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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-18-2014, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Dreaming of a zx-14r

Hello folks,

First a disclaimer. I am aware i am a new biker, new to these forums, and that it'd probably be against alot of advice to buy that bike already. Now this is not one of those numerous posts to know if i should buy it or not...i likely will, but i want to know more from real owners and users rather than press releases and reviews, or commercial hype.

My current bike is a Ninja 650 (2013 no abs), i'm 5"7 at 150 pounds.

Trouble i have in these parts (Eastern Canada) is that it's not possible to try the bike out and see for myself if i'd scare my pants off or simply enjoy how it behaves. So all i can do is go to a dealer, sit on one and...imagine what it'd be like .

What was it like when you upgraded from your previous machine to the beast? Have any of you gone from a bike like the 650 onto a zx-14r? What are the things to really watch for (apart from that right wrist) in this kind of upgrade? What are the biggest drawbacks you could pinpoint on the model?

P.S. intended use are fun rides in the week-end, i don't drag/race nor intend to mod it (at least that syndrome hasn't struck me yet :P).

Thanks for any info

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post #2 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-18-2014, 11:12 AM
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The bike is very docile, then murderous at the flick of the wrist. Its not for the faint of heart or for n00bs either. You know all those horror stories you hear about how violent the ZX14 can be?

It's much worse.
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Any 14 will kill you if you are not careful. They are brutal, with gobs of tq on tap at nearly any gear and RPM range. A gentle roll on the gas to will put you in the three digit speeds before you have time to realize how fast you are going. It is that insane.

That being said, the Gen2s are surprisingly smooth and docile. Power is linear, and doesn't hit hard all of a sudden, and numerous electronic nanny aids do their best to keep you from killing yourself.

It ALWAYS comes down to the riders maturity and realization of their own skill level, but you can put it in KTRC 3 (allows ZERO wheelspin and wont lift the front) and ride it around like a baby. It is safer in the rain then my high strung full bolt-on ZX6R was(the removed flies, steep gearing, no KTRC, and very light weight made it very twitchy). In fact, when I get new tires I always do the first 50 miles or so on KTRC 3, just for piece of mind. The bike is so torquey you will be amazed at how easily traction control kicks in on level 3.

If that 650 is your first bike, and you have barely been riding a year, I would definitely put a lot more miles under your belt before going for a hyperbike like the 14. All the reading in the world isn't worth anything compared to getting miles under your belt.

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post #4 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-19-2014, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the heads up. If i had listened to my (stupid) mind, i'd probably have bought the 14 for my first bike...but i was able to restrict myself and get that 650 for a trainer instead. It was the right choice, but the 2014 (black/red) 14r is...well, stuck in my head, i can't shake it off for some reason.


The plan i got atm is to keep the 650 till the rest of the season and next spring, then switch over. In the meanwhile i ride the little ninja and try to get as much info as i can.
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Make sure your will is up to date...not joking.
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Even though dying a fiery death ain't in the plan, it's a good advice nonetheless, for a 14 or any bike come to think of it.

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LnL you trying to scare him off of one for sure eh LOL

I am apart of a bike group in the DMV area, and all of the guys tell me that a ZX-14 is easy to ride, you have to control your right wrist and you'll be fine. Not one guy has any fear of that bike. You even have chicks riding the beast with no issues...

While a ZX-14 certainly isn't a beginner bike, I don't think it is the monster that people are playing it up to be either. Especially the new ones they have Traction control and all that electrical DO DAH that will save your ass anyways

"I love this damn bike" Me ---- ZX-14R
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Well, there ya go. Even chicks can ride one without fear.

Good fucking luck.

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There's a lot of dumbasses out there that think they're the only ones capable of handling such a bike as the 14R. The world is full of ignorant stupid assholes that think they're superior or whatever their high ego permits them to believe of themselves. Of course, all of us know it's just bullshit (and they know we know...they know too...but whatever).

Look, it's a kitten and a monster. If you wanted, you could be out dragged by a moped on it. At the same time, twist that throttle and the monster within is unleashed. To that I am not joking at all.

So any bike can kill you. Or basically, you can kill yourself on any motorcycle. With a 14, it will just take a lot less effort on your part. Instead of just scraping your face off a telephone pole from wrecking on something like a 600, they'll have to pry and tweezer out all the bits of your skull and teeth too. But hey, what will you care most of you will be in a bucket at that point?

So buy one? Hell yes. Be careful? Hell yes. Unchain the monster at the right times? Hell Fuck Yes!
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Vic and Locknload are right, these bikes are the closest thing to a grizzly attack you will ever experience when you open the throttle up. So much power on tap means the bike doesn't work at 70, 80, or 90mph....it just kinda hums along. Which is dangerous as you don't have a solid idea of how fast you are going until you see that little needle well past the 100 mark.

And Vic was right, any bike can kill you. Do something stupid on a Vespa and you are toast. The difference is that on the 14, the space between a good time and a trip home in a sponge is about 20* of throttle twist.

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