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    Default The mothership has landed - Welcoming the latest addition to the stable - THE ZX-14R!!

    Its been a while since I've been here, the 2stroke and Thumpers section is where I mostly hung around back in the day. The Yezdi and RD discussions were real fun and educating at the same time. My shoutout to all the 2stroke junkies out there on XBHP who have helped me along the way!!

    Coming back to the subject of this thread, the thought of owning a liter bike in India always lingered in the back of my mind. Finally, last month (around 15th July), I made up my mind that I need to get one. After going through all different sites and EMI calculators finally got the courage to call up the Kawasaki dealership to inquire about the ZX-14R. As per my research the on-road price should have been just short of 22 lakhs. However, to my utter surprise, I came to know the ZX-14R on-road price went up to a whopping 25.62 lakhs on-road Pune. Few reasons included -

    a. Kawasaki and Bajaj parting ways.
    b. ZX-14Rs being CBUs.
    3. The freaking Maharastra government increasing the RTO fees from 7% to 20.4%

    I was so pissed off looking at the kind of dual standards the government is playing with us (GST brought prices down and retrospectively the state government increased the RTO fees.....)

    With the new ZX prices falling in the same category as the Aprillia RSV4 and S1000R category, I spoke to those guys as well...but somehow didn't like the bikes fitting my taste (a heavy guy, riding a bike fully inclined, feeling every bump on the road... ). It felt like the dream will stay a dream.....

    Cut back to last Friday, when idling around in office and I happened to open the Kawasaki India website. A big big shot in the arm. "Kawasaki offering a 3.5 lakh cash back offer on the ZX-14R!!!!"

    Call up the showroom guy and one more surprise was waiting..The Kawasaki India was in the process of the price revision and the prices were to go down further!!

    Tell my boss that I'm leaving early for the day. Call up the wifey and ask her to meet me at the showroom. 15 minutes it all it took and I was all to eager to pay the booking amount.

    Finally, the formalities are getting wrapped up and I will take the delivery of the bike 2nd September on day of EID! Cant ask for anything better

    Here are some of the pics that I had taken while I was there.


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    My threads at Xbhp - Bajaj Enduro , Yezdi CLII Hades , RD350 Cupid , CBZ Classic , 2nd RD350 - Rs. 10000

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    Default Re: The mothership has landed - Welcoming the latest addition to the stable - THE ZX-14R!!

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    Congrats in advance on the ZX-14. I found the 14 slightly more user friendly as compared to the Hayabusa. And that is a big deal, considering how awesomely rider friendly the Busa is.

    When i first saw the photos without reading the text, i thought you owned a 1000 and now bought a 14r to go with it
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    Congrats on your new acquisition. Enjoy your ride to the core

    ATGATT !!!

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    Congrats, this is my dream bike, If you don't mind sharing, what is the price Otr after discounts

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    Quote Originally Posted by akmblr View Post
    Congrats, this is my dream bike, If you don't mind sharing, what is the price Otr after discounts

    1. Price before discount of 3.5 Lakhs is 24.85 on road.
    2. 5000 rs for the special number 666
    3. 26K on basic safety accessories like sliders etc.

    Cheers,
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    Proud owner of - Vespa - LX 125SE,Kawasaki - SX Enduro, Suzuki AX100, Rajoot 175, Yamaha RX 135 (5 speed), Yezdi CL II, CBZ Classic, Karizma Classic,Bullet G2 Series, RD350 HT (Cafe racer), RD350 HT (Stock),KTM - Duke 390 (2014), Interceptor 650, Suzuki - GSX S750, Suzuki - GSX 1300R Hayabusa.

    My threads at Xbhp - Bajaj Enduro , Yezdi CLII Hades , RD350 Cupid , CBZ Classic , 2nd RD350 - Rs. 10000

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    Default Re: The mothership has landed - Welcoming the latest addition to the stable - THE ZX-14R!!

    Congratulations man.. the bike looks mean.. mothership is indeed the right word for it.

    Wishing you many many happy miles on this..
    And hey safety first, you have one of the best bikes on planet, ride safe buddy.


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    Congrats on the mothership ,Only one question - How do you manage to look after so many exotics ? Just trying to manage couple of vehicles -service, insurance , FC & spares is so time consuming .Hats off for your efforts & true passion .Also hope your RD cafe racer thread gets updated with photos of the beauty since i am a die hard RD 350 fan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bharatheshk View Post
    Congrats on the mothership ,Only one question - How do you manage to look after so many exotics ? Just trying to manage couple of vehicles -service, insurance , FC & spares is so time consuming .Hats off for your efforts & true passion .

    Its simple -
    a. Get them to an optimal condition.
    b. Timely maintenance.
    c. A lot of patience to listen to your family members complaining about bikes.
    d. Selling your blood to get the insurance done once a year...and then a Kidney for the re-registration of the Cougars

    Cheers,
    Zohaibak
    Proud owner of - Vespa - LX 125SE,Kawasaki - SX Enduro, Suzuki AX100, Rajoot 175, Yamaha RX 135 (5 speed), Yezdi CL II, CBZ Classic, Karizma Classic,Bullet G2 Series, RD350 HT (Cafe racer), RD350 HT (Stock),KTM - Duke 390 (2014), Interceptor 650, Suzuki - GSX S750, Suzuki - GSX 1300R Hayabusa.

    My threads at Xbhp - Bajaj Enduro , Yezdi CLII Hades , RD350 Cupid , CBZ Classic , 2nd RD350 - Rs. 10000

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    I found the 14 slightly more user friendly as compared to the Hayabusa. And that is a big deal, considering how awesomely rider friendly the Busa is.
    Slight OT:

    How comfortable is the ZZR on normal petrol?
    I'm sure it goes faster, lights the road better and brakes better.
    @zohaibak - congratulations in advance! Iss baar ki eidi kamaal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divya Sharan View Post
    Slight OT:

    How comfortable is the ZZR on normal petrol?
    I'm sure it goes faster, lights the road better and brakes better.
    @zohaibak - congratulations in advance! Iss baar ki eidi kamaal.

    Fueling is the biggest puzzle that I'm trying to solve. With a compression ratio of 12.3:1, 95 Octane is mandatory. The showroom folks advised to fill in normal unleaded 91 Octane vs the additive based Speed and Power crap which I think is fair.

    Right now, here are my two options -

    Short rides - Fill in Speed 97 from the Pune RTO bunk.
    Long rides and emergencies - Normal unleaded fuel with an Octane booster (have not completed the research so can't give out names).

    I've not ridden a Busa so can't comment. However, the brakes are pretty decent, and the bike is as comfortable as sitting on a Lazy Boy

    Cheers,
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