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Howdy all, just got a couple of questions. I was planning on getting a new busa but after reading all the reviews now think that I may go with the 1400... So I have been reading through this forum and now am a little worried about all this talk about engines running hot, and strange noises from the bike. Of all the threads out there that talk about loud engines how many guys out there have not experienced any problems? Is only the negative stuff getting posted. Overall does everyone like the bike, other than the gentleman who had his completely torn apart, in search of the noise culprit... Another question, Is the 06 and the 07 exactly the same? A dealer near me told me today that he has a 06 black still in the crate that he would sell to me for 9995... So, what's your guys thoughts? I do appreciate it and thank you in advance. -Jim
 

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i think the only difference that I know of is the wheels are different colors. I did what you are thinking, got a new 2006 just under 10k. They went from painted dark gray to raw aluminum. So far I like mine, but only have 60 miles on it.
 

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Hi Jim,

The difference between the 06 and 07 is minor.

2006 - Brown wheels, and badges on the fr fairing, black lowers.
Colors are -Red, Black, and Blue

2007 - aluminum/silver wheels, badges on tank, Ninja on fairing,
and color matched lowers.
Colors are - White w/flames, blue, and black.

As far as reliability goes, there are many, many Guys out there
who ride hard on the 14's and have NO complaints. With as
many 14's that have been sold, there is bound to be one or two
that show up with some issues.

I have 950 miles on mine and it is rock solid. Motor is quiet, no
heat issues, and starts and runs like clockwork. What I am
about to say is VERY important to the longevity of a ZX14.

1. Change the oil at 100-150 miles.
2. Again at 500 miles.
3. Again at 850 miles.

When you do this you will notice a LOT of metallic in the oil. At about
850, when you change the oil, there will be a lot less. When I
cut my filter open at 100, and 500 miles, the oil looked like metalflake
paint. Oil is cheap compared to a motor, so changing it before
the scheduled change will insure that you are breaking the
in motor with non-contaminated oil.

Break-in is very important as well. Accels/decels at a reasonable
RPM will help to seat the rings. Keeping the RPM's reasonably
low will insure that you are allowing the top end to break-in
without suffering ealry cam, and/or, valvetrain wear. There
is a fine balance between seating the rings and not pounding
the valetrain to death. I've been doing this with all of my
bikes for 44 years and no failures yet. Many of these bikes
were raced and ridden hard once broken in properly.

So, buy the ZX14. You won't regret it. As for the Busa, it's
a great bike, but it's old news and yesterdays technology.
Just be VVeeerrry careful on the 14. It can, and will, put you
on your head if you do not respect it.:eek:hno

Good luck with your choice.:smile

JohnnyB.
 

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You took the words right out of my mouth my friend. Go buy the ZX-14 now. I can't describe to you the feeling of all that power beneath your legs. Mind the 'throttle itchiness' though.....
You sure have that right. "itchiness" is putting it mildly. :scared

The throttle response is excellent, unlike the R-1 which is glitchy
and acts like a on/off light switch. The 14's throttle response
comes in real handy downshifting when entering, but can be
"exciting" when coming off an apex. Can you say power *drifting* ?

*Disclaimer* There were NO ZX14's harmed regarding the above
statement. :smile
 

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thanks

Thank you for the advice... I will definitely take it under careful consideration. One last question for now... Whats your guys thoughts on buying the first year of a vehicle? Everone damn near gasps when I say I want to buy a bike the first model year. the insight is priceless...
 

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Kawasaki put a TON of R&D in to the ZX14. Being the new
flagship means that the bike will have to perform AND be reliable.
The Corporate reputation and future sales depends on it.

Example of new Kawasaki first year bikes I have owned and
raced --

1971 H-1 500cc. (3)A screamin winner !

1972 H-2 750cc, 1 European model, and 6 others

1973 900/4 (2) A real winner !

1977 1000/4 A real winner

1984 900/4 Ninja, a BIG winner. ( Actually the first true faired sport bike)

These are just a few of the new Kawasaki's I have owned that set
the trend for others to follow. Remember, you are buying a heritage
and a Motorcycle that has had a team of Engineers working
non-stop to be the best and continue to lead the way.

No, I do not work for Kawasaki. :smile
 

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I thought the same thing about the first model year but I can't find anybody who has experienced any major problems, plus nothing mechanically changed in 2007.
As an owner of a ZX-14, i tell you this, of all the problems i've seen, it all comes back to the knocking sounds and if you read through my tread titled 'strange engine sounds' is easily curable. I've never heard yet of any major damages to the engine and the reliability of it on the track done by legendary drag racer Ricky Gadson etc and you know how they abuse the engine.:scared The reputations speak for themselves. I do not ever regret in buying the ZX-14, not now and never will be........ :rofl

I've bought a machine that so expensive and i'll be damn if not to ride it to the fullest and to enjoy life. You only live once you know.......
 

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As an owner of a ZX-14, i tell you this, of all the problems i've seen, it all comes back to the knocking sounds and if you read through my tread titled 'strange engine sounds' is easily curable. I've never heard yet of any major damages to the engine and the reliability of it on the track done by legendary drag racer Ricky Gadson etc and you know how they abuse the engine.:scared The reputations speak for themselves. I do not ever regret in buying the ZX-14, not now and never will be........ :rofl

I've bought a machine that so expensive and i'll be damn if not to ride it to the fullest and to enjoy life. You only live once you know.......

Amen to that ! You know, we have to hook up and ride together
sometime.
 
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