Sport bike, commuter, or touring? The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 debuted in 2006, replacing the ZX-12R.
The ZX-14R weighs a lofty 590 pounds wet. The combination of street tires and the weight of the bike prevented the 14R from matching the triple-digit corner speeds of the race-inspired sport bikes on the abrasive track, however.
Overall, the bike is nimble, considering its size. Kawi has the ECO indicator on the LCD screen to suggest a conservative throttle hand. The indicator turns off right about 6,500 rpm.
Turning off KRTC is an option, if you dare, but turning off the ABS is not an option, short of pulling fuses. This bike really blurs the line between a sport bike and sport-touring machines.
The low seat height makes it easy to walk the bike around despite its weight and the seat is very plush for extended rides. The weight of the bike and sheer power going to the rear wheel means tire longevity is sacrificed.
Don't buy this bike if you hate attention. Kawasaki did an excellent job of keeping this big-displacement bike in the middle ground by mixing sport bike handling and sport-touring ergonomics. To be honest, though, Kawasaki has produced a middle-ground bike that's still fun.