpm (147Kw with Ram Air)
154Nm @ 7500rpm

Features : 

2 power modes – 100% or 75%
S-KTRC and KTRC – traction control
ABS model available 

 

Approx Pricing (AUD) 

 2011 – $19,990  2012 – $19,990

*Specifications always subject to change. You should check your country or region’s official website for the most up to date pricing, specifications and information.