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Comparing the technical specifications of Kawasaki ZZR1400 Ninja ZX-14 and Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 is a proper way to figure out which one of these motorcycles matches better your individual preferences and expectations. When trying to make your mind on the next motorcycle, your personal levels of comfort should be the leading criteria. After comparing one motorcycle versus another and so on, the circle of favourite models will be then eventually narrowed to several ones. Then the most appropriate judgement can be made when each of them is taken for a real ride.

Kawasaki-ZZR1400 Ninja ZX-14   vs   Yamaha-Fazer FZ-1
Picture of Kawasaki - ZZR1400 Ninja ZX-14Picture of Kawasaki - ZZR1400 Ninja ZX-14
Kawasaki manufacturer Yamaha
ZZR1400 Ninja ZX-14 bike name Fazer FZ-1
Sport touring mootorcycle type Sport touring
Since 2005 year since 2006
217 / 76 / 117 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)206 / 65.5 / 112.5 cm
1441 cc engine displacement (cc)998 cc
Fuel injection Mikuni fuel supply method Fuel Injection
12.3:1 compression ratio 11.5:1
84x65 mm bore and stroke 77x53.6 mm
125mm (4.9 inches) ground clearance 135mm (5.3 inches)
4.1litres (4.3 quarts) engine oil capacity3.7litres (3.9 quarts)
22.0 litres (5.8 gallons) fuel tank capacity 20.0 litres (5.3 gallons)
299 km/h (185 mph) top speed246 km/h (153 mph)
200 hppeak horsepower 150 hp
163 nm (120.2 ft lbs)max torque 106 nm (78.2 ft lbs)
215 kg (474 lbs) dry weight204 kg (450 lbs)
239 kg (527 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 220 kg (485 lbs)
43mm inverted fork with top out springs, compression and rebound damping, fully adjustable with 117mm travel front suspension telescopic forks with 130mm travel
Bottom-Link uni-track with gas charged shock compression damping. Fully adjustable spring preload with 124mm travel rear suspension link type swingarm with 130mm travel
120/70-ZR17 front tyre size 120/70-ZR17
190/55-ZR17 rear tyre size 190/50-ZR17
6-speed transmission type 6-speed
Electric - digital ignition / starting Electric
Dual semi-floating 310mm discs with 4-piston calipers front brakes Two discs x 320mm
Single 250mm disc with 2-piston caliperrear brakes One disc x 245mm
Chain drivefinal drive typeChain drive
Liquid coolingcooling typeLiquid cooling
7.10 l/100km (33.1 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)6.25 l/100km (37.6 mpg)
technical specifications of Kawasaki ZZR1400 Ninja ZX-14see data separatelytechnical specifications of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1

The bigger engine size of Kawasaki ZZR1400 Ninja ZX-14 in comparison to Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 doesn't mean that it is more powerful or better performing bike. The first bike has the advantage of greater compression ratio of 12.3:1 than the other one. This represents the biggest volume of the cylinder when the piston is located at the lowest point of the stroke compared to the minimum volume of the cylinder when the piston is at the highest point of the stroke. When the mixture of air and fuel in the combustion chamber has bigger pressure (higher compression ratio) when it is ignited then it burns more effectively and therefore these bikes tend to have better fuel economy (comparing engines with equal displacement).
The bike with a better fuel economy is the Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 which can travel 37.6 miles with one gallon of fuel. Kawasaki ZZR1400 Ninja ZX-14 on the contrary can travel 33.1 miles with a gallon. Measuring the fuel economy in mpg shows how many miles of ride are covered by a gallon of fuel and measuring in l/100km shows the average fuel consumption in litters for every 100 kilometers riding.
bike tires Motorcycle tyres come in variety of sizes and these sizes are strongly specified for each model. Your type of riding is also to be taken into account here. Tires have a code of numbers and letters printed on their sides and these are important to be understood properly when looking for matching tires. The width of the tire is represented by the first number. Both motorcycles Kawasaki ZZR1400 Ninja ZX-14 and Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 have the same width of their tires - 120 mm for the front tire and 190 mm for the rear one. The second number show the aspect ratio. How many inches is the diameter of the rim - that is what the tird number reveals. A good way to save some time and money is to purchase your motorcycle tires online at competitive price.
Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 has a better ground clearance of 135mm ( for Kawasaki ZZR1400 Ninja ZX-14 it is 125mm). The ground clearance is also called the ride height and that is the distance between the base of the tyre and underside of the motorcycle’s body (the chassis). In other words that is the shortest distance between the road surface and the lowest mechanical part of the motorcycle.
Kawasaki ZZR1400 Ninja ZX-14 appears to be faster than Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 with top speed of 299km/h against 246km/h for the other bike. However sources may vary as to whether these top speed parameters are precise or only approximate.Liquid cooled engine of a motorcycle
Both motorcycles are liquid cooled. The pretty constant ranges of operating temperature are typical for the liquid cooled engines. Keeping the operating temperature at a very narrow range allows many engine components to be optimised for these temperatures. The water pump drives the coolant from the engine into the radiator and back. If the motorcycle slows down to a point where the air flowing through the radiator is not enough to lower the temperature of the coolant to the needed level, a thermostat will typically switch an electric fan on to increase the air flow through the radiator. However the water pump, the thermostat, the radiator and all the linking gear makes it a bit more complex.
final drive implemented with chain Both motorcycles Kawasaki ZZR1400 Ninja ZX-14 and Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 have the same final drive - chain. Chain drives are by far the most popular final drive technology in the history of motorcycles and are the most economical way to drive power from the engine to the rear wheel. The down points of the chain drive are the frequent maintenance required as it needs to be regularly cleaned and oiled. Besides it is not as smooth as a shaft or belt drive.
compression ratio is a value that represents the ratio of the volume of gas in the cylinder when the piston is at the lowest point it is ever gonna go down and the volume of gas when the piston is at its highest point. Based on the information from the technical data of the motorcycles the values are accordingly 12.3:1 for Kawasaki ZZR1400 Ninja ZX-14 and 11.5:1 for Yamaha Fazer FZ-1. In other words it represents how tightly the mixture of fuel and air in the combustion chamber is pressed before the ignition. Higher compression ratio means bigger pressure of the fuel/air mix in the combustion chamber and better efficiency achieved of its ignition.
Engine oil is among the most important aspects of an engines health. Synthetic engine oils are considered the most technically advanced one and are more expensive than the mineral oils which come at lower price. The engine oil is to be changed on every 3700 miles (or 6000 kilometers) as a general rule. The quality of the synthetic oil allows up to 5000 miles (8000 km) between oil changes. A good practice is to replace the oil filter with each or every second oil change. Both motorcycles have different oil capacity according to the technical specs - 4.1 litres for Kawasaki ZZR1400 Ninja ZX-14 and 3.7 litres for Yamaha Fazer FZ-1. This oil capacity values are with informative purpose only. The best way to pour the exact quantity of oil is to observe the dipstick or the level sight window.


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