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More numbers on the ZX-14 from the drag strip

2006 Kawasaki ZX-14 - Dragstrip Test
3/10/2006
By Kevin Duke

While we wait for Kenny to rifle through his thesaurus as he writes our First Ride article on Kawasaki's powerful new ZX-14, we thought we'd bring you our impression of how the 1352cc beast handled the rigors of dragstrip abuse during the bike's press introduction in Las Vegas. Kawasaki calls the 190-hp (claimed) grande ZX the most powerful streetbike in the world, and its ETs at the dragstrip back up the claim.
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We arrived to Las Vegas Motor Speedway's "The Strip" after scaring ourselves silly trying to hold the ZX-14's throttle fully open around the banked oval NASCAR course. I'm much more comfortable on a 'strip, and I was anxious to see how quick I could go on the ZX after besting the journalists in attendance at the Harley-Davidson Destroyer launch. The first half of the assembled journos had already finished their runs, and I was surprised to hear that no one had yet been able to go quicker than 10 seconds.

There to greet us were a couple of racing legends. Rob Muzzy, the mustachioed one who has won AMA roadracing national championships (and a World Superbike title with Scott Russell), has spent the past several years toiling in the dragracing scene, bagging even more championships while selling his Muzzys branded performance parts.

And then there's Rickey Gadson, a dragracing legend who was at LVMS to tell us which way to point the ZX. A seven-time champion, Gadson knows a thing or two about what it takes to make a quick run. When Gadson sees three-time AMA dragracing champion Ryan Schnitz make a pass on the ZX-14, in less than 2 seconds he predicts the run will be a 9.79. Turns out it was a 9.78-second pass, just one-hundredth of a second off his forecast!

Straight away, the ZX-14 proves to be an excellent dragracing platform. On my first two passes, I ran nearly identical 9.98-second trips down the quarter (a 9.985 and a 9.989), both culminating in a matching 143.23 mph trap speed. Getting into the 9-second bracket on my first run on the bike is one thing, but logging equal runs back to back is incredible. Obviously, the mega ZX is super easy to launch, or that kind of consistency simply wouldn't be possible.

Helping keep the launches consistent is the ZX's superlative clutch, imperative for getting the most out of any run down the strip. The lever actuates a radial-pump clutch, an industry-first according to Kawasaki. Like radial-mount brake master cylinders and radial brake calipers, this type of arrangement generally results in more feedback through the lever. Feel through the ZX's clutch lever was as good as or better than any hydraulic clutch I've sampled.

Kawasaki also didn't skimp on the clutch pack itself, a beefy unit comprised of nine large-diameter steel plates that can handle the abuse of a claimed 114 lb-ft of torque. In testing, Kawasaki performed more than 60 passes on a single stock clutch pack without any signs of failing. Not once were any of my runs spoiled by an inconsistent clutch, despite motojournalists mercilessly abusing the 14's clutches for about a day and a half. A direct shift lever (no linkage) ensured positive shifts even at full throttle.

My pair of nines were the first sub-10-second runs of the event, and they were followed by a 10.09. And then on my last pass of this stint, I logged a 9.90 at 143.4 mph, a mark that would remain unbeaten by anyone else. Still, my group would provide plenty of competition.

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I gotta see the dyno results!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The 1998 Kawisaki ZX9R ran 9.9 in the 1/4

The years before and the years after never hit the 9's again. Weird but intereseting that the same numbers were hit with a bike 500cc's less, 8 years ago.

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Weird????? Hardly!

You say it was a '98 Kawasiki!!!!!!!
I bet that was a limited edition nitro running Mad Max kinda bike.

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Weird????? Hardly!

You say it was a '98 Kawasiki!!!!!!!
I bet that was a limited edition nitro running Mad Max kinda bike.


You just saw "saki" and are excited.

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Arigato, Mr Rob0to

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More tee tee

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3/6/2006

KAWASAKI’S ZX™-14 WINS SEASON OPENER AT VALDOSTA

Rickey Gadson and the all-new ZX-14 are a force to be reckoned with


VALDOSTA, Ga. (March 5, 2006) - Kawasaki Racing Team rider Rickey Gadson kicked off the 2006 AMA/Prostar drag racing season in championship form. The 39-year-old racer from Philadelphia, Pa., piloted his all-new Kawasaki ZX-14 straight into the winner’s circle and the record books with a new national record of 178.12 mph at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta Ga., on Sunday.

“I have 108 wins to my credit and this has to be one of the most memorable of my career,” said Gadson. “I’m thrilled that Kawasaki asked me to race this bike. The team is coming together, the ZX-14 is awesome and it doesn’t get any better than this.”

Gadson qualified sixth in the newly created AMA/ProStar Super Street category with a conservative 8.72 second pass at 168 mph. “We still had a lot to learn about the bike,” said Gadson. We are dealing with new equipment and we didn’t have any time to test it, so our two qualifying passes served as our testing and the bike ran great. We feel like we are learning more and more every time we go out on the track.”

The steep learning curve for Gadson and his mechanic Coby Adams, made for a challenging day in the pit area, but their veteran abilities proved positive as Gadson blistered the track during the second round of eliminations. He posted a stunning 8.482 second pass at 178.12 mph to defeat contender Darren Burnett who ran 8.697 at 165.94. Gadson’s run also set a new mile-per-hour record for the Super Street class, he explained afterward how the all-new ZX-14 was shaping up. “I had a lot more confidence going into the second round,” Gadson said. “It was lifting the front wheel up a lot through third gear, which can get a little scary, but it also shows how much power the ZX-14 really has. I think the bike has the perfect balance between performance and power. It’s what you want on the track, we just need to tweak a few things and I need a couple more runs to get used to it.”

In the semi-final, Gadson ran 8.92 seconds at 172 mph to advance to the finals. “I missed a shift,” said Gadson. “It didn’t matter though, the bike had plenty of power and I was getting used to it even more. Coby was doing an awesome job dialing in the bike and finding the right power set up. Plus we were running faster than everyone else. I was confident that if we made it to the finals we had nothing to loose.”

In the final round, Gadson trounced top qualifier Todd Schnitz’s Suzuki Hayabusa to take top honors and bragging rights for Kawasaki’s all-new ZX-14. “I couldn’t ask for a better weekend,” said Gadson. “This is huge for me and for Kawasaki, we were faced with a challenge, we met it head on, the bike ran great and we were successful. It doesn’t get any sweeter than this.”

Looking ahead to the next event Gadson has high expectations. “We are going to make some changes but we’re confident that we will be ready,” he said. “We didn’t really have a lot of information or parts for the bike because it’s so new. Now we have some time to catch our breath, test the bike, and gear up for Atlanta. I’m very excited to get there and see what the track has in store for us.”

Next up for Gadson and the all-new Kawasaki ZX-14 is the 2006 MTC Elmer Trett Nationals, April 2-3 at Atlanta Dragway.

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hold up...does that thing have stock engine parts???

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hold up...does that thing have stock engine parts???
Dunno. What does pro star super street allow?

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Some help on rules

http://www.amaprostar.com/rulebook/2...ET%20RULES.pdf

8.482 seconds.........That's almost a second faster than when he ran it no airfilter and strapped on pump gas. I say a pipe, power commander, high octane racing gas and ?
I have a seat of the pants estimate that internal engine mods were minimal. The bike for all intents and purposes is the real deal monster.

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