Friday, 11 May 2012 13:26

Ninja ZX-14R Wins Motorcycle-USA.com Hyperbike Shootout

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The world's most powerful production motorcycle, the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R has won the motorcycle-usa.com Hyperbike Shootout.

Here's some of the quotes from the test.

- …. the Ninja’s powerplant feels like a jet engine---emitting a whooshing noise as it cranks out a smooth stream of power that is so well metered that even a novice rider wouldn’t feel overwhelmed.

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- Probably the biggest testament to the Ninja is how in a matter of a few seconds you can be traveling at triple digits speeds but the bike is so silky smooth that you’d think you’re only moving at 40 mph.

- In terms of peak torque the Kawasaki aces both the BMW and the Suzuki. It also generates the most horsepower, belting out just a fraction over 186 horsepower at 10,300 rpm. Not only is it 7.58 hp more than the Suzuki and 10.26 more than the Beemer but this gives the ZX-14R title to being the most powerful production sportbike we’ve ever tested.

- On the street the Ninja delivers a superb ride quality. It floats across road imperfections and the engine delivers minimal vibration through the footpegs and handlebar.

- Don’t let the Ninja’s impeccable street manners fool you though because in the corners this bike has some serious potential.

- Dip the Ninja into a turn and you’ll be surprised just how agile and responsive it feels. Ground clearance is good too.

- Perhaps the most impressive feature of the Kawasaki is not how fast it is nor it’s high-level of comfort, but how crazy easy it is to command. Though it was designed for those seeking the utmost in thrills and straight-line performance we can’t help but think of the words ‘effortless’ and ‘friendly’ when describing what it’s like to ride it. Get out of the way Suzuki and BMW: from the street to the racetrack and everywhere in between the Ninja is the definitive Hypersport bike of ’12 and the clear winner in this year’s shootout.


Visit www.motorcycle-usa.com to view the entire test.

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Rudi Baker

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