After more than half a decade, it seemed that there was little Kawasaki could do to improve its niche-defining sportbike. They proved otherwise with the introduction of the second-generation, ZX-14, dubbed the ZX-14r to emphasise the performance-slanted design of the bike (not that the ZX has ever been a slouch in that department.)
Big, beefy, and loaded with power, the 2013 Kawasaki ZX-14R is one of the true kings of the street.
Features & Technical Specifications
Engine Type: Four-stroke, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four
Engine Displacement: 1441cc
Bore x Stroke: 84.0 mm x 65.0 mm
Compression Ratio: 12.3:1
Fuel System: DFI with four 44 mm Mikuni throttle bodies
Ignition: TCBI with Digital Advance
Starting System: Electric
Final Drive: X-Ring Chain
Rake Trail: 23.0° / 3.7 in.
Seat Height: 31.5 in.
Wheelbase: 58.3 in.
Front Suspension: 43 mm inverted cartridge fork with adjustable preload, 18-way compression
Rear Suspension: Bottom-link Uni-Trak® and gas-charged shock with adjustable preload
Front Brake: Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs with dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers
Rear Brake: Single 250 mm petal disc with twin-piston caliper and optional ABS
Front Tire: 120/70ZR-17
Rear Tire: 190/50ZR-17
Fuel Capacity: 5.8 gal.
Dry Weight: 584.3 lbs. (Wet)
MSRP (new, 2013): $14,999
Based on analysis and information from private sources and dealers across the internet, the average retail price of a 2013 Kawasaki ZX-14R is
For a video analysis and test run of the 2013 Kawasaki ZX-14R, check out this installment of PowerDrift: