We have been testing Kawasaki’s 2012 Ninja ZX-14R here in Southern California. This is the first of a couple of reports, and we will be brief this time. Stay tuned for part 2.
Trust us, there is a lot more to the new ZX-14R than simply big horsepower numbers, but those big (huge!) horsepower numbers deserve some focus. We had a chance to take our test unit to our friend Glenn Castro at North County Hypersports in Oceanside, CA (phone number 760-722-8863), a very experienced tuner who has surely done hundreds of dyno runs at his shop over the years. In the video below, you can see Glenn aboard the ZX-14R as it sets his shop record for rear wheel horsepower from a bone stock motorcycle. Below the video are two dyno charts, including the first one displaying a run through the gears resulting in a peak rear wheel number of 195.72 horsepower. The second chart is a fourth gear pull showing a peak of 191.33 horsepower.
We’ll be back with part 2 to tell you why there is a lot to like about the new ZX-14R beyond its incredible engine performance.