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Old 09-20-2011, 10:11 AM   #1
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Supercharged ZZR1400

I guess the ZX-14 is still not fast enough for some:

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/Ne...zzr1400-plans/



"Kawasaki is working on a supercharged four-cylinder bike as a replacement for the mighty ZZR1400.

A flurry of new patent documents from the company show enough detail to suggest the idea of supercharging a new high-performance machine is far more than just an engineering exercise.

Recent power increases in 1000cc superbikes, exemplified by the 190bhp BMW S1000RR, have created a problem for super-fast sports tourers like the ZZR1400 and Suzuki Hayabusa. Once the final word in flat-out acceleration and top speed, they are now outperformed by lighter, nimbler superbikes in a straight line as well as around corners.

The solution? Take advantage of the fact the ZZR has no race regs to conform to and add a huge dollop of power with the addition of a supercharger.

Over the last few weeks no fewer than four patents have been published, all showing different aspects of the same ZZR1400-style supercharged bike. But don't rush out to place your order just yet - Kawasaki is believed to be working on a revised ZZR, so a supercharged machine is likely to be at least 18 months away.

The design neatly slots the supercharger itself just behind the cylinders, underneath the throttle bodies, with drive to the turbine supplied via an idler gear (to increase its speed relative to engine revs) and a short chain. Air coming in through the normal intake between the headlights runs through a filter, over the engine and down to the supercharger, where it's compressed before being fed back up to the throttle bodies. There's no provision for an intercoooler, suggesting the set-up is aimed at providing a relatively modest power and torque increases, rather than drag-strip boost figures.

When it comes to supercharging, Kawasaki isn't breaking new ground; the firm already has years of experience with a remarkably similar supercharged four-cylinder engine. Not on a motorcycle, but in one of its jet skis. The Ultra 300X uses a motorcycle-style DOHC, 16-valve, four-cylinder engine, fairly close to the ZZR1400's in dimensions although with a slightly larger 1500cc capacity. In a bike doing without the Ultra 300X's intercooler around 250bhp should still be within easy reach.

Suggestions of a supercharged ZZR first emerged in 2009, however, this is the first time we've seen hard evidence to substantiate the rumours. The bike's relatively low development costs - adding forced induction to boost performance is a far cheaper way to boost performance than developing an entirely new motor - make supercharging the ZZR a promising prospect for a strong power-to-money ratio."
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:57 AM   #2
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They should put that picture next to 'insanity' in the dictionary....
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:14 PM   #3
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This btw is what the 2012 ZX14 will look like. It probably won't be supercharged. Maybe for the next redesign.

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Old 09-20-2011, 07:28 PM   #4
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Turbine? That's the device that absorbs power from the exhaust to transfer it to what ever is driven. A supercharger has a compressor.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:58 PM   #5
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I almost want one.

I just can't do the ergos on those kinds of bikes.
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:47 PM   #6
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If I had a ZX-14 I'm certain my main complaint would be that it didn't have enough power.
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:58 PM   #7
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I almost want one.

I just can't do the ergos on those kinds of bikes.
just buy a new triple clamp, some 7/8" x 14" mini apes and floorboards from kuryakyn and you will be fine


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Old 09-21-2011, 05:46 AM   #8
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just buy a new triple clamp, some 7/8" x 14" mini apes and floorboards from kuryakyn and you will be fine


There is a company that makes a handlebar setup for around $500. Put that and the lower peg mounts, and a aftermarket seat... alll set.

10-10-2011 they will release the details. They've released a few teaser videos, but nothing specific.
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:10 AM   #9
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:41 AM   #10
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84 x 65 mm .... bore x stroke.... = 1441 CC
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:44 AM   #11
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I wonder what the Japanese writing at the end of the clip translates too...
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:55 AM   #12
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I wonder what the Japanese writing at the end of the clip translates too...
I think it says "you're gonna shit your pants"
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:59 AM   #13
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Probally, my 06 was just insane, can't imagine what this one will do.

http://ninja14r.kawasaki.com/witness/
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:23 AM   #14
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It's about time,Damhic.

After Suzuki showed their Boost -King showbike and then nuetered it to B-King without the blower because it would be "too much".

After looking at the Rotax 1000 cc supercharged motor in some sort of watercraft and thinking out loud it should be installed in a bike. And being told by the sales woofie that it would be "too much'.

If I had any money to invest I'd by stock in Bridgestone and Dunlop because the rear tire will only last a week or so on this.

If I win the Lottery I'll deliver a supercharged 14 to Hannigan to build into a HP sidecar.
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:06 PM   #15
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I almost want one.

I just can't do the ergos on those kinds of bikes.
You don't want to be in the wind blast when you hit 175 mph.

Riding these bikes on the street is INSANE.
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