Kawasaki’s Ninja ZX-14R is one of the most powerful production bikes on the market, exciting and terrifying motorcyclists in near equal measure, but there’s a brand new reason to be scared of the thing.
Product Safety Australia has issued a recall for the motorbike over an issue with its brakes.
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“The front brake master cylinder may have components missing, which may interfere with the force applied when braking,” Product Safety Australia warns.
“This can result in a loss of brake performance,” which it says can, “increase the risk of an accident, causing serious injury or death to the rider and other road users.”
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The brake issue is a concern, especially on a crotch rocket with an engine the size of some hatchbacks that accelerates faster than gravity and will go over 300km/h if its manufacturer allows it too.
“It’s a scary bike,” one adventure motorcycle forum user described. “Amazing but scary. Not just the ‘way too much power’ thing … it’s a licence eater for sure.”
Only 30 of the affected bikes (model year 2021) have been sold so far in Australia, but that was during a period of only around a month-and-a-half last year.
If you’re one of the people who was brave enough to buy a Ninja ZX-14R, contact your nearest Kawasaki dealer and they’ll arrange for inspection and repairs.