ZX14 Ninja 2009 Review

Everybody who’s more or less involved with sportmotorcycles is familiar with the term: “Supermotorcycle” “Hypermotorcycle” is a term derived from it, in the attempt of trying to showcase the fact that this motorcycle is more than a regular supermotorcycle. It’s better, it’s bigger, it’s faster and it’s stronger. It’s hyper. All of this just makes you wonder what they’ll call the next big thing in sportmotorcycles, something better and faster than the ZX14, doesn’t it? Despite being described as a purely marketing-oriented, non-existant expression, the term does a pretty good job giving someone a correct image of the sportmotorcycle as far as its performances go, and then again, come to think about it, maybe an entirely new term IS needed to describe such a jewel on two wheels. “Busa killer” is more of a streetwise equivalent of “hypermotorcycle” This guy eats Busas ( as in Suzuki’s Hayabusa) for breakfast, doesn’t it. Well, I just have to see what a motorcycle dubbed the ”Busa Killer” has really got to it.

The engine of the motor was developed from the Kawasaki ZX12R’s but it does incorporate some elements entirely new for a Kawasaki. The first thing that surprises about the motorcycle is how quiet it is at high rpms. Well, if it is a killer, it’s sure a quiet one, only sportmotorcycles do not kill each other by being quiet. There’s just got to be something here the “ Busa Killer” is hiding. Of course: the oil pressure Cam Chain Tensioner. This ninja zx14 forces oil pressure onto the cam tensioner, thus reducing slack and implicitly motor noise.

Given the fact that it’s got a Liquid cooled, in line four, 84 Bore x 61 mm stroke, 16 valve, 1355 cm3 motor to quell, I’d say the “killa” certainly has horsepowers to put where it’s producers mouths are. The motor delivers 190 HP at 9500 rpm, and I do believe any further comment on this would be beating around the bush.

Another thing about the ZX14: this ninja zx14 is one hell of a smooth operator. A smooth killer aye?

There’s a combination of constructional elements that make this motorcycle handle extremely smoothly. First of all there’s the monocoque frame that connects both on top and bottom of the motor, thus making for better torsional rigidity, then there’s the secondary motor balancer set up to reduce vibrations and the longer swing-arm, made of aluminum, and less rigid.

The way this motorcycle handles is amazing. For a sportmotorcycle that can reach 100 km/h from standstill in around 2,5 seconds a healthy set of brakes is a must, and the “flag ship”, “hypermotorcycle”, “ Busa killer” once again hits the nail right on the head. The four-piston, four-pad radial mount front calliper assures great response and braking power.

The smooth behaviour of the motorcycle is made better by the state of the art aerodynamics assisted by a number of deflectors located on the front forks, side fairings and mirrors.

The feature that I found most convincing though, is something else. This motorcycle just eats up the road. It’s great how well it covers large distances with little fuss. On my part I’d rather call it “ the tarmac eater” or something…. Well, maybe it’s not as cool as “Busa killer” but what the heck, try one and you’ll find yourself calling it all kinds of names too.

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