Icon's ZX-14R: inspired by the ZXR750

ZZR1400 gets Americanizationed

Posted: 14 September 2012
by Ben Cope
Icon's retro-painted ZX-14R
Mmmmm..

I know, I know. Extended swingarms and the UK don't mix but at least it hasn't got chrome rims and there are no underslung LEDs (that we can spot).

This is clothing brand Icon's ZX-14R (ZZR1400), with paint inspired by the legendary '91 ZXR-RR. It's part of their rolling roadshow and comes with the usual semi-naked girls draped over it, but I'm not too fussed about them. For once.

The Icon ZX-14R doesn't have that many performance mods but then a 200bhp motor doesn't really need much more poke, does it? That aside it features: a full Leo Vince system, air filter and Ohlins suspension.

Unlike the ZXR-RR, it doesn't have the flatslide carbs, close-ratio gearbox and racing pretentions but it wears its paintjob well.

Not sure if the bloke who welded that RoaringToyz swingarm could actually see but I reckon the longer swingarm suits the big 14. I know, shoot me now.

Does it get your seal of approval?



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Ugh.

This is the state of American motorcycling.

#FML

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 20:21

The paint job is quite nice. However it didn't stop me doing a small ammount of sick into my mouth.

Posted: 15/09/2012 at 16:49

I don't know why you guys are so harsh. I wouldn't mind giving that thing a go at the 1/4.

Certainly does not represent american motorcycling besides the fact that it is obviously a show bike for Parts Unlimited to take to dealer showcases.

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 02:43


Aki
I like the paint job but i'm not a fan of the stretched look? Fine if your a 1/4 mile fan i suppose?

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 11:37


Aki
Being Icon's bike I wonder if that is a rigid swingarm for Nick "Apex" Brocha to go drifting with?

Perhaps not, just seen the shock lol

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 11:59

Surely Americanisationed should be spelt with a zee?

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 12:22

Good point Leon, noted.

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 15:16

She's hot, the bikes not. The reason we're so harsh is that we don't like this look on this side of the Atlantic. Mainly because it ruins bikes and looks shite.

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 16:01

Watched the 'ICON drift' movie on you-tube and gained a new appreciation for the extended swing arm (albeit on a different Kwacker).
The "Drift 2" movie is even better... and using triumph's with regular swing arms.
Best wishes for success to ICON brand! They are supporting active motorcycling.

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 06:37

sexy as. nice looking bike loads of money

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 11:55

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