2012 Kawasaki ZX-14 Comes Together in Teaser Videos

09/16/2011 @ 1:08 pm, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS

Kawasaki is gearing up to launch its new hyperbike, the 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14 or the¬†2012 Kawasaki¬†ZZR1400 as it’s known to our friends outside of the US market. Keeping a constant stream of video teaser videos over the past few weeks, Team Green has finally given us a glimpse at the new Kawasaki ZX-14 in it’s latest “Ultimate” video. Flashing the dimensions “84 x 65mm” in the video, the new ZX-14/ZZR1400 will surely live up to its name with a 1,440cc engine displacement, and is expected to make over 200hp in production trim.

The new ZX-14 is also likely to include anti-lock brakes and traction control, in order to help tame all that hyperbike power on-tap. If you’ve missed out on Kawasaki’s teaser campaign, we’ve got all of them waiting for you after the jump in reverse chronological order. Expect to see the 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14 unveiled on October 10th if Kawasaki can keep it under wraps for that long, sooner if the Japanese company can’t.

Source: Kawasaki (YouTube)

  • Wow. Somebody has really put some good effort into marketing their new product.

    I wholeheartedly approve. (but I dig sci-fi, so naturally I would approve of this sort of marketing)

  • Damo

    If they make a hyperbike with near superbike handling, I might be all over it.

  • Alexontwowheels

    Haha, fantastic! Couldn’t agree more. Kudos to Kawi for a solid effort, and lots of variety in the campaign. I love all the attention to detail too, “Action News 14” :-)

    Too bad the zx-14 is a fat pig of a bike, only useful for painting with an Aztec mural and modding with an extended swingarm and a fat rear tire. If the ZX-6 is a “Ninja”, we should be calling the ZX-10 the “Samurai”, and the ZX-14 the “Sumo”.

  • Damo


    I agree on the weight issue. I don’t see any reason they can’t get this thing down around at least like 2003 Era superbike weight.

    Even if this thing was around 420lbs dry that would acceptable.

  • MikeD

    I know this is Evolution instead of Revolution…but…im not feeling homely with that new face…

    Why go so far as to use those huge new acrylic lenses when they are still using Proyectors ? Proyectors might be the shit on beam intensity w/e they have going on but they sure don’t help others see u coming from the sides…(safety thing)…reminds me of the complaints Triumph ST1050 owners would often bitch about with a similar Proyector set up.

    I would rather have huge wide chrome plated headlights with HIDs standard (is not like they don’t have the room, right ?)
    As others told, they kept the George Foreman Grills…seems they have added some fins or winglets at the outer-lower edges on the headlights ?

    Honestly i thought they would inject lots of ZX10R DNA into it…LOOKS wise.
    Hope the tail section is not the size of an aircraft carrier(again). It wouldn’t hurt if it went on a Diet this time around.

    1440cc ? Seriously…c’mon don’t tease me like that, dealing with motorcycle BLUE BALLS ain’t fun.
    And here i was thinking the GSX1400 (1402cc) was going to remain on motorcycle history as the biggest I-4…from Japan Inc. anyways (is there something bigger out there(stock production OEM)?)

    C’mon Kawi…make me eat my un-educated opinions with a side of JAW-DROPPING-LIGHT SPEED ASS HAULING-AWESOMENESS.

  • Shaitan


  • hoyt

    R1 influence to the headlight styling, but adding another set of lights?

  • Curve Killa

    I ride the the Big Ninja on curvy roads all over S. MO. Put nearly 40K miles on it 3 years. The bike is very agile and comfortable to boot. Doesn’t do too bad on roadcourses either. I easly kick the beans out of the “race bike” riders on a regular basis. They also didn’t think the 14 could slash and rip on curvy roads. It can do everything a race bike can do if the right pilot is on it.

  • Tigerback

    you are so right…the big ninj is the king of all sportbikes,a real curve burner if you can handle it