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post #1 of 14 Old 09-21-2016, 04:14 AM Thread Starter
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ZX-14R vs ZX-10R

Deciding between ZX-14R and ZX-10R. I do mostly commutes and want the occasional long distance ride as well. I also do some track days. I am leaning heavily towards the ZX-14R is this a wise decision? I am an Novice rider for Track Days and comfort is a large determining factor.
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-21-2016, 04:26 AM
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The 14R is worlds more comfy then a 10R. On a race track the 10R will eat it up. Commuting with some long distance comfort and track days aren't even close, I'd get a 14R an save up for an older liter bike to beat up on track days.

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I am not in any kind of competitive posture on Track Days. I do them as the sole opportunity to exercise the bike to some of its full potential; the thing you can't do on the streets without risking a jail sentence. So even if I get "eaten" on the Track Days, no worries, just the thrill of letting lose some of the ponies is all I am looking for on Track Days.
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Hands down I'd get a 14R. Wouldn't even be a consideration.. Good luck finding what you want! Whichever you get just make sure it's green :)

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Thanks all, appreciate the feedback. I have been leaning towards the 14R all along, but figured I would get some experienced riders with some real world knowledge and experience possibly with both bikes to give their honest opinions. Of course I did launch this in the 14R Forum so there may be a bias here; I wonder if I would get the same recommendations from the 10R forum... hmm... sounds like a good social science experiment.. :)
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I found a dealer with a brand new 2015 ZX-14R ABS Model for $10,999. I believe that constitutes a fairly good deal. Not sure what, if any differences between the 2015 and 2016 Models. The big redesign effort from what I read was in the 2012 Model.
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I agree with 2wheelobsessed, by the sounds of it you may be leaning toward the zx14r. I had an '06 zx14 for a short while and did track day rides at Phillip Island, the 14 set up properly with suspension was a good ride on the track, obviously while getting passed by the 1 litre brigade! but I didn't care.

So it will commute and do long distances very well, with occasional track riding for fun and frivolity!

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I'd say get a 12R for both jobs...

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I have both motorcycles which is what you really need. For me, unless I'm in the twisties or on a track, the 10R is grossly uncomfortable, while the 14R is very comfortable for extended rides or commuting. However, the 14R is far too heavy to make a good track bike - meaning road race track. Even after taking 50lbs off the 14R, it's still a tank compared to the 10R. If I could only have one of them, I would choose the 10R. I would rather bear the discomfort on the street and have great fun on the track, than be comfortable on the street yet totally out of place on the track.
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See my reply to your original post
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go to a drag strip. That is where a 14R is in its element.
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The 14R is a surprise in the bends. It's is remarkably capable and very easy to ride there. Given the other expectations you have, the 14R is the best choice.
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10R is like riding a 2x10. 14R is like riding a couch in comparison. For what you describe, the 14R is what you are looking for. Doesn't sound like your track runs are too deep in the knee draggin dept so....
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