Kawasaki ZX14..Who haz one??

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Davo-55, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    Seems a bit high to me. I almost traded mine in in 2010 on a leftover VFR, the dealer only offered me $5,000 on it. :huh

    I think that the special edition from that year is the best looking, but for that 9K you should be able to buy a different one and still have enough leftover for farkles and gas.

    For reasons unknown to me the bikes don't hold their value. That's good news when you are buying a used one, but frustrating for those of us that bought them new. The bike used to be one that I always kept spotless and rode on nice days only, until I realized just how much the value was dropping, regardless of conditions. Now I just ride it whenever I can, and let the miles rack up. It's probably a keeper for me, it's paid off and worth far less than what I'd sell it for.
  2. cherrywaves

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    i ride a REAL bike...2012 Hayabusa! :lol3:evil pics to follow... in all seriousness... the 14 is a great ride as well though. my platoon sergeant has one and we ride all the time... to and from work and when we are off. the bikes are virtually identical in capabilities. one has 1349cc and the other 1398 or 1399cc. i have never met a person to be able to tell a difference, nor have i met another rider that rides the bike at that level to discern a difference. alas, both are great... im just a busa guy, personally.
  3. gunrunner 2

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    The Busa has 1340cc... The Kaw, up through 2011 has 1352.. The new Kaw has 1441.. & I might add, is a hole nother bike....:clap


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  4. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    I don't know about the newer models, but I have an 08 ZX and my dad has an 02 Hayabusa. The Hayabusa seems to handle a bit better, the ZX is a bit more comfortable with better brakes. They're pretty comparable though, I like both bikes. I liked the seating position better on the ninja, and I'm happy with my decision.
  5. southwade

    southwade ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    From what I've read, no first hand expirence, the new ZX14 is easier to ride and is more comfortable than the new 'busa.
  6. Tuna Helper

    Tuna Helper Rawrr!

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    Here it is, my 2008 with 1670 (really) miles on it. It is quite a change from the Buell.
    At least the seat on my Buell holds my ass, This bike wants to slide out from under me.

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  7. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    A Concours seat and bar risers make a pretty big difference. The seat is a bit hard to find, they don't come up for sale very often. I got mine on E-bay for $120 I think. You pretty much have to add the risers, the seat raises you up about an inch, and the risers put the bars back up to compensate. Before the seat I was hurting after a few hundred miles, now I'm good for as long as I want to hold on. I want a little bit taller windshield now, it gets annoying on long days.
  8. Tuna Helper

    Tuna Helper Rawrr!

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    I just Sid the risers, and bought stock exhaust so I don't have to listen to the race pipe scream. Next is a tail bag, and I'm waiting on the dealer to straighten out the title.
  9. Tar snakes

    Tar snakes Been here awhile

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    My 2010. Original pic back at post #61. Now has pipes, a luggage rack, radiator guard, hugger and bar risers fitted.

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    My buddy's brand new 2012 model - in Australia all the 2012 models have ABS standard.

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  10. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    Geez, how do you guys avoid speeding tickets???
  11. BigIron

    BigIron Tenured Prof - Leghump U.

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  12. gunrunner 2

    gunrunner 2 Adventurer

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    They can't write a ticket if they can't catch it...:D


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  13. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    Very carefully. :lol3

    I've only been pulled over once on mine, something like 57 or 59 in a 45. I had stock exhaust, wearing full gear, and soft luggage strapped on. The guy seemed surprised when he saw what I was riding and what I was doing with it, b/s'd for a bit and he let me go.
  14. DannyZRC

    DannyZRC Been here awhile

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    So, the USA gets ABS now for 2013.

    Anyone else excited? :deal
  15. Kenbike

    Kenbike Been here awhile

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    My 2006 has been set up for drag racing the last 3 years so I decided to return it to street use. Just installed fresh Power Pure tires, went back to 17/43 vs 16/45 gearing. Raised the bike back up 1.5" and reduced the wheelbase from 9" to 5" over. Installed a Zero Gravity touring screen, installed my Corbin seat, and 1"bar risers. The bike is 200 hp on motor and 250 on juice. I going on a 3 day trip next weekend and my KTM has left stranded 3 times this year with electrical issues so going back greeen for this trip.Was looking at a new ZX-14R and did a test ride and liked my 2006 better. My is 515 lbs with 1/2 tank of gas and feels much lighter than the 2012.
  16. Davo-55

    Davo-55 Long timer

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    What mods to the motor? My 06 according to dyno is 166 hp, that is with PC 3 , Ti Force slip ons, better air filter. I want 200 Hp on motor
  17. Hank.SD

    Hank.SD Jet Measurer

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    My wife snapped some pics of my '12 14.. which I'm actually trying to sell. The exhaust cans have grown on me, or maybe I just don't notice them any more. No tickets so far, but it is definitely not easy to keep the speed down.

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    OOPS! Missed a water spot! :D

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  18. Yostwerks

    Yostwerks Been here awhile

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  19. Kenbike

    Kenbike Been here awhile

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    My 2006 had the motor pulled and freshened up at 6000 miles by Old School Racing in Logansport, IN.
    Shannon Clem runs the shop with his father and has been building Kawasaki's for years. PH 317 523-4049.
    My motor has J & E 13 to 1 pistons with stock bore, race valve job and head porting and valve springs. Removed the 2 balancer shafts, reworked oil pump, low clearance oil pan. After the motor work I had Ryan Schnitz build the motor only and nitrous maps. I have a BMC air filter and a Brock's 4 into 1 system with a street meg. If you need motor work, check out OSR. They offer great work at a very good value and they are building some very fast motors!
  20. sebastianp

    sebastianp Been here awhile

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    I like the look of the stock cans.