The Kawasaki ZX14 is the ultimate superbike of the future. Kawasaki’s strategy for this bike was straightforward, but incredibly demanding. This motorcycle features an inline four cylinder engine that is compact, light, and silent as possible, despite the fact that is has 1,352cc worth of power. The digitally fuel injected and ram air inducted engine is capable of 7,500 rpm, which barely meets European regulations for street bikes.

The biggest advantage to this bike is its size. It is massive in shape, but designed to handle like a smaller, more versatile bike. This is a big contrast to buying a used Hayabusa for sale, which is very difficult to drive on smaller streets. Although the Hayabusa is faster, the ZX14 is a good choice for driving on space-limited roads.

Competition The ZX14 classic race bikes for sale were introduced in 2006 as a replacement for the ZX12R and a better competitor for the Suzuki Hayabusa. The engine was exactly the same, although the bike had a lighter chassis and better handling. The Hayabusa continues to be the only motorbike that is able to challenge the success of the ZX14. However, the ZX14 features a more touring-like capability, making it a better choice for casual riders.

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The 70s had seen the Japanese bike manufacturers engaged in a battle with themselves in trying to outclass their rivals in terms of raw power. This was often at the expense of handling and the Honda CBX1000 was no exception to this, although it has to be said that handling was surprisingly good for a bike of this size.

The CB1000 was not the first inline six cylinder machine. That was the Benelli 750Sei which appeared in 1972. However, the Benelli never really caught on, and the Honda was something of a surprise when launched in 1978. The problem for Honda was that after their initial groundbreaking CB750 in 1968, their competitors had come back at them hard with big 1000cc machines.

First it was Kawasaki’s Z1, then Yamaha’s XS1100, Suzuki’s GS1000 and Kawasaki’s Z1000. The CBX1000 appeared and outclassed all of them. The engine was an in line six with 24 valves and six Keihin carburettors, producing 105bhp and a maximum speed of 135mph. The bike was something that one either loved or loathed. Almost ridiculously wide, the width was actually not as wide as it might have been if not for Honda’s use of thin casings and hollow components.

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