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Last Updated : 02 July 2012

Welcome to the 2nd generation Suzuki Hayabusa vs the Kawasaki ZX-14 (ZZR 1400) comparisons specifications and performance!  The ZX-14 or ZZR 1400 was released in 2006 after the demise of the ZX-12R. 

This was probably the ZX-14 model that Kawasaki should have released back in 2000 unfortunately they didn't get it right until 6 years later.  Furthermore why Kawasaki calls it two different names is still a marketing mystery to me.  However dropping the 'R' seems sensible since it is no longer marketed as a race track ready bike.  So what ever you want to call the Kawasaki it is a seriously nice bike - I've even tried and almost bought one.

However there is one big issue - in my opinion - the ZX-14 is not better than the Hayabusa - different yes - but not ultimately different enough - and that's why I didn't buy one.  The ECU remap for 2008 further indicates that they are are still trying to make them even more similar in feel with low rev torque.

Choosing between them has to be based on each motorcycle's style or design, brand allegiance and other factors.  Kawasaki does claim that ZX-14 has more power than the Hayabusa but its not significant difference or one you can feel at first glance but could be enough for you.

Finally there is a relatively big price difference and always has been between the Kawasaki and the Suzuki.  It's always been about $1000.  The Kawasaki is not $1000 a better bike in my opinion.  Both are very similar both will impress. 

  2008 Hayabusa 2008 ZX-14

2008 Suzuki Hayabusa Image

Engine :
Bore :
Stroke :
Displacement :
Compression ratio :
Air Cleaner :
Starter :
Lubrication :
Fuelling :
Overall length :
Overall Width :
Height :
Wheel base :
Ground clearance :
Seat height :
Dry weight :

In-line 4 DOHC TSCC
81.0 mm
65.0 mm
1340 cc
12.5 : 1
Non-woven fabric
Wet sump
Electronic Fuel Injection
2190 mm
735 mm
1165 mm
1480 mm
120 mm
805 mm
220 kg
449 kg
In-line 4 cylinder DOHC
81.0 mm
61.0 mm
1352 cc
12.0 : 1

Wet sump

Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
2160 mm
720 mm
1170 mm
1490 mm
800 mm
215 kg

Security System :

Standard Standard

Gearbox :

6 speed constant mesh
Wet multi-plate hydraulic clutch
Drive chain RK GB50GSV Z4
114 Links
Gear ratios :
          1 - 2.615
          2 - 1.937
          3 - 1.526
          4 - 1.285
          5 - 1.136
          6 - 1.043
Final reduction ratio 2.388 (43/18)
6 speed constant mesh
Wet multi-plate hydraulic clutch

Gear ratios :
          1 - 2.625 (42/16)
          2 - 1.947 (37/19)
          3 - 1.545 (34/22)
          4 - 1.333 (32/24)
          5 - 1.154 (30/26)
          6 - 1.036 (29/28)
Final reduction ratio 2.412 (41/17)

Suspension  (front) :

Inverted telescopic,
coil sprung, oil damped,
spring preload fully adjustable rebound damping force 10-way adjustable
compression damping force 10-way adjustable
43mm inverted hydraulic telescopic fork with 13-way adjustable compression and 11-way rebound damping, adjustable spring preload.

Suspension  (rear) :

Link type, coil spring,
gas/oil damped,
spring preload fully adjustable force 22-way adjustable?, compression damping force 22-way adjustable
UNI-TRAK® system with single shock, Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock and top-out spring, Stepless Compression and Rebound, Fully adjustable pre-load.

Caster :
Trail :
Steering angle :

23* 25'
93 mm (3.8 in)
30* right to left

Brakes / Tyres :

320mm Disc
Tokico - Front twin 6 piston calliper
260mm Back single 4 piston calliper

Front 120/70 ZR17 
Bridgestone BT-015
Rear 190/50 ZR17 Bridgestone BT-015
Cast aluminium alloy

FRONT: 310mm Dual floating petal discs with four-piston callipers
REAR: 250mm Single Petal Disc

FRONT : 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
REAR : 190/50ZR17M/C (73W)

Fuel tank :

2008 : 21 litres
Canadian : 20 litres
22 litres

Fuel consumption :

Highway 5.4 litres (Premium) @ 100kph average per 100kms
City 7.8 litres (Premium) per 100kms average
Various corners minimal hills and mid 25 Celsius.
A-Mode only.

Exhaust :

4 into 2 - 1 - 2  (standard) 4 into 2 into 2 (standard)

Frame :

  .Monocoque aluminium

Colors :

See Model History  

Ignition type :
Spark plug :
Battery :
Generator :
Headlight :
Headlight :
turn signal :
Brake light tail light :
License plate light :
Dash lights all :

Battery Type :

Electronic ignition (transistorized)
3 Phase
12V 65w High
12V 55w Low
12V 21W
12V 5W

Power :
Torque :

(Claimed) 197hp
(Claimed) 146Kw @ 9800rpm
(Claimed) 154Nm @ 10200rpm

B Mode: 130Kw and 127Nm
C Mode: 100Kw and 105Nm
(S-DMS: Suzuki Drive Mode Selector)

(Claimed) 190PS
(Claimed) 140Kw @ 9500rpm
(Claimed) 134Nm @ 10200rpm
(Claimed) 154 Nm @ 7,500rpm
(Claimed) 15.7 Kg @ 7,500rpm

At speed with RAM-AIR
(Claimed) 190PS
(Claimed) 147.1 kW @ 9,500rpm

Based on Manual.

Pricing (AUD) :

2010 - $18,990
2009 - $18,990
2008 - $18,790
2006 - $19,090
2009 - $19,990





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