Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R: New vs. Used

The 2020 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R is a top performer among others in its class. The ZX-14R motorcycle enjoys a loyal and loving fan base––and for good reason. This Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle is a powerful machine and buying it new is all too tempting. But if you want to save some money, you are probably already considering a used model. While a new model starts around 15 grand, a used one that’s a few years old will run for thousands of dollars cheaper.

a bright green Kawasaki ninja zx-14r speeding through a winding turn
2020 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R | Kawasaki

The 2020 Kawasaki ZX-14R ABS

As today’s top tier model of the Ninja ZX series, the 2020 Kawasaki ZX-14R ABS motorcycle is not meant to be taken lightly. This thing can move. It derives its power from a 1441cc inline 4 cylinder motor.

The 2020 ZX-14R generates 208 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque. An aluminum monocoque has been implemented in the design specifically to carry the massive engine. According to Simon Bertram with Web Bike World, The frame of the 2020 ZX-14R is, in and of itself, an “integrated support structure bolted directly on.”

High performance, thoughtful design

The 2020 Kawasaki ZX-14R is high up there in terms of where it stands as a contemporary powerhouse motorcycle. So, it doesn’t really want for anything. High Performance and Regular Riding are the options for the dual power modes which come paired with adjustable traction control and ABS.

Additionally, this Ninja is equipped with dual intake valves for air-to-fuel optimization, and MotoGP- and World SBK-derived Brembo M50 brake calipers. Plus, a slipper clutch for the best rear power and traction. Ride a 2020 Kawasaki ZX-14R ABS for a starting price of $14,999. That’s not exactly on the super cheap end for a motorcycle, though it does compete with rivals like the Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R which starts at $14,799.

Used ZX-14R models

Buying a used Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R is a great way to own one of these sport bikes for several thousand dollars cheaper. Especially since there were zero updates to the 2020 model besides a fresh(ish) color. They tend to be very reliable bikes, and––in the event that repairs are needed––Kawasaki offers a factory warranty that is easily transferable from owner to owner. On its website, Kawasaki states, “coverage is transferable at no cost to you.”

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R has been in production since 2012, and seen only a few updates. Buying used also puts some of the special edition bikes––like the 2014 Ninja ZX-14R Brembo Ohlins Special Edition––more financially accessible. These motorcycles come with upgraded standard equipment like premium quality, superior suspensions produced by Ohlins TTX.

Updates for the 2016 ZX-14R


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In 2016, the Ninja ZX-14R got Brembo monobloc brakes on every model. It also received updates for the dashboard view. This dash is much more user friendly for toggling between modes. This dash display also boasts more contemorary style. Plus, a signal to inform the rider of whether or not they are achieving maximum fuel efficiency.

New or used motorcycle?

If you want to save some money on this quick and powerful bike, buying used is a great solution. Anything used potentially takes large chunks off the initial expense of buying a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R. It is also not likely that buying a used bike will reduce the reliability of your ZX-14R. Anything from 2012 to present will most likely serve you well, if a Kawasaki ZX-14R is what you want.