Remember 1984? While Wang Chung sang about their "Dance Hall Days," Kenny Loggins provided the soundtrack for Kevin Bacon to dance "Footloose," and Bruce Springsteen invited a young Courteney Cox onstage for some "Dancing In the Dark."
The only music that young motorcyclists wanted to hear was the sound of the new 1984 Kawasaki GPz 900 Ninja liquid-cooled four-cylinder screaming down the road, and dancing through the curves with 113 hp and 62.9 lb-ft of torque. Cycle World called it "a hard-core performance motorcycle aimed directly at the hard-core performance rider."
Kawasaki has maintained and expanded the Ninja lineup over the past three decades, and now wants to celebrate the line's heritage with some special edition bikes, including the 2014 Ninja ZX10R and ZX-6R. The latest commemorative Ninja down the pike is the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS 30th Anniversary Limited Edition. Exactly 300 examples of the Ninja will be built, each wearing a unique numbered badge on the gas tank and a coat of the original 900's Firecracker Red/Metallic Graystone paint with gold pinstriping and brake calipers.
When Bruce Speedman reviewed the 2014 Ninja ZX-14R ABS here at RideApart, he gave it a rating of 9 out of 10, concluding that the bike was "a multipurpose weapon capable of tactical city commuting, comfortable freeway cruising and aggressive canyon carving... As far as big dog sportbikes go, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R dominates the marketplace." The Anniversary Edition promises to match that description, with the addition of significant retro style points and exclusivity among the Kawi faithful.
If you want one of these new bikes, you can take your chances with the hoi polloi, or you can order one in advance at your Kawasaki dealer beginning July 15, 2014 at 9:00 am. Dealers will be authorized to accept time and date-stamped orders on a first-come, first-served basis with a non-refundable $1,000 deposit. The 300 Limited Edition Ninjas will be available to buyers in the United States and Latin America only; 30 additional bikes will be produced for the Canadian market. There will not be an international edition. Suck it, foreigners. The U.S. version of the 2015 Ninja ZX-14R ABS 30th Anniversary Limited Edition has a list price of $15,899 -- just $200 more than the price of a 2014 Ninja ZX-14R ABS.