2008 Kawasaki ZZR 1400

For 2008, changes to the ZZR1400’s engine and exhaust system ensure that strict Euro-III emissions regulations are met. Through efforts to also reduce mechanical noise, power drops were not only minimised, overall engine character was improved and peak power was actually increased!

Key ZZR1400 features:

· Massive power and torque care of the mighty 1,352 cm3 In-Line Four engine.
· Superb stability and reflexive handling care of the well-balanced aluminium monocoque frame.
middot; High controllability and feedback from the 43 mm inverted fork and fully adjustable Uni-Trak rear suspension.
· Phenomenal stopping power and feel care of triple petal disc brakes, radial-mount front brake calipers and radial-pump master cylinder.
· Flagship ride quality thanks to sculpted ergonomics and a relaxed sport riding position.
middot; Palpable aura emanating from the distinctive, avant-garde styling.

The 2008 ZZR1400 retains all these great features, plus maintains its great driveability. Overall, the ZZR1400’s total potential is increased. Emissions and noise levels are lower, peak power is higher, the mid-range hit is smoother and low-end torque has been increased.

CLEANER EMISSIONS. MORE POWER.

After ensuring Euro-III regulations were met, changes to the engine ensured the best balance for improved power characteristics and meeting noise regulations. The result is an engine with the same great driveablility, a higher peak power, more linear mid-range and stronger low end.
* Intake porting was revised to provide optimum flow characteristics.
* Fine-atomising injectors with droplet size of 75 µ increase the lateral spray angle from 15o to 20o, dispersing atomised fuel over a wider area.
* Internal construction of the silencers was revised. Capacity ratio of the first and third chambers was adjusted, as were the lengths of the pipes projecting from the baffle plates.
* Entrances to the connecting pipes (joining header pipes 1-4 and 2-3) were enlarged approximately 75% to compensate for the new collector shape (revised with the addition of the third honeycomb catalyser). This change in particular resulted in enhanced torque characteristics, especially in the low rpm range.
* Emissions and noise levels clear regulations for all markets, allowing almost the same power and torque performance for all markets (except France).
* Revised piston profiles contribute to reduced mechanical noise.
* Urethane sheet added to the inside of the magnesium chain cover also helps reduce mechanical noise.

Reduced mechanical noise. Meeting Euro-III exhaust emission regulations
OTHER CHANGES FOR 08MY
* Forming the cast aluminium sections of the main frame to which the rear frame is mounted using a die casting process instead of gravity casting results in slightly lighter parts, contributing to weight savings.

Chassis
Fine-tuned power characteristics

By reducing mechanical noise, sacrifices to engine power could be minimised. (Reducing mechanical noise in other areas means less exhaust noise reduction is necessary – and consequently the exhaust system can be tuned for greater power.)

NEW FEATURE DETAILS
* In addition to the already existing honeycomb catalysers (one in each silencer), a third honeycomb catalyser was added in the collector.
* European models also feature an O2 sensor that measures oxygen density in the exhaust and gives feedback to the ECU. The ECU adjusts the volume of fuel being introduced by the fine atomising injectors, making the fuel-air mixture leaner or richer as necessary, to ensure optimal combustion for clean emissions.
* In order to be able to take into account feedback from the O2 sensor, the ECU is new.
* The cylinder head and cylinder head cover have larger secondary air ports (increased approximately 20%), making it easier to get more air into the exhaust system.
* The Air Switching Valve (ASV) can also handle approximately 5% more air.

First of all, the Kawasaki ZZR 1400 is now Euro 3 norms compliant.
Also, Kawasaki made some changes to the engine and minimised the mechanical noises, allowing the engine to be better and more powerfull at the top rev range.

The torque was also incrased at low and mid rev range. The comparison between the two big monsters of the category that are Hayabusa and ZZR 1400 is very attractive…

More detailed information will be provided on September 27th, at the Kawasaki World Press Conference, which is to be held at Equinoxe, Paris. Invitations for this event have been sent.

MSRP $12,099.00-$12,399.00 now available from your local dealer

Key Features:
– Reduced emissions and mechanical noise with more peak power and low-end torque for 2008
– Well-balanced aluminum monocoque frame provides superb stability and reflexive handling
– Flagship ride quality with rider friendly ergonomics and that distinctive Ninja styling
– Excellent control and feedback from the 43mm inverted fork and fully adjustable Uni-Trak rear suspension

1,352cc Four-Cylinder, DOHC Engine
– Tuned to provide smooth power across a very wide rev range while raising Kawasaki’s legendary horsepower standards to a new level
– Revised cylinder head and head cover with 20% larger secondary air ports to flow more air into the exhaust
– Carefully planned engine design keeps it compact and narrow
– Chrome composite plated aluminum cylinder bores are lightweight, durable, and quickly carry heat away from the combustion chamber and piston for supreme durability at high power outputs

Reduced Mechanical Noise
– Revised piston profile produces less noise for 2008
– New urethane insulation sheet added to the inside of the magnesium chain cover to aid in reducing mechanical noise

Exhaust
– Third honeycomb catalyzer added to the collector help meet strict Euro III emissions standards
– Revised internal silencer construction minimized impact of emissions regulations, preserving top-end power
– Exhaust connecting tube entrances enlarged approximately 75% to compensate for new collector shape (revised for the third catalyzer) for enhanced low rpm torque
characteristics

Gear-Driven Dual Engine Balancers
– Already in perfect primary balance, dual secondary balancers virtually eliminate unwanted vibrations for extremely smooth engine operation and reduced rider fatigue

Ram Air Induction
– Central Ram Air duct produces a straighter path to the airbox for maximum intake efficiency
– Takes cooler, high-pressure air from in front of the fairing and guides it through the air cleaner and into the engine for maximum power output

Digital Fuel Injection
– New intake porting optimizes flow characteristics
– New injectors feature an increased lateral spray angle from 15 to 20 degrees to disperse the finely-atomized fuel over a wider area
– Fine-atomizing injectors produce 75µ droplet size
– 44mm Mikuni throttle bodies are fitted with sub-throttle valves, controlled by the ECU to provide precise response, make DFI® performance smoother, and met Euro III emission requirements
– 32-bit ECU works with dual throttle valve system to further enhance throttle response and control

Digital Ignition
– Digital Timing Advance enhances low-and mid-range power
– Four individual spark plug-mounted ignition coils fire each spark plug independently to achieve the optimum timing for that cylinder at that instant
– ECU includes an idle speed control system for easier starting and warm-up

Radial Pump Clutch Master Cylinder
– Hydraulic clutch features a radial-pump clutch master cylinder for smooth and precise clutch engagement

Next-Generation Monocoque Aluminum Frame
– Lightweight, monocoque frame is a hollow aluminum box that arches over the engine from the steering head to the swing arm pivot. It is narrow, strong, rigid and very light
– New for 2008, the frame’s cast aluminum sections – steering head and swing arm pivot areas –are now produced with a die casting process instead of gravity casting resulting in further weight savings
– Engine is rigidly mounted to the frame to increase its torsional rigidity. Using the engine as a stressed frame member also saves approximately four pounds
– Engine positioned forward in the frame, and the wheelbase and front/rear weight balance were carefully designed to achieve high-speed stability and responsive handling
– Massive head pipe casting contributes to frame rigidity
– Houses the air box and air filter in a space-saving design that actually simplifies air cleaner maintenance. Two screws hold a plate on the left side of the frame that allows air cleaner access
– Battery is also housed within the frame and has simple access through the back side of the frame

Inverted 43mm Cartridge Type Front Fork
– Damping rates offer stiff initial action to resist front-end dive when braking
– Stepless damping adjustment improves suspension performance

Bottom-Link Uni-Trak® Rear Suspension
– Linkage rates provide linear suspension action
– Bottom-link design concentrates the weight lower in the chassis for a lower center of gravity, which makes the motorcycle more nimble

Radial Mounted Petal Front Disc Brakes
– Radial mounted four-piston front brake calipers utilize integrated mounting points at both the top and bottom of the caliper, with the mounting bolts inserted through the rear of the caliper instead of the side/front. This makes the caliper more rigid, which improves brake feel over a wider range of operation
– A separate brake pad is used for each piston. Individual pads provide increased cooling efficiency and can absorb more heat without deforming so they maintain consistent brake feel stop after stop
– Petal design brake discs provide better cooling and warp resistance
– Radial-pump front brake master cylinder improves brake performance and lever feel
– Wheel rims feature center ribs which are slightly offset so tire balance weights can be located precisely along the wheel’s centerline.

Wind Tunnel-Designed Bodywork
– Monocoque frame goes over the engine the fairing is uninterrupted by protruding frame spars, adding to the extremely long and low styling.
– Both the front and rear turn signals are integrated into the bodywork and have clear lenses to enhance the appearance
– Quadruple projector beam headlights give the ZX-14 a distinctive upper fairing. The outer lights contain position lamps and the high beams, while the low beams are in the center lamps
– Lightweight Denso radiator with high-density cores provides maximum cooling efficiency

Full Instrumentation
– Dual analog speedometer and tachometer with white faces are easy to read
– Multi-function LCD digital display includes an odometer, two trip meters, fuel gauge, gear position indicator and a clock
– Programmable shift indicator lamp illuminates at pre-set rpm to signal rider upshift
– Programmable clutch engagement lamp illuminates at pre-set rpm to signal the rider to engage the clutch
– CAN (Controller Area Network) interface between the gauges uses fewer wires while allowing a greater volume of information, such as estimated fuel mileage, to be exchanged
Engine Type     Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valve per cylinder, inline-four
Displacement     1352 cc
Bore x Stroke     84.0 x 61.0 mm
Maximum Torque     154 N/m {15.7 kgf/m} 113.5 lb-ft @ 7,500 rpm
Compression Ratio     12.0:1
Fuel Injection     DFI with Mikuni 44mm Mikuni Throttle Bodies (4)
Ignition     TCBI with Digital Advance
Transmission     6-Speed
Final Drive     X-Ring Chain
Rake/Trail     23 degrees / 94 mm.
Front Tire Size     120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire Size     190/50 ZR17
Wheelbase     57.5 in.
Overall Height     46.1 in.
Overall Length     85.4 in.
Overall Width     29.9 in.
Front Suspension / wheel travel     43mm inverted cartridge fork with adjustable preload, stepless rebound and compression damping adjustments / 4.6 in.
Rear Suspension / wheel travel     Bottom-Link Uni-Trak® and gas-charged shock with adjustable preload, stepless rebound and compression damping adjustments, adjustable ride height / 4.8 in.
Front Brake Type     Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs with dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers
Rear Brake Type     Single 250mm petal disc with twin-piston caliper
Fuel Tank Capacity     5.8 gal.
Seat Height     31.5 in.
Dry Weight     485 lbs.
Color     Candy Lime Green / Flat Super Black, Special Edition Candy Burnt Orange / Metallic Diablo Black
Warranty     12 months
Good Times™ Protection Plan     12, 24, 36 or 48 months

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