That day, one performance issue surfaced—the big Kawasaki doesn’t stop very well. I was riding the Kawi back to back with a much faster machine that was able to stop in considerably less space. Under regular riding conditions on the street, the ZX-14R’s stock brakes feel plenty capable, but under extreme conditions it needs to improve, and considering how much steam is pumping out the backside I think the front end should have comparable anchoring abilities. It’s probably unfair to compare the stock 14’s braking performance against a fully upgraded aftermarket setup. But, ultimately, distance is distance. I could barely make the first turnoff on the green machine, while the faster bike made it with ease.