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As a life long big Ninja fanatic, I bought an '00 ZX-12R inspite of early warnings about it. It was a phenomenal motorcycle, but a flawed one. It was an unfinished product, obviously rushed to market without thorough development.



I hope the ZX-14R isn't like that.



But my greater disappointment with the 12 was the realization in the light of the GSXR1000 and others, inluding the ZX-10R, that this bike didn't need to be this heavy. Bikes of this category are an excuse for the manufacturers to be lazy about weight control. I am large and tall and appreciated the 12's spacious ergos, and accept that the power and space had to make it a bigger bike than the 1000s, but it weighs 540lbs wet. thats just sheer laziness on the part of engineers. Now it looks like the ZX-14R is also going to be a fat pig.



It would serve Kawasaki right if suzuki came in with a rival that under cut the 14 by 75lbs. I am not looking for a 1000cc class type featherweight. I do want real world comfortable ergos and wind protection. But I am not convinced that these bikes need to be this heavy and this big to give me that.



I will get excited about the ZX-14R if its significantly lighter than the 12, doesn't take as much muscle to get it to change direction, is lots more flickable, isn't top heavy, has spot on throttle behavior, and has a perfectly refined and smooth engine with no harshness and nasty vibes.



nearing 20 years as a kawasaki fan, I have now lost the need to forive kawasaki its sins. Do it right if you want my respect. The ZX-14R looks huge and heavy, so I am not holding my breath.
 

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PS. look at its swingarm. it looks primitive compared to the arm on the 6 and 10. I don't know what it means in technical terms, but it does look like the ZX-14R is making do with "good enough" because they haven't bothered to make it a respectable trackbike. what about those mufflers?



The ZX-14R is depressing me because it looks like Kawasaki is sticking by the rules of the uberclass:



high horsepower, heavy, far from cutting edge chassis because these things are "for straight line bragging rights anyway".



THe low handlebars and windscreen look like its not going to be particularly brilliant in terms of comfort either.



so lets face it. its a bike for the drag strip and for people who want to know or be seen to be riding a top dog.



but its not really a top dog beyond its engine.
 
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