Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R To Be Discontinued — Bidding Goodbye To The ‘Falcon Killer’

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Kawasaki ZX-14R to be discontinued — it’s time to bid goodbye to one of the world’s favourite motorcycles. Kawasaki has not cited the exact reason, however, it could be due to the stringent emission norms. 

Launched back in 2006, the Kawasaki ZX-14R that is to be discontinued was the answer to the Suzuki Hayabusa in the battle for speed and the quest to be the fastest motorcycle in the world. Since its presence for over a decade, Kawasaki never really made any substantial updates apart from minor design tweaks and the addition of rider modes.  

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When the plug is pulled, Kawasaki may not feel the pinch as the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer currently has the Ninja H2 SX SE, a supercharged version of the sport-tourer. The Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE is more powerful and gets a host of tech compared to the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R that will soon be discontinued. 

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Kawasaki ZX-14R racing against a Suzuki Hayabusa

The Kawasaki ZX-14R has a major following as this was the answer or the Hayabusa and in fact, the motorcycle also went on to claim the title of ‘the world’s fastest accelerating motorcycle’. The ZX-14R is still a popular motorcycle in the motorsport world when it comes to drag racing. 

The ZX14-R was the chosen motorcycle by Amit Sharma and Sonu Sundeep Singh Sokhi, who represented Team India at the World Motorcycle Drag Racing Finals, held in the US. The motorcycle used is a heavily modified version that uses a turbocharger. 

However, the ZX-14R’s competitor, the Suzuki Hayabusa will soon see an update in the form of a new motorcycle, that will reclaim the top spot. Rumours have it that the Hayabusa would get a forced induction motor, which is still a questionable possibility. So, it is goodbye with a heavy heart. 

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Rajkamal Narayanan

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