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post #1 of 15 Old 11-30-2015, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at buying a ZX14, have some questions!

Hey guys, first post here!

I'm looking at buying a ZX14, though I'm not sure of which model I'm after. I plan on doing a lot of custom work to it, so the base color isn't important to me really. I really do like the body style of the generation 2 more then the generation 1, but it isn't that big of a difference for me. Now, I can find an 07 to 09 for anywhere between 5k to 8k all over the internet. With the modifications I want to do, if I can pick up a bike cheaper rather then spend 13k to 15k on a newer one from the dealer.

My main goal for this is some street/drag racing, and maybe driving to work with it every now and again; not too often though (I don't work far away). I'm just trying to see what the big difference between both of these bikes are and see if I'm better off buying the cheaper bike. I can put 5k of mods onto the motorcycle, or buy the new one stock. Wouldn't the slightly older one modified go faster and have more HP then the stock 2014/2015?

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post #2 of 15 Old 11-30-2015, 03:51 PM
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Gen 2 is far superior .I`ve seen new for 9999.00 before.That just brings me down

2000 zx12r 60,500 mile( Now 0 mile 2003 brand new engine} street bike 9.6`s in the 1/4 a few times.My 2012 14r stole me away.9.1 so far..Now my H2 piss`s on everything.It tried to flip me shifting into 3rd gear.
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a gen 1 with a turbo kit will stomp a gen 2 easy

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post #4 of 15 Old 11-30-2015, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks

Thanks guys.

I've seen a couple Gen 2 at a fair price. Though, I've also seen some later models Gen 1's a very good price, with a ton of expensive modifications on them too. Whatever good deal comes around for the price that I can afford will be what I get, ether or. I don't mind a Gen 1 now though, and I do think this will probably be the route I go.

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If your going to be doing serious mods to the bike it doesn't make sense to me to buy a newer more exspensive one. Just look at what some of these guys are accomplishing with 12Rs, compared to a 14 the 12 is "outdated" so if your starting with any year 14 with plans to heavily modify it buy a solid cheaper one and use your funds on the mods. Good luck!

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a gen 1 with a turbo kit will stomp a gen 2 easy
Why bother.You can`t use the power all of the new superbikes have on the street unless you like sitting in a jail cell often. The track is different but then your riding a bomb thats gonna blow at some point. It`s just not worth the investment unless you can make enough money to at lease break even.

2000 zx12r 60,500 mile( Now 0 mile 2003 brand new engine} street bike 9.6`s in the 1/4 a few times.My 2012 14r stole me away.9.1 so far..Now my H2 piss`s on everything.It tried to flip me shifting into 3rd gear.
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I think it's evident that one should just buy an H2 and call it a day.
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Some people will build stuff no matter how new it is. Its a disorder or so I'm told. If you don't have the funds to buy a 14r and afford to uncork it I say get the gen1. You can get one for about 5 grand and some will come with mods already. If you are gonna spray it or turbo it, start with the less expensive one. If you want something you don't have dick with get the R. If all you care about is hauling ass build a 12r! hehe. Redsled.
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Why bother.You can`t use the power all of the new superbikes have on the street unless you like sitting in a jail cell often. The track is different but then your riding a bomb thats gonna blow at some point. It`s just not worth the investment unless you can make enough money to at lease break even.
No such thing as to much power... As with most great things, if some is good than more is better! Only thing better than a fast bike is a faster bike...

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Nice lookin 14 Irishjohn. I'd imagine shipping from Dubai is quite pricy

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Some people will build stuff no matter how new it is. Its a disorder or so I'm told. If you don't have the funds to buy a 14r and afford to uncork it I say get the gen1. You can get one for about 5 grand and some will come with mods already. If you are gonna spray it or turbo it, start with the less expensive one. If you want something you don't have dick with get the R. If all you care about is hauling ass build a 12r! hehe. Redsled.
I just bought my first ZX-14... what do you mean by "uncork it"?

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I just bought my first ZX-14... what do you mean by "uncork it"?
I'm sure he means doing the standard mods that'll unlock some of its hidden stock HP. Get rid of the top speed limiter (186 just isn't enough;), full exhaust PC that type of stuff. Obviously a turbo or some happy gas will really uncork it but there's a lot more there on any stock bike that can be had pretty easily and relatively affordable.

Let's see some pics of the new ride!

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Like others here have mentioned, yeah if you're going to make a lot of your own personal modifications and changes then you shouldn't buy a newer bike at all. If you will be mostly drag racing it then you really shouldn't be concerned about it being very new in my opinion. I love watching the hyperbikes drag race for money. "The trick is to make just enough money before the engine blows so you can start over" Yes something is going to break!

Seems to me like you might just now be thinking of jumping into something like this? Am I right? I would say slow down and learn with patience. Having and racing a dedicated drag bike is sort of a specialized sport. I wouldn't plan on riding it to the track/strip unless you can find a ride back home. You need a trailer and truck to pull it there and back. That means you have property to keep everything which means you don't live in an apartment or with someone else or something. So I commend you for doing so well for yourself and being able to have such of an expensive hobby.

Okay now that we've covered all of that, I personally feel that having a newer bike means you are spending a bit more money to have just that - a newer bike- which would include all of the nice things that go with it like fuel injection, ABS, better engine and performance (stock), better suspension, etc... because hey that's why you are spending the extra money on the newer bike and shouldn't be planning on changing it too much - other than exhaust and wheels maybe.

All I'm really saying is that I wouldn't want to spend the extra money for a newer bike just to spend all of the other money for the mod's and changes later to make it a racing bike and to be highly customized anyway. I bought a new bike (2014 ZX14R) because it is like having a nice new corvette or something where it has everything I already need to be quick and exhilarating but yet tuned for the street and still good transportation.

With that said you can't have a good reliable bike and also be able to make money at the drag strip with the same machine. My Fourteen is my sport touring bike and that is just fine with me.
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post #15 of 15 Old 05-17-2016, 03:11 PM
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Good price?

I'm looking to buy a 14 tomorrow. Put down a deposit for a new 2015. Is this a good price= 11,350?
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