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story by Beth Dolgner // photos by Lee Wallace

Kawasaki's show-stopping ZX-14 proves that this OEM is all about custom.


arning: this custom ZX-14 may cause whiplash. When Kawasaki asked Roaring Toyz president Bob Fisher to build them a ZX-14 show bike, they asked for just one thing: it had to turn heads. Sixty days, a long list of mods and one 360-rear tire later, Fisher delivered. The rear tire is one of the things that Fisher knew would grab attention. The huge size called for a special wide tire swingarm setup. In this case, it's a Roaring Toyz King360 kit. "It's a real neat swingarm because all of the hardware is hidden on it," says Fisher. "It's got an inboard brake setup so the rear caliper sits between the centerline of the wheel and the sprocket, so the right side of the wheel is really open."

The open setup allows the 18"x13" Impaler wheel by Ego Trip to show through, letting the chrome take center stage. With such a wide load at the rear, the 4-2-1 polished stainless exhaust is the right fit and has the tough look that goes hand-inhand with the 14. The megaphone exhaust is another Roaring Toyz specialty, and since this bike is all about the show, Fisher chose to keep the rest of the engine stock. Two baffles let the rider pick what sound they want: loud, louder, or keep the neighbors awake. A bright purple paint scheme by Ryan Hathaway will probably have the neighbors looking already. "I've been wanting to do a bike in that color for about five years on a full custom. I've done my own stuff in that color," says Fisher. "Kawasaki


traditionally has done some green and purple colors so when we build bikes for them we try to stick with something that's semi-traditional for their motorcycles, and add the custom flair to it." The chrome bits, which were all plated by Sport Chrome, range from the usual, like the lowering kickstand and the clutch cover, to the unique: even the shock spring is chrome. Fisher left no detail unnoticed. He went to Performance Machine for the calipers and rotors, and chose to use their brake

With such a wide load at the rear, the 4-2-1 polished exhaust is the right fit and has a tough look."

and clutch master cylinders that were designed for HarleyDavidsons. The chrome Contour cylinders get rid of the stock plastic reservoirs. They wouldn't fit on the stock one-inch diameter handlebars, so Fisher had to make custom 7/8-inch bars, which he then fit with Roaring Toyz diamond billet grips. The stopping power of the PM braking system is augmented by purple steel-braided brake lines, which are custom pieces from H.E.L. The 14's lines stay clean with a Roaring Toyz side-mount license plate bracket, as well as flush-mount turn signals and an LED integrated brake light from Clear Alternatives. A successful debut at Daytona's Bike Week convinced the execs at Kawasaki that they are heading in the right direction. "On the ZX-14, it's a pretty recognizable body, it can't be confused with anything. So they said `go crazy and do whatever


you want with it,'" says Fisher. "They were happy with it. They judge their reaction by the consumers that are in the tent. That bike got a tremendous amount of attention at Bike Week." Now the 14 will continue to be a focal point of Kawasaki's display as it travels to events throughout the country this year. Myrtle Beach is the second stop on Kawasaki's calendar, so check out the bike for yourself. Just be ready for a stiff neck tomorrow.

Kawasaki said "go crazy and do whatever you want with it."

Builder Chassis


2007 Kawasaki ZX-14

Bob Fisher, Roaring Toyz,

Roaring Toyz King360 wide tire swingarm kit, Pirelli 360 rear tire, Ego Trip Impaler chrome 17x3.5 front wheel and 18x13 rear wheel.


Roaring Toyz 4-2-1 megaphone exhaust with dual baffles.


Custom multi-colored paint by Ryan Hathaway.


Roaring Toyz fork, yoke, swingarm pivot, motor mount, front axle and oil fill caps. Roaring Toyz chrome billet diamond mirrors, diamond cut grips, lowered kickstand, bladed front pegs, and fairing spike bolts. Roaring Toyz engraved billet lowering links, license plate bracket, and custom clip-ons. Chrome fork tubes and lowers, footpeg brackets, shock spring, and clutch cover. Chrome plating by Sport Chrome. Performance Machine Contour chrome brake and clutch master cylinders, 4-piston front brake calipers, radial mount front stainless rotors with chrome carriers, left side custom rear rotor with chrome carrier, and left-side chrome rear 6-piston caliper. Clear Alternatives LED integrated brake and turn signals. H.E.L. custom purple steel braided brake lines. Custom painted gauge pod, painted bar electrical controls, and black ostrich skin seat.


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