“This new Ninja is all about going faster more easily”, say factory racers and their crew chiefs.
After winning the World SBK in 2013 with Tom Skyes onboard and again in 2015 with Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki fans would no doubt have high expectations for the 2016 Ninja.
Easier said than done if the green machine is to stay on par with the Yamaha R1. Good new is looks like the fans won’t be disappointed, well at least not on paper.
About the only thing carried over from the previous model is the engine’s bore/stroke; five-axis IMU just part of a full complement of racing-derived electronics
Down to the finest details, everything that goes into the Ninja ZX-10R has the sole purpose of making it the fastest bike on the track. And as a direct recipient of what the Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) learns, the Ninja ZX-10R is equipped with championship-proven technology that makes it fully capable of dominating the streets too.
4-stroke, 4 cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve, Liquid-cooled Displacement 998cc Bore x Stroke 76.0 x 55.0mm Compression ratio 13.0:1 Fuel System DFI® with four 47mm Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles, two injectors per cylinder Ignition TCBI with digital advance and Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC) Transmission 6-speed Final Drive Sealed chain Electronic Rider Aids
Kawasaki Launch Control (KLCS), Kawasaki Intelligent Braking (KIBS), Kawasaki Sport Traction Control (S-KTRC), Kawasaki Engine Braking Control (KEBC), Quick Shifter (KQS)
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel 43mm inverted Balance Free Fork, adjustable stepless rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability/4.7 in Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel Horizontal back-link with Balance Free gas-charged shock, stepless, dual-range (low-/high-speed) compression damping, stepless rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload/4.5 in Front Tire 120/70 ZR17 Rear Tire 190/55 ZR17 Front Brakes Intelligent Braking (KIBS), Brembo dual semi-floating 330mm discs with dual radial mounted monobloc 4-piston calipers Rear Brakes KIBS-controlled, single 220mm disc with aluminum single-piston caliper
Frame Type Aluminum perimeter Rake/Trail 25.0°/4.2 in Overall Length 82.3 in Overall Width 29.1 in Overall Height 45.1 in Ground Clearance 5.7 in Seat Height 32.9 in Curb Weight 454.2 lb** Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal Wheelbase 56.7 in Color Choices Lime Green/Ebony Warranty 12 Month Limited Warranty Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional) 12, 24, 36 or 48 months