30th Anniversary 2015 Kawasaki ZX-14R ABS | First Look

Kawasaki USA announces limited run of 300 1984-themed ZX-14Rs to celebrate 30 years of Ninjas at the Laguna Seca round of World Superbike

Kawasaki USA's Media Relations Coordinator Brad Puetz introduces us to the 30th Anniversary Edition 2015 ZX-14R ABS at Laguna Seca Raceway.

Following the official announcement of the 2015 Ninja ZX-14R ABS Limited Edition at the Laguna Seca round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship, fans of Team Green’s flagship Ninja can order one of the 300 models on July 15, 2014 at 9:00am PDT.

Orders must be taken by a Kawasaki dealer, along with a $1,000 non-refundable deposit. Orders will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis via a time and date stamp.

Although the anniversary of the Ninja takes place this year, Kawasaki decided to make the ZX-14R ABS Limited Edition a 2015 model. Each ZX-14R will have the bodywork painted in the same Firecracker Red and Metallic Graystone paint as the original machine.

During the motorcycle’s inception, the development team looked at updating the original colors with a modern interpretation of the famous red and gray paint. However, they kept returning to the classic colors that stood out better than any new combinations. Parked side by side, the 1984 Ninja 900 and 2015 ZX-14R ABS Limited Edition bring together 30 years of motorcycle enthusiasm and passion.

The ZX-14R also received Gold pinstriping to define the painted areas. The development team also chose to finish the brake calipers in an identical gold to add another touch of class to Kawasaki’s flagship motorcycle.

Only 300 2015 ZX-14R ABS Limited Edition motorcycles will be available for purchase in the USA and Latin American markets. A separate edition of 30 motorcycles will also be produced for the Canadian market, with specific numbering for that production run. Otherwise, these very special models will not be available in any other market around the world, making them an instant collectors edition.

2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Specs

Engine: Four-stroke, l/c, DOHC, 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”
Ground clearance: 4.9”
Seat height: 31.5”
Claimed Curb weight: 590.9 lb
Fuel capacity: 5.8 gallons
Color: Firecracker Red / Metallic Graystone / Gold pinstriping
MSRP: $15,899
Warranty: 12 months
Optional Good Times Plan 12, 24, 36, 48 months
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Contact: www.kawasaki.com