• Oct 11, 2011
Kawasaki has released a slew of images of the 2012 ZX-14R, a motorcycle that will feature new electronic enhancements, a reworked engine and slightly restyled bodywork for next year.

As reported by Asphalt & Rubber, the engine block will be stroked to 1,441cc and the cylinder head will be ported and polished for greater flow. In addition, the ZX-14R will make use of a higher compression ratio and new cam timing. No one's saying exactly how much power that will all add up to, but Kawasaki calls the bike the world's fastest-accelerating production motorcycle.

In addition to the reworked innards, the 2012 ZX-14R will also come packing traction control (sounds like a good idea...) for the first time as well as a throttle-by-wire system. The KTRC traction control system will offer the rider three different settings, all selectable from the handlebar and viewable from the gauge cluster. The bike will also features a few changes to the frame for a little more rigidity. Stay tuned for more details.


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      julaugsept0ctnov
      • 3 Years Ago
      I prefer a bike that is more agile, maneuverable, and can easily pull away from interstate traffic travelling 70+. A lot of the single-vehicle motorcycle accidents I hear about are Harleys that couldn't make a turn. I lost 2 friends who both lost control of their Harleys on curves. A motorcycle needs to be nimble with plenty of ground clearance, because sticky situations always seem to arise at the most unexpected times. If your bike can't maneuver with ease, you'll be lucky to get out alive.
      breakfastburrito
      • 3 Years Ago
      This will be bought by squids, and will do more harm to the motorcycle industry than good. Same as the Hayabusa.
        hevace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @breakfastburrito
        Squids ride Gixxers. But like the Hayabusa, a large number of these will end up with extended swingarms, huge rear tires, lots of bling, and will spend their lives cruising up and down in a menacing fashion, and will never be opened up for real on the open road.
          Maverick
          • 3 Years Ago
          @hevace
          Calm down old timer. It's like camels. Almost all squids ride GSX-R's, but not all GSX-R riders are squids. It's not the bike that makes the squid, it's the behavior.
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had a friend that could have used that traction control on his 1990 model ZX-11. Spun the wheel from a standing start and then high sided it... The 92 model I had was no slouch, a little portly around town but it would hit red line in 6th gear if you had the nerve to hang on that long. The old, slow, ZX-11 would do 175 MPH right out of the box. That was a pretty good head of steam in the day usually reserved for very pricey cars. PEACE THRU SUPERIOR FIREPOWER!
      zrivers13
      • 3 Years Ago
      That bike looks sweet. Wouldn't mind having that?
      BipDBo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't ride motorcyles, but I can imagine a few things I could do with that engine.
        dklkse1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        I'm with you. Let's see what this one does in a smart car.
          BipDBo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dklkse1
          I like the way you think. Killer sleeper. Drift city. This thing probably pushes well north of 200hp. I was thinking Factory5 818.
      Justin's Mom
      • 3 Years Ago
      Buy one of these and get 5 free speeding tickets!
      tplapper
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's the purpose of the article unless you tell what us how many seconds from 0 to 60?
      Buckingham's
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad they don't make this in a three-wheeler!
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      The faster and more powerful these modern bikes get, the more I like the older slower bikes. These newer bikes are so far away from my ability to ride them, I find myself looking more at older bikes for my new ride.
      lttlsambo4
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why is it harley riders feel the need to dress like "The Village People" ? Is it because they are trying to impress the same sex too ?
        wiccadways
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lttlsambo4
        Keep talkin', little dik, no-one who rides a Harley is as unsure of their manhood as you apparently are...
        ashespaw
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lttlsambo4
        Why did the Village People decide to dress like Harley riders would be the proper question here. We wear leather, thick leather, because it won't shed when you hit the pavement. Every rider will, at some point, have his crash. The leather protects our skin. We'll break bones but we won't bleed (unless the bone pokes through).
          lttlsambo4
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ashespaw
          what a wussy.
          NissanGTR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ashespaw
          Why do you wear incomplete leather clothing if you intend to use it for the crash?
        ROCKCRUSHER
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lttlsambo4
        Let me guess ! Its you who is trying to impress your boyfriend . Am I close? Matching pink helmets too ?
        KK
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lttlsambo4
        Why don't you go up to the next Harley rider you see and ask that question?
        tgsid
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lttlsambo4
        Hey Ittisambo4, please rise for your national anthem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkfVdrtLcRs&feature=related
      ShutoSteve
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow when did 1991 come back in style? Nice Testarossa sidestrakes.
      kjndh4a
      • 3 Years Ago
      Men that are so scared of getting hurt in a motorcycle crash that they have to ruin the experience by dressing up like they are trying to bomb-proof themselves maybe should stick to driving a large SUV completely surrounded by air bags, painted bright flourescent orange and with rubber tire bumpers hanging on all 4 sides.
        Hi Joe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kjndh4a
        Spoken like a manly rider. That's right! Nothing beats the thrill of pavement surfing in shorts & a tank top. By your measure, every professional racer who dresses in full riding gear must be a sissy. What do you care what others wear? It doesn't ruin THEIR experience.
        ROCKCRUSHER
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kjndh4a
        I take it that you have never experienced any pain other than maybe a papercut !
        Arlene
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kjndh4a
        I have been riding for over thirty years, taking every machine to the limit every time. I have never regreted any wipeout I've taken. The spirit of life as well as motorcycling is the freedom to take ourselves to the limit with the understanding that we are in control of our destinies, not a motorcycle manufacturer. What a wonderful freedom we are given when we disappear into a deep canyon road shifting into fourth.
          Hi Joe
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Arlene
          Would you regret one of those wipeouts if you had killed someone? No, the spirit of motorcycling is to do something enjoyable NOT hit the tachometer red zone in every gear. You do realize that at warp speed on those canyon roads, when that mini van with 4 kids pulls out of the side road because, when daddy looked there was nothing coming, and at that moment you come over the hill like a rocket. you're going to T-bone them and embed your bike half way into the van killing yourself and one or more of those little girls. Now you, who is in control of your own destiny, I could care less about but what about those cute, innocent, dead children. Trust me, it happens. I have had the unpleasant task of pulling the innocent victims' bodies out of the wreckage on more than one occasion.
        Shanti
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kjndh4a
        Lol, what a stupid thing to say. You know I was on the freeway the other day, and this old lady in an RX350 cut off a motorcycle in her blind spot. He was knocked off; hit the pave and slid. Traffic slowed to a crawl to see if he was okay, and another motorcycle rider stopped to check on him. He gave the thumbs up. Luckily for him, he was wearing body armor. Sucks that his experience of being skinned alive on the freeway was ruined for him, huh? It's too bad that he got to enjoy riding again the next day, instead of laying incapacitated in a hospital. What a shame. If only he was as smart as you, ey?
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