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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Price

Kawasaki has announced the launch of two superbikes in India, the Ninja ZX-10R and Ninja ZX-14R. Kawasaki set up its solo India operations in July 2010 and has one engine assembly line at Chakan. The company is aiming to sell 400 bikes a year in India. Kawasaki India has an annual capacity of 5000 bikes. Every year around 400 units are sold in the 1000-1600cc segment and growth is 30%. The Japanese automaker will sell the Ninja ZX-10R and Ninja ZX-14R through a separate dealership network and these super fast machines will not be retailed through pro-biking showrooms. Kawasaki will sell their 1000cc and above machines on their own in India. Now we know why the company dropped the R tag from the Ninja 300 and Ninja 650 as it was planning to get the really R machines to our shores.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Price – Rs. 15.70 lakhs
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Price – Rs. 16.90 lakhs

Superbike Competition Check –

* Suzuki GSX-R1000 Price – Rs. 15 lakhs
* Suzuki Hayabusa Price – Rs. 15 lakhs
* Yamaha R1 Price – 15.6 lakhs
* Aprilia RSV4 R APRC Price – Rs. 15.68 lakhs
* Honda CBR1000RR Price – Rs. 16.59 lakhs
* BMW S1000RR Price Price – 20.93 lakhs
* Ducati 1199 Panigale Price – Rs. 21.60 lakhs

(all prices mentioned here are ex-showroom). The on-road Pune price of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is Rs. 17.40 lakhs while the OTR price of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R is Rs. 18.72 lakhs.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R is the flagship bike from the company’s stable. It is not exactly a superbike as hyperbike is a more apt word for this machine. Powering the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R is a 1441cc inline-four motor which churns our 200 PS of power at 10,000 RPM (210 PS with Ram air-filter) and 162.5 Nm of torque at 7500 RPM. The ZX-14R is also known as the ZZR1400, the bike which has dethroned the Suzuki Hayabusa as the fastest bike in the world. It is the replacement for the ZX-12R.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R accelerates from 0-100 km/hr in 2.9 seconds, 0-200 km/hr in 7.6 seconds, 0-250 km/hr in 12.5 seconds and 0-280 km/hr in 18.5 seconds (all the above figures are not claimed but tested ones from Motorrad magazine of Germany, the claimed figures will be even lesser). Top speed is limited to 299 km/hr but without the limiter, the Ninja ZX-14R can easily break the 350 km/hr speed barrier. The motorcycle comes with 3 traction control modes (2 for higher acceleration and third for higher top speed). It has a long swing arm with improved damping, lighter wheels and improved heat dissipation away from the rider. The fuel tank capacity is 22-litres and the bike weighs 268 kgs.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is powered by an inline-four, 998cc powerplant which thrusts out 200 PS of power at 13,000 RPM (210 PS with Ram air-filter) and 112 Nm of torque at 11,500 RPM. This Ninja takes 2.8 seconds to whizz past 100 km/hr from a standstill while 160 km/hr comes up in a mere 5.5 seconds. 0-240 km/hr takes 10 seconds while 290 km/hr takes 18 seconds. Top speed is limited to 299 km/hr. The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R gets power mode selection and is equipped with Sports-Kawasaki Traction Control (SKTRC) which has 3 modes along with an off mode. The bike has power modes to make it easy to ride – Full (100% power), Middle (75% power), Low (50-60% power). Supersport type ABS is optional and the bike weighs 201 kgs.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R gets Kawasaki Intelligent ABS (KIBS) as standard which reduces rear lift which braking and takes into account engine braking. It has a single shaft secondary balancer and cassette type transmission. The engine uses an idle speed control valve with larger bore exhaust. There is an economy model indicator and the bike uses an aluminium twin spar frame. The all LED tachometer looks super cool and the Ninja ZX-10R has a 17-litre fuel tank. In short the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is new inside-out.

Kawasaki will sell parts made in India and export it to other countries. Quality parts are available in India and poor quality in India is a myth. Indicators, headlight, tail light, mirrors, suspension will be exported to other factories which will give them 30% price benefit. 30-40% parts are made in India which are also used in the Ninja 300 and Ninja 650. Currently Kawasaki will be selling their superbikes through only one showroom in Pune which will start operations from 7th September, with deliveries commencing from end of the month. The company is aiming for 20% market share in the superbike segment by 2015.














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  • karan

    price price price?

  • Baljinder

    Ninja ZX-10R is better instead of spending 1.2 lac more on ZX-14R…….
    The Bike dethroned Suzuki Hayabusa.???? How man?

    • SPITFIRE

      @Baljinder … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNlVFNiV1ds
      #CheckItOut

      • Baljinder

        Tats only record made by Ninja for quater mile sprint undr 8sec where Ninja wins. and Got fastest production bike title…..but still Hayabusa is the fastest bike with 397km/h against NINJA with 365km/h…….

        • Pravin

          Your sure its 397 and 365!!!

          Theres this gentleman’s agreement of bikes to be limited to sub 300 top speed only… only few have purposefully breached it… Otherwise for most others in 1000-1400cc hyper sports bracket 299 is the electronically limited speed…

          • Baljinder

            Ya its correct..Gentlemen agreement came in 2000… and this test was done to check the bike top limit…
            On test thr was no restricted speed limit. Hayabusa was tested before 2000 with 397km/h speed…… Check on YouTube separately for both.

          • Baljinder

            Ya its correct..Gentlemen agreement came in 2000… and this test was done to check the bike top limit…
            On test thr was no restricted speed limit. Hayabusa was tested before 2000 with 397km/h speed…… Check on YouTube separately for both.
            And For highest Torque credit was given to MV AGUSTA F4 CC top model.But after Gentlemen agreement Suzuki Gixxer got.

  • tejas

    exactly…ZX-10R does 0-100 in 2.8 sec while ZX-14R does 2.9 sec …is it some typo error ??

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Tejas, because ZX-10R figures are claimed while ZX-14R figures are verified ones.

      • tejas

        that means ZX 14 R is actually the fastest bike in the world followed by ZX10R??

        • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

          Tejas, not really. The Hayabusa is right behind the ZX-10R.

  • ranjith

    Any info on the on road price for the ZX10?
    So forums are are reporting on Road will be 20L mark?
    I guessed it would be 17L.
    Thanks in advance.

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Ranjith, it’s Rs. 17.40 lakhs (on-road, Pune).

  • ranjith

    @ Faisal
    thanks a lot man.
    Much appreciated.

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Ranjith, you are getting one?

  • saurabh

    Zx10r is a super sport where as zx14r is actually a sports tourer (engine crank changed to make it 1441cc from 1352cc). super sports have better acceleration, mid range, handling but sports tourer have better top whack. please do not on compare them based on bhp and torque figures as they are measured at the crank and not at the rear wheel. On road performance depends on drivetrain, tuning, traction, balance, torque, power to weight ratio, suspension set up, etc.
    A classic example can be Faisal’s video on CBR 250R VS KTM DUKE 200 where the CBR beats the DUKE even though the duke is lighter, same power, higher power to weight ratio, etc. The reason is simple both the bikes are tuned in a different way.

    @ Baljinder, super sport bikes have really stiff suspensions (only for race tracks) on the contrary sports tourers have a soft suspension which give a comfortable ride.

    So far as touring in India is concerned a speed of 130-140/kmph is more than enough.

    • harish.krovvidi

      @saurabh – correction on the suspension. all liter class bikes come with a fully adjustable suspension. you can change the rebound and dampning force to match your requirement. this has been the norm on most of these bikes since 2008.

      from the factory though based on the manufactures and model they come with a preset setting. however the users can change this based on your hight and weight.

      http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/howto/adjust_motorcycle_suspension/

      @faisal – Kawa was smart in pricing the ZX14 such that the OTR is few grand less than the busa. it will win the market share anyway due to its tech advancements compared to the busa. the pricing here in bangalore is 18.67 OTR while the Busa is 18.75L. hmmm

  • ranjith

    haha…need to rob a bank.
    My cousin who just now returned from US is seriously planning one. Dollar power!!!
    Hoping for a ride that’s all
    lol

    • SPITFIRE

      @ranjith ….. True that, Agreed!!!!! LOL :)

  • SPITFIRE

    LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL
    #Kawasaki

  • Lone Rider

    Why arent they launching the ZX6R or yamaha the R6??? Is there some restriction in India ??

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Because the 600cc bikes have to be homologated, an expensive affair.

      • Sumit

        homoglated ?? so i was right about 600cc segment. they are infact sort of like banned or something.

        • harish.krovvidi

          homoglated means saftey inspected.

          ideally if the manufacturer gave away 5 bike and let the guys homoglated in pune crash test them once for all for saftey check purpose they will get a permenant licence for importing the 600Cc bike in india. but no one wants throw away that kinda of money.

          so they manufacture like ducati land the bike in mumbai have it transported to Pune, get the saftey inspected /homoglated and the transport it back to customer for delivery. since this is one pice at a time the homoglator inspector will only saftey inspect and not crash test it

          a good example is how cars getting released in US need to mandatory crash tested for saftey at different speeds.

        • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

          Sumit, not banned but they have to be certified.

    • Pravin

      It was a move by Indian bikes companies to restrict imports below 800cc as they felt they have the potential to utilise that market… and the established foreign rivals might spoil their chance in the future…

      Now theyve reached upto 375cc and remember Mr Rahul Bajaj claiming that they will, in a couple of years, plan for a 750 twin Pulsar!! I dont know how much will this come true though…

  • DevVrat

    Which sportbike in India has the highest marketshare in one litre and above category?

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      DevVrat, not sure but I think the K1300, Hayabusa and R1 are the top sellers. Too small a market to judge actually.

      • shashank

        Can u confirm the OTR price of bmw k1300r..i need it to evaluate the price of a used one so..thanks in advance.

        • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

          Shashank, Rs. 22.59 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai).

          • shashank

            Thanks…demoralized by the price though.. :( looks like waiting for triumph wud be more logical now

          • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

            Shashank, with the Rupee’s performance, don’t have high hopes.

  • Sumit

    cool man, finally they’re here. imagine how cool will it be to see one of these go by.

  • Romit Mankame

    Aprilia RSV4R APRC cost the same on EX-showroom basis. If their on-road pricing is similar, the Aprilia is much more value for money package.

    • Mohit

      Agreed romit, but what the Japs deliver is way beyond the electronically sophisticated Europeans offer

      Aprilla is excellent and has proved itself in many competitons in racing championships as its the bike after S1000RR when it comes to choosing European bikes

  • Ben

    litre class bikes specifications

    1. Kawasaki ninja zx10r : 197bhp, 112nm

    2. Honda cbr 1000rr : 175bhp, 112nm

    3. Yamaha r1 : 180bhp, 115.5nm

    4. BMW s1000rr : 193bhp, 112nm

    5. Suzuki gsxr 1000 : 182bhp, 118nm

    So ninja is the most powerful and gixxer is the most torquiest bike in the litre class segment.

    • Baljinder

      @Faisal, as BEN post some power and torque figures in above comment. i need to know tat like Ninja produce 197bhp with 112nm torque BUT gixxer with 182bhp give 118nm of torque…….
      How a bike with more power produce less torque against a bike with less power produce more torque???
      How this technology works and Wt factors?? need to gain some knowledge

      • Mohit

        Baljinder it all depends how you tune the ECU to deliver the fuel to engine. Torque is determined by stroke of the engine and crankshaft inertia speed and even the layout of the engine helps too. increasing the stroke also increases the capacity too

      • Pravin

        You guys missed out on the rpm part… bikes with more Ps/ bhp with lesser torque are ones which produce the max power in a higher rpm….

        Ps/ bhp is derived out of 2 factors… 1. Torque.. 2. RPM

  • Baljinder

    Thanx @Mohit for valuable knowledge……..

  • Ben

    @baljinder. the performance of an engine depends on it’s built design. there are three types of engine layout namely short strokes, long strokes and over squares based on dimensions. in a long stroke, the piston has to travel longer distance thereby doing lesser work so lesser power, but a short stroke piston travels least, thereby does more work producing more power, but the torque produced is just opposite. there are also other factors which affect power and torque like ecu feedback, 2/4stroke, petrol/diesel. a short stroke produces power and torque at extreme high rpms, while a long stroke is just opposite. coming to the bikes, none of the sport bikes are pure long strokes but they can assumed based on their nature. ninja and s1000rr are highly short strokes with very linear power delivery. cbr is a balanced bike with better power as well as torque delivery throughout the rpm band, it’s engine is also the most relaxed with least power. the gsxr and r1 have the least short stroke nature with lots of play in the lower rpms, they have best mid range and low end grunt(best for race track performance ). finally even though ninja tops out with maximum power, it’s just just useful for better top speed and better straight line acceleration, but unfortunately there is some thing wrong with ninja that it looses to the under powered bmw in all it’s strong hold departments like acceleration and top speed. it also looses to other 3 in overall power power delivery like low end and mid range included.

  • Baljinder

    @Ben, thanx buddy for sharing valuable feedback…..