Guys, I just got back for a 4 day, 1350 mile ride with some fellow big bore sport bike riders. Bikes included a blue ZX-14, 06 Hyabusa, many ZZR1200 riders (including me), a CBR1100XX, an 06 CBR1000RR and ZX10R, 06 BMW K1200S, and an Aprilia Mille. Almost sounds like one of your reviews. We certainly enjoyed the power and handling of these bikes through the West Virginia country side during our 4 day ride.
I got a chance to ride the ZX14 and can personally vouch for your thoughts and opinions in the test. The bike is super smooth, nimble, and is as comfortable as my ZZR1200. However, as great as the bike is I just cannot pull the trigger to buy one primarily because my ZZR1200 does everything (including some lofty top speeds) that the ZX14 does in normal riding with a more palatable insurance premium.
Believe me, I want a good reason to buy a new ZX14 But, I just do not see a tremendous advantage over my 04 ZZR1200 to justify the purchase. Help me will you? I really want a great reason to pull the trigger other than being able to lay claim to the most powerful production motorcycle in the world. I've even found a dealer who will sell it to me for $10,200.00 or #1,300.00 under list!
Great article though.