Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Review
The iconic Kawasaki Ninja series needs no introduction, since its advent in the year 1972, Kawasaki Ninja series bikes have always pushed the envelope by extruding top-notch performance, cutting-edge technologies and astonishing design. The Ninja ZX-10R, most prominent beast of this stable, was crafted to take bike riding to an all new pinnacle. The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle represents the evolution in Kawasaki Heavy Industries open-class sportbike development. Originally released for the 2004 model year, the ZX-10R Superbike is the successor to the Ninja ZX-9R sportbike. For the inception of Ninja ZX-10R, Kawasaki collaborated with Kawasaki Racing Team. Tested, refined and approved by World Champion’s Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R gives you a taste of race track on the street.
Even at a standstill, the bike looks like it's travelling at 200Km/h, this is the effect Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R makes on its spectators. Saying the bike is visually appealing, is an understatement. The Japanese maker has given the bike a distinctive look that more than complements its superpower image. The bike gets a sharp front, so sharp it put other bikes to shame. The twin extended headlights, separated by a false air-inlet bestow it a predator look and a sleek, dual-colored fuel tank ensure an upright riding position. The Ninja ZX-10R features a fully digital instrument console. The black colored three spoke alloy wheels looks sporty with racing strips and big disc plates. Move to the side of this bike and you will notice the great combination of colors. The bike features split seats on the top of its rear cowl which also houses its LED tail light at the back. A heat-resistant titanium exhaust accentuates its rear look. Made on Aluminium twin-spar frame, coated with the signature Kawasaki green color, the bike looks majestic on the road. This superbike is known for its slim chassis dimensions measuring at 2,075 x 715 x 1,115 mm and a wheelbase of 1,425 mm, which ensures its nimble handling.
Engine, Economy & Performance
The Ninja ZX-10R is powered by a massive 998 cc, Liquid cooling, 4-stroke, 4-cylinder parallel engine that generates a massive 200.1PS @ 13,000 rpm and 112 NM @ 11,500 rpm. This colossal power is transmitted through its silky smooth, six-speed gearbox, that enables a quick shift of gears even at high speed. This track-focused new engine offers a stronger low-mid range for increased acceleration coming out of corners, by maintaining engine balanced stunning power with manageability. Kawasaki has kept the Ninja ZX-10R lightweight, which helps it to achieve a best in class power to weight ratio. The bikes reach 0-100Km mark is merely 3 seconds, topping at a supersonic speed of 300Km/h.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is based on a cutting-edge aluminium twin spare frame with a high degree of mass centralization, that delivers firm handling and sharp turning. Kawasaki engineers have revised the frame, with steering head moved closer to the rider and have added a longer swingarm to put more weight on the front, which increases corner entry stability and confidence on the circuit. Kawasaki has kept Ninja ZX-10R lightweight at 198kg, to ensure nimble turning along with good stability. The aerodynamical designed upper cowl cuts through the air more efficiently, and offers the rider greater wind protection, making it easier to shift position for corner entry when riding on the track. The advanced Showa’s new BFRC lite (Balance Free Rear Cushion) shock unit is lighter and more compact than their earlier units. The new shock contributes to increased traction and superb shock-absorption performance. The ZX-10R also features a new racing pedigree inspired front fork.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous:
Kawasaki has always focused on safety as a priority. The Ninja series by this Japanese maker is an exemplary example of top performance with utmost safety. To complement its furious power, Ninja ZX-10R comes equipped with advanced safety gear as a specially designed electronic steering damper which provides the correct amount of damping after judging the vehicle speed and degree of acceleration. Apart from this, the bike also features K-TRC, KIBS, Power Mode and a new Slipper Clutch, that is integrated to ensure racing level safety in the bike. The fierce stopping potential is delivered by a 310mm Dual semi-floating petal discs at the front and 220mm single petal disc in the rear. The braking gets, even more, precise and responsive with the addition of a high-performance Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-Lock Braking System (KIBS) to the package.
Kawasaki’s premium sports bike, integrated with best in class 1000cc engines, superb handling and eye-catching design edges out every competitor in the segment. With a competitive price tag and loads of features, the Kawasaki Ninja Zx-10R is a complete value for money bike, that gives you a taste of race track on streets.