Sunday, December 14, 2008

2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 Monster Energy


$12.399 MSRP

Ultimate Ninja® Superbike Adds Ominous Looks to Its Repertoire
For riders looking to shock and awe their rivals, the sinister looking special edition Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14 Monster Energy® is the sportbike of choice. Dressed in all black, it promises a cranked-up heart rate for anyone with a pulse, thanks to the black bodywork, frame and pinstriped wheels, highlighted by an aggressive Monster Energy graphics package.

The Monster Energy ZX-14 is a testament to effective engineering. Its engine and exhaust system permit it to comply with strict Euro-III emissions and tightening noise regulations. However, the ZX-14’s low-end torque, mid-range surge and its legendary Ninja peak power place it at the top of the sportbike food chain.

Secondary air ports in the cylinder head and its cover flow clean air into the exhaust system and boost the efficiency of the three honeycomb catalyzers employed in the exhaust system. These devices combined with a wide dispersal of atomized fuel from the fine-atomizing fuel injectors and optimized flow characteristics through the intakes, allow the ZX-14’s 1352cc engine to offer strong performance, yet still meet the toughest motorcycle emissions regulations.



The ZX-14 meets noise standards, by producing a minimum of internal mechanical noise, in lieu of using a more-restrictive exhaust system. A special piston profile and a urethane insulation sheet on the inside of the magnesium chain cover help quiet the engine and permit a freer flowing exhaust for greater power.

The ZX-14’s chassis design is every bit the equal of its power plant. Using an advanced version of Kawasaki’s unique aluminum monocoque design, its frame is lightweight and very strong. Die cast aluminum sections on the main frame make for lighter parts, keeping the weight down even more on the slim and compact frame.



The narrow engine, monocoque frame, and fuel tank provide a slim rider interface and a relaxed sport riding position. It is compact without being cramped, with its easy-to-reach bar position, low-set footpegs for ample legroom and a low seat height and narrow seat front to easily plant both feet on the ground when stopped. Comfort levels are high enough to cause riders to think they’re on a dedicated sport tourer – until the ZX-14’s throttle is twisted. When that happens, all confusion disappears, like so many competitors in the rear view mirrors.

Underneath its chilling exterior are the winning traits riders have come to expect from a ZX-14 – massive torque, effortless power, agile handling and comfortable ergonomics – reflected in the 1352cc Ninja’s sizeable collection of open class sportbike victories.

The all black Monster Energy package adds to the ZX-14’s already stunning, smooth, flowing appearance from front to rear. Quadruple projector beam headlights adorn the ZX-14’s front. The turn signals are cleanly integrated into the fairing and rear cowl with a unique “V” design LED tail lamp capping off the sleek aerodynamics that reinforces Kawasaki’s aircraft heritage.
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Monster Energy Edition

• Special Monster Energy graphics
• Special black wheels with green pinstripes
• All-new special black plastic bodywork compliments the Monster Energy graphics



1352cc Four-Cylinder, DOHC Engine

• Tuned to provide smooth power across a very wide rev range, while producing impressive horsepower numbers
• Chrome composite plated aluminum cylinder bores are lightweight, durable, and quickly carry heat away from the combustion chamber and piston for supreme durability at high power outputs
• Carefully planned engine design is compact and narrow
• Low mechanical noise via special piston profile and urethane insulation sheet on the inside of the magnesium chain cover



Exhaust

• Airflow into the exhaust from the large secondary air ports in the cylinder head and head cover, plus a third honeycomb catalyzer in the collector help meet strict Euro III emissions standards
• Internal silencer construction minimizes impact of emissions regulations while maintaining impressive top-end power
• Exhaust connecting tube entrances are designed to enhance low rpm torque characteristics



Gear-Driven Dual Engine Balancer

• Already in perfect primary balance, dual secondary balancers virtually eliminate unwanted vibrations for extremely smooth engine operation and reduced rider fatigue



Ram Air Induction

• Central ram air duct draws the cooler, higher-pressure air from the face of the fairing and efficiently guides it through the air cleaner and into the engine for maximum power output



Digital Fuel Injection

• 44mm Mikuni throttle bodies are fitted with sub-throttle valves, controlled by the ECU to provide precise response, make DFI® performance smoother, and help meet Euro III emission requirements
• Intake porting optimizes flow characteristics
• Injectors deliver lateral spray at a 20 degree angle to disperse the finely-atomized fuel over a wider area
• Fine-atomizing injectors produce 75µ droplet size
• 32-bit ECU works with dual throttle valve system to further enhance throttle response and control



Digital Ignition

• Digital Timing Advance enhances low-and mid-range power
• Individual spark plug-mounted ignition coils fire each of the four sparkplugs independently to achieve the optimum timing for that cylinder at that instant
• ECU includes an idle speed control system for easier starting and warm-up



Radial Pump Clutch Master Cylinder

• Hydraulic clutch features a radial-pump clutch master cylinder for smooth and precise clutch engagement and feel



Next-Generation Monocoque Alumunium Frame

• Lightweight, monocoque frame is a hollow aluminum box that arches over the engine from the steering head to the swing arm pivot. It is narrow, strong, rigid and very light
• Frame’s cast aluminum sections, steering head and swing arm pivot areas – are produced with a die casting process for further weight savings
• Rigidly mounted engine is a stressed frame member, which increases the frame’s torsional rigidity and saves approximately four pounds
• Engine positioned forward in the frame, with the wheelbase and front/rear weight balance carefully designed to achieve high-speed stability and responsive handling
• Massive head pipe casting contributes to frame rigidity
• Frame houses the air box and air filter in a space-saving design that simplifies air cleaner maintenance
• Battery is also housed within the frame and has simple access through the back side of the frame



Suspension

• Inverted 43mm cartridge type front fork utilizes damping rates that offer stiff initial action to resist front-end dive when braking
• Stepless damping adjustment improves suspension performance
• Excellent control and feedback from fully adjustable bottom-link Uni-Trak® rear suspension
• Linkage rates provide linear suspension action
• Bottom-link design concentrates helps create a lower center of gravity, which makes the motorcycle more nimble
• Wheel rim center ribs are slightly offset so tire balance weights can be located precisely along the wheel’s centerline



Radial Mounted Petal Front Disc Brake

• Radial mounted four-piston front brake calipers offer greater rigidity than traditional caliper mounting, to improve brake feel
• A separate brake pad is used for each piston. Individual pads provide increased cooling efficiency and can absorb more heat without deforming, so they maintain a consistent brake feel longer
• Petal design brake discs provide better cooling and warp resistance
• Radial-pump front brake master cylinder improves brake performance and lever feel



Wind Tunnel-Designed Bodywork

• Monocoque frame goes over the engine so the sleek fairing is uninterrupted by protruding frame spars, adding to the extremely long and low styling
• Both the front and rear turn signals are integrated into the bodywork and have clear lenses to enhance the appearance
• Quadruple projector beam headlights give the ZX-14 a distinctive front fairing. The outer lights contain position lamps and the high beams, while the low beams are in the center lamps
• Lightweight Denso radiator with high-density cores provides maximum cooling efficiency



Full Instrumentation

• White faced dual analog speedometer and tachometer are easy to read
• Multi-function LCD digital display includes an odometer, two trip meters, fuel gauge, gear position indicator and a clock
• Programmable shift indicator lamp illuminates at pre-set rpm to signal rider upshift
• Programmable clutch engagement lamp illuminates at pre-set rpm to signal the rider to engage the clutch
• Controller Area Network (CAN) interface between the gauges uses fewer wires yet allows a greater volume of information, such as estimated fuel mileage, to be exchanged
*Note: Specifications and pricing are subject to change.





Specifications

Engine Type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valve per cylinder, inline-four

Displacement 1352 cc

Bore x Stroke 84.0 x 61.0 mm

Maximum Torque 154 N/m {15.7 kgf/m} 113.5 lb-ft @ 7,500 rpm

Compression Ratio 12.0:1

Fuel Injection DFI with Mikuni 44mm Mikuni Throttle Bodies (4)

Ignition TCBI with Digital Advance

Transmission 6-Speed

Final Drive X-Ring Chain



Rake/Trail 23 degrees / 94 mm.

Front Tire Size 120/70 ZR17

Rear Tire Size 190/50 ZR17

Wheelbase 57.5 in.

Overall Height 46.1 in.

Overall Length 85.4 in.

Overall Width 29.9 in.

Front Suspension / wheel travel 43mm inverted cartridge fork with adjustable preload, stepless rebound and compression damping adjustments / 4.6 in.

Rear Suspension / wheel travel Bottom-Link Uni-Trak® and gas-charged shock with adjustable preload, stepless rebound and compression damping adjustments, adjustable ride height / 4.8 in.

Front Brake Type Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs with dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers



Rear Brake Type Single 250mm petal disc with twin-piston caliper

Fuel Tank Capacity 5.8 gal.

Seat Height 31.5 in.

Curb Weight 566.7 lbs.

Colors Metallic Diablo Black with Monster Energy® graphics

Warranty 12 months

Good Times™ Protection Plan 12, 24, 36 or 48 months


*Note: Specifications and pricing are subject to change.





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