Continuous refinement has kept the a step ahead of the competition. Not only is the newly "R" designated Ninja ZX-14R Special-Edition 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.
Big power delivered smoothly has always been a big Ninja hallmark, so the changes for 2012 begin in the new ZX-14R’s engine bay. First off, there’s more displacement via a 4mm stroke increase; to 65mm (up from 61mm), with displacement now registering 1441cc (up from 1352cc). Combustion chamber shapes are newly optimized for 2012, and they’re surface milled now, not cast. Intake ports are reshaped and polished for maximum flow while working in concert with longer and more durable intake valves. Yep, the new Ninja ZX-14R Special-Edition really does come “ported” right from the factory.
2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Special-Edition Specifications
MSRP Price: $14,899.00 USD
Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valve 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
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.
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
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 Golden Blazed Green with special graphics (SE)
Warranty 12 months
Good Times™ Protection Plan 12, 24, 36 or 48 months