The new Ninja ZX-14R also gets a pair of 310-mm dia discs with radial mounted Brembo M50 monobloc four-piston callipers and a 250-mm disc with twin-piston calliper at the rear. Needless to say, there’s life-saving ABS also as part of standard kit. Hit the brakes hard and you’re rewarded with the reassurance of sharp bite accompanied by plenty of progression. In fact, I felt the ABS come into play just once when there was a bit of gravel under the front tyre. It would be good to remember, however, that these brakes are the ones that are meant to shed 300 km/h, so the deceleration can be quite fierce and put a good amount of pressure on your forearms as your bodyweight shifts forward.
In India, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R retails for Rs 18.68 lakh, on-road in Pune. Its closest competitor, the Hayabusa, retails for a smidge over Rs 19 lakh. In the world of these hyper bikes that sell for such incredible high value (courtesy equally incredible tax structures), these figures are rendered largely irrelevant. What remains relevant are the performance, the experience, the thrill and, of course, the pose value and associated brag rights that these motorcycles will get you. On those counts the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R is as good as its competitor.