First Look: Special Edition Kawasaki ZX-14R ABS

Paul Carruthers | July 11, 2014
  The 2015 Kawasaki ZX-14R special edition was introduced at Laguna Seca today.

MONTEREY, CA, JULY 11 – Fittingly, Kawasaki chose a racing backdrop to introduce its latest of the 30th anniversary Ninja models – the World Superbike round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. After all, the Ninja line of sportbikes has a lineage that dates back to 1984 and the Ninja 900, and Laguna Seca was the place where Kawasaki introduced that model to a throng of international journalists.

Today they pulled the cover off the 2015 Ninja ZX-14R ABS – a special edition of Kawasaki’s king of sportbikes with only 300 of the limited-edition models to be sold.

The ZX-14R Limited Edition motorcycles will feature the exact same shade of Firecracker Red and Metallic Graystone paint as the 1984 Ninja 900 – and each of the 300 will be individually numbered. The newest Ninja will also get gold pinstriping, gold brake calipers, 30th anniversary logos on the fairing sides and a numbered badge on the gas tank.

The bikes will go on sale on July 15 at 9 a.m. Pacific time and a $1000 deposit at your local dealer will get you on the short list to purchase one. Orders will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis via a time and date stamp.

Kawasaki recently released anniversary editions of the Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-6R, featuring color schemes to celebrate the company’s success in the 2013 World Superbike Championship.

Paul Carruthers | Editor

Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America’s Daily Motorcycle News Source.