It seems like Kawasaki is always trying to outdo themselves—not to mention the other big Japanese motorcycle brands—and with the Ninja ZX-14R, there’s a compelling case to be made that they’ve succeeded. First introduced in 2006 (when it set a world record for fastest production motorcycle), this aggressive supersport has since undergone a few changes—but Kawasaki has kept these small in order to preserve the bike’s famous and well-deserved reputation.
The 2022 version of the bike hasn’t changed much, apart from some color differences—it’s now available in Pearl Storm Gray/Metallic Diablo Black, with aggressive red fairing highlights. It still sports its legendary 1441cc in-line four-cylinder engine, which produces a beefy 207.9 hp and 113.2 lb-ft of torque.
Other major features on the bike include Kawasaki Traction Control, multiple power modes, and Brembo 4-piston M50 monobloc calipers. And don’t forget the monocoque chassis, which helps the bike achieve nimble handling so you can cope with all that power more effectively.
This year’s Ninja ZX-14R definitely belongs in the 2022 Kawasaki motorcycle lineup, and is more than enough to compete with rivals like the Suzuki Hayabusa or the BMW R 1250 RS. It starts at $15,599 USD / $18,299 CAD.
On this page:we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2022 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R in one place.
43mm inverted cartridge fork with adjustable preload, 18-way compression and 15-way rebound damping adjustment/4.6 in
Bottom-link Uni-Trak® and gas-charged shock with adjustable preload, stepless rebound and compression damping adjustments, adjustable ride height/4.9 in
Dual floating 310mm Brembo® discs with dual radial-mounted Brembo® 4-piston M50 monobloc calipers and ABS
Single 250mm disc with twin-piston caliper and ABS
Fuel Tank Capacity
Pearl Storm Gray / Metallic Diablo Black
TCBI, battery powered & electronic advance
Kawasaki Protection Plus
12, 24, or 36 months
2022 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Features
Dual Throttle Valves
Late-model sport bikes often use large-bore throttle bodies to generate high levels of power. However, with large diameter throttles, when a rider suddenly opens the throttle, the unrestricted torque response can be strong. Dual throttle valve technology was designed to tame engine response while contributing to performance.
On models with dual throttle valves, there are two throttle valves per cylinder: in addition to the main valves, which are physically linked to the throttle grip and controlled by the rider, a second set of valves, opened and closed by the ECU, precisely regulates intake airflow to ensure a natural, linear response. With the air passing through the throttle bodies becoming smoother, combustion efficiency is improved and power is increased.
Economical Riding Indicator
Using high-precision electronic control for engine management, Kawasaki models can achieve a high level of fuel efficiency. However, fuel consumption is greatly affected by throttle use, gear selection, and other elements under the rider’s control. The Economical Riding Indicator is a function that indicates when current riding conditions are consuming a low amount of fuel. The system continuously monitors fuel consumption, regardless of vehicle speed, engine speed, throttle position and other riding conditions. When fuel consumption is low for a given speed (i.e. fuel efficiency is high), an “ECO” mark appears on the instrument panel’s LCD screen. By riding so that the “ECO” mark remains on, fuel consumption can be reduced.
While effective vehicle speed and engine speed may vary by model, paying attention to conditions that cause the “ECO” mark to appear can help riders improve their fuel efficiency – a handy way to increase cruising range. Further, keeping fuel consumption low also helps minimize negative impact on the environment.
KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control)
KTRC, Kawasaki’s advanced traction control system provides both enhanced sport riding performance and the peace of mind to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence. Multiple rider-selectable modes (the number of modes varies by model) offer progressively greater levels of intrusion to suit the riding situation and rider preference.
Less intrusive modes maintain optimum traction during cornering. Designed with sport riding in mind, they facilitate acceleration out of corners by maximizing forward drive from the rear wheel. And because Kawasaki’s sophisticated software bases its dynamic analysis on the chassis’ orientation relative to the track surface (rather than relative to a horizontal plane), it is able to take into account corner camber, gradient, etc., and adapt accordingly.
In the more intrusive modes (and for some models, in any mode), when excessive wheel spin is detected, engine output is reduced to allow grip to be regained, effectively enabling riders to negotiate both short, slippery patches (train tracks or manhole covers) and extended stretches of bad roads (wet pavement, cobblestone, gravel) with confidence.
Models equipped with multiple Power Modes offer riders an easily selectable choice of engine power delivery to suit riding conditions or preference. In addition to Full Power mode, one (Low) or two (Middle, Low) alternate mode(s) in which maximum power is limited and throttle response is milder are provided.
ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)
Kawasaki ABS systems use front and rear wheel sensors to constantly monitor wheel speed. Should information from either of the sensors indicate that wheel lock has occurred, the ABS ECU directs the pump in the ABS unit to modulate brake fluid pressure (releasing and reapplying pressure so that traction can be regained) until normal operation resumes. ABS offers rider reassurance that contributes to greater riding enjoyment.