Japanese people are some of the most discplined and intelligent people around. But once something comes onto their ego, things get serious very quickly.
It all started back in 1996 when Honda released the Blackbird. It was designed to trump the Kawasaki ZX-11 in terms of sheer top speed. In the it's peak form, the Blackbird went 289 kmph. Two years later Suzuki launched the Hayabusa and that bike went 312 kmph and was the first bike to breach the 300 kmph mark.
Obviously Kawasaki wasn't going to stay still because they were one of the companies who started these Speed Wars.
In 2006, Kawasaki shook the sushi with the THIS THE ZX14R. The ZX14R is capable of doing 335 kmph. But due to a "Gentleman's agreement" done between the Japanese manufacturers all bikes were electronically limited to 299 kmph.
Obviously to create so much thrust, the engine must be really powerful. And surely the engine makes enough power to move a small city. The ZX14R cages a 1441 CC, Liquid cooled, 16 valve DOHC engine. This engine makes 207 horsepower and 153 Nm of Torque. Top speed is one thing but even the acceleration of this bike is mind shattering. This bike in the right condition and on the right tyres can do 0-100 kmph in 2.6 seconds.
To get that type of performance on 4 wheels, you are spending atleast upwards of 4 crores. The fastest car made by Lamborghini the SVJ does 0-60 in 2.7 seconds.
The ZX14R is an experience like no other. You sit super low and tucked in. Once you lean down and squeeze the throttle, the bike grips on to the road like hot glue and launches you into hyperspeed. It feels as if this bike can rip a whole through time and space. The engine isn't as obnoxiously loud as some other high CC bikes, but it makes a glorious sound once you pin the accelerator. The engine creates so much thrust, it feels as if the engine is producing its own gravity.
The ZX14R surely is one of the greats in the motorcycle industry which has been overlooked on. It also is the king of probably the motorcycle industry's greatest battle of all time. The Japanese Speed Wars and the ZX14R is its reigning champion.