This particular year of Kwak ZZ-R14 presented us with a headache – we had to make a harness to plug into it. The ABS model here is an inbetween model that only lasted a year or so, but there you go. We got into it and got on with the remap…

The truth with these engines – and they’re strong running things – is the emissions interference that messes up the slow speed/part throttle running (all the owners we see have much the same complaint). The lambda is constantly kicking in and out – and in fifth gear in some sort of economy mode when cruising. The net result is a choppy, fluffy feel, and not good.

After the remap, with all of the emissions equipment switched off these bikes feel completely different. We know it, because we ride ’em all, but that’s what the owners tell us too. They’re smoother, more direct and the connection between the throttle and rear wheel is nailed on.

Emissions messes up the mighty ZZ-R1400 – nothing that an ECU remap can't get round though!

Emissions messes up the mighty ZZ-R1400 – nothing that an ECU remap can’t get round though!