Do you remember the 1984? When Bruce Springsteen invited Courteney Cox onstage for “Dancing In The Dark”, Wang Chung sang about “Dance Hall Days, and Kenny Loggins arranged the soundtrack for Kevin Bacon to dance “Footloose”. But the only music that all young motorcyclists wanted to hear only was the sound of the 1984 Kawasaki GPz 900 Ninja liquid-cooled 4-cylinder screaming down the road and dancing through the curves with amazing 113 HP and 62.9 lb-ft of torque. It was called by Cycle World “a hard-core performance motorcycle aimed directly at the hard-core performance rider.” The Ninja lineup was expanded and maintained by Kawasaki over the past three decades. Now they want to celebrate the line’s heritage with a special edition bikes including the ZX-6R and 2014 Ninja ZX10R. The last celebratory Ninja down the pike is the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS 30th Anniversary Limited Edition. 300 examples will be built of the Ninja and each will wear a unique numbered badge that will be placed on the gas tank and also a coat of the original 900’s Firecracker Red/Metallic Graystone paint decorated with gold Pinstriping and brake calipers. The Ninja ZX-14R ABS was reviewed at RideApart by Bruce Speedman. He said that the bike was “a multipurpose weapon capable of tactical city commuting, comfortable freeway cruising and aggressive canyon carving… As far as big dog sportbikes go, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R dominates the marketplace.” He gave it a rating of 9 out of 10. The bike can really promise the description above.
If you are wishing for a bike like this, you can order it in advance at the Kawasaki dealer or you can take your chances with the Hoi polloi. Dealers will accept date and time stamped orders on a first-come and first served basis with a $1.000 deposit that is non-refundable. This 300 Limited Edition Ninjas are available only for the buyers in the United States and Latin America, and for the Canadian market will be produced additional 30 bikes. There will not be an international edition, so if you want to buy this bike, you have to go to these countries. The 2015 Ninja ZX-14R ABS 30th Anniversary Limited Edition – the U.S. version, has a price of $15,899 and that is $200 more than the 2014 Ninja ZX-14R ABS. Specifications Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four Displacement 1,441cc Bore x stroke 84 x 65mm Compression ratio 12.3:1 Fuel injection DFI® with four 44mm Mikuni throttle bodies Ignition TCBI with Digital Advance Transmission Six-speed Final drive Sealed chain Rake / trail 23-deg / 3.7″ Front tire 120/70 ZR17 Rear tire 190/50 ZR17 Wheelbase 58.3″ Front suspension / wheel travel 43mm inverted cartridge fork with adjustable preload, 18-way compression and 15-way rebound damping adjustment / 4.6″ Rear suspension / wheel travel Bottom-link Uni-Trak® and gas-charged shock with adjustable preload, stepless rebound and compression damping adjustments, adjustable ride height / 4.9″ Front brakes Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs with dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers in gold, ABS Rear brakes Single 250mm petal disc with twin-piston caliper in gold, ABS Overall length 85.4″ Overall width 30.3″ Overall height 46.1″ Seat height 31.5″ Curb weight 590.9 lb Fuel capacity 5.8 gallons Color choices Firecracker Red / Metallic Graystone / Gold pinstriping Warranty 12 Months Kawasaki Protection Plus 12, 24, 36 and 48 months Ground clearance 4.9″ Price $15,899