Model Information ZX1400FDF

Model Information ZX1400FDF
2013 Model Information
Directly descended from the original Ninja, Kawasaki's newest flagship is the ultimate blend of Extreme
Excitement and Everyday Versatility. Not only is it the world’s fastest accelerating production motorcycle, but
superb handling and balanced performance (care of advanced technology and numerous comfort features)
ensure riders are equally at home carving up twisty roads in the hills, heading across country to meet friends
for lunch or deftly weaving through city traffic, as they are hurtling down the dragstrip.
The Ninja ZX-14R proudly stands at the head of Kawasaki's Ninja line-up, but its almighty performance
makes it the King of All Sport Bikes.
Designed to settle the issue of supremacy in the flagship class once and for all, the Ninja ZX-14R's engine
boasts an increased displacement and thorough engine tuning to deliver heady levels of power and
unrivalled acceleration. The step up in performance over its predecessor is readily apparent, with more
available torque across the rev range and substantially higher upper-end power. And with the notably
stronger acceleration, twisting the throttle past 4,000 rom may result in a sensation not entirely unlike that
experienced by astronauts breaking free from the Earth’s gravitational pull.
Dominant Performance
J 4 mm longer stroke increases displacement of the powerful In-Line Four engine to 1,441cc. Bore and
Stroke are now 84 x 65 mm.
J Compared to its predecessor, the engine offers more torque at all rpm, and substantially more power in
the mid-high rpm range.
Acceleration from 4,000 rpm and up is notably stronger. (lllustration A)
Engine Performance Comparison
— Ninja ZX-14R (ZZR 1400)
— Ninja ZX-14 (ZZR1400)
Engine Speed
X» Torque is strong enough to pull away from lights in almost any gear: at 2,000 rpm there is 9.5 kgf.m of
torque available! And this figure jumps significantly from 3,000 rpm.
% Cylinder head features precision-crafted combustion chambers. Previously cast along with the head, the
milled combustion chambers increase compression ratio to 12.3:1 (previously 12.0:1). The higher
combustion ratio contributes to the overall increase in performance.
% Both intake and exhaust ports have revised shapes for increased performance. Additionally, the intake
ports are now polished, contributing to smoother intake airflow. Exhaust ports have a greater diameter,
facilitating the expulsion of spent fuel-air mixture.
J 233.4 mm intake valves feature longer (+0.4 mm) stems. An induction hardening treatment on the valve
faces and a new valve seat material contribute to increased performance as well as high reliability.
228.3 mm exhaust valves are heat treated for high strength and high-rpm reliability.
X» Revised cam profiles and increased lift for both intake and exhaust contribute to the increased
performance. IN: 9.1 mm >> 9.3 mm EX: 8.5 mm >> 9.3 mm
X»c Stronger cam chain matches the increased performance as well as the taller cylinder height. New cam
sprockets and chain guides match the engine changes.
% New hydraulic cam chain tensioner features a mechanical ratchet system that ensures pressure on the
cam chain is maintained when the engine is cold (and hydraulic pressure is low), reducing mechanical
J Forged pistons have thinner crowns that match the new combustion chambers and a revised skirt design
that alleviates stress. Matched to the higher piston velocities, the new pistons are stronger and lighter (by
approximately 6 g each), reducing reciprocating weight and contributing to increased performance.
Ram Air / Airflow / Dual injection
J Bypass holes between cylinders 1-2 and 3-4 idealised to
minimise pumping loss. The reduction in power-robbing
pumping loss was a big contributor to the new engine's
increased performance. (Illustration B)
J Air cleaner element is larger, thicker and (along with filter
material with a revised folding pattern and pitch) offers a greater
effective filter surface. The effective surface is approximately 10%
greater and offers a decrease in flow resistance of about 60%. The
result is increased filtering performance and reduced filling
resistance — which both contribute to increased performance.
J 44 mm diameter throttle bodies are complemented by a new
throttle body assembly that features a remote ISC valve. In addition to the benefit of not having to make idle
speed adjustments, ISC helps reduce emissions during deceleration (when the throttle is rolled off). Lower
emissions make it possible to use smaller catalysers, thereby contributing to increased performance.
% Connecting rods are 3 mm longer (112.5 mm >> 115.5 mm) to match the new stroke. To match the
increased performance, the small ends are beefier (outer diameter is 1 mm larger). To account for the
increased play that comes with the longer stroke, the big end bolts are made from stronger material
(approximately 30% greater tensile strength) and fastened with greater torque — a tuner’s trick that
contributes to increased performance.
J Crankshaft is also stronger to suit the greater performance. Main
journal diameter is now 840 mm (previously 938 mm).
J A new external-feed piston jet system ensures that a constant jet
of cooling oil is sprayed on the underside of the pistons. External
feed sources oil from the oil pump and delivers it to jets positioned
on the exhaust side of each cylinder. The revised jet nozzle shape
and position enhances the cooling effect, contributing to increased
performance. (Illustration C)
X» Larger header pipes (238.1 mm straight >> 938.1- 842.7 mm
tapered) and a reshaped collector also add to the increased
Silky Smooth Engine
J One of the inherent benefits of an In-Line Four engine configuration is its perfect primary balance.
X» Complementing the perfect primary balance, dual secondary balancers further reduce unwanted engine
vibration, ensuring a supremely smooth engine.
Stronger, Shorter-geared Transmission
# While the increased engine performance already delivers significantly increased torque, shorter gearing
care of a larger rear sprocket (41T >> 42T) further accentuates the stronger acceleration.
# Heat and surface treatment for all the gears ensures the durability to cope with the incredible loads from
the powerful engine as well as greater wear resistance for the parts of the gear that come in contact
with the shift forks.
X» Stronger 530-size chain features larger pins and inner plates to match the engine's greater power and
Series-first Back-torque Limiter
J Easily adjustable back-torque limiting clutch (slipper clutch) facilitates smooth downshifts and helps
prevent rear wheel hop, which becomes more likely with the increased back-torque.
J In addition to assisting with control, the back-torque limiter also helps protect the drivetrain.
Increased Fuel Efficiency
Despite the increased displacement, more advanced ECU programming gives the Ninja ZX-14R better fuel
efficiency than its predecessor. Careful adjustment of fuel volume and ignition timing when speed is
constant improves fuel consumption by approximately 8% — an achievement realised without compromise
to driveability.
With the Ninja flagship, Kawasaki engineers wanted to keep the same general handling character (light &
neutral) and relaxed, sport riding position of the ZX-14, but to give it a sportier edge. A new frame with
completely revised chassis rigidity, sportier suspension with improved absorption performance and firmer
bottoming resistance, and lighter wheels with new tyres enabled them to achieve their goal. The
Ninja ZX-14R sheds its weight as soon as it gets underway, it is easier to become one with the bike, neutral
handling is complemented by increased feedback from the chassis (which facilitates sport riding), and the
suspension's increased road holding helps realise sportier handling while ensuring rock steady high-speed
Aluminium Monocoque Frame
While basic geometry is inherited from the ZX-14, rigidity of the
aluminium monocoque frame was completely revised to suit the
new engine's greater output. Deceptively, the frame looks
unchanged, but more than half of its components are new.
(Illustration D)
@ increased rigidity
* Steering head rigidity was increased. This area in particular wr Um kg
contributes to the improved handling.
J The back-plate for the battery (mounted inside the
monocoque frame) is formed from aluminium (previously
plastic), contributing to increased rigidity.
X» Revised construction method for the swingarm pivot sections also adds to the increased rigidity.
J The engine is rigid-mounted, further contributing to the monocoque frame’s inherent torsional rigidity.
Using the engine as a stressed member allows the frame to be made lighter.
J Using multiple construction methods — the steering head is a massive gravity casting (contributing to the
high rigidity), the main monocoque section is a pressing, and the swingarm pivot sections are high-vacuum
die cast pieces — allows the frame to be made very stiff where stiffness is needed and more flexible where
flexibility is needed. Being able to control the wall thickness of the various components makes it possible
to attain a light frame with an idealised stiffness balance.
Stronger, Longer Swingarm
J Gusseting on the swingarm increases rigidity to match the greater output.
J Swingarm is 10 mm longer to suit the new final gear ratio. (This also contributes to the slightly longer
Sportier Suspension
J Stiffer springs for both the front fork and rear suspension deliver a firmer, sportier feel. Along with the new
springs, damping settings were also revised to suit the significantly greater output.
J With the new settings, the majority of the suspension action takes place higher in the stroke (compared to
on the ZX-14, where action took place closer to the bottom of the stroke with the suspension almost fully
compressed). The result is that absorption and road holding performance are both improved, helping to
achieve a sportier character as well as high-speed stability.
J Rubber dampers added to the front fork contribute to firmer bottoming resistance.
Lightweight Wheels
J All-new wheels offer significant weight savings over those of the predecessor.
% The front wheel is 360 g lighter and the rear wheel saves 1030 g, for a total reduction of 1.39 kg.
J The reduced rotational inertia and lower unsprung weight increase the bike's flickability, contributing to
the sportier handling.
X» Elegant 10-spoke design features machined spoke edges, giving the wheels a lightweight, high-quality
appearance. On the special graphics edition models, the wheels have two-tone colouring, further adding to
their quality appearance.
High-performance Tyres
J High-speed radial tyres are rated to 300 km/h, ensuring superb stability in the ultra-high speed range.
Triple Petal Disc Brakes
% 310 mm diameter petal brake discs, radial-mount front calipers and a radial-pump brake master cylinder
offer impressive braking performance and superb feel.
Y Aluminium front disc inner rotors (2200 mm) reduce unsprung weight while ensuring ideal rigidity.
J A 2250 mm petal disc with twin-piston caliper slows the rear.
J Silver painted brake calipers add to the quality appearance of the special graphics edition Ninja ZX-14R.
(On standard models the calipers are black.)
Improved ABS Performance
J Revised ECU programming based on test rider and customer feedback results in improved ABS braking
performance on bumpy road conditions (e.g. uneven surfaces encountered when riding in the hills,
cobblestone streets in some towns, etc).
ЖЖ Sculpted by air flow, the Ninja ZX-14R'’s bodywork offers high aerodynamic performance that reduces
drag, and contributes to stability and wind protection at highway speeds.
The Ninja ZX-14R offers a very relaxed sport riding position. Compact without being cramped, the bars are
positioned so that riders do not have to stretch to reach them.
Y The narrow engine, monocoque frame and waisted fuel tank make it easy to keep knees close together
when riding.
J The new gunfighter-style seat contributes to both design impact and ergonomics. Its sculpted shape
provides hip support during strong acceleration. Slimmer at the front, it also facilitates the reach to the
ground when stopped at lights.
J A depression in the fuel tank cover facilitates tucking in behind the screen.
ЖЖ Sculpted indents in the side of the tank cover ensure there is plenty of room for the rider's hands when
manoeuvring at low speeds. Steering angle is an ample 31 degrees in each direction.
Heat Management
% Radiator is equipped with two cooling fans (previously one: 185 mm). The
second fan (9130 mm) provides increased cooling performance.
% The more pronounced fin design of side fairings is more than just ornamental.
The fairing outlets facilitate heat dissipation, allowing hot engine air to escape more
quickly. Heat to the arms and legs of the rider is significantly reduced, increasing
rider comfort.
J A heat guard added to the exhaust joint pipe protects the rider’s calf from heat
when stopped.
J Heel guards rearward of the passenger footpegs offer heat protection for the
passenger as well as scuff protection for the silencers.
While the Ninja ZX-14R's mighty engine performance was intended to be experienced unfiltered, riders may
elect to take advantage of the some of the advanced electronic riding aids provided to suit riding conditions
or preference.
3-Mode KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control)The KTRC system offered on the Ninja ZX-14R
combines the best elements of Kawasaki's two traction control systems, S-KTRC and KTRC. Three modes
cover a range of riding conditions, offering either enhanced sport riding performance or the peace of mind
to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence.
3-Mode KTRC
Maximum Riding
Acceleration Stability
Mode ПА
Non-slippery Road Surface
% Riders can choose from three modes. Modes 1 and 2 prioritise maximum forward acceleration (like the
S-KTRC system on the 2011 Ninja ZX-10R). Mode 3 is similar to the KTRC system offered on the
2010 1400GTR ABS (Concours 14 ABS), providing rider reassurance by facilitating smooth riding on
slippery surfaces. Riders may also elect to turn the system off.
J Compared to the three modes offered by the Ninja ZX-10R's S-KTRC (which was designed to allow
riders to enjoy experimenting with various combinations of settings as they tune their bike for particular
corners on the circuit), the effects of Modes 1, 2 and 3 are much easier to distinguish and cover a much
wider range of riding conditions.
% In Modes 1 and 2, highly sophisticated programming allows a degree of slip — a certain amount of slip is
required to maximise acceleration. The ideal slip ratio varies according to conditions. The system looks at a
number of parameters to get an accurate real-time picture of what is going on: front and rear wheel speed
(slippage) and various engine, machine and rider input parameters are monitored.
J Using complex analysis, the system is able to predict when traction conditions are about to become
unfavourable. By acting before slippage exceeds the range for optimal traction, drops in power can be
minimised, resulting in ultra-smooth operation.
X» Conditions are confirmed every 5 milliseconds, and control via ignition timing allows extremely quick
In Mode 3 (the most intrusive) the same logic and control as in Modes 1 Power Mode Selection and 2 is
employed during normal operation. However, when excessive rear wheel spin is detected, Mode 3 switches
to three-way control — governing ignition timing, fuel delivery and airflow (via the sub-throttles) — and engine
output is reduced to a level that allows the rear wheel to regain grip. It is the control of the sub-throttles that
enables smooth operation. This fine control results in a very natural feeling: engagement is smooth, on/off
transition is smooth, and stability is maintained during extended operation. (While the KTRC offered on the
1400GTR purposely delayed intervention to let riders know the rear wheel was spinning, intervention in
Mode 3 is essentially delay-free.)
In Mode 3, KTRC effectively enables riders to negotiate both short slippery patches (such as train tracks
or manhole covers) and extended stretches of bad road (e.g. wet pavement, cobblestone, gravel, etc)
without worry. Wheel spin is also limited when starting on a slippery surface.
The system is also able to distinguish between torque wheelies, which are smooth, and sudden wheelies,
which can be dangerous. In Modes 1 and 2, torque wheelies are allowed as long as acceptable acceleration
is maintained. Sudden wheelies trigger system intervention. In Mode 3, all wheelies are prevented.
The system uses minimal hardware but complex software. Apart from the engine ECU, the system relies
on only front and rear wheel speed sensors — which means minimal additional weight (none, in the case of
ABS models, which already have wheel speed sensors).
By default, KTRC is always ON when the engine is started. (The mode will be the same as when the
engine was turned off, or in Mode 1 if the system had been turned off.) Riders must consciously turn the
system off (using the on/off button on the left grip).
Power Mode Selection
A choice of Full Power or Low Power modes allows riders to set power delivery to suit preference and
conditions. Low Power mode limits output to approximately 75% of Full Power and uses a milder throttle
response. (Reduction of both power and throttle response varies according to engine speed (rpm), throttle
position and gear position.) (Illustration E)
Power Mode Comparison
* 75% of Full power
« Milder throttle response
— Full Power Mode
Low Fower Mode
Engine Speed
Combining the various KTRC and Power Mode options, riders have eight combinations from which to
choose. For example, an experienced rider on dry pavement might choose Full Power and KTRC Mode 1
for sport riding. On a wet and/or slippery road surface, Low Power and KTRC Mode 3 might be selected.
Each system can be set independently to best suit rider skill/preference, riding location and road conditions.
Like its predecessor, the Ninja ZX-14R exudes an aura of power and assurance found only in the world’s
most powerful machines. Its essential character is maintained, making its lineage clear for all to see, but
where the design of its predecessor favoured curved lines and rounded surfaces, the new design combines
curves with sharp edges that create dynamic surfaces. Unlike the recent trend in supersport and
super-naked design towards mass-forward designs with minimalist tails, a voluminous tail design and more
balanced approach to front-rear impact ensure that Kawasaki's latest Ninja flagship cuts an imposing figure
from any angle. And befitting a flagship model, extra care with fit & finish and attention to detail result in a
machine that is equally impressive when viewed from a more intimate proximity.
Sculpted Styling
J More aggressive design for the characteristic quadruple projector beam headlights contributes to the
increased impact of the front cowling.
Central Ram Air duct, a key design element of all Ninja supersport bikes, reinforces the bike's Kawasaki
J From the side, the front and rear of the bike are visually balanced, giving the Ninja ZX-14R a very solid-
looking appearance.
X» Because the monocoque frame goes over the engine and does not protrude through the fairing, an
uninterrupted fairing design is possible.
J Thematic quadruple fins of the side fairings are maintained, although their design is more 3-dimensional,
contributing to a more dynamic image of the side of the bike.
X» More aggressive, larger-volume tail maintains the LED taillight and integrated rear turn signals of the
ЖЖ The more substantial tail volume creates a more integrated rear view: the tail cowl, rear tyre and twin
silencers have good visual and spatial balance.
J Larger-volume silencers contribute to the dramatic impact of the rear. Their pentagonal design enables
the requisite silencer volume while ensuring that the bike's deep bank angle could be maintained.
J Single seat cover (standard on U.S/CAN models only) integrates perfectly with the design of the tail and
contributes to imposing rear view. (The single seat cover can be used on European and Southeast Asian
models, but removing the passenger tail grip and luggage hooks is required.)
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Multi-function Instrumentation
J Nestled in the canopy is an instrument cluster
with dual analogue-style speedometer and
tachometer. Black faces with white font make them
easy to read at a glance.
Y& Multi-function digital display now includes
external air temperature and a more precise
remaining range function. (In addition to a more
precise fuel gauge, the ECU also keeps track of
injected fuel volume when calculating remaining
range readings.)
J Other features on the multi-function display
include a fuel gauge, gear position indicator,
odometer, clock and dual trip meters. Numerous
modes including current and average fuel
consumption, remaining range, battery voltage and
the newly added external air temperature are all
controlled using a multi-function button located at
the left handle.
J KTRC (3 modes + OFF), Power Mode (2 modes) and initial instrument settings (language, clock set, etc)
are also controlled using the multi-function button.
X» The Economical Riding Indicator appears on the LCD screen to indicate favourable fuel consumption.
Paying attention to conditions that result in the mark appearing can assist riders to maximise their fuel
efficiency. This handy feature is active all the time, although to be effective, the rider must ride in a gentle
manner: less than 6,000 rpm, less than 30% throttle, under 160 km/h.
Fit & Finish, Attention to Details
% As much as possible, cowling fasteners are placed out of sight. Bodywork is connected using hidden
hooks, or with fasteners located on the inside surface.
With the bodywork's excellent fit, this results in a clean, uninterrupted surface.
J Pressed stainless-steel rings around the instrument dials add a high-class touch, as does the Flying K
emblem at the centre of the console.
J The meter casing and the cockpit inner panels (to the left and right of the instruments) have the same
surface pattern, creating an integrated look.
J The inner panels have a flat design, facilitating customisation of the cockpit area by adding switches,
lights or after-market accessories.
J Sculpted design of the upper triple clamp complements the
high-quality image of the cockpit area. On the special graphics
edition, the upper triple clamp features contrasting sections:
painted finish vs. hairline finish with a clear coat.
J Specially designed, drilled billet steering stem nut adds
another quality touch. The miniature work of art, representative of
this model's high attention to the smallest detail, serves as a
visual reminder of the Ninja ZX-14R’s regal status.
Machined finish on the fuel tank cap contributes to the high-
quality image.
Y High-quality sculpted rubber tank pad protector, provided
standard, protects the finish of the lustrous paint on the fuel tank.
Increased Carrying Convenience
J European and Southeast Asian models feature retractable luggage hooks that tuck in neatly at the rear of
the front seat. These are complemented by two hooks on the passenger tail grip. Idealised hook placement
(not too close together) enables large-sized items to be securely attached to the rear seat.
X» The retractable hooks and grab bar can be mounted on U.S. models, but require tail cowl modification.
Bore and Stroke
Compression ratio
Valve system
Fuel system
Final drive
Wheel travel: front
Tyre: front
Caster (rake)
Front: Type
Spring preload
Compression Damping
Rebound Damping
Front: Type
Rear: Type
Overall length
Overall width
Overall height
Ground clearance
Seat height
Curb Mass*
Fuel capacity
Maximum power
Maximum power with Ram Air
Maximum torque
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
1,441 cc
84.0 x 65.0 mm
DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel injection: 244 mm x 4 (Mikuni)
Forced lubrication, wet sump with oil cooler
6-speed, return
Wet multi-disc, manual
Sealed chain
Monocoque, aluminium
117 mm
124 mm
120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
190/50ZR17M/C (75W)
23 degrees
93 mm
43 mm inverted fork with top-out springs
Fully adjustable
Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs, aluminium carrier with ABS
Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-(aluminium) piston
Single 250 mm petal disc with ABS
Single-bore twin piston
2,170 mm
770 mm
1,170 mm
1,480 mM
125 mm
800 mm
268 kg
22 litres
147.2 kW {200 PS} / 10,000 rpm
154.5 kW {210 PS} / 10,000 rpm
162.5 N.m {16.6 kgf.m} / 7,500 rpm
*Curb mass includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90 percent
capacity) and tool kit
The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions.
We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine
supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice.
Equipment illustrated, colours and specifications may vary to meet individual markets.
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